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No Celebration of 2012 World Human Rights Day in Iran

Roya Boroumand | Posted 02.11.2013 | World
Roya Boroumand

Iran's abysmal human rights situation should draw attention on its own merits, and trigger concerted international efforts to hold human rights abusers accountable and ensure that Iranian authorities respect their obligations under international law.

Why We Should 'Adopt' Iranian Women Prisoners of Conscience

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 01.27.2013 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Now that many names of those in Evin prison have been published, these courageous women must not be forgotten and the Iranian government should be pressured for their immediate release.

Reports: Iranian Blogger Tortured To Death

The Huffington Post | Shirin Barghi | Posted 01.18.2013 | World

“Buy a grave today and come collect his corpse tomorrow.” This is how Iranian prison authorities reportedly informed Sattar Beheshti’s famil...

What the President Should Now Do About Iran

Roya Boroumand | Posted 01.07.2013 | World
Roya Boroumand

2012-11-05-HP_World_Graphic_300x70.pngBoth candidates showed determination to prevent a nuclear Iran, including by military action. Neither of them however, wondered publically whether the Iranian people, who have the most at stake in case of war, approve of Iran's leadership's policies?

'There Are Absolutely No Political Executions in Iran' -- A Statement by the Head of Iran's Judiciary That Should Not Go Unnoticed

Roya Boroumand | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Roya Boroumand

My purpose here is not to defend the UN report, which speaks for itself. Rather, I want to point to what Larijani's outburst means and why it should encourage the international community to stand with the victims and strengthen human rights defenders.

Report: Human Rights Activists In Iran Raped And Tortured

Reuters | Posted 12.11.2012 | World

By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Human rights activists in Iran are subjected to beatings with batons, mock hang...

Silent Human Rights Diplomacy Fails

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 10.29.2012 | World
Aaron Rhodes

Mr. Ban won't meet a free press and he won't meet free and independent people. But he can speak his mind and he can tell the world what he said. Thanks to the Internet, the Iranian people will find out what happened.

Tehran Visit Places Ban Ki-moon Between the Hammer and the Anvil

Raghida Dergham | Posted 10.27.2012 | World
Raghida Dergham

Ban Ki-moon enjoys a reputation of moral clarity and of boldness to criticize and to cling to principles. This week's visit to Tehran, where the Non-Aligned Summit is being held, represents a major test for him.

LOOK: Iranian LGBT Activists Risk Their Lives To Take A Stand

Posted 06.08.2012 | Good News

On May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, a group of LGBT activists in Tehran, Iran, risked their lives to take a stand for...

Human Rights: Lost in the Midst of Negotiations?

Fariba Amini | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Fariba Amini

Is the nuclear program more important in Islamic Republic's quest for status and power than overcoming the economic malaise, the terrible pollution gripping its capital and the growing suffocation of civil liberties?

Today, We Are All Journalists

Chris DeVito | Posted 07.03.2012 | World
Chris DeVito

It's time to start paying attention to what can be done to both reduce the dangers of reporting and increase, if not simply safeguard, basic freedoms. This is important on all days, but especially today, World Press Freedom Day.

Why Are Some American Academics Legitimizing the Iranian Regime?

Sohrab Ahmari | Posted 06.24.2012 | World
Sohrab Ahmari

Unfortunately, some leaders of the Occupy movement have been all too eager to address Iran's state-run media, bolstering the mullahs' narrative of a violently repressive American government beholden to shadowy Wall Street power.

WATCH: Iran Strike Would Have 'Devastating' Consequences

Posted 04.12.2012 | World

How would a military strike on Iran affect the country's human rights situation? A new message from 35 prominent Iranians, released in a new video by ...

The "End of Stoning": Islamic Republic Style

Shadi Sadr | Posted 05.12.2012 | World
Shadi Sadr

Stoning has been removed from the section of the code dealing with penalties for 'adultery.' However, sexual relation outside of marriage remains a crime.

Iranian Cinema: Acclaimed Abroad, Under Siege at Home

Hadi Ghaemi | Posted 04.30.2012 | World
Hadi Ghaemi

It was momentous that an Iranian artist reflected the voice of so many Iranians at a venue as important as the Oscars, where millions of people watched his speech.

UN to Iran: There Are No Excuses for Denying LGBT People Their Human Rights

Hossein Alizadeh | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Hossein Alizadeh

The Iranian government, to soften the rhetoric when violating human rights, relies on a spurious excuse: cultural difference. This argument posits that human rights are by definition a Western priority and cannot be considered universal.

Will Iran's Human Rights Case End Up at the Security Council?

Omid Memarian | Posted 01.17.2012 | World
Omid Memarian

"I do not regard the country mandate as a punitive measure. This is the start of a process that we can hopefully work through peacefully and collaboratively."

Listening to Iran's Baha'i Community

Mojdeh Rohani | Posted 11.25.2011 | World
Mojdeh Rohani

Every day, I marvel at the resiliency of the human spirit while time and again, I am struck by ideologies that instill a sense of alienation and hatred prompting ordinary people to commit unimaginable atrocities.

Diplomats -- Not Just Journalists -- Should Raise Human Rights With Ahmadinejad

Reza Marashi | Posted 11.20.2011 | World
Reza Marashi

While a diverse Iranian delegation is present in New York, the Obama administration should seize the opportunity to raise its human rights concerns with their Iranian counterparts -- directly, diplomatically and with the same conviction as it has addressed the nuclear file.

Ahmadinejad Comes to Town, Don't Let Him Off the Hook!

Hadi Ghaemi | Posted 11.13.2011 | World
Hadi Ghaemi

Ahmadinejad's presence at the UN General Assembly provides the international community an opportunity to hold him accountable for gross human rights violations committed by the Iranian regime.

Film Depicting Iranian Teen Lesbians Meets 'Hostile' Reaction

Posted 10.25.2011 | Arts

Iranian filmmaker Maryan Keshavarz's new film, Circumstance, chronicles the lives of two sixteen-year-old girls navigating a lesbian relationship in I...

Art Show Benefits Human Rights In Iran

Posted 09.27.2011 | Arts

The campaign for human rights in Iran has gone visual with a new show in Los Angeles which explores the lives of marginalized Iranians. The show is pr...

Why Did Iran Say "NO" to the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights?

Omid Memarian | Posted 09.04.2011 | World
Omid Memarian

Considering the dire human rights situation in Iran, it seems that Tehran has found it politically very costly to let a foreign independent inspector visit the country.

How I Know Women Will Change The World

Azar Nafisi | Posted 08.21.2011 | Women
Azar Nafisi

This story which I heard as a little child and have returned to, written and talked about through different stages of my life, reveals many insights, among them how women throughout history have been the canaries in the mine.

Iran Considers Human Rights Sanctions For U.S. Officials

Posted 07.23.2011 | World

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran is considering imposing sanctions on U.S. officials for "human rights violations," attempting to turn the tables after years o...