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The Islamic Republic of Iran's Flavored Condoms, Free Vasectomies, and Gender Reassignment Surgery

Shermin Kruse | Posted 06.18.2014 | World
Shermin Kruse

When the Islamic Republic first took control of Iran from the Shah, the new regime decided population growth would be greatly in its advantage. After all, it was faced with a bloody war with neighboring Iraq.

Arrest, Hang, Repeat: Executions in Iran

Gissou Nia | Posted 05.12.2014 | World
Gissou Nia

These executed individuals are not just data points. They are husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. In my work documenting human rights abuses in the country, I have come to know many of the family members of death row prisoners on a personal level.

Poland's Top Diplomat Slams Iranian Censorship During Visit To Tehran (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 03.06.2014 | World

Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski visited Iran this past weekend, only to find that he was blocked from visiting the website of a major Poli...

Abortion on the Rise in Iran

Mehrnaz Samimi | Posted 04.14.2014 | Politics
Mehrnaz Samimi

The paradoxical nature of Iranian society more often than not results in people covertly performing the forbidden. As this nature dictates, delving into the root of such social issues can be tough in the absence of credible statistics.

Suffering and the Future of Iran

Payam Akhavan | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Payam Akhavan

Many thousands of our fellow innocent Iranians have been executed. We have suffered as a nation. There is a story behind each tragedy. Behind every victim there is a name, a father and mother, a brother and sister, a childhood friend or schoolmate. Nobody is spared from this denial of humanity, not even the torturer.

Keep the Focus on Iran's Human Rights

Hadi Ghaemi | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Hadi Ghaemi

Progress towards a nuclear deal should by no means lessen international attention to the human rights violations that have reached crisis levels in Iran since the disputed 2009 election and which continue to this day despite the election of Hassan Rouhani.

The Statistics of Evil

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Reza Pahlavi

For the Iran watchers and policy makers who think President Rouhani has any real authority in Iran, know that the absolute power in Iran and man responsible for this evil is Ayatollah Khamenei, along with the other unelected members of the Supreme Council.

Iran's Newfound Engagement Should Extend to Human Rights

Dokhi Fassihian | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Dokhi Fassihian

The international community has the responsibility to elevate the human rights portfolio on par with other issues, and to induce Iran's cooperation with the UN Human Rights Council and its appointed mandate holder.

What Would Make P5+1 Talks Look Easy

Reza Pahlavi | Posted 11.26.2013 | World
Reza Pahlavi

As leaders and diplomats parse Mr. Rouhani's words for hidden messages and deeper meanings, my experience suggests that what he did not say is more important than what he did.

Rouhani -- Meaningful Reforms or Political Games?

Nazanin Boniadi | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Nazanin Boniadi

Freeing Sotoudeh and others is a welcome gesture to distance the Iranian government from a brutal history of repression, but Iranians will rightly continue to demand further reforms from within.

Iran, Are you Serioulsy Suing for CIA Coup?

Maryam Zar | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Maryam Zar

Dear Iran, Let me be the first to congratulate you on joining the international community, and taking to the courts to air your grievances, rather than the streets where you usually settle the score.

Iran Accuses U.S. Of Bribing UN Human Rights Investigator

AP | Posted 03.08.2013 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- An Iranian official has accused the U.N. special rapporteur for human rights in Iran of taking bribes from the United States, the semi...

UN Alarmed By Iran's Torture, Executions

Reuters | Posted 05.01.2013 | World

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Iran has stepped up executions of prisoners including juveniles as well as arrests of ...

Iran-Argentina: A Curious Kind of Truth Commission

Roya Boroumand | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
Roya Boroumand

For those who believe in the rights of victims to truth and justice, the lack of interest of Latin American democracies in Iran's abysmal human rights record is concerning and disheartening.

Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani Reportedly Detained on Christmas Day

Kristin Wright | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Kristin Wright

Youcef Nadarkhani, a pastor who was sentenced to death in Iran for the crime of apostasy and spent more than three years in prison, has been allegedly detained on Christmas Day in his home city of Rasht.

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.

Prosecutor: Iranian Blogger Who Died In Police Custody Was Beaten

AP | Posted 12.03.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's state prosecutor has confirmed for the first time that a blogger who died in police custody last month had been beaten. Prosec...

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.

State Prosecutor Confirms Iranian Blogger Died In Police Custody

AP | ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 11.12.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's state prosecutor confirmed Monday that a jailed blogger died in police custody last week and that wounds were found on his body...

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.