Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed (March 2015)

The report examines ongoing concerns and emerging developments in the State’s human rights situation. Although the report is not exhaustive, it provides a picture of the prevailing situation as observed in the reports submitted to and examined by… Read More

Heretics Iran’s Religious Minorities

Source: A Small Media Report EXECUTIVE SUMMARY How have Iran’s persecuted religious minorities used technology to organize themselves, express their religious beliefs, and cultivate online faith communities? The Islamic Republic of Iran has been waging an intense and protracted… Read More

2013 Report on International Religious Freedom

BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR 2013 Report on International Religious Freedom Report July 28, 2014 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY     The constitution states that all laws and regulations must be based on undefined “Islamic criteria” but protects certain aspects… Read More

Iranian survey finds 17% of Iranian young adults report being gay

Source: Glaad By Joeli Katz, Youth Issues Intern |  August 11, 2014 An official report issued by Iran’s parliamentary research department has uncovered a surprising fact: 17% of young adults surveyed said that they are gay. In this conservative and deeply… Read More

Locked Up in Karaj

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Source: Human Rights Watch Spotlight on Political Prisoners in One Iranian City AUGUST 18, 2014 The 59-page report is based on a review of 189 cases in three prisons in the city of Karaj, near the capital, Tehran,… Read More

Pathologizing Identities Paralyzing Bodies

Pathologizing Identities, Paralyzing Bodies: Human Rights Violations Against Gay, Lesbian and Transgender People in Iran A Report by: Justice for Iran & Iranian Lesbian and Transgender Network (6Rang) June 2014 The present report illustrates the impacts of the foregoing treatments on… Read More

When the Law Protects Honor Killings

    Murder of a human being by the hands of another is a primeval behavior. Throughout history murders and massacres driven by scarcity of resources and have ensued in wars and persisted by individuals and governments alike…. Read More

Human Rights Watch World Report 2014 – Iran

Millions of Iranians participated in presidential and local elections in June 2013. Executions, especially for drug-related offenses, continued at high rates. The judiciary released some political prisoners, but many civil society activists remained in prison on political charges…. Read More

Amnesty International’s Report on Black Thursday, April 2014

“What I witnessed revived the memories of the past five years; beatings of people in the streets, arrests, solitary confinement, attacks on the university dormitories, and what took place in Kahrizak Detention Centre” Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, prisoner of… Read More

Freedom of the Press Report 2014

According to Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press 2014 report only 1 in 7 people live in a country with a ‘free’ press. Global press freedom has fallen to its lowest level in over a decade, according to the… Read More