Norouz at the ‘People’s House’ as Inspiration for Pluralism

Members of the Alliance for Rights of All Minorities (ARAM) in Iran had the honor of attending the Norouz reception at the White House. This historic event drew a diversity of Iranians across religions, ethnicities, and political spectrum… Read More

Amnesty International: Proposed Laws Reduce Iranian Women to ‘Baby Making Machines’

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In response to new Iranian government provisions to ban contraceptions for women and voluntary sterilization programs, Amnesty International issued a statement that characterizes the new provision as strategy to “reduce Iranian women to baby making machines.” “The proposed laws… Read More

Persecution of Women, Religious and Ethnic Minorities Persists 

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A new report from Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, UN’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran revealed troubling information regarding the condition of women, religious and ethnic minorities and LGBT groups in Iran. Despite existing laws and statements from… Read More

Ethnic Baloch Children Subjected to Humiliation

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The Baloch Activists Campaign has released a troubling report and photographs of Baloch children who have been subjects to insult and humiliation on school grounds. The extensive report alleges that despite legal provisions for fair and respectful treatment… Read More

When You Trade Religion for Freedom

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“Christian convert and house-church leader Rasoul Abdollahi has been released from prison after serving 15 months of his three-year sentence. His release, however, was granted on the condition that he sign an agreement not to participate in any… Read More

Banning of Bahais from the Universities

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 Official letter from Islamic Republic of Iran’s Ministry of Science, Research and Technology banning Baha’is from the universities. Download letter here.      

UN human rights experts urge Iran to protect Bahá’í cemetery in Shiraz

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GENEVA (4 September 2014) – Three United Nations experts on human rights in Iran , freedom of religion, and minority issues have today renewed an appeal to the Government of Iran to stop the destruction of a Bahá’í… Read More

Women’s Rights in Iran

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

Iran Says Take Off the Veil—and Be Raped

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June 9, 2014 Source: By Shima Shahrabi for IranWire A Facebook campaign calling for women to remove their head scarves has infuriated Iran’s conservatives. Now they’re claiming on national TV that the instigator, Masih Alinejad, was gang-raped in London in… Read More