Tag Archives | human rights

Video: UK’s Foreign Secretary says Sorry for Blunder

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The UK’s Foreign Secretary has apologised for causing distress to a British citizen jailed in Iran, and her family. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is facing charges of spreading propaganda. Boris Johnson has reportedly complicated the […]

BBC Complains to UN on behalf of Persian Staff

The BBC has filed an urgent complaint to David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, on behalf of the staff of its BBC Persian service. The urgent complaint has also been sent to Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, […]

“Iran’s Facebook” Shuts Down

By John Lee. Iran’s oldest social media network is to close following years of conflict with censors. According to a report from AFP, company director Mohammad Javad Shakouri Moghadam said Cloob.com was entirely blocked three times and the last time it took 28 days to unblock it; he said the actions allowed foreign sites such […]

Two Journalists Imprisoned since August: IFJ

From the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ). Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Two Iranian journalists have been imprisoned since August on charges of “acting against national security”. The IFJ joined its affiliate the Association of Iranian Journalists (AoIJ) in condemning their […]

Losing Faith in Rouhani, Iranian Women Ever Defiant

By Dr. Narges Bajoghli for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. “Women get absolutely zero for supporting [Hassan] Rouhani! If we hadn’t voted in this election, does Rouhani think he would have gotten re-elected with the numbers he did?” Leila, a 34-year-old women’s rights […]

UN Concerned at Condition of Prisoners in Iran

UN expert concerned at condition of prisoners on hunger strike in Iran The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Asma Jahangir (pictured), has expressed her deep concern about the situation of a number of prisoners who have been on prolonged hunger strike to protest against their transfer to a high-security […]

Amnesty International challenges Iran on Human Rights

Iran’s judicial and security bodies have waged a vicious crackdown against human rights defenders since Hassan Rouhani became president in 2013, demonizing and imprisoning activists who dare to stand up for people’s rights, Amnesty International said in a new report. Caught in a web of repression: Iran’s human rights defenders under attack details how scores […]

Polish MEP: “No Good Time to Invest in Iran”

By John Lee. A vice president of the European Parliament has said that European companies should not rush to pour money into Iran’s industries. Writing in The Diplomat, Poland’s Ryszard Czarnecki argues that the whole world should be alarmed at the likelihood of some Western policymakers and businessmen taking President Hassan Rouhani’s reelection as a […]

EU Extends Sanctions on Iran over Human Rights Violations

On 11 April 2017, the European Union extended until 13 April 2018 its restrictive measures responding to serious human rights violations in Iran. These measures consist of: a travel ban and an asset freeze against 82 people and one entity a ban on exports to Iran of equipment which might be used for internal repression […]

Rouhani Govt Criticizes IRGC Arrests of Journalists

By Arash Karami, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Members of President Hassan Rouhani’s Cabinet have publicly criticized the recent arrests of Reformist journalists and online activists on the threshold of a presidential election. “From the beginning, the administration has been opposed to […]

Amnesty International’s Annual Report on Iran

According to a report from Amnesty International, Iranian authorities heavily suppressed the rights to freedom of expression, association, peaceful assembly and religious belief, arresting and imprisoning peaceful critics and others after grossly unfair trials before Revolutionary Courts. Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees remained common and widespread, and were committed with impunity. Floggings, amputations and other […]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe requires Urgent Hospital Treatment

British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been detained by Iranian authorities since April, has finally seen a specialist for her back and neck; the neurologist has warned that without urgent treatment she could run the risk of permanent impairment. Her husband Richard, who spoke to her for the first time in a month on Saturday, […]

Vigil held for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Supporters of a British-Iranian mother imprisoned in Iran have held a candlelit vigil outside the Iranian embassy in London. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a charity worker, has been detained for almost 300 days, and was jailed for five years in September for allegedly plotting to topple the government in Tehran. Her two-year-old daughter Gabriella also had her […]

UN warns: Prisoners of Conscience at Risk of Death

Raising alarm over the health of several prisoners of conscience in Iran, who have been on a prolonged hunger strike contesting the legality of their detention, the United Nations expert on the human rights situation there urged the authorities to “immediately and unconditionally” release all those who have been arbitrarily arrested, detained and prosecuted for […]

Nazanin Condition Deteriorates – 4 Ways You can Help

By Padraig O’Hannelly. The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman imprisoned in Iran, said on Friday that her condition is deteriorating, adding “I have the strong sense this can no longer wait for the [UK] government’s pace.” Her case is being linked in the media to the British government’s refusal to pay a £500-million […]

British Woman being held as ‘Collateral’ in Iraq

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian woman imprisoned in Iran, is being held because Britain is refusing to pay an arms deal debt from almost 40 years ago, her husband has claimed. Richard Ratcliffe says the UK owes Iran a debt of £500 million in relation to Chieftain tanks, which were paid for up front but never […]

No Immediate Prospect for EU Office in Iran

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi played down expectations for establishment of a European Union office in Tehran any time soon. Speaking at his weekly press conference on Monday, Qassemi suggested that it is unlikely for the European Union’s office to open in Iran in the near future. He said there is still no “precise […]

Will Iran allow the EU to Open Shop in Tehran?

By Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The European Union Parliament passed a resolution Oct. 25 calling for normalization of relations with Iran — a decision that Tehran cautiously welcomed. In response to the resolution, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said that […]

Did Rouhani Ban Film about Jailed Iranian-American Businessman?

By Rohollah Faghihi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Did Rouhani stop screening of hardline film about jailed Iranian-American? Ever since taking office, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has come under increasing pressure from hard-liners who have been trying to tie his administration to the […]

Six Years Prison for Unpublished Story about Stoning

By John Lee. Amnesty International has called for Iranian authorities to immediately repeal the conviction and six-year prison sentence of Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee for the writing of an unpublished story about the practice of stoning. “The charges against Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee are ludicrous. She is facing years behind bars simply for writing a story, and […]