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Arrest of Human Rights Lawyer “an Outrage”

From Amnesty International. Arrest of prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is an outrage The arrest of Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights lawyer, is an outrageous attack on a brave and prolific human rights defender, Amnesty International said today. Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested at her home in Tehran this morning and transferred to […]

Iranians hesitant to leave Telegram for Domestic Apps

By Holly Dagres, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The running joke on Iranian social media right now is that three green ticks on a domestic messaging app mean that not only does the sender and receiver read the message, but an intelligence […]

HRW slams Iran’s Telegram Ban

From Human Rights Watch. The Iranian judiciary’s blocking of the messaging application Telegram is an unjustifiable restriction on freedom of expression and access to information, Human Rights Watch has said. With more than 40 million users, Telegram had become the main social media platform for Iranians. On April 30, 2018, Mizan Online News Agency, the […]

Iran “Bulldozing Mass Graves Sites to Destroy Evidence”

New evidence – including satellite imagery, photo and video analysis – shows that the Iranian authorities are deliberately destroying suspected or confirmed mass grave sites from the country’s 1988 massacre which saw thousands of political prisoners secretly killed, said Amnesty International and Justice for Iran in a new report today (30 April). The 31-page report […]

EU Extends Sanctions on Iran for Human Rights Violations

The Council of the European Union has voted unanimously to extend its “restrictive measures” (sanctions) against Iran by one year due to human rights violations. 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 […]

Human Rights Defenders “Beaten” in Iranian Jail

UN experts alarmed by reports of human rights defenders beaten in Iran jail UN human rights experts have expressed concern at the continued targeting of human rights defenders in Iran, including about reports that two well-known women human rights defenders have been subjected to beatings in detention. Atena Daemi and Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee were transferred […]

BBC appeals to UN over Harassment in Iran

For the first time in its history, the BBC is making an appeal to the United Nations in Geneva to protect the human rights of BBC journalists and their families. This unprecedented move comes in response to years of persecution and harassment by the Iranian authorities, which escalated in 2017. BBC Director General, Tony Hall, […]

Rouhani “Promises” Women will be allowed to attend Football

By John Lee. President Hassan Rouhani will reportedly allow women in Iran to attend football matches. The move follows the arrest of 35 women who tried to attend the Esteqlal vs Persepolis match on 1st March, causing international outrage. According to a report from The Independent, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told reporters following a meeting with Mr Rouhani: “I […]

UN Investigator Concerned at Torture in Iran

The U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Iran has said she is worried about the fate of activists and political opponents arrested in the country. Asma Jahangir (pictured), who passed away in February, compiled a report for the U.N. Human Rights Council detailing the use of torture and the of the clampdown on freedom […]

New App to Combat Domestic Violence in Iran

A young US-based Kurdish lawyer has created a smartphone application to help victims of domestic violence in Iran. Shadi Sharifi, born in the Kurdistan Province of Iran (known as Rojhelat among Kurds) created the app having met numerous victims of domestic violence when she practiced law in Iran. Toranj, available free for Android, makes it […]

Iran Amputates Man’s Hand in “Shocking Act of Cruelty”

Amnesty International is outraged by reports that Iranian authorities have amputated the hand of a man convicted of theft. The amputation, which was conducted by guillotine, took place yesterday in the central prison in Mashhad city in north-eastern Razavi Khorasan province, according to the state-sponsored newspaper Khorasan News. According to Khorasan News, the 34-year-old man, […]

Easing of Drugs Laws may Spare Hundreds from Gallows

Responding to the news that Iran will implement amended drugs laws and remove capital punishment for some drug trafficking offenses, Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director, said: “Iran’s deadly anti-drugs campaign has had an enormous human toll over the years, resulting in gross human rights violations in the name of […]

Iranian Women no longer face Jail for Dress Code Violations

From Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. One of the more notorious images that often comes out of Iran is that of chador-clad women with police armbands and male police officers rounding up loosely veiled, and often young, women into minivans to be […]

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 […]