Tag Archives | human rights

Amnesty Int’l: “Shameful” 16-yr Sentence for Human Rights Defender

In response to the news that the 16-year prison sentence against prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, who is critically ill, has been upheld on appeal, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director, Philip Luther, said: “This verdict is yet another cruel and devastating blow to human rights in Iran, which demonstrates the authorities’ utter contempt […]

Two journalists Arrested in Iran

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Iranian authorities to immediately release two reformist journalists arrested in recent days, and stop jailing the media for doing their work. At the time of his arrest, pro-government media described Sadra Mohaqeq, the editor of the reformist newspaper Shargh Daily, as an “infiltrator.” Security forces detained […]

HRW: Iran Systematically Targeting Dual Nationals

A report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) has criticised the Iranian judicial system for systematically targeting Iranians with dual citizenship. An Iranian court has sentenced an Iranian-British dual national to five years in prison on national security charges. The family of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (pictured) told Human Rights Watch that Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court […]

Amnesty Int’l Condemns Zaghari-Ratcliffe Sentencing

Responding to a report from her husband Richard that the UK-Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been sentenced to five years in prison on unspecified “national security charges”, Amnesty International UK’s Individuals at Risk Campaign Manager Kathy Voss said: “This is extremely depressing but probably not unexpected news. “Iran’s Revolutionary Courts are notorious for handing […]

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe ‘Jailed on Secret Charges’

British-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been jailed for five years in Iran on “secret charges“, her husband says. The charity worker was arrested in April on a family visit to Iran, and the passport of her two-year-old daughter Gabriella was seized; the child is staying with her grandparents in Iran. She was allowed a phone […]

UN condemns Iran’s ‘Illegal’ Execution of 12 People

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, has expressed outrage at the execution on 27 August of 12 people, including Alireza Madadpour, on drug-related charges. Mr. Shaheed had appealed publicly on 26 August to the Iranian authorities not to go ahead with the planned executions at Karaj Central Prison. […]

Women’s rights Activists treated as ‘Enemies of the State’

Iran: Women’s rights activists treated as ‘enemies of the state’ in renewed crackdown Iranian authorities have intensified their repression of women’s rights activists in the country in the first half of this year, carrying out a series of harsh interrogations and increasingly likening any collective initiative relating to women’s rights to criminal activity, Amnesty International […]

TRF issues Statement on Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Statement from Thomson Reuters Foundation CEO Monique Villa after the announcement that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe will be Tried in Tehran: “We have heard today that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been taken to court yesterday and will be prosecuted in Tehran’s Revolutionary Courts. Her case will be heard by Judge Salavati, who was in the past in charge […]

UK warns Dual Nationals of Detention Risk in Iran

The UK has updated its travel advice on Iran, warning its citizens, especially those with dual Iranian nationality, of a risk of being arbitrarily detained. The Guardian reports the move appears to result from a stalemate over the fate of at least two British-Iranians currently detained in Tehran. One of those, 37 year old charity […]

Iran “Denying Prisoners Medical Care”

Iran’s authorities are callously toying with the lives of prisoners of conscience and other political prisoners by denying them adequate medical care, putting them at grave risk of death, permanent disability or other irreversible damage to their health, according to a new report by Amnesty International. The report, Health taken hostage: Cruel denial of medical […]

Petition to Free Nazanin Ratcliffe

Petition to free Nazanin Ratcliffe My wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, 37 year old charity worker, was on holiday visiting her family in Iran. She was at the airport returning to the UK on the 3rd April when she was detained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. She has been transferred to an unknown location in Kerman Province, […]

Revolutionary Computer Game faces Crackdown in Iran

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. There’s a tech crackdown going on in Iran right now. It began in May with the arrests of Iranian Instagram models for posting “un-Islamic” photos. Then, the Supreme Council of Cyberspace — the body […]

Iran tries to Control Messaging Apps

By John Lee. Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace has ordered that instant messaging apps must store data about Iranian users inside the country, according to a report from BBC News. Firms have been given one year to comply with the ruling, which campaign group Privacy International described it as “extremely worrying”. Iran’s most popular messaging […]

Will New Undercover Morality Agents have Impact?

By Zahra Alipour, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. Will Iran’s new undercover morality agents have any impact? Tehran police chief’s recent announcement about the dispatch of 7,000 undercover morality agents has stirred much criticism in Persian-language media and social networks. The backlash […]

Saudi-Iran Rivalry spills into UN Human Rights Council

By Fereshteh Sadeghi, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. On March 23, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted to pass Resolution A/HCR/31/L.27, thereby extending the mandate of the special human rights rapporteur for Iran, Ahmed Shaheed (pictured). The resolution was approved by […]

Tightening the Net: Iran’s National Internet Project

ARTICLE 19 has launched the first part of the ‘Tightening the Net‘ series, a report which explores Iran’s National Internet Project, analysing its history and development, its ramifications for freedom of expression online, and offering recommendations to the Iranian government, as well as private investors and technology companies that may be investing in digital development […]

UN Concerned Over Juvenile Death Penalty In Iran

Juvenile death penalty, maladministration of justice, and denial of fundamental freedoms top list of serious concerns in Iran, UN expert The United Nations the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ahmed Shaheed (pictured), has raised continuing concerns about the extremely high rate of executions, especially for juvenile […]

Why is Iran Arresting More Dual Nationals?

By Bijan Khajehpour, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iran Business News. The arrest Feb. 22 of former senior UN official Baquer Namazi, 80, who holds dual Iranian-American citizenship, defies any sort of logic. Baquer is the father of Siamak Namazi, who was unfortunately arrested in […]

Iran MP: We’ve Created Artificial Red Lines on Free Speech

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. Official campaigning for the Feb. 26 Iran parliamentary elections will begin Feb. 18 and last until Feb. 25, according to official election bodies. However, as is the norm in Iranian politics, unofficial campaigning has […]

Human Rights “a Litmus Test for EU-Iran Relations”

After the nuclear deal with Iran there is room to develop EU-Iran relations, but not at the expense of human rights, said Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs in Tuesday’s debate with Iran’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Ways to end violence in Syria and Yemen, and Iran’s relations with Saudi Arabia were also among the […]