A statement from a group of Iranian lawyers — The Iranian Bar Association has experienced many ups and downs since its formation. Its achievement of full independence in 1953—which was made possible through the efforts of lawyers and the then directors of the Bar and by the special consideration of Dr. Mosadegh, on the one [...]
Iran: End arbitrary house arrests of Mousavi, Karroubi, and Rahnavard; Free all prisoners of conscience http://www.fidh.org/Free-all-prisoners-of-conscience-12891?var_mode=calcul (Beirut, London, Paris, 13 February 2013) – The Iranian authorities should immediately release from arbitrary house arrest two former presidential candidates Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, his wife Zahra Rahnavard, author and political activist, and cease harassing or detaining [...]
January 22, 2013: The undersigned human rights organizations strongly oppose the death sentences issued by the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) against five civil and cultural activists who are members of the Ahwazi Arab ethnic minority in Iran. We urge the IRI authorities to halt the implementation of the death sentences against these five men pending [...]
Violations escalate with impunity; Non-Western powers urged to take leadership on human rights crisis (November 21, 2012) — Human rights and press freedom organizations have called on UN member states to support the resolution on the situation of human rights in Iran being voted on by the Third Committee of the 67th UN General Assembly [...]
On the 14th of October 2012 the Iran Tribunal announced the second phase of the People’s Court process, the Tribunal, which will be held at The Hague between 25-27 October 2012. The Iran Tribunal seeks to investigate the crimes committed by the Islamic Republic of Iran against the country’s political prisoners during the 1980s, when [...]
We, the undersigned organizations, strongly oppose the continuing use of the death penalty in the Islamic Republic of Iran. We are concerned that Iran’s radical policies, which allegedly aim to eradicate drug-trafficking and result in the execution of several hundred prisoners every year, are supported in part by international funding.
Of the countries that continue to apply the death penalty in their domestic jurisdictions, Iran leads in number of executions per capita. Many of these executions are conducted in secret and go unreported by official sources. According to reports from human rights groups that document executions in Iran from both official and unofficial sources, roughly 650 executions were carried out in 2010 and 670 in 2011. At the time of the publication of this statement, at least 332 individuals have been executed in 2012. Of these executions, it is estimated that more than 70% are for drug-related offenses.
Statement Against the Execution of Four Ahwazi Arabs and the Death Penalty in Iran Concurrent with the execution of four Iranians in Saudi Arabia, and despite warnings by human rights activists and institutions, four Ahwazi Arab prisoners — Taha Heidarian, Abdolrahman Heidarian, Abbas Heidarian, and Ali Sharifi — were secretly executed by the Iranian [...]
Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation * Amnesty International * Arseh Sevom * ARTICLE 19 * Bahá’í International Community * Committee of Human Rights Reporters * Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies * Green Students for a Democratic Iran – Southern California * Human Rights Activists in Iran * Human Rights Watch * International Campaign for Human Rights [...]
Arseh Sevom joins 16 other organizations expressing concern about the state of academic freedom in Iran. The statement expresses concern over the state of academic freedom, access to education, and systematic violations of rights. “Violence against academic freedom and arbitrary decisions against students, especially against members of the Baha’i religion will ultimately lead to a [...]
Arseh Sevom — The hum of war has been constant in the Islamic Republic of Iran since its inception. There were eight years of devastating war with Iraq. The region has seen decades of war and unrest. For people living in Iran, war is palpable and terrifying. There has never been a time when calls [...]
Amnesty International is calling on the Iranian authorities to respect freedom of assembly and allow peaceful demonstrations in Tehran and elsewhere in Iran on 14 February 2012, amid fears that the authorities may once again use excessive use of force to quell protests, as has happened in previous years.
The demonstrations – called by the Coordination Council of the Green Path of Hope – mark the one year anniversary of demonstrations called by opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, in support of the people of Egypt and Tunisia which were brutally repressed and left at least two people dead.
Amnesty International also reiterated its call for the immediate release of Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who have been held under unofficial house arrest since 10 and 14 February 2011 respectively. Mir Hossein Mousavi’s wife, Zahra Rahnavard, is also held, while Mehdi Karroubi is currently held on his own and has been denied any contact with his family since the day after he told his wife in December 2011 that he believed the upcoming parliamentary elections would be fraudulent.
Here’s why… We joined because if passed, the law to protect intellectual property would have all sorts of debilitating and unintended consequences for people using the internet all over the world.
- The closure of social networking sites with links to content owned by the entertainment industry: this could include Twitter, Tumbler, and even Facebook.
- Precedent setting censorship laws that could (would) spread around the world.
- And more…