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AdvocacyHouse of Cinema

Security Forces Unlawfully Close Iran’s House of Cinema

Arseh Sevom believes that the interference from governmental bodies and security forces is the primary cause for the problems facing one of the biggest NGOs in Iran. What has happened to the members of House of Cinema in the past few years is a violation of their rights as recognized by the international community and by article 26 of Iran’s own constitution. Over the past few years, members of the House of Cinema have been under pressure from security forces. Now, security forces have locked them out of their own building.

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Human Rights Groups Call for an End to House Arrests of Mousavi, Karroubi, and Rahnavard

Iran: End arbitrary house arrests of Mousavi, Karroubi, and Rahnavard;  Free all prisoners of conscience (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, …

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Opposing Int’l Support for Drug Trafficking Prevention While the Death Penalty Exists for Drug-Related Offenses

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.

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AdvocacyCivil Society Watch

17 NGOs Call on Iran to Uphold the Right to Education and Academic Freedom

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 …

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