It was bound to happen. President-elect Dr. Hassan Rouhani ran on a campaign of hope and prudence, and on June 14 shocked the world by being elected as Iran’s new president (to be sworn-in in August). One of his key campaign promises was to create a more open atmosphere in Iran following the 2009 presidential [...]
Dr. Hassan Rouhani has just officially won the 2013 Iran presidential election. He is now officially President Hassan Rouhani of Iran. On May 31, near the very beginning of the campaign cycle in Iran, about one week after the 8 candidates that passed the vetting process of the Guardian Council were announced, INN and the [...]
While the polls were open in Iran, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran spoke to four voters about their votes, the state of the polling stations, and their expectations for the election.
As Iranians cast their votes for president today, authorities are blocking foreign Persian-language television stations, shutting down university campuses, and denying permissions and visas to some poll workers and foreign reporters...
Iran’s presidential election on June 14 will be neither free nor fair.
This is a live-blog covering the first day of the 2013 Iran Presidential Election. We will provide coverage throughout the day. Refresh this page as the day progresses for our most recent coverage. Make it a Political Epic! That’s what Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has decreed for the 2013 (1392 in Iran’s calendar) Iran [...]
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that this week Iranian officials have refused the visa applications of many foreign reporters who had applied to travel to Iran for coverage of the June 14 presidential election. Show More Summary
Iranian authorities should immediately stop censoring newspapers and news websites, arresting political activists, and muzzling foreign journalists within the country, ahead of the June 14 presidential election, the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.
In an interview with the Campaign, independent Internet security expert Collin Anderson, who participated in the campaign to lift the technology sanctions, described the general license as “an exemplary case of civil society organizations...Show More Summary
On May 21, Iran’s Guardian Council, responsible for vetting candidates for the upcoming June 14 presidential election, announced a list of eight approved candidates from the pool of 686 individuals who had registered. All eight candidates...Show More Summary
At Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj, 20 Sunni prisoners, facing charges such as “acting against national security” for their proselytizing activities, have been convicted of “moharebeh” [enmity with God], a capital crime, and face an unsuitable...Show More Summary
Mansour Borji, an advocate for Iranian Christians, told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the oldest Persian-language Protestant church of Iran, the Central Assemblies of God in Tehran, was shut down on May 26 due to pressure from intelligence forces, and one of the church’s pastors has been transferred to Evin Prison.
The Campaign welcomes the Obama administration’s positive step towards facilitating access to information in Iran, and calls on the administration to follow through with legal financial channels for Iranians to access the communications tools.
Iranian officials should break their silence about the status of Baztab Emrooz’s managing editor Ali Ghazali and the news website’s founder Foad Sadeghi, both arrested in the last month in relation to their media activities, and ensure they receive due process while in custody, including access to a lawyer, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.
In a statement released today, five United Nations human rights experts warned that Iran is seriously violating international law by its continued discrimination against women presidential candidates and the ongoing suppression of the press, as well as its violations of freedoms of association and assembly. Show More Summary
Security forces stormed the home of Ashkan Zahabian, a former Mashhad University student and member of the Daftar Tahkim Vahdat Student Organization General Council, arrested him, and transferred him to Babol’s Mati Kola Prison on May 27, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Show More Summary
In case you missed it, a great program from the team at Al Jazeera’s The Stream. The topic of Internet access in Iran is a fascinating and important one. With the upcoming presidential election, Internet access in Iran has become extremely slow, and potentially perilous. This one is a must watch (and it even features [...]
In a report issued May 21, the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights found that Baha’is face “widespread and entrenched discrimination” in Iran, particularly in employment and education. The report also covered several...Show More Summary
At least 100 new IRGC forces have been stationed in the Kurdish border regions in Western Iran in recent weeks, a local source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The forces are engaged in patrolling the area and...Show More Summary
The eleventh and final session of the trial for the deaths in Kahrizak Prison of three detainees in 2009 was held on Wednesday, May 22. Though the judge has not yet announced the adjournment of the trial, the lawyers told the press that the defendants had issued their last defense and there would be no further sessions. Show More Summary