Iran’s minority rights violations condemned by the US Religious Freedom Commission

In its latest report released on Wednesday 14 May, the US Commission on Religious Freedom has addressed the religious freedom violations across the world, including Iran. According to the report “there has been a continuous violation of religious freedom in Iran over the past year, with unlawful long detention, torture, imprisonment, and... Read More

US State Department report on human rights sanctions on Iran

Today, 17 May 2017, the US State Department released its bi-annual report about sanctions imposed on persons involved in human rights abuses in Iran. The report cites recent sanctions against the Tehran Prisons Organization and Sohrab Soleimani, the former head of the Tehran Prisons Organization. On the State Department’s press release... Read More

Maryam Akbari Monfared: My vote is no to the sham elections

Prisoner of conscience, Maryam Akbari Monfared expressed her view on the sham presidential elections in Iran by sending out a letter from prison. Ms Akbari Monfared has been in prison since December 2009 and is sentenced to 15 years in prison for talking to her relatives who were in Camp Ashraf at that time. She received the prison sentence... Read More

A daring action during an election rally in Iran

In a daring act, took part in an election campaign and held up a banner demanding action for freedom of prisoners of conscience. Houri's brother, Shahram Farajzadeh, was ran over and murdered by the State Security Forces’ vehicle in a protest on 27 December 2009. Her banner reads: "We demand real action: Free all political and belief... Read More

Mike Freer: Britain can no longer ignore Iran’s abuse of human rights

Mike Freer, the Conservative candidate for Finchley and Golders Green, has written an article on Conservative Home website criticising the Western governments’ dealing with human rights situation in Iran. He specifically is critical of the way the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been handled and says: "Ignoring Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe... Read More

Teacher exiled for playing music in class

Aziz Ghasemzadeh, 38, spokesman of the Gilan Teachers Guild, has been sentenced to a year in exile for playing music in class. He is an active teacher in the guild. Aziz Ghasemzadeh is a singer and caretaker for an Iranian music group named Sepehr that has conducted a number of concerts in Gilan Province, northern... Read More