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United Nations General Assembly, Third Committee
Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives

Situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Urges the Islamic Republic of Iran to cease the widespread and systematic use of arbitrary detention, including the use of this practice to target dual and foreign nationals, to release those who have been arbitrarily detained and to uphold, in law and in practice, procedural guarantees to ensure fair trial standards, including timely access to legal representation of one’s choice from the time of arrest through all stages of trial and all appeals, the right not to be subjected to torture, cruel and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and consideration of bail and other reasonable terms for release from custody pending trial;

Joint letter in support of the UN General Assembly resolution on the situation of human rights in Iran
The continued attention of the international community is required to ensure Iran upholds its international human rights obligations. By supporting resolution A/C.3/73/L.42, the UN General Assembly will send a strong signal to the Iranian authorities that the promotion and respect of human rights is a priority, and that genuine and tangible improvements to the situation are expected to ensure the dignity inherent to all persons in Iran.

Iran is putting political prisoners' lives at risk by denying them 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 published today.

Press briefing notes on Flogging in Iran, unfair restrictions on NGO access to the UN and executions in Gaza
We condemn the outrageous flogging of up to 35 young men and women in Iran last week, after they were caught holding a graduation party together in Qazvin, north of Tehran. According to State media, the students were arrested on Thursday, interrogated and sentenced by the Prosecutor’s Office to 99 lashes each and then were flogged – all within the space of 24 hours. - See more at:

Parliamentary elections in Iran: an interview with FIDH President Karim Lahidji
On 26 February 2016, parliamentary elections are to be held in Iran. Karim Lahidji, President of FIDH and of the League for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran, answers questions about these elections and their possible impact in Iran.

Amnesty International

Juvenile offender to be executed in a week gives harrowing torture account
“That the Iranian authorities are preparing to put to death a young man who’s been tortured for 97 days to ‘confess’ when he was 17 years old beggars belief. With less than a week left before he is due to be executed, there is no time to waste. Saman’s execution must be immediately stopped and his case thoroughly reviewed,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

Charlie Hebdo: After the shock and mobilisation, comes time for action

Analysis of The FIDH Executive Bureau

FIDH commends the millions who took part in the 11 January 2015 Marches in France and other parts of the world, in reaction to the killings in Paris targetting Charlie Hebdo and a Kosher supermarket. Witnessing the reactionary demonstrations taking place in response to Charlie Hebdo’s most recent publication, FIDH feels especially compelled to analyse their significance and outcomes.

Ongoing harassment against prominent human rights defenders Nargess Mohammadi, Mahdieh Golrou and Mohammad Seifzadeh
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), deplores the continuing harassment against prominent human rights defenders Nargess Mohammadi, Mahdieh Golrou and Mohammad Seifzadeh in Iran.

United Nations, General Assembly

Human Rights Council
Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review
Nineteenth session
Geneva, 27 October – 7 November 2014

Draft report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review*
Islamic Republic of Iran
The Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), established in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 5/1 of 18 June 2007, held its twentieth session from 27 October to 7 November 2014. The review of the Islamic Republic of Iran was held at the 9th meeting on 31 October 2014. The delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran was headed by Dr. Mohammad Javad Ardeshir Larijani, Secretary of the High Council for Human Rights and advisor to the Chief of Judiciary on International Affairs. At its 14th meeting held on 04 November 2014, the Working Group adopted the report on the Islamic Republic of Iran

Human Rights Watch

Iran: Dozens Unlawfully Held in City’s Prisons

Locked Up in Karaj
Spotlight on Political Prisoners in One Iranian City

The 59-page report is based on a review of 189 cases in three prisons in the city of Karaj, near the capital, Tehran, including the charges they faced, details of their trials before revolutionary courts, and information from lawyers, prisoners’ families, and others. Human Rights Watch concluded that in 63 of these cases, authorities had arrested the prisoners, and revolutionary courts had convicted and sentenced them, solely because they exercised fundamental rights such as free speech and rights to peaceful assembly or association. In dozens of other cases, including 35 prisoners sentenced to death on death row for terrorism-related offences, Human Rights Watch suspects egregious due process violations that may have tainted the judicial process.

U.N. urges Iran nuclear talks to include human rights
Talks between Iran and six world powers aimed at clinching a deal on Iran's contested nuclear programme should include human rights concerns, the U.N. human rights chief said on Thursday. U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the United Nations was especially worried about executions in Iran, including the planned execution of a woman convicted of murdering her husband at the age of 17.

Iran: Halt Execution of 33 Sunnis

Accounts of Cases Raise Fair Trial Concerns

Iran remains the second largest executioner in the world, after China. In 2013, according to Amnesty International figures, the Iranian authorities officially acknowledged 369 executions. However, reliable sources have reported that hundreds of additional executions took place in 2013, bringing the total to over 700. According to Amnesty International, as of May 25, 151 executions during 2014 have been acknowledged by the authorities or state-sanctioned media, while reliable sources have reported at least 180 additional executions, for a total of 331.


Reports of prison guards raiding Section 350 of Tehran’s Evin Prison, where many political prisoners are held, have emerged raising fears about the safety of prisoners. The unrest appears to have resulted in prisoners sustaining injuries, including broken ribs. It has been reported that at least 32 individuals from Section 350 have been transferred to solitary confinement in Section 240 of the prison.

International Federation for Human Rights
Press Release

Launch of the #ForFreedom campaign
FIDH launches today an international campaign entitled #ForFreedom to speed up the release of 16 of its members jailed throughout the world. The #ForFreedom campaign is composed of an Internet website, a mobilization illustration and a hashtag. #ForFreedom intends to become the people’s voice supporting all defenders currently in detention.

“Stop the executions” – UN rights experts alarmed at the sharp increase in hangings in Iran
GENEVA (22 January 2014) – The United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, and on summary executions, Christof Heyns, today called on the Government of Iran to urgently halt the abrupt surge in hangings in the country since the start of 2014.
At least 40 persons have been reportedly hanged in the first two weeks of January, of which at least 33 executions were carried out in the past week alone. 625 executions, including at least 28 women and a number of political prisoners were reported to have been carried out in 2013.

Amnesty International Annual Report 2013

World increasingly dangerous for refugees and migrants
Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its annual assessment of the world’s human rights.
The organization said that the rights of millions of people who have escaped conflict and persecution, or migrated to seek work and a better life for themselves and their families, have been abused. Governments around the world are accused of showing more interest in protecting their national borders than the rights of their citizens or the rights of those seeking refugee or opportunities within those borders.

22nd regular session of the Human Rights Council

Human Rights Council discusses the situation of human rights in Iran
The Human Rights Council held on March 11 and March 12 an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteurs on the situation of human rights in Iran. In its discussion on the human rights situation in Iran, the Human Rights Council heard the presentation of the report by Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, who said that the situation of human rights defenders continued to deteriorate; they were frequently charged with vaguely-defined national security crimes, thus eroding the frontline of human rights defense in the country.

United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran Dr. Ahmed Shaheed at Südwind´s parallel event

Human Rights Council: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
The. present report is the second to be submitted to the Human Rights Council, pursuant to Council resolution 16/9, and communicates developments in the human rights situation of the Islamic Republic of Iran that have transpired since the submission of the Special Rapporteur‟s second interim report to the 67th session of the General Assembly (A/67/369) in October 2012.

Mark National Student Day by freeing prisoners of conscience

Joint statement for the immediate and unconditional release of student prisoners of conscience currently behind bars in Iran

Dozens of student activists kept behind bars in Iran, some since 2009, must be freed immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International urged on Thursday, as thousands prepared to mark National Student Day at universities across the country. Iranian human rights lawyer and Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, as well as the NGOs Advocacy Council for the Right to Education (the Council to Defend the Right to Education), and Justice for Iran, have joined Amnesty International in calling for the immediate and unconditional release of student prisoners of conscience currently behind bars in Iran.

The Islamic Republic Attacks Labor Activists Once Again
On Friday the 26th of Khordad 1391 (15th june 2012) plain clothes secret police of the Islamic Republic attacked a gathering of the Labor Organization Assistance Committee which has been legally working within the requirements of the law since 1384. All of the attendees, over 60 individuals, were beaten, injured and arrested.


IRAN: Prominent human rights lawyer sentenced to 13 years imprisonment in exile on appeal
The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), denounces the unfair sentence on appeal of Mr. Abdolfattah Soltani to 13 years in prison in exile in the remote city of Borazjan (southern Bushehr province).

Iran must not execute five Arab minority prisoners

Joint Statement on the Right to Education and Academic Freedom in Iran

17 human rights and student organizations express deep concern about the alarming state of academic freedom in the Islamic Republic of Iran, in particular violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly on campuses; and institutionalized procedures that allow authorities arbitrarily to expel and suspend students, and fire graduate instructors on the basis of their political views or activities. Over six hundred students, as well as some university lecturers, have been arrested since 2009, many of whom have subsequently been imprisoned, and hundreds deprived of education, as a result of their political activities.

IRAN: Trade unionist Reza Shahabi sentenced to six years of prison
On April 14, 2012, the lawyer of Mr. Reza Shahabi, Treasurer and board member of the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (Sherkat-e Vahed), was informed that his client had been sentenced to six years in prison by Judge Abolghassem Salavati of Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolution Court. Mr. Shahabi was convicted under charges of “propaganda against the regime” (one-year imprisonment) and “conspiracy against the national security” (five-year imprisonment).

The Observatory has been informed by the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI) of the judicial harassment faced by several members of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR), including Mr. Kouhyar Goudarzi, Mr. Saeed Jalalifar, also a former member of the Association for Defence of Street and Working Children, Ms. Shiva Nazarahari, also a member of the “One Million Signatures” Campaign, and Mr. Navid Khanjani, who is considered as a significant figure in awareness on educational rights.

19th session of HRC,
On the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Oral statement on special procedures, 14 March 2012

19th session of HRC,
On the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Oral statement on special procedures, 12 March 2012

19th session of HRC
On the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Oral statement on special procedures, 9 March 2012

19th session of HRC,
On the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Oral statement on special procedures, 5 March 2012

UN regulations mandate proper medical care for prisoners of conscience
Several prisoners of conscience in Iran are in pressing need of proper medical treatment, which is not available inside the various prisons where they are held. However, the Iranian authorities are using their poor health conditions to exert more pressure on them, to coerce them to make false confessions or to issue new charges against them and prolong their detention.


Iran: Parliament ignores concerns of independent civil society organisations over draft bill
Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi and nine human and labour rights organizations today expressed dismay at parliamentary proceedings in Iran which look set to pass into law a bill which appears intended to wipe out independent civil society in the country, in violation of international standards on freedom of association and assembly, which Iran is obliged to uphold.

Undivided HUMAN RIGHTS for ALL
Sixty two years have passed since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the United Nations. Unfortunately, as we are presently honouring the occasion, in many counries of the world, Human Right (HR) are severly violated in a systematic and premediated manner. And again unfortunately, a horrifying example of this situation is the case of Iran,our primary homeland, where unprecedented HRs violations and abuse are on the daily agenda, in a broad scope and a brutal manner.

Shirin Ebadi: Deterioration of Judiciary and the Need for UN Rapporteurs
In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi called on the United Nations to send special rapporteurs to Iran to review cases of arbitrary arrest and torture before more executions take place.

Political Executions Indication of Government’s Insecurity

Five Hanged in Secret, Twenty Seven others Facing Hangman’s Noose

The sudden execution of five Iranian political prisoners appears to signal a government policy of relying on politically-motivated executions to strengthen its position vis-à-vis its opposition through terror and intimidation, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said.

Open Letter to His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Members of the UN General Assembly

By Dr Shirin Ebadi, Human Rights Advocate and 2003 Nobel Laureate

Now the questions that arise are: Does the Islamic Republic of Iran, which has been violating human rights for years, deserve to be on the Human Rights Council? Could a state that has hitherto disregarded and ignored UN resolutions make proper judgements on observance of human rights in other countries?
We hope that by rejecting the Islamic Republic of Iran’s bid for membership in the Human Rights Council, you will draw the Iranian authorities’ attention to their wrongdoings, and that you will also make that country’s membership to the council conditional on the implementation of UN resolutions on human rights violations in Iran, in particular the resolution 64/176 of December 2009.

Amnesty International:

Iran must end slide into bloodshed
Amnesty International has condemned the “wholly avoidable” deaths of up to 15 people in Iran during the ‘Ashoura religious commemorations. The organization called on the authorities to ensure that those attending funerals and commemorations in the coming days and weeks are guaranteed the right to assemble peacefully and to express their opposition to the current government.

On July 25, stand in solidarity with the Iranian people
Human rights activists are organizing a coordinated Global Day of Action on July 25, 2009 to demand respect for the human rights of the Iranian people and to demonstrate worldwide solidarity with the civil rights movement in Iran. Major human rights organizations have sponsored the event.
Action in Vienna:
25. July 17:00 – 19

Letter of 71 representatives of the Austrian National Council to the authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran condemning the use of violence against protesters
The undersigned Members of the Austrian National Council are observing the response to the protests across Iran following Iran’s presidential election with serious concern. We firmly condemn the use of violence against protesters resulting in the loss of lives.

Amnesty International Report 2009

Information Relevant
to the SVAW Campaign
Amnesty International

Publication of a report
Iran/Death Penalty

A State Terror Policy



A Conversation with Shirin Ebadi

Concern over Death of Prisoners‎
Attorney Shirin Ebadi, the head of the Tehran-based Center for the Defense of Human ‎Rights and a Nobel Peace laureate spoke with Rooz about the current activities of the ‎Center. Talking about Omidreza Mirsayafi, the web blogger who died in prison on March ‎‎18th, 2009, Ebadi said that when the victim’s body was handed over to his family ‎members, they noticed blood stains in his ear, which contradicted the statements of the ‎authorities when they said that the prisoner had committed suicide through overdose.

Call to end persecution of Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi in Iran
Parliament, in a resolution adopted by a large majority, strongly condemns the "repression, persecution and threats" against the Iranian lawyer and 2003 Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi and expresses its grave concern at the intensified persecution of human rights defenders in Iran.

Three Men Stoned in Iran‎
Sara Moghadam

Three men were officially stoned in the city of Mashhad in Eastern Iran on Thursday, one ‎of whom survived the ordeal.‎

Ebadi and another Inquisition

They Returned as Tax Agents

Yesterday, five government agents raided the law offices of Nobel Peace Prize laureate ‎Shirin Ebadi from where they tried to confiscate two computers, but who succumbed to ‎her defiance.‎

Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi:‎

Violation of Human Rights Not Proud Event‎
Omid Memarian

Following the closure of the offices for Center for the Defense of Human Rights in Tehran last ‎week, Nobel peace laureate and the Center's president Shirin Ebadi told Rooz in an interview, ‎‎"When they shut our office there was no adequate registration of our inventory."

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General on Iran
The Secretary-General is greatly concerned about reports that Iranian lawyer, human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi has been threatened in recent days, her Center for the Defense of Human Rights broken into and materials taken, and that hostile crowds have mobilized today outside her office and home. He calls on the Iranian authorities to take immediate measures to prevent any further harassment and to ensure Shirin Ebadi's safety and security.

Attack on Human Rights Center
The office for the Center for the Defense of Human Rights, which is headed by Shirin ‎Ebadi, was shut down yesterday by security and police officers prior to holding a meeting ‎to commemorate the international Human Rights Day. ‎

Iran shuts down event at human rights center

No one is arrested as an award ceremony in Tehran for longtime political dissident Taghi Rahmani is disrupted.

Reporting from Tehran and Beirut -- Security officials in Tehran shut down the office of the country's leading rights defenders Sunday as activists and lawyers gathered there to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
A swarm of uniformed and plainclothes security officers raided Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi's Center for the Defense of Human Rights, reportedly taking video footage of offices, making an inventory of equipment and demanding that members leave, telling them authorities had a court order banning any ceremony.

Juvenile Executions in the Past 18 Years
Since 1990 at least 41 juveniles have been executed in our country. Out of these, the ‎names of 37 are provided in figures released by the Human Rights Watch. However, the ‎names of Masoud Naghi Biravand and Mohammad Faghiri, who were hanged in Lorestan ‎in 1385 and Isfahan in 1386, respectively, are not mentioned.‎

Committee for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran-Austria