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We call for an immediate independent investigation on the death of Javad Roohi in Iranian prison
We, the two human rights groups in Vienna, join Amnesty International call for the exercise of universal jurisdiction over all Iranian authorities who are reasonably suspected of criminal involvement in serious human rights violations such as abduction, torture and lethal violence against demonstrators.

Open Letter to the Presidents of
Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba
We as human rights organisations with Iranian roots strongly condemn the invitation of Ebrahim Raisi to the state visit and, moreover, the bestowal of the highest dignities on this notorious violator of elementary human rights, such as the right to life.

Belgian government encourages terrorism

De facto impunity granted by Belgian state to Iranian terrorist Assadollah Assadi violates basic human right

The capitulation of the Belgian state to the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) attempts at blackmail will grant impunity to its most flagrant human rights violations. It will encourage the Islamic regime and their agents in Europe, as they have done in recent decades, to declare European citizens unprotected by law as fair game, with no need for assassins to pay for their crimes.

Protest against appointment of Iran as chair of the Social Forum of UN Human Rights Council
Dear Mr. President, as representatives of parts of the Iranian community abroad, Medical Professionals for HR in Iran-Vienna and Committee to defend HR in Iran, we kindly ask you to reconsider your decision. Only representatives of a democratic Iran deserve to chair various UN human rights working groups, and that time will come.

The Foundation of the Committee to Support the Women’s and Youth Movement in Iran – The Mahsa Jina Amini Initiative
The “Committee to Support the Women’s and Youth Movement in Iran – The Mahsa Jina Amini Initiative” – is non-partisan and independent in political and financial terms. Its activities are based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, the UN Covenant on Political and Civil Rights (1966), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989.

Repression of medical personnel and misuse of emergency vehicles after the murder of Mahsa Amini
We support the doctors and medical personnel who have demanded an unconditional investigation into the murder of Ms. Amini in recent days. The murder of the young woman is not an exception, but symptomatic of the massive human rights violations in Iran, especially against women.

Systematic repression against Bahai citizens in Iran
The repression and increasing pressure by the Iranian government on the Bahai, including the imposition of severe penalties on them, have continued, according to the reports received, especially in recent weeks, and are unfortunately even harsher this time than before.

Medical Professionals for Human Rights in Iran – Austria
Committee for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran-Austria

A Blatant Blackmail by the Islamic Republic of Iran
The Iranian government threats to execute Swedish scientist Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali later this month. it is aimed at thwarting the trial in Sweden of Iranian official Hamid Nouri, who is charged with war crimes.

Medical Professionals for Human Rights in Iran – Austria
Committee for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran-Austria

Letter to FIFA and AFC
about barring iranian women from entering a football stadium
We condemn this policy of gender discrimination, or in other words, gender apartheid. For decades, the Islamic Republic was the only country besides Afghanistan (under the Taliban regime) where women were not allowed to enter soccer stadiums.

The European External Action Service

Iran: Statement by the Spokesperson on the sentencing of Narges Mohammadi
The recent sentencing of the Iranian human rights defender Mrs Narges Mohammadi to prison term and flogging is a worrying development. Mrs Mohammadi has devoted her life to the cause of human rights.

The American Bar Association

Granting the Eleanor Roosevelt Award to the Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh
The American Bar Association is granting the Eleanor Roosevelt Award to the Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, the brave, steadfast defender of the rule of law and human rights in Iran. She is a symbol of civic engagement and a valuable recipient of your E. Roosevelt Award.

Letter of Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB)
to Hassan Rouhani, President of Islamic Republic of Iran
We, at the Austrian Trade Union Federation (ÖGB), support the latest wave of strikes in Iranian companies in which workers and their often-unrecognised unions are demanding "bread, work and freedom" because of the increasing poverty in the country.

UN human rights experts

Execution of Iran athlete sends deeply disturbing message to protesters, say UN experts
UN human rights experts today strongly condemned the summary execution of champion wrestler Navid Afkari in Iran, raising alarm at the latest execution in a series of death penalty sentences handed down in the context of protests in 2018 and 2019.

Medical Professionals for Human Rights in Iran – Austria
Committee for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran-Austria

Letter to:
International Olympic Committee
About the execution of Navid Afkari in Iran
As you mentioned in your statement, we all received the sad news of the execution of the wrestler Navid Afkari in Iran. According to our information his body was full of signs of torture at the time of execution.

Iran: Experts alarmed at alleged mistreatment of detained protesters
UN human rights experts* today called on the Iranian authorities to release all individuals arbitrarily detained and mistreated during recent protests, and expressed concerns over the hundreds of people who have been killed.

Call against a New War in the Middle East
Drums of a war are beating loudly again, in the Middle East.
On one side stands the military power of the USA and its regional allies; on the other side, the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Escalating tensions could, in the worst- case scenario, —intentionally or unintentionally —, spark a new war in the region. The world is still suffering from the consequences of the war in Iraq in 2003, which was launched based on false claims and assumptions.

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.

Committee for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran-Austria