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UN Keeps Pressure on Iran for its Rights Failures

  Human Rights Monitoring Will Continue March 27, 2015—The United Nations Human Rights Council voted today to renew the mandate of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, signaling the international community’s continued concern over the state of human rights in Iran. The resolution to renew the mandate received 20 votes in favor, 11 against, and 16 abstentions. “The vote’s message is loud and clear: four years […]

UN Envoy Says Human Rights Deteriorated In Iran

  The UN rights investigator on Iran has hailed “some limited improvements” in the country since the 2013 election of President Hassan Rohani but warned “the overall situation has worsened.” The UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, spoke to reporters in Geneva on March 16 before presenting his latest report on the human rights situation in Iran to the UN Human Rights Council. He said more than 200 people have been […]


  Sepp Blatter, the president of the international soccer organization FIFA, has publicly called upon the nation of Iran to end its ban on women in its stadiums, according to the Associated Press. The move comes about a week after a group of Iranian activists sent a letter to FIFA urging it to suspend Iran’s membership in the organization until this issue is addressed. Whether or not Blatter’s statements were in response to that activist […]

UN Must Intervene in the Environmental Crisis in Iran – Call by 11 NGOs

  The environmental crisis in Ahwaz and other cities in Western and Southwestern Iran is indeed becoming a humanitarian disaster. Dust storms which have existed for years in this part of Iran, have been significantly intensified in the last few days and made local people to breath dust instead of air” write 11 NGOs in an open call to the UN Special Rapporteurs. NGOstatement-environment Iran Human Rights, February 17, 2014: In an open letter to […]

Remembering Iran’s Imprisoned Kurds on UN Human Rights Day

  The United Nations wants us to remember human rights 365 days a year, in fact. One group that needs attention: 29 Kurds on a hunger strike in Iran’s Orumiyeh prison.Today, December 10, marks United Nations Human Rights Day, first proclaimed in 1950 “to bring to the attention ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.” Today also marks […]

UN reviews Iran’s human rights record

  The Universal Periodic Review Working Group (UPR) which works on reviewing the human rights record of UN member states was preparing to review Iran’s human rights record this morning. According to the UPR mechanisms, the experts are basing their assessment process on data submitted by three parties, namely the state that is under review, information mentioned in the UN human rights experts’ reports, and working groups known as Special Procedures Groups as well as […]

A letter by a number of Gonabadi Dervishes in Australia to the UN and other human rights organizations

  We, Gonabadi Dervishes, are proud of following a Sufi order which has made us unable to disturb and suppress others and opened our eyes to the reality that all creatures are manifestations of divinity. Therefore, we are at peace with all of them and love them as they are all created by beloved God. We are grateful to God that we are among those who do not exchange a moment of service to him […]

UN Criticizes Iranian Executions Of Juvenile Offenders

  The UN’s high commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, has spoken out against the large number of executions in Iran, specifically mentioning the planned execution of a minor in the Islamic republic. In a June 26 statement, Pillay brought up the case of Razieh Ebrahimi, who was convicted of killing her husband when she was 17 years old. Pillay noted Ebrahimi was married off when she was 14, gave birth to a child when […]

Former Political Prisoner Tells the UN of the Iranian Judiciary’s Lack of Independence

  “I have come here because as an Iranian citizen I, my family, and especially my brother, were treated unjustly. We were innocent from the very beginning. There are many like us in Iran’s prisons who are innocent. I came here to be the voice of other innocent people,” former political prisoner Hamid Ghassemi-Shaal said to the UN Human Rights Council before speaking to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran in Geneva. Ghassemi […]

UN Condemns ‘Abrupt Surge’ In Iran Hangings

  United Nations human rights experts are calling on Iran to halt what they call an “abrupt surge” in hangings in the country since the start of 2014. The call is contained in a joint statement from the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, and the UN special rapporteur on summary executions, Christof Heyns. The statement described Iranian authorities as carrying out the death penalty on prisoners with “alarming frequency.” The […]

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