Letter to Secretary General of the United Nations

According to Amnesty International, at least 161 persons have been killed during the violent suppression of the November 2019 protests in Iran. The speaker of the National Security Committee of the Iranian Parliament confirmed that approximately 7000 persons have been arrested because of participating in the protests. ...

Iran: Deliberate Coverup of Brutal Crackdown

Iranian authorities are deliberately covering up the scale of the mass crackdown against protesters, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should immediately announce the number of deaths, arrests, and detentions from the recent protests and permit an independent inquiry into alleged abuses. ...

Iran: Experts raise alarm at arrests and reported killings, internet shutdown

UN human rights experts have expressed grave concerns about the situation in Iran as protests spread across the country over the past week. ...

Iranian ambassador threatens UK-based Iranian journalists and media

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns Iranian intelligence agency harassment and threats against Iranian journalists based abroad, especially in Britain, and against their families still in Iran, and the role played by the Iranian ambassador in London in relaying these threats. ...

Iran: World must strongly condemn use of lethal force against protesters as death toll rises to 143

The international community must denounce the intentional lethal use of force by Iranian security forces that has resulted in the killings of at least 143 protesters since demonstrations broke out on 15 November, Amnesty International said today. ...

Iran: Worsening situation for free expression must be addressed in upcoming UPR

ARTICLE 19 and Access Now have jointly submitted a report for consideration ahead of the third UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Iran. The submission highlights a deterioration of freedom of expression in the country, with an unprecedented crackdown on freedom of expression online, and the harsh repression of protesters and human rights defenders. No progress has been made on the implementation of UPR recommendations previously accepted by Iran. However, the development of a law on freedom of information, could, with some reforms and proper implementation, enable progress for public access to information. ...

Iran: Sanctions Threatening Health

The Trump administration’s broad sanctions on Iran have drastically constrained the ability of the country to finance humanitarian imports, including medicines, causing serious hardships for ordinary Iranians and threatening their right to health, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The administration in Washington should take immediate steps to ensure a viable channel exists for trade of humanitarian goods with Iran. ...

ARREST OF IRANIAN WRITER’S FAMILY MEMBERS “DEPLORABLE ATTEMPT TO INTIMIDATE HER”

(New York, NY) – Earlier this week, Iranian officials reportedly arrested three relatives of journalist, author, and women’s rights activist Masih Alinejad. PEN America said the arrests of Alireza Alinejad, Hadi Lotfi, and Leila Lotfi are likely retaliatory against Alinejad for her work calling for women’s rights and an alarming and reprehensible attack on free expression. ...

Iran: Family of women’s rights activist arrested in despicable attempt to intimidate her into silence

Iranian authorities have arrested three family members of Masih Alinejad, a prominent US-based Iranian journalist and activist as retribution for her women’s rights activism, Amnesty International revealed today. ...

European Parliament resolution of 19 September 2019 on Iran, notably the situation of women’s rights defenders and imprisoned EU dual nationals

The European Parliament, – having regard to its previous resolutions on Iran, notably those concerning human rights, in particular those of 14 March 2019 on Iran, notably the case of human rights defenders(1), of 13 December 2018 on Iran, notably the case of Nasrin Sotoudeh(2), of 31 May 2018 on the situation of imprisoned EU-Iranian dual nationals in Iran(3), of 25 October 2016 on the EU strategy towards Iran after the nuclear agreement(4), of 3 April 2014 on the EU strategy towards Iran(5), of 8 October 2015 on the death penalty(6) and of 17 November 2011 on Iran – recent cases of human rights violations(7), ...

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