HUMAN RIGHTS Archive

A Smile or a Sneer, Little Has Changed

Prior to the “election” to replace Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, there were expressions of hope that a victory by Hasan Rowhani could lead to a diplomatic breakthrough between Iran and the West. Well the” moderate” has won, but the reality is that his election will have little bearing on the manner in which the regime conducts itself [&hellip

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A Moderate by Any Other Name…

We have heard the word “moderate” often over the last several days. Perhaps it’s worth reminding ourselves of the essential meanings of the word. mod·er·ate adjective \ˈmä-d(ə-)rət\ a : avoiding extremes of behavior or expression : observing reasonable limits Sure, moderate is contextual. Sure, moderate is flexible. But all reasonable people are able to identify [&hellip

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This is What Happens When UN Envoys Stop Being Polite and Start Getting Real

Some real talk from United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed on Iran’s elections. As reported by AFP: “I absolutely think the fears [about the elections] were warranted as has been bourne out by events,” he told AFP on the sidelines of the World Congress against the Death Penalty. “The mass [&hellip

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The “Elections” are Friday, Don’t Think this Means Anything

A sampling of headlines about tomorrow’s elections in Iran seem pretty confused about what is happening tomorrow. Despite Limited Election Choices, Iranians Eager To Be Heard – NPR A look at Iran’s voters and election process – AP New president: Iran preps for 11th election since 1979 Islamic Revolution – RT Iran elections: ‘wherever Rouhani [&hellip

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Iran’s Elections: Authoritarian Window Dressing

This article originally appeared on June 6, 2013 in the Huffington Post. In less than two weeks Iranians will go to the polls to elect a successor to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The field is crowded; eight men are currently contending for the presidency. The candidates represent different factions within the regime and various interests within Iran’s [&hellip

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Targeting Human Rights Abusers in Iran

The Unites States Treasury Department announced sanctions today against more than 60 human rights abusers, while at the same time trying to help give everyday Iranians better access to digital media. Bloomberg Reports: The U.S. has supported attempts to boost democratic movements and stepped up efforts to stop regimes such as those in Iran and [&hellip

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Smoke Clears on Selection: Iran still Undemocratic

So, the smoke has cleared, and Iran’s presidential candidates have been announced. Despite all the attention that Iran receives when it holds “elections”, what should be clear to anyone that pays attention to events in that country is that the system is not democratic. You may have noticed that this week two of the most [&hellip

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Iran Is a Violator of Religious Freedom

The latest State Department report on the state of religious freedom in the world is out. Unsurprisingly, Iran ranks amongst the worst violators. From the executive summary: The constitution and other laws and policies do not protect religious freedom, and in practice, the government severely restricted religious freedom. The government’s respect for religious freedom declined [&hellip

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Committee to Protect Journalists: Iran’s Journalists are in Chains

In the run up to Iran’s “elections” next month it is clear that we have entered the season of the crackdown. To raise awareness about how this crackdown is affecting Iran’s journalists and bloggers the Committee to Protect Journalists has put together a powerful video that sheds light on just how ugly this has been. [&hellip

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Indictment: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

What would an indictment of Ayatollah Khamenei look like? Thousands, if not millions, victims of the Iranian regime around the world have undoubtedly wondered. Reporters Without Borders has offered an aide to the imagination with a faux “indictment” of the “Supreme Leader” and the system of government he established. It reads in full: You are [&hellip

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