HUMAN RIGHTS Archive

Election, Shmelection

The BBC and others are reporting that candidates for Iran’s upcoming presidential “elections” have begun to register. As readers of this blog are aware, Iran’s elections are really “selections”, not competitive electoral contests. In fact, the number of individuals deemed “qualified” by the Guardian Council is exceedingly small. From the BBC: In 2009, 475 hopefuls [&hellip

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Being a Journalist in Iran Ain’t Easy

Today is World Press Freedom Day 2013. Last year to mark this day we spoke with a series of activists and journalists to get a sense of the risks facing journalists in Iran. The result was this video: Sadly, not much has changed in the past year. In fact, it may be worse. Just as [&hellip

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“Election” Season In Iran

In six weeks Iranians will be asked to “pick” the successor to the current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Never mind that potential candidates for elected office have to be pre-cleared by the unelected and democratically unaccountable Guardian Council, we still get to call this an “election”! However, given the experience of average Iranians the last time [&hellip

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It’s May Day and Iran’s Workers Remain Oppressed

In Iran, it is against the law to partake in independent labor organizing. The only approved labor organizations are those controlled by the regime, and efforts at bucking these requirements are routinely stifled. The leader of Iran’s most prominent independent labor organization, Mansoor Osanloo, has been repeatedly jailed for his efforts. Recently there has been [&hellip

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Iran’s Civil Society is Under Assault

As anyone following developments in Iran knows, now is not a good time to be an activist there. Golnaz Esfandiari of Radio Free Europe recently sat down with Kouhyar Goudarzi, a leading Iranian civil society activist who recently fled the country, to find out just what is going on. RFE/RL: Why did you decide to [&hellip

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“Elections” Approach: What to Expect

The BBC has a nice primer this morning on the upcoming Iranian “elections”. We are happy to report that the the article is prefaced by a strong reminder regarding the legacy of the 2009 “election”. Four years later, two of the candidates are still under house arrest, hundreds of political activists are in prison and [&hellip

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Don’t Leave Iran’s Cyber Dissidents Unarmed

This piece appeared originally on March 28, 2013 in the Huffington Post. In a few short months, the world won’t have Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to kick around anymore. Not that many on the world stage, save his fellow anti-American aspiring autocrats, will miss him. This is because, in June, the Islamic Republic of Iran will be [&hellip

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Ahmed Shaheed on Human Rights in Iran

The below op-ed by Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, originally appeared in BBC Persian. This month marks the 37th anniversary of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). This treaty was adopted in March 1976 and has been ratified by 167 countries, including the Islamic [&hellip

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Keeping the Focus on Iran’s Human Rights Record

Reuters offered an important look last week into the United Nations ongoing look into the Iranian regime’s human rights record. Needless to say, that record is disturbing. Also disturbing is the fact that the vote to continue the work of the special rapporteur wasn’t unanimous. From the piece: The United Nations agreed on Friday to [&hellip

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On International Women’s Day, Iran’s Women Remain Second Class Citizens

As you are likely aware, Iran’s women live their lives as second class citizens. They have lesser legal rights, are denied equal opportunity to rise in public and civic life, and like all Iranians face the arbitrary strictures of the Islamic Republic’s “justice” system. Last year on International Women’s Day we hosted an important conversation [&hellip

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