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Continuing Imprisonment and Mistreatment of Iranian Activists Demonstrates the Regime’s Contempt for Its Human Rights Obligations

Iran has recently come under condemnation from the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention for the treatment of two of its citizens, both of whom have been wrongfully imprisoned and condemned in blatant disregard for its international obligations and promises of civil liberties to its citizens. Zeinab Jalalian and Bahareh Hedayat have been targeted by the Islamic Republic and its regime as enemies […]

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Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes

UNESCO Director-General’s Message for 2016 The theme of the 2016 International Mother Language Day is “Quality education, language(s) of instruction and learning outcomes.” This underlines the importance of mother languages for quality education and linguistic diversity, to take forward the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In Sustainable Development Goal 4, the 2030 Agenda focuses […]

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Iranian Judiciary in Urgent Need of Reform

2015 is the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Basic Principles on the Independence of the Judiciary by the United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of and its endorsement by UN General Assembly. To mark this occasion, and in order to emphasize the importance of the independence and competence […]

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IRAN: STOP THE DEADLY RACE

One recurring expression in Iran-related news in 2015 is “race.” The P5+1 and Iranian officials race from one deadline to another in pursuit of a nuclear agreement. Throughout this process, Iranian officials have argued that Iran deserves the respect of other nations and an equal place at the negotiating table, and many observers agree with […]

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Iranian Arabs: Ten Years of Oppression and Injustice

  “The honorable judge did not provide any explanation whatsoever regarding his guilty finding, nor about how and why the charges had been brought against me [in the first place], based on what witness testimony, and what objective or subjective evidence. He simply did not consider it important.” From Mohammad Ali Savari’s complaint to the […]

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Iran should heed the UN and end illegal house arrest of opposition leaders

On four-year anniversary of house arrest, human rights groups call on international community to speak out The Iranian government should release opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and Zahra Rahnavard from their extra-judicial house arrest in compliance with the opinion by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, 10 human rights organizations stated […]

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IRAN MUST CLOSE DOWN THE 36-YEAR-OLD ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY COURTS

On The Anniversary of The First Revolutionary Executions in Iran IRAN MUST CLOSE DOWN THE 36-YEAR-OLD ISLAMIC REVOLUTIONARY COURTS “The Revolutionary Courts were born out of the anger of the Iranian people, and these people will not accept any principles outside of Islamic principles. There is no room in revolutionary courts for defense lawyers, because […]

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Remembering Kurdish Victims of Summary Executions

                                         Defending Kurdish Activists At Imminent Risk of Execution Two years ago, in late December 2012, six young men, Kurdish religious activists, were hanged in Raja’i Shahr Prison, in Karaj (Iran). The execution of Bahram Ahmadi, […]

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No More Talk; It’s Time for Iran to Act, Roya Boroumand

Roya Boroumand Executive director, Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation Posted: 10/16/2014 6:03 pm EDT http://www.huffingtonpost.com/roya-boroumand/no-more-talk-its-time-for_b_5998646.html Iranians aspired to look past the scandal and violence associated with the 2009 presidential elections in the weeks and months after President Hassan Rouhani’s ascent to office last year. His campaign platform of “hope and prudence” led many citizens to believe that his […]

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