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  • Omid Kokabee Granted Release August 30, 2016991769-1461200117-wideWashington, DC – NIAC welcomes the release of Iranian physicist Omid Kokabee, who was granted parole by an Iranian court after serving five year in prison for charges of communication with a hostile government. NIAC remains deeply concerned about human rights violations in Iran, including the recent rise in detentions ...
  • State Department Warns Iranian Americans About Travel to Iran August 23, 2016NIAC LogoThe State Department’s newest travel advisory highlights the continued risk of arrest and detention that Iranian Americans face when traveling to Iran, specifically advising U.S. citizens to weigh the risks and ‘consider postponing their travel’ to Iran. The advice to consider postponing travel is an addition to the State Department’s ...
  • Memo: The Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 and its Possible Extension August 8, 2016Screen Shot 2016-08-11 at 11.54.53 AMWith the Iran Sanctions Act of 1996 (ISA) set to expire on December 31, 2016, several bills have been offered that would extend the legislation for a decade or more. Below, we answer key questions on the ISA and how its potential extension or expiration could impact existing sanctions authorities, ...
  • Policy Memo: Understanding U.S. Sanctions-Related Obligations Under the JCPOA August 8, 2016NIAC LogoIt is an elemental condition of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”) –- the nuclear accord between the United States, other major world powers, and Iran – that the U.S. ensure that Iran receives the full benefit of the lifting of sanctions under the nuclear agreement. Most U.S. observers, ...
  • NIAC Condemns Spate of Executions in Iran August 4, 2016NIAC LogoWashington, DC – The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) released the following statement after the Iranian government carried out a spate of approximately twenty executions: “NIAC condemns the Iranian government’s recent spate of executions and reiterates its call for Iran to uphold its international human rights obligations. The execution of a teenager ...


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  • Stuxnet the Digital Weapon August 10, 20161388170088vice_news_logo_stackedI went to talk to someone that was trying to stop the crisis from escalating further. Jamal Abdi is a foreign policy analyst for the National Iranian American Council and has advised congressional members on relations with Iran. “People like myself” Abdi said, “who were trying to broker a diplomatic ...
  • In L.A.’s ‘Little Persia,’ Iranian-Americans split on Clinton v. Trump August 10, 2016usatodayThe Census Bureau’s Annual American Community Survey put the Iranian-American population in California at 215,000 in 2012, but the National Iranian American Council lobbying group says the number is under-counted by two to three times, because many Iranian-American’s choose “Caucasian” or “Other,” when filling out surveys.The NIAC says 87% of the roughly ...
  • Trump attacks Clinton on ‘scandal’ of US paying $400m to Iran after nuclear deal August 3, 2016The-Guardian-Logo-Font-400x220Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) said the WSJ article had revealed nothing new for him. “The president already mentioned on Implementation Day that an outstanding claim between the US and Iran had been resolved, with the US paying back Iran $1.7bn,” he ...
  • Quietly, Iran keeps taking hostages, exposing an internal rift July 29, 2016christian-science-mBut the prospects for freeing Iran’s imprisoned dual nationals before Mr. Obama leaves office – not to mention ending the practice altogether – are not bright, says Reza Marashi, research director at the National Iranian American Council in Washington. “You have to put the likelihood at 50-50 at best,” he says. “The ...
  • Don’t Bust: Iranian-Americans Need To Have A Voice In The Political Process July 29, 2016huffpost logoIf you don’t know where to start, there are initiatives like the National Iranian American Council’s Beshkan the Vote that are advocating the importance of the Iranian-American vote during the 2016 election. They argue, “Your vote is your voice. If we want to have a say in the political process, ...


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