In some Apple stores, speaking Persian means you can’t
buy their products.
NIAC's efforts have helped generate national and international news coverage, including on the BBC, MSNBC, and Al Jazeera. But we must also tell Apple directly to put a stop to this discrimination. Click "Take Action" to send a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook today.
NIAC President Trita Parsi's letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook urging Apple to take immediate steps to end discriminatory practices against Iranian Americans and Iranian visa holders in the United States.
NIAC calls on Apple to take immediate steps to ensure its policies do not discriminate against Iranian Americans and Iranians in the U.S. and on the U.S. government to take the necessary steps to ensure sanctions do not continue to be misapplied or over-enforced.
NIAC and a coalition of Iranian-American and civil rights organizations sent a letter to Apple demanding that the company investigate alleged discrimination, train its staff to enforce a non-discriminatory policy, and issue an apology.
Media reports about Apple stores refusing to sell iPhones and iPads to Iranian Americans and Iranian visa holders have been causing quite a stir. But how sanctions on Iran can affect Iranian Americans are less understood.
Learn more about the various types of discrimination and what you can do if you are the victim of discrimination.
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Sahar Sabet, one of the Iranian Americans recently denied from purchasing items from an Apple store, shares her account of the episode and NIAC Policy Director Jamal Abdi discusses how sanctions enforcement is the root cause.
None of us should be surprised that this is happening. Unintended consequences are the reality of broad sanctions. Given this reality, it's time to face the music. While some of us in our community may shy away from politics, we must recognize: this is a political issue, pure and simple. U.S.-Iranian relations affect all of us here at home in the United States, not just our friends and family members in Iran.
Sahar Sabet, the 19-year old Iranian American teenager at the center of the Apples discrimination controversy, issued a statement through her attorney today to “correct erroneous media and organizational reports” that were claiming Apple did not discriminate against her because they were just following the law.
With Apple's vigilante-sanctions-enforcement/racial profiling of Iranian Americans receiving well-deserved attention, we wanted to spotlight similar over-enforcement of broad sanctions by tech companies impacting people inside Iran.