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NIAC Condemns Deadly Shootings at Jewish Center

NIAC sends its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of last night's shootings outside of Jewish community centers in Kansas City.

Congress Urges President to Ensure Sanctions Do Not Block Medicine for Iranians

NIAC commends Rep. Moran and all twenty-one Members of Congress who sent a letter to President Obama today supporting necessary action to ensure medicine and humanitarian goods for the Iranian people are not unintentionally blocked for Iranians.

NIAC Applauds Protection of Persepolis Tablets in Chicago

National Iranian American Council applauds a court decision protecting the Persepolis Tablets and other ancient Iranian artifacts from being awarded as damages.

NIAC Applauds UN Renewal of Iran Human Rights Rapporteur Mandate

NIAC welcomes this morning's UN Human Rights Council vote to renew the mandate for the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed.

Bank of Hawaii Re-Opens Accounts for Iranians in U.S.

NIAC welcomes the decision by Bank of Hawaii to re-open bank accounts for Iranian customers.

NIAC Commends EU High Representative Ashton for Landmark Iran Visit

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton's trip to Iran is a welcome step towards resolving the tensions between Iran and the West through dialogue and diplomacy.

NIAC Statement on House and Senate Iran Letters

NIAC has serious concerns with the language in the Senate letter regarding demands for a final deal and will oppose it. NIAC will not oppose the House letter.

NIAC Applauds "Give Diplomacy a Chance" Congressional Letter

NIAC commends the 104 Members of Congress who signed the bipartisan "Give Diplomacy a Chance" letter sent to President Obama today.

NIAC Applauds Sanctions Halt, Time to Focus on Diplomacy

In the face of overwhelming support for diplomacy, Senator Menendez and AIPAC have halted their push for new sanctions that would torpedo negotiations.

NIAC Applauds Investigation of Bank Discrimination Against Iranian Students

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights' (MDHR) will investigate charges of discrimination by TCF Bank against Iranian students whose university-linked bank accounts were terminated.

72 Organizations Warn Senate Against New Iran Sanctions

Seventy-two organizations delivered a joint letter to the Senate today urging the Senate to oppose new Iran sanctions legislation, S.1881, that they say would "critically endanger the possibility of a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear standoff with Iran."

NIAC Statement on Implementation of the Joint Plan of Action

The decision to start implementation of the November nuclear accord shows that diplomacy is gaining further momentum. Confrontation has been replaced with collaboration.

NIAC Applauds UNGA Passage of Iran Human Rights Resolution

NIAC applauds the UN General Assembly's passage of an annual resolution calling on Iran to address human rights violations that have been chronicled in recent reports by Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran.

NIAC Calls for Release of Imprisoned Iranian Bloggers

According to recent reports, the IRGC arrested sixteen writers and bloggers who they accused of acting against national security, including seven employees of the tech website

NIAC Applauds U.S.-Iran Nuclear Agreement

Diplomacy has delivered the U.S. and Iran from the brink of a disastrous war and placed the two countries at the beginning of a brighter, more sustainable path forward.

NIAC Accepting Nominations and Applications for Board of Directors

As NIAC has grown in recent years, interest in serving on NIAC's Board of Directors has similarly increased. Due to this heightened interest, NIAC has decided to open up the Board of Directors nomination process to our members for the 2014-2016 term.

NIAC Commends UNGA Third Committee for Iran Human Rights Resolution

NIAC commends the UN General Assembly's Third Committee for passing an annual resolution calling on Iran to address human rights violations detailed most recently in a report published by the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed.

29 Organizations Warn Congress Against New Iran Sanctions

Twenty-nine national organizations sent a joint letter to key Senators today warning against new Iran sanctions or restrictive policy language that could sabotage recent diplomatic progress with Iran.

Iranian Americans Unite in Opposition to Sanctions

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Pars Equality Center, Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans, National Iranian American Council, and United for Iran sent a letter to Senate leaders today calling for a halt to new Iran sanctions.

NIAC Urges UN to Approve Resolution on Human Rights in Iran

NIAC urges the UN Third Committee to approve a resolution continued violations of human rights inside Iran.

NIAC Condemns Senator Kirk's Insulting Comments Against Iranians

Senator Kirk stated, "How do you define an Iranian moderate? An Iranian who is out of bullets and out of money."

Major Progress in Iran Nuclear Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, High Representative Catherine Ashton, and many other negotiators deserve tremendous credit for bringing the P5+1 and Iran to the brink of a deal.

Iran Nuclear Talks Media Advisory: NIAC Experts Available for Analysis

Experts from the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) will be available to media before, during and after the conclusion of nuclear negotiations between the United States, other members of the P5+1 and Iran in Geneva.

NIAC Applauds US-Iran Diplomatic Progress, Warns Congress Against Sabotaging a Deal

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) applauds the U.S. and Iran for engaging in substantive, productive negotiations in Geneva over the past two days.

NIAC Applauds Historic Phone-Call Between Obama and Rouhani

The President of the National Iranian American Council released the following statement in regard to the historic telephone conversation between President Barack Obama and President Hassan Rouhani.

NIAC Applauds Easing of Humanitarian Sanctions on Iranians

NIAC applauds the Treasury Department's decision to ease sanctions to enable humanitarian activities by nongovernmental organizations in Iran and athletic exchanges between the U.S. and Iran.

NIAC Deplores House Vote on Iran Sanctions

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) deplores the House of Representatives' passage of H.R.850, a broad new Iran sanctions bill.

U.S. Authorizes More Medical Exports to Iran; Financial Sanctions Remain Obstacle

NIAC applauds the Obama administration for expanding the list of medical devices that can be exported to Iran, and urges it to follow up on this action by addressing financial sanctions that have been cutting off humanitarian exports to Iran.

NIAC Condemns Sen. Graham's Call for War Authorization

NIAC condemned the recent calls by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for war against Iran. Graham today told a Christians United For Israel conference that he plans to introduce an authorization for the use of military force in Iran in two months.

Unprecedented: 131 in Congress Call for New Iran Diplomacy

The National Iranian American Council released the following statement regarding the Dent-Price letter sent by a 131 Members of Congress urging President Obama to reinvigorate Iran diplomacy.

NIAC's Statement on Iran's Election of Hassan Rouhani

The election of Hassan Rouhani to be the next President of Iran signals a potential opening for progress on human rights inside Iran as well as nuclear diplomacy. Rouhani, a former nuclear negotiator under former reformist President Khatami, has also called for a more constructive approach to nuclear diplomacy.

Iran Elections Media Advisory: NIAC Experts Available for Analysis

NIAC experts will be available to media before, during and after Iran's presidential election for analysis of Iran's internal political dynamics; implications for Iran's pro-democracy and human rights movement; considerations of policymakers inside the U.S.; and the reaction of the Iranian-American community.

Obama Administration Doubles Down on Counterproductive Iran Sanctions

With Iran in the midst of a Presidential election, the Obama administration is continuing to double down on a counterproductive strategy of economic pressure that has empowered the regime, punished ordinary Iranians and hardened Iran's nuclear policy.

NIAC Applauds Lifting of Communications Sanctions for Iranians

NIAC applauds the Obama Administration's anticipated decision to lift sanctions on consumer communication tools for the Iranian people tomorrow. This long sought action will help ensure sanctions do not block important consumer communication hardware, software, and services for ordinary Iranians.

Congress Escalates Iran Standoff with Support for Israeli Strikes, Sanctions

NIAC's statement regarding Senate passage of S.Res.65, a resolution conveying U.S. support for potential Israeli military strikes on Iran, and House committee approval of new sanctions.

Iranian-American Coalition Reiterates Call for Obama to Allow Earthquake Relief

In the aftermath of the second deadly earthquake to strike Iran within a week, a coalition of organizations have reiterated their call for President Obama to ensure sanctions do not impede humanitarian assistance.

Senate Resolution Brings U.S. Closer to War Against Iran

The National Iranian American Council strongly opposes today's Senate Foreign Relations Committee adoption of S.Res.65, a resolution conveying U.S. support for potential Israeli military strikes on Iran.

Coalition to Obama: Ensure Sanctions Don't Block Iran Earthquake Relief

In the aftermath of a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that struck Iran, a coalition of Iranian-American, human rights, and humanitarian organizations called on President Obama to ensure sanctions do not impede relief efforts.

NIAC to Appeal Cost Sharing Decision in Lawsuit Against Daieoleslam

Today, Judge John Bates issued a cost sharing opinion in NIAC's defamation lawsuit against Seyyed Hassan Daieoleslam. Although Daieoleslam failed to demonstrate that his accusations against NIAC were true, Judge Bates ordered that NIAC bear some of the discovery costs. NIAC has already filed an appeal of this order.

NIAC Calls for Release of Iranian Journalists

NIAC condemns the Iranian government's recent arrests of at least 14 journalists in Tehran, an act that demonstrates the government's continued brazen disregard for freedom of expression.

New Sanctions Are Incremental Step to Iran War, Include No Medicine Fix

This is not the total embargo that hardliners were pushing, but is another incremental step towards the full exhaustion of sanctions and to a military endgame.

New Study Outlines Impact of Broad Sanctions on Iranian Americans

ALC released a study today documenting the negative consequences of sanctions on Iranian Americans as part of a collaborative effort with IABA, PAAIA, and NIAC.

NIAC Condemns Human Rights Abuses Squeezing Iranians, With No Exceptions

Over the past ten days we have witnessed two tragedies in which ordinary Iranians were killed under the gross repression of the Iranian government and the broad impact of crippling sanctions imposed by the U.S. government.

Iran Fact Check: Top 5 Myths

Iran and its nuclear program will undoubtedly feature prominently in tonight's presidential debate on foreign policy. However, pervasive myths, distortions, and oversimplifications continue to distort the debate on Iran.

NIAC Applauds Extension of Earthquake Sanctions Waiver

NIAC applauds the Treasury Department for extending a sanctions waiver to help enable ongoing earthquake relief efforts in northern Iran, and calls for additional steps to ensure sanctions do not continue to block transactions of food and medicine.

NIAC Statement on Ahmadinejad UN Speech

We must not allow the words of a politically marginalized president who is on the last leg of his presidency to distract from the very serious human rights abuses that continue to occur in Iran and the looming threat of a disastrous war between the U.S., Israel and Iran.

MEK Delisting is a Gift to the Regime, a Disaster for the Iranian People and the U.S.

The delisting decision opens the door to Congressional funding of the MEK to conduct terrorist attacks in Iran, makes war with Iran far more likely, and will seriously damage Iran's peaceful pro-democracy movement as well as America's standing among ordinary Iranians.

Iran Fact Check: Revoke Netanyahu's Free Pass to Sell War

Today NIAC is launching Iran Fact Check ( to provide the facts and tools to help the public hold the media and politicians accountable when they make false claims in support of another war.

Statement on Lawsuit Against Hassan Daieoleslam

The court ruling yesterday in NIAC's lawsuit against Seyyed Hassan Daieoleslam granted NIAC victory on its central demand, while falling short on other objectives.

NIAC Statement on the Death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens

NIAC extends our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Ambassador Stevens. NIAC's staff had the great pleasure of working with him and are deeply saddened by his loss.

BBC: US Allows NGOs to Send Money to Quake-Hit Iran

"As pleased as we are with this, it also goes to remind us that the White House and EU sanctions are not meant to hit ordinary people but the government," said NIAC President Trita Parsi. "But in practice it's quite clear it's not that simple and it's the people who tend to get hit in such cases."

NIAC Applauds General License for Earthquake Assistance

NIAC strongly applauds the White House for issuing a temporary general license authorizing charitable organizations to provide direct humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to the victims of the earthquakes in northwest Iran.

Humanitarian Relief Requires Sanctions Waiver Following Earthquakes in Iran

Yesterday, earthquakes struck Iran, killing at least 250 people and injuring over 2,000. Given current U.S. sanctions on Iran, there are serious concerns that humanitarian relief will be hindered.

NIAC Urges SWIFT to Maintain Services for Humanitarian Causes in Iran

NIAC today sent a letter to the CEO of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), urging the international organization to maintain services for humanitarian causes in Iran.

New Iran Sanctions Undermine Diplomacy and Human Rights

NIAC supports an effective approach to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon, protect human rights in Iran, and support the democratic future that Iranians have aspired to for over a century. This bill is not that approach.

NIAC, Coalition Urge Congress Not to Block Food and Medicine to Iran

NIAC joined the Friends Committee on National Legislation and nine other national organizations to urge the U.S. Congress to reject proposed sanctions legislation that would cut off humanitarian items to Iran, such as food, medicine, and family remittances.

NIAC Condemns Anti-Semitic Speech by Iranian VP

Iranian Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi's anti-Semitic comments are disgraceful and appalling. His remarks do not reflect in any way the views of the Iranian people, who reject such poisonous bigotry.

NIAC Calls on Apple and US Government to End Sanctions Discrimination

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 Statement on Iran Talks Concluding in Moscow

"While the parties should be commended for pursuing a diplomatic solution to the nuclear standoff, it is clear the two sides are not yet committed to doing everything necessary to avert a crisis. With each side having limitations on what they could give, but not on what they could demand, the inability to reach a deal should not take anyone by surprise."

California Senate Passes Resolution Honoring Iranian Americans, Supporting Human Rights in Iran

NIAC commends Senator Sam Blakeslee (R-San Luis Obispo) California State Senate for unanimously passing Senate Resolution 29 recognizing the contributions of the Iranian-American community and calling upon the Iranian government to provide basic human rights and political freedoms to its citizens.

NIAC Statement on Conclusion of Baghdad Talks

As talks between Iran the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) conclude, all parties should be commended for returning to the negotiating table. Both sides entered negotiations with their maximalist positions, and neither budged. Looking ahead, now the hard work begins.

House Vote on Iran Is No Endorsement of "Zero Enrichment" Redline

The pro-peace community won an important battle this week as opposition to H.Res.568 and its Senate companion forced the bills' sponsors to address dangerous ambiguities in the legislation.

NIAC Celebrates 10th Anniversary: Education and Advocacy for the Iranian-American Community

"I've watched our community mature into a group that is no longer afraid to voice their opinion and make change," said Trita Parsi, NIAC President.

NIAC Applauds Efforts to Address Growing "Electronic Curtain" Over Iran

NIAC welcomes the decision by the Obama Administration to lift sanctions on additional categories of personal communication tools to support the free exchange of information with the Iranian people.

California Democratic Party Votes to Oppose War against Iran

The California Democratic Party has taken a stand against war with Iran, voting unanimously to "oppose initiating war against Iran" as part of its platform, which was published today.

Statement: Senate Iran Resolution a Blank Check for War

NIAC issued a statement regarding the Senate introduction of a resolution that would rule out "containment of a nuclear weapons capable Iran."

Officials Must Cut Ties with Confirmed Iranian Terror Group

In light of confirmation by U.S. officials that MEK continues to engage in terrorism, NIAC calls on all former officials who have taken part in the MEK's lobbying and PR efforts to immediately cut ties with the organization, donate any money they have received to charity, and work with law enforcement to ensure this U.S.-designated terror group is dismantled.

NIAC Condemns Assassination Campaign Targeting Iranian Scientists

NIAC condemns the assassination of Iranian scientist Mostafa Ahamdi Roshan. This assassination the fourth in two years is an illegal and immoral act that increases the risk of military confrontation and retaliatory acts by Iran.

Former Officials Call for President Obama to Reinvigorate Iran Diplomacy

A group of former government officials, diplomats, military officers, and nonproliferation experts have called on President Obama to reinvigorate direct diplomatic engagement with Iran to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue.

Congress' Extreme Iran Sanctions

Today's vote by the House of Representatives to approve broad Iran sanctions and an expected vote by both chambers to approve central bank sanctions represent a major step in the wrong direction for the United States' Iran policy.

NIAC Statement on Iran Sanctions Vote in Senate

The Senate voted today to further punish the Iranian people, to entrench the regime, to punish the U.S. and its allies, and to pave the pathway to war.

NIAC Welcomes U.N. Resolution on Iran's Human Rights Violations

NIAC reiterates its call for the Iranian government to comply with its human rights obligations, release all prisoners of conscience, and cooperate with the UN human rights monitor established earlier this year.

NIAC Condemns Endorsement of Military Action on Iran at CBS GOP Debate

It is shameful that military action was so flippantly endorsed when it is clear that it would inflict such damage to U.S. national intest and to Iran's democracy movement.

NIAC Calls For Texas Restaurant to Take Down Anti-Iranian Hate Poster

NIAC deplores the racist and violent depiction of what is supposed to be a group of cowboys donning "Iranians Sucks" t-shirts while lynching an Iranian on a poster at a restaurant in Katy, Texas.

House Committee Adopts Indiscriminate Sanctions, Anti-Diplomacy Bill

The National Iranian American Council is deeply concerned that the "Iran Threat Reduction Act," as passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee today, will make Americans less safe and will hurt the Iranian people not the regime by making sanctions even more indiscriminate.

NIAC Statement on Alleged Terror Plot

Iranian Americans share with all Americans a deep commitment to keeping our country safe, and the actions of the individual indicted in the alleged plot in no way reflects the views of the broader Iranian-American community.

NIAC Calls for Release of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani

NIAC calls for the immediate release of Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani. The charges of apostasy against Nadarkahni and the death sentence he faces represent a further erosion of human rights and rule of law in Iran, specifically the protection of religious minorities and religious liberty.

NIAC Congratulates Freed Americans; Urges Release of Political Prisoners in Iran

NIAC welcomes the release of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal from their 782-day detention in Iran's Evin prison. NIAC congratulates Josh, Shane and their families, and calls on Iran to release all political prisoners who remain detained.

Delisting MEK would be a disaster for U.S. national security and the Iranian pro-democracy movement

The Mujahadeen-e Khalq (MEK), a cult-like Iranian terrorist organization with a history of violence and no support among the Iranian people, has been paying U.S. politicians to help them get off the State Department's terrorist list. They are rallying in front of the State Department today to take the group of the terror list.

Experts Warn Delisting Iranian Terror Group Would Carry Damaging Repercussions

An expert panel convened today to discuss the potential repercussions of an pending decision by the State Department regarding the terrorist designation of the Iranian Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) organization.

OFAC Clarifies that Iranian Americans May Continue Flying on Iran Air

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has confirmed that U.S. individuals may continue flying on Iran Air based on an underlying travel exemption.

NIAC Deeply Concerned by Civilian Airline Sanctions

NIAC is deeply concerned about today's announcement of United States sanctions against Iran Air. These sanctions fail to target the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, and instead will punish and further isolate ordinary Iranians.

NIAC Welcomes Appointment of Human Rights Monitor, Calls for Iran to Cooperate

NIAC welcomes the appointment by the U.N. Human Rights Council of Ahmed Shaheed as the human rights monitor for Iran and calls on Iran to allow Mr. Shaheed to investigate Iran's human rights record without interference

NIAC Commends Targeted Human Rights Measures Against IRGC, Basij

NIAC commends today's announcement that the Obama Administration is designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Basij paramilitary, Iran's national police and its chief for U.S. financial and visa restrictions due to their involvement in human rights abuses against the Iranian people.

Joint Letter to Congress on New Iran Sanctions Bills

NIAC and leading Iranian-American, Jewish-American, arms control, democracy, human rights and pro-peace organizations called on the House and Senate to oppose or demand significant changes to new Iran sanctions legislation.

NIAC Condemns the Killing of Haleh Sahabi

NIAC condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing today of Haleh Sahabi and calls on Iran's government to release all prisoners of conscience and end its campaign of systematic repression.

Obama Fixes Visa Policy for Iranian Students

NIAC applauds the Obama Administration's decision to repeal the Single-Entry Visa policy for Iranian students. The decision will expand opportunities for Iranians to study in the US at a time when record numbers of Iranian youth seek to escape repression in Iran.

NIAC Hosts Shirin Ebadi for In-Depth Conversation on Iran Policy & Human Rights

NIAC hosted a forum on Iran policy and human rights with Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi on Saturday April 23rd in McLean, VA.

Court Decision a Reprieve for Persian Artifacts

Iranian Americans and the museum community concerned about the possible seizure of precious Iranian artifacts won an important reprieve in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals today.

NIAC Applauds Today's Establishment of Human Rights Monitor on Iran

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) strongly supports today's successful vote at the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) to establish an independent UN human rights monitor on Iran.

NIAC Commends UN Human Rights Council Efforts on Iran

NIAC commends efforts underway at the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) to productively address the continued campaign of human rights abuses in Iran.

Arrest of Iranian Opposition Leaders Further Demonstrates Need for International Efforts

NIAC condemns the arbitrary arrest and imprisonment of Iranian opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi and reiterates its call for the international community to take serious steps to address human rights violations in Iran.

NIAC Commends Targeted Human Rights Measures

NIAC commends today's announcement that the Obama Administration is designating Basij Commander Mohammed Reza Naqdi and Tehran Prosecutor General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi for US financial and visa restrictions due to their involvement in human rights abuses against the Iranian people.

NIAC Applauds Senate Call for Human Rights Monitor

NIAC applauds Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and 23 other Senators who today called for the Obama Administration to work with the international community to establish an independent UN human rights monitor on Iran when the UN Human Rights Council convenes this March.

Leading Diplomats, Experts and Organizations Call on Obama to Reinvigorate Diplomacy with Iran

On the eve of talks between the P5+1 and Iran in Istanbul, a diverse group of leading diplomats, experts, and organizations have called on the Obama Administration to reinvigorate diplomacy with Iran.

Arbitrary Arrests and Detentions Demonstrate Need for Serious International Efforts

NIAC condemns today's sentencing of prominent human rights lawyers Nasrin Sotoudeh and Shiva Nazar Ahari, and the December sentence handed down against Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi.

NIAC Commends Serious Proposal to Help Prevent War in Defense Authorization

NIAC strongly supports the advancement of a Congressional provision regarding a potential Incidents at Sea agreement between the US, Iran, and other states to avoid military confrontation in the Persian Gulf.

Major New Grant Awards Will Help Build the Capacity of Iranian-Americans

NIAC has received three major grant awards totaling $446,000 from the Parsa Community Foundation, the leading philanthropic organization serving the Iranian-American community.

Iranian-American Organizations Host Leadership Summit

Some of the most active Iranian-American organizations recently met to identify the Iranian-American community's most pressing needs and to coordinate to ensure fluid communication, while recognizing each other's independence and individual viewpoints.

NIAC Renews Call for UN Human Rights Monitor on Iran

NIAC welcomes today's advancement of a United Nations resolution concerning the situation of human rights in Iran but is deeply disappointed that the resolution fails to establish a mandate for an independent human rights monitor on Iran.