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Keyvan Samimi’s Health in Danger in Iranian Prison
Rather than heeding the calls to free Samimi on humanitarian grounds on account of his age, deteriorating health & unjust charges, Iranian authorities moved him to another prison with worse conditions. Samimi & all prisoners of conscience should be free.
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47 Organizations Call on President Biden to Offer Iran Humanitarian Relief
The organizations called on President Biden to pursue goodwill gestures aimed at helping the people of Iran combat the COVID-19 pandemic and restore the JCPOA.
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From being the trusted voice on U.S.- Iran relations, to pushing forth legislation that protects individuals of Iranian heritage from systematic discrimination, to celebrating our cultural heritage, NIAC creates a lasting impact in the lives of the members of our community.

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Press Room

Statement on Immigrant Visa Fees

Ryan Costello, Policy Director with the National Iranian American Council, applauded today’s State Department rule change that waives immigrant visa fees for those unjustly barred

Holiday Reading List!

As we reflect on the past year, many of our proudest moments came from showcasing artists, authors, and creatives at book talks, our open mic nights, and community programming. With the holiday season upon us, we thought it would be a perfect time to put together a NIAC Holiday Reading list! 

The Tragic Death of Baktash Abtin

Iranian poet and artist, Baktash Abtin has died in in Evin prison of COVID-19 after he was convicted of the vague charges of “spreading propaganda against the system” and “illegal assembly and collusion against national security”

Raisi Meets Putin, Criticizes U.S. and NATO

Iran’s President Raisi has travelled to Russia and met with President Putin. Their discussions focused on expanding Iran-Russia ties. Meanwhile, President Biden said there has been progress in the Vienna talks. Iran has also transferred two political prisoners to other prisons.

Khamenei Voices Support for Negotiations Amid Modest Progress

Khamenei and top decision making bodies voiced support for negotiations this week amid talks of “modest progress” in Vienna. Iranian poet Bektash Abtin’s death has sparked widespread outrage, while the 2nd anniversary of Iran’s downing of a Ukrainian civilian airliner has resurfaced anger and grievances. Parliament has also passed a bill to investigate Rouhani.