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Press Room

NIAC Applauds Passage of Amendment Requiring Report on Efficacy of U.S. Sanctions

The sad truth is that sanctions are reflexively imposed on adversaries and competitors with little to no regard for their harsh humanitarian impacts or whether they are advancing U.S. interests. For Iran, it has long been apparent that sanctions have done little to advance U.S. interests while impoverishing ordinary citizens and depriving them of basic care. Yet, there is no institutional mechanism to examine these policies to determine their effectiveness and their broad and harmful humanitarian impacts.

#IAPride: Navigating Queer Identity in the Iranian-American Community

While Pride month has become a widely celebrated occasion, the lived experience of the LGBTQ+ community is an everyday affair. For the LGBTQ+ community Pride continues outside of June, along with the continued struggle for acceptance and equal rights. Please join us for an important discussion that looks at attitudes on queerness and LGBTQ+ rights in the Iranian-American community, the need to create a space for open dialogue and discussion, and a safe space for the queer Iranian-American community.

Bipartisan Letter Urges Biden to Support Internet Freedom in Iran

Supporting the right of Iranians to communicate freely online, unimpeded by Iranian government censorship or U.S. sanctions, is one of NIAC’s top human rights priorities. That is why we are pleased to share the latest step in the campaign to remove U.S. sanctions that have made it easier for the Iranian government to censor and repress its population online. Late last week, 21 Members of Congress sent a letter calling on the Biden administration to eliminate sanctions that help block Iranians from accessing a free Internet.

U.S. Lawmakers Show Support for Internet Freedom in Iran

Today, authoritarian governments have become concerningly adept at digital crackdowns, censorship, and repression online. Inhibiting people’s ability to freely communicate online has become an all-too-common tool of social control. The Iranian government’s near-total internet shutdowns during unrest and protests exemplifies the significance of the internet as a tool of communication and the lengths that Iranian officials will go to in order to silence Iranian voices.

Baquer Namazi Must be Allowed to Leave Iran for Urgent Surgery

84-year-old Iranian American Baquer Namazi has been unjustly detained by Iranian authorities since 2016, when he traveled to the country to see his son, Siamak Namazi, who had been arrested just months prior. Although Baquer was granted medical furlough in 2018 and his sentence was commuted to time served, Iranian authorities still have not permitted him to travel out of the country. It is now more urgent than ever that authorities allow Baquer Namazi to leave Iran, so that he may undergo an urgent surgery needed to clear up a severe blockage in the main artery that supplies blood to his brain. His doctors warn that if he does not receive the pressing and crucial surgery promptly, there is a serious risk of him suffering a potentially catastrophic stroke.

EU Officials Try to Jumpstart JCPOA Talks

This week a senior EU official travelled to Iran and it was agreed Iranian negotiators will soon come to Brussels to review the nuclear file. Meanwhile, tensions between Iran and Azerbaijan are dialing down while Iran-Saudi talks are making progress. Teachers have also staged protests across Iran.

Tensions Flare Between Iran and Azerbaijan

Tensions between Iran and Azerbaijan have flared as each side has conducted war games near their border. Meanwhile, Iran’s foreign ministry has clarified that Iran has no “precondition” for resuming the Vienna talks, while a Green Movement leader has given a speech after 10 years under house arrest and women will be attending an upcoming soccer match.