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Press Room

#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.

Iranian Lawyer Tortured in Custody

Human Rights Watch has independently confirmed that Payam Derafshan, a respected Iranian human-rights lawyer, has suffered a cruel level of torture at the hands of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard while unjustly incarcerated in Evin Prison. While the reports of Derafshan’s torture are disturbing in their own right, they fit into a pattern of increasingly reprehensible misconduct by Iranian authorities.

Iranian Court Upholds New Sentence for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

An Iranian appeals court has prolonged the unjust detention of British-Iranian dual national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe by a year, after it upheld an earlier verdict and sentencing. Her detention began in 2016 when she was arrested, jailed, and accused of plotting against the Iranian government. The one-year extension to her detainment initially came in an April verdict charging her with “spreading propaganda.” Given that Nazanin has already served her initial sentence, it is evident that these new charges are spurious and politically motivated. Richard Ratcliffe, her husband, and many others including human rights groups, see this as yet another example of the Iranian government imprisoning a dual national to use as a bargaining chip in unrelated diplomatic negotiations. 

Raisi Gives Criteria for Nuclear Negotiations

Raisi in a TV interview called for the other JCPOA parties to show their “seriousness” and demonstrate a “readiness” to lift sanctions. Meanwhile, Abdollahian briefed parliament on the JCPOA and talked to the UN Secretary General. A human rights professor has also been sentenced to prison and Iran is bracing for a sixth wave of COVID infections.

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.