UNHRC Report on Human Rights Situation in Iran

The United Nations Human Rights Council marked its 50th session with days of speakers and presentations to look back on its work, including achievements and lessons, and to look to a future of greater engagement with human rights on a global scale. Yesterday, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif presented the Secretary-General’s […]

UN Envoy Sparks Controversy on Human Rights Situation in Iran

Alena Douhan, the United Nations Special Rapporteur of unilateral coercive measures, was in Iran last week to examine and report on the impact of U.S. sanctions on the humanitarian situation in Iran. A professor of international law at the Belarusian State University, Douhan was appointed in 2020 and reports to the United Nations Human Rights […]

Diaspora communities, humanitarian and human rights organizations call on Biden to reform sanctions policies

Washington, DC – Today, 24 organizations representing American diaspora communities impacted by U.S. sanctions, as well as humanitarian relief, human rights, and pro-peace organizations, called on the Biden administration to reassess U.S. sanctions and economic policies that carry a heavy human cost, worsened by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The letter states, “Whether country-wide sanctions or […]

Iran’s New Judiciary Chief Has a History of Human Rights Abuses

On July 1st, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed conservative hardliner Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei to Iran’s highest judicial position in a move that signals darker times ahead for the Iranian populace. Ejei, like the outgoing judiciary chief and President-elect Ebrahim Raisi, has a longstanding history of blatant human rights abuses that date back to the early years of the Islamic Republic.

U.N. Human Rights Investigation on Flight PS752

The investigation into the events leading to and following the shooting of the civilian aircraft was conducted by two U.N. experts: Ms. Agnès Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, and Mr. Javaid Rehman, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Not surprisingly, the investigation found several human rights violations, as well as inconsistencies in explanations from the Iranian side, such as a longer decision window then the one reported by IRGC officials and no explanations of why other flights leaving before PS752 were not targeted.

On Human Rights Day, We Pay Tribute to Nasrin

As its name indicates, this is a portrait of Nasrin in her own words, and how her story conveys the story of a nation that has struggled for over a century to realize the promises of self-determination, freedom, and equity that human society has long espoused, though only nominally fulfilled. Though Iran has had—and continues to have—many national heroes, activists, and patriots that have sacrificed their lives in pursuit of such promises, Nasrin stands out like iconic figures of the past that transcend national borders and sentiments. The story of Nasrin is the story of all of humanity, which is still fighting at every turn to achieve what may sound ordinary, but is indeed wondrous: justice.

Human Rights Twitter Account

Launched NIAC’s Human Rights Twitter account. The tracker not only forcefully condemns the human rights abuses of the Iranian government, but also explores the issues of arbitrary arrests, suppression of protests, immigrant rights, and lack of social freedoms endured by the people of Iran.

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Raising up the struggles faced by Iranian human rights defenders, activists, and journalists is essential to build a future in which the U.S. and Iran enjoy positive relations and truly represent the aspirations of their people.

Human Rights Tracker

Spotlighting Human Rights in Iran Raising up the struggles faced by Iranian human rights defenders, activists, and journalists is essential to build a future in which the U.S. and Iran enjoy positive relations and truly represent the aspirations of their people. As an American organization, NIAC does not have a role to play in the […]

2020 Marked by a Tumultuous Start for Human Rights in Iran

As is evident in the report, 2019 was a bleak year for human rights and Iranians have suffered greatly under domestic and foreign pressures. Unfortunately for Iranians, the new year has been a devastating continuation of tragedy. The events of the past two weeks have rocked not only Iran, but also the globe, as people all across the world held their breath bracing for a war that seemed inevitable after the U.S. assassination of Qassem Soleimani.