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Recognizing Human Rights Day

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). In commemoration of that day, which marked the first truly global avowal of human rights, we acknowledge the premise of that declaration and reaffirm our commitment to faithfully working towards that hopeful objective on Human Rights Day.

Human Rights Watch Report on Impact of Sanctions on Iran

According to a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), US sanctions, reinstated after the US pulled out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal, have had a detrimental impact on the situation of human rights in Iran.

Report of UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Javaid Rehman, has submitted a second report to the General Assembly.

United Nations Special Rapporteur Report on Human Rights in Iran

The United Nations Special Rapporteur's (SR) report on the situation of human rights in Iran was released on August 16th. The following is a brief summary of Javaid Rehman's report.

NIAC Applauds Open Letter Signed by Over 100 Iranian Human Rights Defenders Expressing Concern over U.S.-Iran Tensions

The San Francisco-based human rights group, United For Iran, published a letter signed by over 100 Iranian human rights advocates expressing concern against further U.S. escalation with Iran. The letter expresses "grave concerns over the rising tension between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, which risks a military confrontation that would cause massive human rights harms." 

NIAC Statement on Politically Motivated Sentencing of Prominent Human Rights Lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh

NIAC unequivocally condemns the Iranian government for its arbitrary and politically motivated detentions in contravention of Iran’s human rights obligations, and reiterates its call for the immediate and unconditional release of Sotoudeh, along with all prisoners of conscience.

Newsweek: Iran Slams Pompeo’s Middle East Speech, Says It Will “Mimic” U.S. Human Rights Model “When Hell Freezes Over”

Jamal Abdi, president of the National Iranian American Council, criticized the secretary’s comments as well, saying Pompeo “failed to outline a coherent strategic logic for the Trump administration's Middle East policy.”

International Bar Association: Human rights in Iran: renewing the challenge

Jamal Abdi, newly appointed President of the National Iranian American Council, a Washington-based advocacy group, welcomes Rehman’s appointment and says that reports from the Iran Rapporteur are instrumental in pressuring the Iranian regime to improve human rights. ‘The appointment of Dr Rehman to serve as the next Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran will ensure the continuation of important and neutral work aimed at holding Iran’s government accountable to its international human rights obligations,’ Abdi says. ‘These balanced reports provide an important opportunity for the Rapporteur, backed by the UN and the broader international community, to press Iran to abide by the recommendations of the report and move toward compliance with its human rights obligations.’

Axios: Pompeo Invokes Human Rights to Defend Administration’s Iran Policy

Some Iranian American organizations such as the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) boycotted the speech, accusing Pompeo of seeking to co-opt legitimate Iranian grievances.

NIAC Welcomes Appointment of New Iran Human Rights Rapporteur

The appointment of Dr. Rehman to serve as the next Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran will ensure the continuation of important and neutral work aimed at holding Iran’s government accountable to its international human rights obligations.

LA Times: Iranian Americans Join Human Rights Groups in Protesting New Ban

Iranian Americans joined a chorus of criticism Monday over President Trump's revised travel ban, saying at its core that it continued to target Muslims. “Make no mistake," the National Iranian American Council said. "The new Muslim ban is still an unconstitutional ban that targets individuals based on their religion and nationality. "And it is still a ban that undermines rather than enhances America’s security," the Washington-based advocacy group said.