Human Rights

  • ICJ Orders US to Provide Licenses for Food, Medicine, and Civil Aviation in Iran October 3, 2018
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    Washington, DC – NIAC President Jamal Abdi issued the following statement after the International Court of Justice ruled that the U.S. must provide licenses for transactions related to medicine, food, civil aviation, and other humanitarian grounds: “Today’s ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) reflects the consensus of the international ...
  • NIAC Statement on Recent Demonstrations in Iran August 2, 2018
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    “Ultimately, like any other country, it is up to Iranians living in Iran to decide their country’s destiny. Outside countries or interests who seek to exploit the legitimate grievances of Iranians in order advance their own ulterior agendas only undermine the will of the Iranian people. As outside observers, we ...
  • NIAC Pushes for Broader Sanctions Exemptions for Humanitarian Relief April 27, 2018
    Anya Raadam
    On March 22, the Department of Treasury solicited feedback on the effectiveness of its current licensing procedures for humanitarian aid to Iran and Sudan. Given the importance of this issue to both the people of Iran and the Iranian-American community, NIAC submitted comments recommending opportunities for improvements, including by encouraging ...
  • Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument on Muslim Ban April 25, 2018
    Shayan ModarresShayan Modarres
    Today, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral argument in the case of Trump v. Hawaii challenging the constitutionality of Presidential Proclamation 9645, otherwise known as Muslim Ban 3.0. By June of this year, we will learn whether the Supreme Court will allow a Muslim Ban to forever ...
  • FDD Scholar: War with Iran ‘Is On’ April 10, 2018
    Mai Tawfik
    “The war is on”, declared Michael Ledeen, a “Freedom Scholar” with the anti-Iran deal Foundation for Defense of Democracies, at an event to discuss Iran policy following President Trump’s appointment of John Bolton and nomination of Mike Pompeo. “We’re in the war now. So all these people who keep on ...
  • NIAC Calls for Investigation into Death of Canadian-Iranian Academic February 12, 2018
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    The death of Iranian-Canadian Kavous Seyed-Emami while in custody at Evin Prison on vague charges of espionage is deeply concerning. NIAC calls on Iranian authorities to allow an independent autopsy and uninhibited investigation into the circumstances that led to Seyed-Emami’s death in order to determine whether his human rights were ...
  • Poll of Iranians Punctuates Points Made in Protests February 8, 2018
    Anya Raadam
    The latest national poll of Iranians by the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland underscores growing Iranian discontent with the economy, Tehran’s mismanagement and corruption, disillusionment with the JCPOA and the effectiveness of international diplomacy, and increasing disapproval of the policies of the Trump White House.
  • Briefing Addresses Iranian Protests and Implications for Washington and Tehran February 7, 2018
    Anya Raadam
    Washington, D.C – “Public dialogue with the (Iranian) state occurs through protest and those protests force changes to come about,” observed Sanam Anderlini, Executive Director and cofounder of the International Civil Society Action Network, speaking at a Capitol Hill briefing organized by the National Iranian American Council. “ach time there ...
  • NIAC Condemns Trump’s Divisive Address January 30, 2018
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            Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, released the following statement in response to tonight’s State of the Union address: “President Trump’s first year in office was spent dividing our union and undermining American credibility abroad. Far from taking actions to restrain a President woefully unfit for the ...
  • FAQ on Iranian Earthquake Relief November 13, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    As Iranian Americans, our hearts go out to all of those who were impacted by yesterday’s tragic earthquake that struck near the Iran-Iraq border. Initial reporting indicates that it is the deadliest earthquake of 2017, with hundreds dead and thousands injured, and many more who have lost everything. Like with prior earthquakes ...
  • NIAC Deplores Trump’s Push to Violate Iran Nuclear Deal October 13, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    “Congress must step in and make it clear that it will restrain this President and that the U.S. is fully committed to upholding its word on the Iran deal” said Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council.
  • NIAC Statement on Apple’s Decision to Restrict Iranian-Made Apps August 25, 2017
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    Apple’s decision to restrict mobile apps made by Iranian developers may be an overly cautious approach to U.S. sanctions compliance that undermines U.S. interests by limiting the Iranian people’s access to technologies used for personal communication.
  • Republicans Vote Down Amendment to Protect Families from Muslim Ban July 19, 2017
    Darius Namazi
    WASHINGTON, DC – Congress took its first vote on the Muslim ban yesterday, as an amendment to protect family members from the Muslim ban was voted down by Republican legislators 23-29. The amendment, introduced by Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), was offered during a markup of the Homeland Security Appropriations bill ...
  • NIAC Statement on the Unjust Sentencing of US Citizen Xiyue Wang July 17, 2017
    NIAC StaffNIAC Staff
    “We condemn the unjust detention and sentencing of Xiyue Wang, a Princeton student conducting research on the Qajar Dynasty in Iran. From the evidence made public by Iran’s Judiciary against Mr. Wang, it appears that his only crime was to read books at a public library. To conflate a historian’s ...
  • NIAC Applauds Court Ruling in Favor of Grandparents July 14, 2017
    NIAC Statement
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Shayan Modarres Phone: (202) 780-9590 Email: smodarres@niacouncil.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – Shayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. District Court’s decision to include grandparents, uncles and aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews, and siblings-in-law as close familial relationships: “We ...