Human Rights

  • NIAC Statement on Repression of Iranian Protests January 13, 2020
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    WASHINGTON DC – In response to reports that Iranian protests, after shooting down a Ukrainian International Airlines passenger plane this week, are being repressed by authorities, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) issued the following statement:
  • NIAC Condemns Iranian Government’s Harassment of Journalists Abroad December 23, 2019
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    “NIAC is deeply disturbed by reports that the Iranian government is threatening reporters of Persian-language news outlets and their families. We believe in the free flow of information and strongly condemn any intimidation tactics against journalists aimed at suppressing this basic principle. The Iranian government must abide by its international ...
  • NIAC Statement on the Passage of Resolution on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran December 18, 2019
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    “We are pleased that the resolution passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee condemning the Iranian government’s human rights violations includes a key recommendation calling for the expansion of General License D-1 so that U.S. sanctions do not inhibit the Iranian people’s access to the internet. This is long overdue ...
  • Amnesty Report: Torture and Detention in Aftermath of Iran Protest Crackdown December 17, 2019
    Assal Rad
    In a new report, Amnesty International noted that the death toll for the recent protests in Iran has risen to 304. This number may include many more still not reported or confirmed. In addition to the outrageous death toll, thousands have been injured or detained by Iranian authorities. Many of ...
  • NIAC Statement on Protests across Iran over Gas Price Hike November 16, 2019
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    “NIAC is closely tracking reports of protests in many Iranian cities after the government announced an increase in the price of gasoline. NIAC condemns the Iranian government’s use of force used to disperse protestors, as seen in videos showing the deployment of riot police and tear gas in parts of ...
  • یک پیروزی برای زنان ایران و الگویی برای تغییر October 30, 2019
    Jamal AbdiJamal AbdiAssal Rad
    مبارزه برای گرفتن حق حضور زنان ایرانی در استادیوم‌های فوتبال سالهاست که توسط مدافعان حقوق زنان و فعالان مدنی داخل کشور در جریان بوده است. همانگونه که در فیلم آفساید، محصول سال ۲۰۰۶ به کارگردانی جعفر پناهی به تصویر کشیده شد، مسئله تنها به برابری حقوق جنسیتی محدود نبوده و ...
  • United Nations Special Rapporteur Report on Human Rights in Iran August 22, 2019
    Mana Mostatabi
    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.
  • Thomas Erdbrink Denied Permission to Work in Iran June 11, 2019
    Assal Rad
    The New York Times has reported that the Iranian government has denied Tehran-based journalist, Thomas Erdbrink, permission to work since February of this year–a troubling sign of the diminishing position of journalists in Iran.
  • NIAC Statement on Politically Motivated Sentencing of Prominent Human Rights Lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh March 6, 2019
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    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.
  • 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 Strongly Condemns the Iranian Judiciary’s Detention of Nasrin Sotoudeh June 13, 2018
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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Trita Parsi Phone: 202-386-6325 Email: tparsi@niacouncil.org Washington, D.C. – Trita Parsi, President of the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement regarding Nasrin Sotoudeh’s unjust arrest and detention in Evin Prison: “NIAC strongly condemns the Iranian judiciary’s detention of Sotoudeh and calls for the immediate release of her and all prisoners ...
  • 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 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 ...