Category: Human Rights Reports


Tortured Swedish-Iranian academic Ahmadreza Djalali, arbitrarily detained in Tehran’s Evin prison, is at risk of imminent execution according to multiple Iranian state media reports that his death sentence for “corruption on earth” (efsad-e fel-arz) will be carried out by 21 […]

Iran has not received £400m agreed by UK at time of Zaghari-Ratcliffe release

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was released on 17 March after being detained for six years. Photograph: WPA/Getty Images

Debt paid as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh-Ashoori were released is blocked in Oman, Iran says The historic £400m debt the UK paid to Iran at the time of the release of British-Iranian dual nationals Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori has still not […]

Ailing journalists in Iran’s prisons need urgent UN action, RSF says

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed about imprisoned journalists in Iran who are denied medical care when they are ill, and calls for swift action by the UN special rapporteur to ensure that the Iranian authorities respect their obligations regarding […]

Global science must stand up for Iran’s imprisoned scholars

Niloufar Bayani, a conservation researcher, has been in prison since 2018.Credit: Niloufar Bayani

Iranian researchers are at risk as never before. Governments are urging quiet diplomacy. But a new book shows why public campaigns matter. For an all-too-brief period last month, it seemed that Morad Tahbaz, co-founder of conservation charity the Persian Wildlife […]

Civil and workers’ rights activist Alieh Eghdamdoust arrested once more in Iran

It has come to light that Ms. Alieh Eghdamdoust, a long-time civil and workers’ rights activist in Iran, has been arrested once again by the Islamic Republic authorities there.  According to reports, Ms. Eghdamdoust was detained by security forces in […]

Civil rights activist Farideh Moradkhani remains in solitary confinement

Three months on from her arrest and unlawful detention, civil rights activist, Ms. Farideh Moradkhani – a niece of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei – remains languishing in solitary confinement in Tehran’s Evin Prison. Islamic Republic regime […]

CODIR Calls for the Release of Political Prisoner Shakila Monfared

On 3 March 2022, political prisoner Shakila Monfared began a hunger strike in protest against the deliberate confining of political prisoners to the same wards as violent-category felons and the irresponsibility of prison officials towards her safety – which had […]

Iranian women’s rights defender, Ms. Narges Mohammadi, stands defiant: “I do not recognise the verdict of the Revolutionary Court!”

Narges Mohammadi’s letter from Qarchak Prison: “During the sixty-four days I was held in Ward 209 [of Evin Prison], a prosecution was initiated against me and I was hastily investigated, tried, and sentenced, in a completely illegal, illegitimate, inhuman, and […]

Joint Letter of Nobel Laureates and Academics to UN for Release of Elite Students

23 January 2022: Several Nobel laureates & distinguished scholars have asked António Guterres and Michelle Bachelet to make every effort to ensure Ali Younesi and Amirhossein Moradi, two students at Sharif University arbitrarily detained in Iran since April 10, 2020, are released […]

Iran: Global education union community rallies around arrested trade unionists and demand their release

As an organisation committed to trade union and human rights, Education International is demanding the release of Esmail Abdi and other arrested trade union leaders in Iran. There is a particular and urgent concern for Abdi’s health, severely affected after […]