Category: Human Rights Reports

Iran: Two Kurds executed amid increasing use of death penalty as weapon of repression

There has been an alarming escalation in use of the death penalty against protesters, dissidents and members of minority groups in Iran, Amnesty International said today, following the executions on 13 July of two Kurdish men in Urumieh prison in […]

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER’S LIFE AT RISK OF COVID-19

URGENT ACTION Imprisoned Iranian human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, who suffers from serious pre-existing health conditions, is showing suspected COVID-19 symptoms. The authorities are putting her health and life at risk by denying her health care and holding her in […]

Freelance journalist who reported on strikers goes to prison for 5 years!

A freelance reporter has been given a five-year sentence for covering on a peaceful rally by striking sugar mill workers demanding their unpaid wages. Sepideh Qoliyan had to report to prison earlier this week to begin serving her time after […]

Iran: Authorities must tell family of forcibly disappeared prisoner the truth about ‘secret execution’

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PRESS RELEASE 11 June 2020 The Iranian authorities must urgently clarify the fate and whereabouts of Hedayat Abdollahpour, a Kurdish prisoner, after local authorities told his family that he had recently been secretly executed, Amnesty International said today. […]

Iran: Details released of 304 deaths during protests six months after security forces’ killing spree

20 May 2020, 07:07 UTC Amnesty International has released details of the deaths of 304 men, women and children killed by Iran’s security forces during last November’s ruthless crackdown, six months after the protests. The organization found that more than 220 of […]

Iran: Prisoners killed by security forces during COVID-19 pandemic protests

Around 36 prisoners in Iran are feared to have been killed by security forces after the use of lethal force to control protests over COVID-19 safety fears, Amnesty International has learned.   In recent days, thousands of prisoners in at […]

Iran: Prisoner pardons welcome, but hundreds more who should be free remain jailed

18 March 2020 Responding to the announcement by the Iranian authorities that pardons will be granted to prisoners convicted of “security” offences who have a five-year prison sentence or less, and that those who have been granted leave in recent weeks […]

Iran: At least 23 children killed by security forces in November protests – new evidence

4 March 2020, 00:00 UTC An investigation by Amnesty International has uncovered evidence that at least 23 children were killed by Iranian security forces in the nationwide protests in November last year. At least 22 of the children were shot […]

“Torture” and “Sexual Threats” Detailed in Letters by Jailed Former UN Environment Consultant

Conservation Scientist Niloufar Bayani: “Every time I… sought help from the authorities, the pressures, threats, and acts of torture increased.” Appeals Court Upheld Prison Sentences Against Conservationists on Baseless Charges and Coerced “Confessions” February 20, 2020 – A female former UN […]

IRAN: HUMAN RIGHTS IN IRAN: REVIEW OF 2019

Iranian security forces firing tear gas to disperse a protest in the city of Bushehr, Bushehr province, south-west Iran, on 16 November 2019. Verified video footage from this protest showed that security forces used excessive force against peaceful protesters. © Private

This is Amnesty International’s annual report on the state of human rights in Iran during 2019, subdivided by key human rights themes. It is part of a regional review of the state of human rights in the Middle East and […]