Alleged Juvenile Offender at Risk of Imminent Execution

(October 12, 2015) –The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has learned that the execution of Fatemeh Salbehi, a woman convicted of murdering her husband when she was 17, is imminent. Salbehi, who had married her second husband as a result of family pressure, was in her high school’s library when she was arrested in April 2009. During subsequent interrogations, she admitted to killing her husband. But Salbehi had not been afforded access to counsel at the time that she confessed. Salbehi later retracted her confession and stated that she had made the confession under duress.


Rights Disregarded: Prisons in the Islamic Republic of Iran

(March 18, 2015) – Today the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has released its newest report, “Rights Disregarded: Prisons in the Islamic Republic of ... Read more

Witness Testimony

Witness Statement of Ahmad Hamid

In this witness statement, Ahmad Hamid, an Ahwazi Arab attorney who served as counsel to defendants in cases related to the April 2005 protests in Ahvaz and the 2005-06 bombings in the same city, discusses the violations of due process that characterized the cases and goes on to share his general experiences as a lawyer in Khuzestan Province. ... Read more

Legal Commentary

Qisas: A Law for Injustice

In this commentary, IHRDC Legal Advisor Hossein Raeesi analyzes a murder case and the court documents corresponding thereto, which reveal how the legal remedy of qisas [the principle of retaliatory punishment] entrenches blatant, systemic, and structurally-entrenched violations of human rights in Iran. ... Read more