Witness Testimony

In memory of Marjan Ahouraee: an Iranian transsexual refugee

(April 9, 2013) -- According to reports from UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) ranks third out of countries with the highest number ... Watch video

Witness Statement of Hamed Khajeheian: A Sufi Persecuted

(April 1, 2013) -- In recent months, the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has received reports of increased persecution of adherents to Sufism in Iran—including arbitrary arrests of members of the Sufi order and attacks on Sufi places of worship. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Hamed, an Iranian homosexual

(March 12, 2013) -- In this witness statement, Hamed--a homosexual Iranian man--discusses his activities with the LGBT community inside Iran, the government's treatment of members of the LGBT minority and society's views towards LGBTs. ... Watch video

Witness Statement of Saeed Pourheydar

(March 5, 2013) -- In this witness statement and short video testimony, Saeed Pourheydar—an Iranian journalist now living in exile—discusses his arrest following the disputed June 2009 presidential elections in Iran and his subsequent detention at Evin prison. ... Watch video

Witness Testimony of Abbas Sadeghi: From Drugs to Faith

(February 22, 2013) -- In this short video testimony, Abbas Sadeghi – an Iranian refugee who was addicted to drugs for 18 years – describes ... Watch video

Witness Testimony: Behrouz Javid Tehrani

(January 8, 2013) - The Cost of Not Staying Silent: Behrouz Javid Tehrani, an Iranian journalist and former student activist, describes the conditions and experiences of his imprisonment in Iranian jails between 1999 and 2011. In particular, he discusses the treatment he and others endured at Rajaee Shahr prison -- where he spent the majority of his more than 11 years long imprisonment. ... Watch video

Witness Testimony of Maryam Ahmadi

(February 5, 2013) - The life of a lesbian in Iran: Despite the claims of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the contrary, individuals with homosexual sexual orientation do live in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). ... Watch video

Witness Statement of Nasrollah (Kourosh) Lahouti Eshkevari

(18 January 2013) -- In recent weeks, with the re-arrest and release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani -- a Christian pastor previously sentenced to death for apostasy -- the Islamic Republic of Iran's treatment of converts to Christianity among its citizenry has come under increasing scrutiny. ... Watch video

Witness Statement of Eghbal Moradi

(8 January 2013) – In recent days, there has been renewed concern that the implementation of the death sentences for Zanyar and Loghman Moradi, two ethnic Kurds on death row since December 2010, may be imminent. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Mahnaz Parakand

Name: Mahnaz Parakand Date of Birth: 1959 Place of Birth: Tehran, Iran Occupation:  Lawyer       Interviewing Organization: Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) Date of Interview:  June ... Read more

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