Inside Iran

Ayatollah Masumi Tehrani Speaks Out against the Violation of the Human Rights of Iran’s Bahá’í Community

(September 4, 2013) – A number of Bahá’í activists met with Ayatollah Abdolhamid Masumi Tehrani, a dissident Shia cleric, in his office yesterday following the ... Read more

Who is Mostafa Pourmohammadi? A profile of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s pick for Minister of Justice

(August 5, 2013) – Following the inauguration of Hassan Rouhani—the new president of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI)—into office this past Saturday, August 3, it was announced that Mostafa Pourmohammadi, a former IRI Deputy Intelligence Minister, was nominated to be the IRI’s new Minister of Justice. ... Read more

Deteriorating Conditions and Televised Confessions for Jailed Ahwazi Arab Activists

Ali Chobayshat in traditional local garb. (June 28, 2013) – The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has received troubling reports regarding the conditions of three ... Read more

Letter from 47 Political Prisoners to Rouhani and the Iranian People

Hassan Rouhani campaigned on the claim that he held the key to a more open society. Photo credit: Mehdi Ghasemi/ISNA (June 25, 2013) – On Monday, ... Read more

Criminal Court Summons Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, No Charge Specified

(June 17, 2013) – Just days after moderate candidate Hassan Rouhani won the eleventh presidential election held in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), Iranian state press announced today that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the current President of the IRI, has been summoned to Branch 76 of the Criminal Court of Tehran Province. ... Read more

Harassment and Censorship Continue on Election Day

(June 14, 2013) – Reports coming out of Iran today highlight further incidents of the censorship and harassment of activists that have characterized this month’s presidential election campaign in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). ... Read more

IRI authorities censor political advertisements pertaining to tomorrow’s presidential election

(June 13, 2013) -- The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has learned that significant portions of the second documentary film produced by the campaign of Hassan Rowhani, the remaining moderate/reformist presidential candidate in tomorrow’s presidential election were censored by the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the state radio and television service of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). ... Read more

Raids and harassment of activists continue in last week of Iran’s presidential race

(June 11, 2013) -- The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has received confirmation of reports that offices belonging to the Shiraz branches of the campaigns of Hassan Rowhani and Mohammad Reza Aref were raided by plainclothes operatives on Sunday, June 9, 2013. ... Read more

An Iranian Human Rights Lawyer’s Perspective on the Forthcoming Presidential Election

A member of the Fars Province Bar Association discusses the current political climate among legal professionals and ordinary citizens in Shiraz. ... Read more

Civil Society Activists and Campaign Staffers Arrested As Iran’s Presidential Election Approaches

(June 5, 2013) --  The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has learned that several campaign staffers and members of civil society groups have been ... Read more

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