Imprisonment

Witness Statement of Farshid

In this witness statement, Farshid—a gay Iranian man—discusses his arrest and subsequent rape by the Iranian authorities, and his expulsion from university on account of his homosexual orientation. ... Read more

A plea for Kaveh Taheri, an imprisoned blogger in Iran

(May 2, 2013) – According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) ranks second globally in the number of ... 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 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: 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 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

All you need to know: a quick breakdown of findings from Dr. Ahmed Shaheed’s UN report (October 2012)

(16 October 2012) -- Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, has just released his latest report to the United Nations General Assembly. Read the 23 page report and IHRDC’s quick breakdown of the report’s highlights here: ... Read more

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