Due Process

Amendments to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Code of Criminal Procedure -- Part 1

On June 22, 2015, a new Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP) went into effect in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). While the original draft of this code, which was passed in February 2014, was considered a relatively positive development, last-minute amendments before the law was about to be implemented have raised serious concerns of further deterioration of the state of the rights of defendants in Iranian courts. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Mojtaba

In this witness testimony, Mojtaba, a Kurdish political prisoner currently serving a 30-year sentence in Saqqez Central Prison, discusses his arrest and torture and details several due process violations that took place during his trial. He concludes with a description of prison conditions and an examination of the numerous deaths of prisoners that he has witnessed since the beginning of his prison term. ... Read more

The Problem of Political Crimes in Iranian Law

This article examines the concept of political crimes in the legal framework of Iran. While the Iranian Constitution provides special procedural safeguards for those charged with such crimes, i.e. public hearing in the presence of a jury, secondary laws of Iran provide no definition for such crimes. ... Read more

Letter of Abbas-Ali Alizadeh to the Head of the Majlis

Alizadeh’s letter to the head of the Majlis (the Islamic Consultative Assembly) dated 2/24/82. Any action or speech can constitute a crime and be eligible for criminal prosecution; these crimes may now be resigned by writing. Abbas-Ali Alizadeh in his letter addressed to the head of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) reports received Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) Chief Justice of Tehran's letter - addressed to Mr. Hojjatoleslam Mehdi Karroubi, President of the Majlis. ... Read more

Violent Aftermath: The 2009 Election and Suppression of Dissent in Iran

This preliminary report documents and analyzes the regime’s brutal suppression of dissent after the June 12, 2009 presidential elections. Hours before the incumbent, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, ... 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

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran - 13 September 2012

Special Rapporteur's third report on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran was presented to the UNGA Third Committee on 13 September 2012. ... Read more

Threats in Iran before the Mykonos verdict

Iran threatens with heavy consequences for Iran The Tehran times announced that it would not be in the interest of either Iran or Germany if the judges made an unfavorable verdict that is apparently only pleasing Israel and Washington. ... Read more

State Terrorism in Perfection

The court where the Mykonos process is held resembles a fortress The former Iranian president delivers new evidence in the case ... Read more

The IHRDC Is Concerned About Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 27, 2011 NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) is very disturbed by the June 12 ruling ... Read more

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