Child Rights

Rights of the Child in Iran: March 2015 Joint Stakeholder Submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Last week, twenty-one human rights and civil society organizations including the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) presented a joint stakeholder submission to the United ... Read more

Life and Death: Survivor Accounts from Iran’s Kurdish Regions Post-Revolution

(July 1, 2014) – This witness statement compilation serves as a companion package to Haunted Memories: The Islamic Republic’s Executions of Kurds in 1979, a ... Read more

Witness Statement of Mother Shaheed

In this witness statement, Mother Shaheed—a Kurdish homemaker formerly residing in Mahabad—describes the execution of her daughter in 1981. Her daughter was a juvenile at the time. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Gelawij Heidari

In this witness statement, Gelawij Heidari—a Kurdish homemaker from Paveh—recounts the Iranian central government’s military attack on the Kurdish region in August 1979 and the state violence that followed, including the execution of her husband on the orders of Ayatollah Sadegh Khalkhali, who was the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Court at the time. She also recalls her own arrest, imprisonment and torture, alongside her youngest daughter, as well as the imprisonment and death of her father and siblings. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Farkhondeh

In this witness statement, Farkhondeh—a Kurdish homemaker—describes the execution of her son by Iranian authorities a year after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. She also describes her own detention in prison in Orumiyeh, along with her one-year-old grandchild. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Farhad Sarhangi

In this witness statement, Farhad Sarhangi—a former Kurdish peshmerga—recalls his numerous arrests and imprisonments in Iran in the early 1980s. He also details the Iranian state’s execution of his younger sister Masoumeh, a juvenile at the time, on alleged political grounds. ... Read more

English Translation of Books I & II of the New Islamic Penal Code

(April 8, 2014) – The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) is pleased to release the first-ever comprehensive English translation of Book One and Book Two of the new Islamic Penal Code (IPC) of 2013 of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). ... Read more

IHRDC's Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review

On March 15, 2014, the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) submitted an analysis of the new Islamic Penal Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) to the UN Universal Periodic Review. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Zaynab Bayazidi

(September 30, 2013) -- In her first, full-length witness interview since her escape from Iran, former political prisoner Zaynab Bayazidi--a Kurdish women's rights and children's rights activist--describes her multiple arrests, interrogations and imprisonment in exile in Maragheh Prison in Iran. In her statement, Bayazidi explains in careful detail the substandard health and sanitation conditions in prison, sexually coercive practices in interrogation, suicide attempts of inmates, the treatment of children in prison, sexual abuse of female inmates, violence in prison and other prison circumstances and practices that she herself experienced or to which she was a first-hand witness. ... Watch video

Infant Sons of Two Bahá'í Mothers Imprisoned in Semnan Facing Medical Complications

(3 January 2013) – The infants of two Bahá'í mothers imprisoned in Semnan in Iran have been transferred to hospital due to serious health issues. ... Read more

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