December 12, 2020
Below is a letter from a participant in the new campaign to free Iran’s political prisoners Burn the Cage, Free the Birds, which was launched by their call “Let Us Unite and Fight Together against Waves of Suppression in Iran.”
In the last 42 years, the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has ruled by waging campaigns of terror and suppression against any sort of opposition. But we are facing a new wave of continuous two-pronged mass arrests. This intensified in October 2020—right before the anniversary of November 2019 rebellion. This violent repression is still going on with new people arrested every day, even as we enter the height of COVID deaths and the deadly flooding of major Southern cities of Iran.
The new campaign of suppression by the IRI is two pronged. One prong is to search and arrest known and unknown political activists with the aim of “finding” and breaking up presumed or real organized revolutionary forces. To this end, they are making sweeping arrests of all sections of people known for their oppositional views and activities against this regime. Also, they make mass arrests of people who have taken part in protests against atrocities of this regime.
During the November 2019 uprising, hundreds of people were killed during street protests and in the marshland of Mahshahr (a major Iranian port city that exports gas and refinery products). Between six to eight thousand people were arrested. These numbers have been published by many human rights organizations, including Amnesty International.
According to names collected and verified by the @burn_the_cage campaign, the past two months have seen more than 140 people arrested or detained by the brutal Evin prison authorities to serve their sentences. Many of the arrested have not been identified by the human rights groups and lawyers because the norm is to make arbitrary arrests. People are taken off the street and from their homes without even informing their families. Many are taken to unofficial dungeons by the police of the Sepah Pasdaran (the “Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” IRGC).
April 30, 2021
On the occasion of International Workers’ Day, Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) highlights the ongoing denial of the full enjoyment of workers’ rights in Iran; namely workplace discrimination, child labour, violations of the right to form and join labor unions and the suppression of the right to peaceful assembly and association often resulting in unfair trials, arbitrary detention, and torture at the hands of Iranian officials.
April 29, 2021
Iranian authorities are banning members of the persecuted Baha’i minority from burying their loved ones in empty plots at a cemetery near Tehran that they have used for decades, instead insisting they bury them between existing graves within the cemetery or at the nearby Khavaran mass grave site for victims of the 1988 prison massacres.
April 7, 2021
AI's annual report on the state of human rights in Iran during 2020/21, subdivided by key human rights themes, part of its annual 2020/21 Report on the State of the World’s Human Rights.
"Torture and other ill-treatment remained widespread and systematic, especially during interrogation...
Iran’s police, intelligence and security forces, and prison officials subjected detainees to prolonged solitary confinement, beatings, floggings, stress positions, forced administration of chemical substances and electric shocks."
"Prison and prosecution authorities also deliberately denied prisoners of conscience and other prisoners held for politically motivated reasons adequate health care. ... Authorities subjected many detainees, including prisoners of conscience, to enforced disappearance, holding them in undisclosed locations and concealing their fate and whereabouts from their families. The authorities continued the pattern of executing members of ethnic minorities on death row in secret and concealing the whereabouts of their bodies, thereby subjecting their families to the ongoing crime of enforced disappearance."
April 1, 2021
"Iranian authorities continued to repress their own people. The country’s security and intelligence apparatus, in partnership with Iran’s judiciary, harshly cracked down on dissent, including through excessive and lethal force against protesters and reported abuse and torture in detention... Broad United States sanctions also impacted the country’s economy and Iranians’ access to essential medicines and harmed their right to health."
March 24, 2021
Since December 2020, there appears to be concerted efforts to disperse prisoners, among them many women, who have been standard bearers of resistance in Iran’s prisons including during their imprisonment.
January 14, 2021
Trailer to acclaimed documentary about US CIA coup in Iran in 1953
May 1, 2021
یازدهم اردیبهشت ماه (۱ می) به عنوان روز جهانی کارگر، فرصتی دوباره برای توجه به وضعیت جامعه کارگری کشور و معضلات پرشمار آنان به خصوص در بحث حقوق و دستمزد، مشکلات صنفی، معوقات مزدی، امنیت محیط کار و همچنین حق تشکیل اتحادیه های کارگری است.
April 30, 2021
گزارش ماهانه مختصری از وضعیت حقوق بشر در ایران طی دوره آوریل 2021 ، تهیه شده توسط آمار ، نشریات و آثار فعالان حقوق بشر در ایران.
April 7, 2021
مرور سال میالدی 2020
April 1, 2021
مقامات ایران به سرکوب مردم ایران ادامه دادند. دستگاه امنیتی و اطلاعاتی کشور، همراه با قوه قضاییه، با اقداماتی نظیر استفاده از زور کشنده و بیش از حد علیه معترضان و شکنجهها و نقضهای گزارششده در بازداشت معترضان را به شدت سرکوب کرد. رییسجمهور روحانی و دولت او تمایل چندانی برای کاهش یا مقابله با این نقضهای جدی حقوق به دست نهادهای امنیتی ایران نشان ندادهاند و همزمان آیتالله خامنهای، رهبر ایران، به این نقضهای جدی چراغ سبز نشان میدهد. تحریمهای گسترده آمریکا هم اقتصاد کشور و دسترسی ایرانیان به داروهای حیاتی را تحت تأثیر قرار داد و به حق آنها به سلامتی ضربه زد.