Iran: Ebrahim Raisi must be investigated for crimes against humanity

19 June 2021, 09:18 UTC Responding to today’s announcement declaring Ebrahim Raisi as Iran’s next president, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Agnès Callamard said: “That Ebrahim Raisi has risen to the presidency instead of being investigated for the crimes against humanity of murder, enforced disappearance and torture, is a grim reminder that impunity reigns supreme in Iran. In 2018, our organization documented how Ebrahim Raisi had been a...

Panel of experts discuss Iran protests and the role of the Iranian Resistance

June 29, 2018 - A panel of experts from U.S., Canada, France and Algeria discussed the significance of recent protests in Iran and the importance the Iranian opposition and the Free Iran Gathering, scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday, June 30, 2018), play in the context. Mitchell Reiss, Ambassador, former Director of U.S. State Department Policy. Planning and Special Envoy to the Northern Ireland Peace Process Ambassador Mitchell Reiss, former...

Review of U.S. Iran Policy

Meeting in Paris with title Where is Iran heading By Hassan Mahmoudi Rabat, Morocco World News , July 10, 2017– After 15 years of considerable strategic consistency during the presidencies of George Bush and Barack Obama towards Iran. US foreign policy revealed Iran’s extensive “provocative” regional conduct. “A comprehensive Iran policy requires that we address all of the threats posed by Iran, and it is clear there are many,”...

Iran: Stop destruction of mass grave site and allow dignified burials of persecuted Baha’is

29 April 2021, 13:59 UTC 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, said Amnesty International today. The Khavaran...

Joint NGO Statement to Member States of the United Nations Human Rights Council

46th Session Your Excellency, We, the undersigned Iranian and international human rights organizations, call on your government to support the renewal of the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran at the 46th session of the Human Rights Council. We also urge your government to use this opportunity to voice concern at the grave and systematic violations of...

Statement by Javaid Rehman, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, at the forty-sixth session of the...

GENEVA - 9 March 2021 Madame President Distinguished Delegates I am honoured to address the Human Rights Council to present my report on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. I thank the Government for its engagement, including its comments on this report, replies to communications and meetings with its representatives. I again respectfully request access to Iran in line with the terms...

  Nowruz, meaning “The New Day” is the name of the Iranian New Year in the Solar calendar. It marks the first day of spring or Equinox. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical Northward equinox, which usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. The moment the sun crosses the celestial equator and equalizes night and...

Several languages are spoken in different regions of Iran. The predominant language and national language is Farsi, which is spoken across the country. Azeri is spoken primarily in the northwest, Kurdish primarily in the west, Arabic primarily in the Persian Gulf coastal regions, Baluchi primarily in the east and Turkmen primarily in northern border regions. Persian literature inspired Goethe, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and many others, and...

Iranians were some of the first people in history to weave carpets. First deriving from the notion of basic need, the Persian rug started out as a simple/pure weave of fabric that helped nomadic people living in ancient Iran stay warm from the cold, damp ground. time progressed, the complexity and beauty of rugs increased to a point where rugs are now bought as decorative...

Zoroastrianism was the national faith of Iran for more than a millennium before the Arab conquest. It has had an immense influence on Iranian philosophy, culture and art after the people of Iran converted to Islam. Today of the 98% of Muslims living in Iran, around 89% are Shi’a and only around 9% are Sunni.This is quite the opposite trend of the percentage distribution of Shi’a...