LIVE: The Human Rights Situation in Iran & Massacre of political prisoners

Tune in now to follow the live coverage of The Human Rights Situation in Iran Massacre of political prisoners (1988 – 2016) conference:

Speakers include:

  • Ingrid Betancourt
  • Tahar Boumedra
  • Kirsty Brimelow, QC
  • Brian ODomhnail
  • Gilbert Mitterrand
  • Rémy Pagani
  • Parviz Solgi Khazai
  • Alejo Vidal-Quadras
  • Jean Ziegler



Iranian women lose confidence in Rouhani, reformists as elections near

On the heels of Iran’s parliamentary elections, Iranian women are losing hope in the reformist party and current Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, according to a report by Reuters.

Rouhani won the Iranian presidential election in 2013 as a “moderate reformist” who ran on a platform to fix economic and social problems. His supporters had hoped his victory would lead to social change in Iran, but the dial on social freedoms has barely budged in Iran since his election according to rights campaigners, who contest that Rouhani’s presidency has made little progress in regards to political and cultural freedoms.

While Iranian women are among the most educated women in the Middle East, they are poorly represented and poorly protected by the Iranian government. Their legal witness testimony still only counts half as much as a man’s testimony in Iranian courts. Daughters in Iran inherit half as much as sons do. Women have a much harder time divorcing their spouse than men do, and men automatically receive custody of any children in a divorced relationship if the children are older than seven years old.

The lack of movement on these campaign issues have left Iranian women – specifically young Iranian women – feeling helpless. “What will change if I vote?” said a woman who could not win custody of her eight-year-old son after getting divorced in Isfahan. “Can reformist candidates give me equal rights?”

Read the full story on Reuters:

#StopExecutionsIran: Protest in Paris tomorrow

Since Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took office in 2013:

  • Executions in Iran have continued, especially of ethnic and religious minorities. Over 2,000 people have been executed since Rouhani’s term in office. Amnesty International reported that nearly 700 people were executed by the Iranian regime in just over six months.
  • Iran continues to be the largest prison for journalists in the Middle East. Reporters Jason Rezaian and his wife Yeganeh Salehi were both released from Iranian prisons this week. Both were detained in Iran for over a year through “arbitrary and blatantly illegal treatment by Iranian authorities.”
  • Women continue to face violence and misogyny. In 2014, organized gangs affiliated with the Iranian regime committed acid attacks on Iranian women and girls. At least 25 women were subjected to these attacks.

Hassan Rouhani has been touring Italy and France this month in an effort to create an economic relationship between the West and Iran, but the devastating and blatant human rights violations that continue to plague the Iranian people under his leadership should not be ignored.

Join friends of the Iranian people tomorrow as they protest Hassan Rouhani’s civil and democratic violations.

No to Rouhani Rally in Paris
Thursday January 28 2016 | 13:00h in Paris’ Trocadero Square

Follow the event online with the hashtags #No2Rouhani and #StopExecutionsIran

Iran issues 52 executions in the first two weeks of January

The Iranian Regime entered 2016 by committing 52 executions within the first two weeks of January. Among those sentenced to death included one woman and four people who were hanged publicly.

As President Rouhani and the Iranian Regime begin to close on nuclear deal P5+1, the human rights situation in Iran continues to suffer under their control. Iran still holds the record for having the most executions per capita in the world, executing over 1,000 people in 2015. Women, children, and religious and ethnic minorities continue to suffer some of the harshest sentences.

Protestors are preparing for a rally this Thursday in Paris’ Trocadero Square to condemn the poor human rights conditions under Rouhani, who will be visiting the city that day. Organizers are showing their support for the Iranian people online under the hashtags #No2Rouhani and #StopExecutionsIran.

Reporters Without Borders rate Iran 7th-worst country for press freedoms, safety

Reporters Without Borders, an annual report of journalist freedoms and safety, ranked Iran as the 7th-worst country in their international index of freedom of information in 2015. Detailed in their recently-released index, the Islamic Republic of Iran ranked 173 out of the 180 surveyed countries for freedom and safety of the press.

The 2015 report confirmed that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s term in office has not helped foster a freer, safer environment for reporters. Citing the government’s active pursuit to close news outlets and its relationship with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the Revolutionary Guard, Reporters Without Borders determined that the Rouhani administration has “played a role in arrests as a silent accomplice” when it comes to censorship of information.

Rouhani’s administration also regularly detains journalists and reporters in Iran unjustly in addition to unfairly arresting religious and ethnic minorities and women. Reporters Without Borders reported that Iran is still one of the world’s five biggest prisons for news and information providers and estimate that about 50 journalists and netizens are currently being detained.

A rally against Rouhani’s treatment of human rights in Iran has been scheduled in Paris’ Trocadero Square on January 28. Protestors are currently gathering under the hashtags #No2Rouhani and #StopExecutionsIran.

Maryam Rajavi calls for progress for Iranian human rights in 2016


President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi, offered her hope for 2016 in a recent meeting between members of the Iranian Resistance and their French allies.

Speaking at the Resistance headquarters in Auvers-Sur-Oise, France, Rajavi emphasized that foreign powers needed to do more moving forward to eliminate the source of Islamic fundamentalism, calling on the international community to “adopt a firm policy to expel the Iranian regime from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.” Rajavi also reflected on recent humans rights violations in Iran – notably, last year’s increase in executions by the Rouhani regime.

Rajavi is optimistic that the New Year will provide more hope for Iranian human rights. Advocating for a humane future, Rajavi declared: “The Iranian Resistance advocates for a tolerant republic based on the separation of religion and state, abolition of the death penalty, and women’s equality in tomorrow’s Iran.”

“We are capable of doing a lot together,” Rajavi closed, “We can do things that are essential to the freedom and human rights in Iran.”

Read Rajavi’s full speech transcript on

Persecution of Christians in Iran worsening under Hassan Rouhani

Christians in Parliament All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG)  and the All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief investigated the current state of Iran and the persecution of Christians in Iran.  The joint investigation found that Christians continue to be arrested and interrogated because of their faith in Iran.

While Iran is under the rule of Hassan Rouhani, Christians are subject to harassment, discrimination and persecution, according to an Open Doors Organization report.  Iran has been ranked the world’s seventh worst nation for the persecution of Christians according to a study published in January.

Read more about Hassan Rouhani’s broken promises of religious freedom in Iran here.

The Persecution of Christians in Iran

Christians in Parliament APPG and APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief Joint Report:
“There has been no substantive change in Iran’s human rights record since the election of President Rouhani; in fact by some indicators you could argue that things have gotten worse.”