Human Rights News

On March 14, at least 26 Baha'i citizens in Shiraz were summoned to Branch 10 of the Shiraz Revolutionary Court, to answer charges, and are required to report to the Court within seven days of the summon. The Baha’is were also told that, in case of a fairly to attend, a decision will be made on their cases in accordance with the law. The case is related to the detention of these Baha’is in 2016 and 2017...

In response, the judicial authorities, instead of stopping such executions, decided that the virginity of the girls who were sentenced to death must be removed so that virgin girls were no longer executed. This decision led to numerous young detainees being forced to enter into “temporary marriages” with prison guards and agents. These so-called marriages resulted in sexual intercourse without consent — in other words, rape...

The 65-year-old was sentenced in January to three years in prison for “insulting Islamic sacred beliefs”. Now, following a court hearing on 27 February, he has been sentenced to an additional two years in prison for “membership of a group hostile to the regime”, under Article 499 of the Islamic Penal Code, which provides for three months to five years’ imprisonment...

Two prisoners were executed on charges of “Moharebeh”, which in Islamic law means “waging war against God”. The Islamic Republic uses this serious accusation against those who question the basis of the Islamic political system or the legitimacy of clerical rule in Iran...

A young woman who set herself on fire on September 1 outside the public prosecutor’s office in Tehran is among football-starved Iranian women detained outside Iran's main sports arena, Azadi stadium...

An Iranian women's rights activist has been jailed for a total of 24 years - including a 15-year term for 'spreading prostitution by taking off her hijab'.

Saba Kord Afshari, 20, was handed the sentence Tuesday by Tehran's Revolutionary Court after being found guilty of removing her headscarf as well as 'spreading propaganda against the state' and 'assembly and collusion'...

Operatives of the Islamic Republic attempted to shut down a senior care center for members of the Baha'i community in the city of Karaj...

Today the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) is releasing its report entitled Extreme Inequality: The Human Rights Situation of Iran’s Baluch Minority. The report, which is based on interviews with witnesses, news reports, and information publicly provided by government officials, demonstrates the extent of human rights abuses affecting Iran’s Baluch citizens...

Iran has arrested more than 100 Christians in the last week, charities report, amid a growing crackdown by the Islamic Republic. Many of the 114 detained were converts to Christianity from a Muslim background, accused of “proselytising”...

Seven leaders of Iran’s Bahai community were arrested by the Iranian government eight years ago. Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Behrouz Tavakkoli, Vahid Tizfahm, and Mahvash Sabet were convicted of espionage, insulting religious sanctities, and propaganda against the Islamic Republic and sentenced to 20 years in prison...

On October 25, 2014, days after President Obama reportedly sent a secret letter to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei offering regional security cooperation in return for Tehran’s acceptance of an elusive nuclear deal, Iran hanged Reyhaneh Jabbari, a 26-year-old woman convicted of stabbing to death a former Iranian intelligence ministry official who was trying to rape her...