• Millions of Iranians participated in presidential and local elections in June 2013. Executions, especially for drug-related offenses, continued at high rates. The judiciary released some political prisoners, but many civil society activists remained in prison on political charges. Authorities regularly subjected prisoners, especially those convicted on politically motivated charges, to abuse and deprive them of necessary medical treatment. Iranian women continued to face discrimination in many areas including personal status matters. Authorities restricted political participation and employment of minority groups, who account for about 10 percent of the population.



  • Nov 23, 2014
    Five Iranians are among 35 writers to win the prestigious Hellman-Hammett award for courage and conviction in the face of political persecution. The other 30 winners come from 11 countries.
  • Nov 19, 2014
    An Iranian Supreme Court ruling barring from government positions a former judiciary figure linked to protester deaths after the disputed 2009 presidential election is a step toward justice, but far from adequate. In 2010 a parliamentary committee had found Mortazavi responsible for the deaths of three persons due to his ordering their transfer to the Kahrizak detention facility, where torture was reportedly rife.
  • Nov 13, 2014
    We, the undersigned human rights and civil society organizations, write to urge your government to vote in favor of Resolution A/RES/69/L on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This vote will take place during the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, scheduled to take place in the Third Committee this Tuesday, 18 November 2014.
  • Nov 7, 2014
    Iran’s judiciary should quash the conviction of Ghoncheh Ghavami for “propaganda against the state” and immediately release her since the charge is on its face a punishment for peaceful speech and protest. Ghavami, a dual Iranian-British national, was arrested June 30, 2014 after protesting a ban on women attending volleyball matches. She began a hunger strike on November 2 to protest her detention, her brother Iman Ghavami told Human Rights Watch.
  • Oct 28, 2014
    The Iranian government should stop detaining and harassing prominent rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, and allow her the right to peaceful dissent and assembly, Human Rights Watch said today. Officials should also end their interference in the internal affairs of Iran’s bar association; the government and the association should ensure that no lawyer is disciplined for defending clients, and that disciplinary hearings are fair and independent.
  • Oct 25, 2014
    Iran’s judiciary should vacate the death sentence of Reyhaneh Jabbari and ensure that she receives a fair trial. She was convicted of murdering an older man in what she says was self defense. On September 29, 2014, prison authorities transferred Jabbari to a prison west of Tehran without explanation, raising fears that her execution was imminent, but then returned her to her original prison cell overnight.
  • Oct 21, 2014
    "[The trial] lasted an hour and a half... The judge in the case is supposed to issue his ruling next week. I hope that next week, by this time, my nightmare will be over and my daughter will be in my arms. Pray for me."
  • Oct 7, 2014
    I am writing to you in my capacity as President of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) in response to your letter dated 29 September 2014 concerning the imprisonment of British-Iranian dual citizen Ghoncheh Ghavami for attending an FIVB World League match in Tehran three months ago.
  • Sep 28, 2014
    I write to draw your attention to a recent decision by authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran to bar Iranian women from several volleyball matches in Tehran organized under the auspices of the International Federation of Volleyball (FIVB). The matches in question were part of the FIVB’s World League competitions in May and June 2014. Prior to a game on June 13 at Tehran’s Azadi Sports Complex, in which Iran hosted Brazil, Iranian authorities announced that they would not permit any Iranian women to enter the stadium as spectators, nor would they permit Iranian women journalists to attend to report on the matches to be played in Tehran. The official ban prevented only the presence of Iranian women; Iranian authorities allowed women of other nationalities who had traveled to Iran support other national teams to enter the stadium and attend the matches played there.
  • Sep 24, 2014
    We write to you as representatives of human rights and civil society groups that seek the protection and promotion of human rights in Iran to urge the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to take steps to open, full, and effective cooperation with the United Nations Special Procedures, including the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.