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Iran’s Green Movement Celebrates Its Third Anniversary

Iran’s Green Movement Celebrates Its Third Anniversary

Born in the aftermath of the rigged presidential election in June 2009, Iran’s Green Movement may have lost much of its mobilizing force in the face of brutal state repression and the house arrest of its leaders. But it is surely still well alive, waiting for the next political opportunity. Beneath the facade of order and stability that we see ...

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Amnesty International Annual Report 2012 on Iran

Amnesty International Annual Report 2012 on Iran

Amnesty International released its 2012 report today, the 50th in the organization’s history. The report looks at human rights issues in 153 countries. Here is an excerpt from Amnesty annual report on Iran: Background The security forces, including the paramilitary Basij militia, continued to operate with near total impunity and there was virtually no accountability for the unlawful killings and ...

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Marking the Anniversary of Iran’s Attack on Baha’i Educators

Marking the Anniversary of Iran’s Attack on Baha’i Educators

In its continuous attempt to destroy the Iran’s Baha’i community, Iranian government has, for nearly thirty years, denied Baha’is the right to attend any of Iran’s universities. These efforts were not met by violence or even opposition. Rather, in 1987, Iran’s Baha’is began conducting classes of their own. Joined by Iranians of many backgrounds, Baha’i educators slowly developed a simple ...

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Israeli Survey: Support for Liberal Democracy in Iran

In a piece in The Wall Street Journal (reposted here at the survey website), Yuval Porat, an Israeli strategic consultant, presented the findings of a survey conducted by a group of Israeli researchers to measure the tendency toward liberal democracy in Iranian society: An analysis of the Iranian sample showed that alongside conservative values, such as conformity and tradition, Iranian ...

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The Tragic Farce of Voting in Iran

The Tragic Farce of Voting in Iran

Iran will hold tomorrow a second round of parliamentary elections to decide 65 seats still outstanding in its 290-member legislative body. At the first round, Iran’s democratic opposition and main reformist groups, that have been crushed in recent years and banned from running in the elections, broadly called for a countrywide boycott of the vote. Many activists sympathetic to the ...

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Absurdities of Book Censorship in Iran

Absurdities of Book Censorship in Iran

Kamali Dehghan reports from Tehran book fair in Guardian: Iran’s ministry of culture and Islamic guidance vets all books before publication. Three censors read each book to make sure it conforms to Islamic values. Censorship might apply to only a word, a sentence, a paragraph or sometimes a text as long as a dozen pages and the result would be ...

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Freedom of the Press 2012: Iran Ranked 192

Freedom of the Press 2012: Iran Ranked 192

Freedom House has released today its annual survey of freedom of the press around the world. The report finds “precarious but potentially far-reaching gains for media freedom in the Middle East and North Africa. Major steps forward were recorded in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia, where longtime dictators were removed after successful popular uprisings.” Of 197 countries surveyed on a wide ...

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Conference on Democracy and Human Rights in Iran

On April 19, 2012, a one-day conference under the tilte Democracy and Human Rights in Iran was held at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC. The event was in honor of the prominent Iranian journalist Siamak Pourzand, who ended his life tragically last year, after a decade of  persecution and constant harassment by the Iranian regime. The ...

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Nasrin Sotoudeh Nominated for Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

Nasrin Sotoudeh Nominated for Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

Yesterday the nominees of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders 2012 were announced in Geneva and Nasrin Sotoudeh is one of the three nominees. The MEA is the main award of the international human rights movement. Nasrin Sotoudeh is a prominent human rights lawyer in Iran, known for defending juveniles facing death penalty, prisoners of conscience and human rights activists. She was a ...

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Why Iran’s Autocrats Cannot Rest Easy

In a piece in New York Times, Middle East scholar Ray Takeyh says that Iran’s autocrats should not be eluded by dream of dictatorial stability. Reviewing the successive social movements in postwar history of Iran and their struggle for the rule of law and democratic accountability, he concludes: In many ways, the Green Movement is a descendent and successor of ...

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