Iran Human Rights

Iran's President Continues to Violate Human Rights

Irwin Cotler | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

While Iranian President Rouhani pledged to usher in a new era of human rights for Iranians, he continues to engage in massive repression. What follows is an overview of some of the serious human rights violations in Iran that serve as a litmus test for the authenticity of Rouhani's commitment to human rights for the Iranian people.

Human Rights Day: Pray for Modern Slaves

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Impact
Diane Weber Bederman

December 10 has been declared Human Rights Day. This is a day for all of us in the West, in particular, to pray for those who live under autocratic, theocratic, despotic regimes who deny their citizens their humanity. There is slavery on the 21st century. While we exclaim over the movie "12 Years a Slave," we ignore those who are enslaved today, in Sudan and North Korea.

Honouring the Lawyer in Solitary Confinement

Irwin Cotler | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

On Wednesday, June 12th, York University will confer an honourary Doctor of Laws degree on Nasrin Sotoudeh, the imprisoned Iranian human rights lawyer now in her third year of imprisonment -- much of which has been spent in solitary confinement in the notorious Evin prison.

Four Steps to Ensuring Human Rights Prevail in Iran

Irwin Cotler | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada
Irwin Cotler

Nasrin Sotoudeh's courageous human rights advocacy has highlighted and exposed the brutality of Ahmadinejad's Iran. Indeed, Iran has jailed more than fifty of its lawyers, and Nasrin was a courageous lawyer for political prisoners until becoming one herself.

How Iran Can Go From 'Pariah State' to 'Leader Among Nations'

Payam Akhavan | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada
Payam Akhavan

The treatment of ethnic minorities is a fundamental question in building a stable, democratic, and prosperous Iran. But the question of ethnic minorities is not merely a problem to be solved; it is also an immense opportunity for a wise and just leadership to transform Iran from its current pariah status into a leader among nations. Embracing human rights and global interdependence is a necessity for Iran's survival and prosperity.

This Man is in Exile for 10 Years...For That?

Maryam Nayeb Yazdi | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada
Maryam Nayeb Yazdi

Today marks Zia Nabavi's 29th birthday. This is the fourth consecutive birthday the university student activist is spending in prison. He was arrested at a relative's house on June 15, 2009, following his participation in a peaceful post-election protest. He's been trapped in prison since then.

Tweeting up a Storm to Fight Injustice in Iran

Maryam Nayeb Yazdi | Posted 12.19.2012 | Canada Impact
Maryam Nayeb Yazdi

Nasrin Sotoudeh, an award-winning lawyer held unlawfully in Evin Prison since 2010, is on her third day of hunger strike. To show their solidarity with this incredible woman, human rights and online activists have organized a "Tweet Storm" for Friday. The online event is an urgent call to take action for her release.

Don't Mistake Iran's Brutality For Strength

Payam Akhavan | Posted 10.22.2012 | Canada Politics
Payam Akhavan

Beyond doubt, this is the bloodiest period in Iran's contemporary history. A former political prisoner described how she was savagely beaten while six-months pregnant, while yet another spoke about a 14-year-old boy crying for his mother as the noose was put around his neck. Violence is often mistaken as a sign of strength. The exact contrary is true: Violence is the ultimate sign of weakness.

Hear Us Iran: Canadians Condemn You

Linda Frum | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Linda Frum

If this looks like an ordinary diplomatic photograph -- it is not. In a rare encounter, the Hon. Noel Kinsella, Speaker of the Senate of Canada, summoned Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani, the Iranian Charge d'Affaires, to his chambers. Kinsella demanded the release of all unlawfully held Iranian prisoners of conscience and in particular the Canadian prisoners: Saeed Malekpour, Hossein Derakhshan and Hamid Ghassemi-Shall.

Letter From a Prisoner in Iran

Maryam Nayeb Yazdi | Posted 06.05.2012 | Canada
Maryam Nayeb Yazdi

Today is Bahareh Hedayat's 31st birthday and the fourth wedding anniversary with her activist husband Amin Ahmadian. Unfortunately, the two are separated because Iranian regime agents arrested her in 2009 following a mass opposition protest in the country. Here is a letter she wrote to Ahmadian.

Iran's Election Promises: Slaughter, Imprisonment, Torture, and Oppression

Irwin Cotler | Posted 05.02.2012 | Canada
Irwin Cotler

In the run-up to the Iranian election today, there has been a massive campaign underway for imprisonment and silencing of all opposition. There have been arrests, beatings, torture, detentions, kidnappings, disappearances, and executions -- indeed, an execution binge even by Iran's wanton standards.

Lifting the Veil on Iran's Barbaric Human Rights Abuses

Saba Farzan | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada Politics
Saba Farzan

Is it imaginable that in the 21st century a modern woman and outstanding actress receives lashes for her art? Sadly such brutality is common in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Most tragic are the explanations by regime officials that they are defending moral values and the security of their country.

My Interview with Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Video)

Tarek Fatah | Posted 12.12.2011 | Canada Politics
Tarek Fatah