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Stories about Iran

11 January 2018

While Iran's Former Head of Judiciary Receives Medical Treatment in Germany, Activists Urge his Prosecution for Crimes Against Humanity

Solidarity and support from the Iranian Diaspora and international community send a message that those who appear invincible today can end up a defendant in a courtroom tomorrow. 

9 January 2018

The Draft Budget That Inflamed Protests in Iran

"You’ve turned as all into beggars. Please tell Mr. Khamenei, tell the president, tell everyone, tell them we are desperate. We don’t need this revolution. We hate the clerics."

7 January 2018

Corruption and Poverty Lead to Rage and Despair in Iran

"The members of parliament need to know that they are accountable to the people, that they represent the people, and that the eyes of the people are upon them."

4 January 2018

Netizen Report: Iranian Authorities Are Blocking International Web Traffic and Messaging Platforms

Global Voices Advocacy

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.

31 December 2017

Massive Protests in Iran as People Weigh in on Its Origins

Here is a look at what is happening in Iran, how it differs from 2009's protests, and why there is a lot more to this situation than meets the eye.

23 October 2017

In Iran, Music Streaming Sites Soundcloud and Spotify Are Back Online

Global Voices Advocacy

Spotify and Soundcloud are now accessible for Iranians.

22 October 2017

Why Is the US Celebrating an Iranian Socialist Wrestler?

"Takhti represented...a tradition, a universe of values with deep and ancient roots and in intense contradiction with the status quo."

16 October 2017

A ‘Verified’ Social Media Account Can Help Protect Iranian Activists — If They’re Lucky Enough to Get One

Global Voices Advocacy

Social media companies can do more to protect communities facing online attacks.

15 October 2017

On Language: The Many Flavours of Persian in Eurasia

"The language categories we are more or less stuck with are organized vertically by nation-state."

6 September 2017

Iran's Foreign Minister Says He Won't Tweet in Persian Because of Twitter Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

The rhetoric of the Rouhani administration is giving off less hope for online freedoms, and the popular foreign minister's statements about not tweeting for Iranian audiences has increased concerns.

4 September 2017

Local Groups Warn Suicide Is on the Rise Among Iran's Impoverished Arab Ahwazi Community

Ahwazi Arabs experience systematic discrimination in Iran. "There are people who have had to change their first and last name...to hide their Ahwazi Arab identity to get hired."

15 August 2017

Reformist Members of Iran's Parliament Push to Free Green Movement Leaders Under House Arrest

Reformist members of Iran’s Parliament have established the Committee to Seek an End to House Arrests following the recent hospitalization of 79-year-old political opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi.

4 August 2017

‘With Empty Hands But Deep Beliefs,’ Jamal Hosseini Lost His Life Fighting for Human Rights in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

The third anniversary of the mysterious death of Jamal Hosseini, a bridge between underground activists in Iran and the global community of human rights activists.

27 July 2017

What Do Election Results Signal About Women's Political Participation in Iran?

Iranian election results, although mixed, signal hope for an Iran where women’s voices matter on both national and local levels.

26 June 2017

Iran's Revolution In Waiting

The Bridge

Without the active presence of justice in all its forms, it will remain impossible for any Iranian government to achieve coexistence among all of the country’s ethnic nations.

22 June 2017

Detained Telegram Channel Admins Go on Hunger Strike in Iran

Global Voices Advocacy

The centrist administration of President Hassan Rouhani has been publicly criticized by Iran's hardline political factions for refusing to censor some of Telegram’s features.

14 June 2017

After Campaigning on Internet Freedom, Iranian President's ICT Minister Boasts of Internet Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

ICT Minister Mahmoud Vaezi announced that Rouhani had effectively improved methods to control the Internet space as well as shut down a number of platforms.

11 June 2017

A Physicist Who Always Dreamed of Working in the US Says It’s No Longer the ‘Global Center of Science’

His family zigzagged the globe in pursuit, and defense, of science. Now, he's worried about the future of science in the US.

7 June 2017

Iranian Photographer Mehrdad Naraghi: “No Medium Can Ever Be ‘Finished'”

The Bridge

"No medium is ever “finished.” It is only an artist who can be finished."

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