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Center for Human Rights in Iran

Founded in 2008, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), formerly the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, is a non-partisan, independent human rights non-profit 501(c)3 organization based in New York that works actively in Latin America, the United States, and Europe. CHRI’s team is comprised of trained lawyers, researchers, and journalists with extensive research and advocacy experience in international organizations and publications.

CHRI supports the Iranian people’s struggle for human rights and amplifies their voices on the international stage. On the global stage, CHRI fills the gaps in information and knowledge caused by lack of access to Iran. We have earned a reputation as one of the major organizations providing relevant, verified, and up-to-date information about the human rights situation in Iran. International journalists consult us for background; diplomats heed our briefings. We routinely cooperate with major human rights organizations including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Latest posts by Center for Human Rights in Iran

Government official says the ban on messaging apps is slowing flood relief in Iran

"In situations where sharing information is vital, censorship can turn into a deadly phenomenon."

Iran’s telecommunications company illegally rerouted Telegram app traffic

In a new move aimed at tightening the state-imposed ban on the Telegram messaging app, the Telecommunications Company of Iran (TCI) temporarily rerouted Telegram app traffic in violation of domestic law in July 2018.

Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh jailed on national security charges for representing hijab protesters

"If you ask me what the authorities are thinking deep inside, I will tell they just want Nasrin to sit at home and...and stop defending civil and political activists..."

Telegram channel administrator could get death penalty for “insulting the Prophet”

Article 262 of Iran’s Islamic Penal Code dictates that “Anyone who swears at or commits qazf [slander] against the Great Prophet [of Islam]...shall be sentenced to the death penalty.”

Iran Suspends Thousands of Drug-Related Death Sentences After Years of Human Rights Advocacy

"Ninety percent of the prisoners on death row for drug crimes were just unfortunate mules carrying drugs to pay for their daughter’s dowry or an operation for their mother."

Iranian Technicians Have Been Ordered to Disrupt International Web Traffic Amid Protests

“We have been ordered to interrupt international traffic,” a source at an Iranian internet exchange point said.

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.

Detained Telegram Channel Admins Go on Hunger Strike in Iran

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.

After Reelection, Iran's President Rouhani Abandons Promise to Free Green Movement Leaders

President Hassan Rouhani refused to commit to ending the more than six-year extrajudicial house arrests of three opposition leaders—a pledge he made during his first presidential campaign.

Hackers Target Iranian Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

State-sponsored Iranian hackers targetting civil human rights users have a new virus targeting Apple computers.

In Iran, From Prison to Banishment for Posting Jokes on Facebook

After completing a five-year prison sentence for Facebook posts about religion on Facebook, the Judiciary has sent Soheil Babadi into internal exile in southern Iran.

Hardliners Pressuring Iran's President Rouhani to Ban Popular Telegram App, This Time for 2017 Election

“This (the internet) isn’t freedom. It’s the worst kind of bondage. Polluted anti-religious networks are functioning in this country because the organizations in charge are not doing their jobs.”

For Telegram Users, Iran's Registration Requirement Boosts State Snooping Powers

Telegram is Iran’s most popular messaging application and host to some 170,000 Iranian-owned channels. The new policy will require owners of popular channels to register with the government.

After 71 Days on Hunger Strike, Arash Sadeghi Sees Iranian Authorities Release His Wife on Bail

Iraee was charged after Iran's Revolutionary Guards raided her home, looking for evidence against her civil rights activist husband, Arash Sadeghi.

Imprisoned Iranian Activist Faces New Charges After Complaint About Mistreatment

"When asked to produce a warrant, they attacked me. One of the agents, who I’m embarrassed to say was a woman, started to beat me."

Reformist Editor Arrested Ahead of Iranian President’s Trip to the United Nations

Sadra Mohaghegh, the social affairs editor of the reformist Shargh newspaper, is well known for his reports on environmental issues and informative social media postings.

Hackers Exploit Android Flaw to Target Iranian Activists

Suspected state-sponsored hackers have intensified their attempts to break into the online accounts of Iranian rights activists in recent weeks by exploiting security vulnerabilities in Android smartphones.

Wife of Persecuted Labour Activist Goes to Trial Over Facebook Post

The wife of a labor activist has been charged with posting “insulting” content on Facebook even though she is not a member of the social media site.

Iran Takes Aim at American Sanctions by Threatening Apple

Tehran threatens to ban all Apple products, if the company doesn't set up a local office, and experts say it's to weaken US sanctions now restricting investment flows into Iran.

Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook, A Computer Engineer Awaits His Appeal Verdict

Political prisoners in Iran are routinely singled out for harsh treatment, which often includes denial of medical care.

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