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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.

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Latest posts by Center for Human Rights in Iran

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.

22 June 2017

Detained Telegram Channel Admins Go on Hunger Strike in Iran

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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.

26 May 2017

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.

18 February 2017

Hackers Target Iranian Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

Global Voices Advocacy

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

8 February 2017

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

Global Voices Advocacy

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.

23 January 2017

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

Global Voices Advocacy

“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.”

11 January 2017

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

Global Voices Advocacy

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.

5 January 2017

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

Global Voices Advocacy

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

26 December 2016

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."

23 September 2016

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.

7 September 2016

Hackers Exploit Android Flaw to Target Iranian Activists

Global Voices Advocacy

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.

25 August 2016

Wife of Persecuted Labour Activist Goes to Trial Over Facebook Post

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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.

28 July 2016

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.

12 July 2016

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

Global Voices Advocacy

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

29 March 2016

Despite Claims of Tortured Baha'i Inmates, Iran Takes No Action

The Baha’i community is one of the most persecuted religious minorities in Iran. Their faith is not recognized by the Islamic Republic’s constitution, and the community's members face severe discrimination.

22 February 2016

Iranian Newspapers Document Abuse and Mistreatment of Afghan School Children

“There’s no official directive condoning physical violence against Afghan students. The problem is society’s views.”

9 February 2016

Iranian Couples Are Increasingly Living Together Outside of Marriage

A look at why young Iranian couples are choosing to live together unmarried despite going against the law.

1 February 2016

Following Prisoner Deal, Iranian Nobel Laureate Calls on Tehran to ‘Make Peace With Its Own People’

While expressing joy at Iran’s recent release of four imprisoned Iranian-Americans, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi has called on the Iranian government to “make peace with its own people.”

25 November 2015

Iranian Cartoonist Who Drew Sadness of Paris Attacks Jailed

It's not the first time Iranian cartoonist Hadi Heidari has been a target for arrest.

5 November 2015

Iran Has Departed From Quranic Punishments Before, Despite What Hardliners Say

Leading clerics have spoken in the past about the need for flexibility given modern necessities, but hardliners continue to use unyielding adherence to Quranic principles as a political tool.

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