36 human rights groups call on UN to pass resolution Iran

Posted on: November 12th, 2015

To: Member States of the UN General Assembly

12 November 2015


Your Excellency:

We, the undersigned human rights and civil society organizations, urge your government to vote in favor of Resolution A/C.30/70/L.45 on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This vote will take place during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), scheduled for the Third Committee on Thursday, 19 November 2015. (more…)

11 Human Rights Organizations Condemned the Destruction of Suunis’ Place of Worship in Tehran

Posted on: August 9th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – 11 Human Rights organizations have condemned the destruction of Sunnis’ place of worship in Tehran in a statement and called on international organization and Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran to react to these actions of Iranian government. The full text of the statement is as follows: (more…)

The Judiciary Must Recognize the Right of Defense for Inmates

Posted on: July 5th, 2015

Press Release

The new Code of Criminal Procedure has been implemented during recent days however the note of article 48 of the code has caused many reactions among the Iranian lawyers.

According to this note, the inmates of Security and Organized crimes are prohibited from choosing their own lawyers during the interrogation and inquiry process and are allowed to only choose a lawyer out of a list provided by the judiciary. This note is obviously violating article 35 of the constitution of Islamic Republic of Iran and International Human Rights Declaration as well as International Convent on Civil and Political Rights. Surprisingly the note is also violating the Islamic Sharia, according to which one could appoint anybody as his lawyer. (more…)

The Latest Outcome of the Inquiries about Seyed Jamal Hosseini’s Death

Posted on: May 28th, 2015

Press Release

HRANA News Agency – Human Rights Activists in Iran is willing to inform the public opinion about the latest outcome of the inquiries on the case of the death of former director of HRANA and the co-founder of Human Rights Activists in Iran, Seyed Jamal Hosseini.

The body of Seyed Jamal Hosseini (Esfandiar Baharmas) had been found on August 5, 2014 at his home in Nevshehir in Turkey. Human Rights Activists in Iran had then in a statement stated that regarding the conditions there had to be investigations about his death which has been done by the Turkish authorities. (more…)

Press Release on the Occasion of Teachers’ Week in Iran

Posted on: May 16th, 2015

The Teachers’ Week ended in Iran, while teachers are still trying to eliminate any discrimination and inequality emphasizing on the pursuit of their demands,

In recent years, despite several promises of the authorities to solve the problems of teachers, including the elimination of discrimination in employment and payments, having health insurance, health care and pensions, we see still continuation of these problems, also, teachers’ union activities, like other areas of their activities, have not been safe from the developing security approach and we can see harsh collisions with the teachers’ associations such as Teachers’ Union and Teachers’ Organization, widespread detention of their members, and heavy judicial sentences. (more…)

Press Release on the Occasion of May Day

Posted on: May 6th, 2015

Press Release
Despite the elapse of two years of Mr. Hassan Rohani’s administration, that the slogan of improving living conditions and the economy was one of his most important campaign promises, no promising improvements has happened in the living conditions of the workers.

We are going to welcome International Workers’ Day, while Iranian labor community is still struggling with too many problems.

Determining the minimum wage of the Supreme Council of the work on the last couple of days, last year, which many scholars and labor activists say, is much lower than the actual inflation rate in the country and also lower than the value of an expenses basket of household, is the other reason of workers’ voices weakness and the continuation of labor community’s’ protests in the country.

Human Rights Activists in Iran believes that job insecurity in the shadow of temporary work contracts, closed workshops and factories and daily unemployment of a large number of workers, lack of safety in workplaces, and increasing incidents’ rate, lack of proper social security insurance for all, lack of timely payment of salaries and also discrimination in wages, especially with the increase in the number of  informal and clandestine workers who are deprived of any legal rights, are just some of the reasons for the workers’ protest in recent years.

However, the privatization of state-owned factories and companies, regardless of the long-term interests of the workers led to the formation of massive protests, the Iron Ore workers protest, last year in Bafg, in Yazd, was one of these widespread protests.

Although the country’s constitution stipulates on freedom of association and forming groups, that have been stressed on also in Conventions 87 and 98 of the Universal Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights of Work, unfortunately because of the existing security attitude, we have been seen summons, detentions, court verdicts and sentences that were issued for labor activists, also  conflict with the any kind of rally and with forming groups and syndicates, which could follow the demands of the workers. So that, up to date a large number of well-known labor activists are held in prison, they have been  dismissed from their job or waiting to endure their suspended heavy judicial sentences, and in some cases, they have had to leave the country.

Human Rights Activists in Iran, along with celebrating the International Workers’ Day and supporting the legitimate demands of the workers, asks the country’s authorities to respect the constitution and international conventions, in particular the International Labor Organization’s Universal Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights of Work, which Iran also has signed, improve employment and living conditions for workers and eliminate security approach in this field.

We also ask the government to release all of imprisoned workers and stop unjust sentences that have been issued by non-transparent procedures, and provide the appropriate conditions for
dismissed workers to go back to their work and provide secure working environment for the workers.
Human Rights Activists in Iran


36 Human Rights Organizations Urge Member States to Vote YES to Defend Human Rights in Iran

Posted on: March 13th, 2015

March 12, 2015

To: Member States of the UN Human Rights Council

Your Excellency,

We, the undersigned human rights and civil society groups, write to you to urge your government to support the resolution to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran at the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (“the Council”). (more…)

Amnesty International: Last Chance to Spare Lives of 6 Sunni Men on Death Row

Posted on: March 3rd, 2015

Amnesty International – Six Sunni men from Iran’s Kurdish minority could be just hours away from being hanged after the Iranian authorities transferred them this morning to the quarantine section of Rajai’ Shahr Prison in Karaj, Amnesty International said as it renewed its call to spare the men’s lives.

Hamed Ahmadi, Jahangir Dehghani, Jamshid Dehghani, Kamal Molaee, Hadi Hosseini and Sediq Mohammadi are set to be hanged, possibly as soon as tomorrow, and have gone on hunger strike in protest. The men were sentenced to death by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran after being convicted of the vaguely worded offence of “enmity against God” (moharebeh), even though they all deny involvement in armed or violent activities. (more…)

Release the Imprisoned Human Rights Activists

Posted on: March 2nd, 2015

HRANA News Agency – Five Iranian Human Rights Organizations have released a statement demanding the freedom for imprisoned Human Rights Activists in Iran.

The full text of this statement is as follows: (more…)

EU Urges Iran to Halt the Execution of Saman Naseem

Posted on: February 19th, 2015

Statement of the spokesperson of EU on the case of Mr Samar Naseem:

According to reports, the Iranian authorities are about to execute Mr Saman Naseenm, who was apparently a minor at the time of the crime for which he has been convicted. (more…)