An Iranian human rights lawyer says the latest move by the judiciary to stifle the independence of lawyers shows the presence of “even a small number of human rights defenders is intolerable for the judiciary”.
Maryam Dehkordi focuses on the myriad ways in which religious minorities are discriminated against in Iran, in violation of the Constitution.
The Iranian state propaganda machine continues to use the country’s recognised Christian minority groups – of Armenian and Assyrian descent – as tools to speak out against the rise of evangelical Christianity in Iran.
The appointment of another infamous hardliner as the new head of Iran’s judiciary, replacing president-elect Ebrahim Raisi, is being seen as another step towards an even more repressive Islamic Republic.
As the dust settles on Ebrahim Raisi’s unsurprising election victory, amid record low voter turnout, Article18 assesses what the result […]
As the next election approaches, Article18’s Kiaa Aalipour analyses the situation of religious minorities, especially Christians, during Hassan Rouhani’s two terms in office.
Nazila Ghanea considers how the Biden administration should approach international religious freedom, especially in light of Trump-era policies.
Article18’s Mansour Borji describes the deep and long-lasting negative impacts of “white torture” on Iranian Christian prisoners of conscience.
Esmaeil Falahati’s case shows how the fates of asylum-seekers—often Christians—have become subject to Turkish officials sometimes unsympathetic with their plight, and the repercussions of countries closing their borders to refugees.
In spite of what regime figures like to say about the “tolerance” of the Islamic Republic, from the early days of the revolution — as soon as they were firmly in power — the ayatollahs began a crackdown on civil and religious liberties.