Iran

While President Hassan Rouhani has paved the way towards greater transparency in Iran with a new access to information law, his other election promises including greater internet freedoms remain undelivered. Since his re-election in 2017, President Rouhani’s appointment of hardliners to cabinet positions have provoked grave concerns for freedom of expression, particularly freedoms online. With continued restrictions on journalists, human rights defenders and other groups that exercise free speech, Iran evidences a glaring disregard for international human rights standards. Civil society is severely oppressed, with most groups having to operate outside of the country, and those in Iran are forced to work underground. Despite this, Iran’s new freedom of information law, passed in 2009, could be a powerful tool for journalists and human rights defenders to achieve better access to information but it has a long way to go before it is implemented effectively.

ARTICLE 19’s work on Iran focuses on monitoring laws, policies and regulations which affect freedom of expression and information online and offline. We monitor Iran’s complex internet policies and respond to evolving threats online. We work with a wide network of experts and human rights defenders on how to effectively use Iran’s freedom of information law and to highlight violations on freedom of expression and access to information.

Iran: Parliament’s “Protection Bill” will hand over complete control of the Internet to authorities
05.08.2021 19 min read

Iran: Parliament’s “Protection Bill” will hand over complete control of the Internet to authorities

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Iran: Bullets, detention and shutdowns: the authorities’ response to protests in Khuzestan
28.07.2021 32 min read

Iran: Bullets, detention and shutdowns: the authorities’ response to protests in Khuzestan

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Iran: Foiled plot to kidnap activist a sign of increasingly brazen transnational repression
14.07.2021 3 min read

Iran: Foiled plot to kidnap activist a sign of increasingly brazen transnational repression

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UN: States must stop Internet shutdowns during protests
01.07.2021 4 min read

UN: States must stop Internet shutdowns during protests

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Iran: Raisi’s presidency will embed the human rights crisis in Iran
22.06.2021 6 min read

Iran: Raisi’s presidency will embed the human rights crisis in Iran

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Iran: Horrific killing of Alireza Fazeli-Monfared shines light on brutal repression of LGBTQ people
12.05.2021 14 min read

Iran: Horrific killing of Alireza Fazeli-Monfared shines light on brutal repression of LGBTQ people

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Iran: Joint Letter – Call for the Renewal of the Mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran
12.03.2021 13 min read

Iran: Joint Letter – Call for the Renewal of the Mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran

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HRC46: Grave human rights violations in Iran
09.03.2021 2 min read

HRC46: Grave human rights violations in Iran

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Iran: Writer Kioomars Marzban released from prison
25.02.2021 5 min read

Iran: Writer Kioomars Marzban released from prison

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