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: the State must be transparent about Internet disruptions
03.07.2019 9 min read

Iran: the State must be transparent about Internet disruptions

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Iran’s Draft Data Protection Act: Too little but not too late
27.06.2019 10 min read

Iran’s Draft Data Protection Act: Too little but not too late

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27.06.2019 6 min read

Iran: Personal Data Protection and Safeguarding Draft Act

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01.05.2019 4 min read

Iran: Confusion and misinformation over social media take-downs fuels online harassment

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Iran: Worsening situation for free expression must be addressed in upcoming UPR
30.04.2019 9 min read

Iran: Worsening situation for free expression must be addressed in upcoming UPR

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Iran: Harsh sentencing of Nasrin Sotoudeh sets a new tone for judicial repression of human rights
12.03.2019 5 min read

Iran: Harsh sentencing of Nasrin Sotoudeh sets a new tone for judicial repression of human rights

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06.03.2019 32 min read

Iran: Decline for free expression requires increased support for UN scrutiny

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HRC 40: Priorities to protect free expression
21.02.2019 18 min read

HRC 40: Priorities to protect free expression

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06.02.2019 5 min read

Iran: Environmental activists facing trial based on forced confessions

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