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.

HRC46: UN must speak out and mobilise action against human rights violations
22.02.2021 11 min read

HRC46: UN must speak out and mobilise action against human rights violations

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Iran: Parliament passes law to further choke freedoms and target minorities
19.02.2021 9 min read

Iran: Parliament passes law to further choke freedoms and target minorities

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Iran: Urgent international action needed to secure release of Kurdish activists  and others arbitrarily detained
04.02.2021 14 min read

Iran: Urgent international action needed to secure release of Kurdish activists and others arbitrarily detained

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Iran: Lawmakers must urgently drop the Bill that criminalises fundamental rights and freedoms
10.12.2020 12 min read

Iran: Lawmakers must urgently drop the Bill that criminalises fundamental rights and freedoms

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Iran: People with disabilities endangered by lack of information
03.12.2020 13 min read

Iran: People with disabilities endangered by lack of information

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Iran: Citizens exercise their right to know, to demand a response to illegal Internet shutdowns
12.11.2020 14 min read

Iran: Citizens exercise their right to know, to demand a response to illegal Internet shutdowns

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Online Event: Victims of Iran’s November 2019 Bloodshed Denied Justice – Pathways to Accountability
11.11.2020 7 min read

Online Event: Victims of Iran’s November 2019 Bloodshed Denied Justice – Pathways to Accountability

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ARTICLE 19 launches report on Iran’s November 2019 Internet shutdown and its aftermath
07.10.2020 4 min read

ARTICLE 19 launches report on Iran’s November 2019 Internet shutdown and its aftermath

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Iran: Right to Know Day must mark commitment to transparency
28.09.2020 8 min read

Iran: Right to Know Day must mark commitment to transparency

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