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.

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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HRC45: Council must act on arbitrary detention
21.09.2020 3 min read

HRC45: Council must act on arbitrary detention

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Iran’s July Internet Disruptions are a Human Rights Concern
17.08.2020 4 min read

Iran’s July Internet Disruptions are a Human Rights Concern

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Iran: Internet disruptions after online protests against death sentences for three young men 
15.07.2020 5 min read

Iran: Internet disruptions after online protests against death sentences for three young men 

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HRC44: Cease Internet shutdowns during protest
10.07.2020 2 min read

HRC44: Cease Internet shutdowns during protest

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The Right to Information in Iran
29.06.2020 1 min read

The Right to Information in Iran

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Iran: Policing women on social media
22.05.2020 6 min read

Iran: Policing women on social media

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