February 18, 2020

The Guardian Council Expands Power: Election Monitoring Boards

By controlling access to the elections on the part of potential candidates and the way in which elections are run, the Guardian Council and the supreme leader control both present and future power in Iran.
December 19, 2019
The Iranian State's violent repression of protesters, including unlawful killings, took place under the cover of a near total shutdown of the global Internet. Thousands were arrested, some were forcibly disappeared or arbitrarily detained and denied access to their families and due process.

24 Human Rights Groups Call for a UN Special Session to Address Repression in Iran

Arseh Sevom joins 23 other organizations to call for a special session of the UN to address repression and state violence in Iran
December 10, 2019
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Human Rights Groups Call for the Release of Protesters in Iran

At least 7,000 people have also been arrested, according to one parliamentarian. Those detained since the protests began include journalists and human rights defenders. The undersigned organizations are seriously concerned about the fate and whereabouts of the detainees, many of whom have been subjected to enforced disappearance or have otherwise been arbitrarily detained and denied access to their families and lawyers of their own choosing.
October 4, 2019

Joint Letter on the Arrests of Activists’ Relatives by the Iranian Government

The undersigned human rights organizations are deeply concerned about arrests of family members of activists, journalists and political prisoners by the Iranian government. These arrests fit […]
September 10, 2019
Sahar Khodayari at a soccer match with her face painted and a blue wig.

Sahar Khodayari, Iran’s Blue Girl Dies

Sahar Khodayari became known as the blue girl for painting her face blue to support her favorite Iranian football team. When she was told she may face a prison sentence from six months to two years for daring to attend a soccer game, she set herself on fire.
June 27, 2019

Iranian Human Rights Groups and Activists Stand Against War and Repression

We, the undersigned Iranian and international human rights organizations and advocates, express grave concerns over the rising tension between the United States and the Islamic Republic […]
March 18, 2019

Iranian authorities have consistently failed to adopt and enact legislation and policies that would address core human rights violations

Support the resolution to renew the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran
February 4, 2019

Arseh Sevom Year in Review: 2017

The work Arseh Sevom did in 2016 and 2017 was read, viewed, shared, and downloaded over one million times. This surprised us! It shows that the will to be more democratic is not limited to a small, engaged minority. There is an energy for democratic change shining through the cracks. The desire to engage and be heard is broad and deep.
January 23, 2019
small acts lead to big changes

Arseh Sevom in 2017: Letter from the President of the Board

People in Iran keep surprising us with their creative efforts for change. They keep standing up and shaking things up – even in the face of overwhelming punishment. Women stand up for their rights even when faced with outrageous punishments. Teachers demand dignity and fair pay. Conservationists stand up to the degradation of the environment.