Civil Society

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
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.
November 8, 2018

Civilians caught in sanctions crossfire need Geneva Convention protection

"Causing hunger and disease through economic instruments should not be accepted in the 21st century.”
August 7, 2018

Is Iran the Birthplace of Ice Cream?

We're taking a break from the political heat and the summer's heat with a look at Iran's frozen delights.
July 9, 2018

Congratulations to the new Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran

Arseh Sevom joins others in congratulating Professor Javaid Rehman on his appointment as UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran. This is a big responsibility and we are certain he is up to the task.
February 12, 2018

Kenya Really Wants Democracy

In 2017, Kenya’s courts made history when they sided with opposition protests concerning flawed election proceedings favoring the incumbent. A new election was called for and held. The court decision was a landmark for the support of democracy. The result of that decision? Well that’s another story…
February 12, 2018

Defenders of Human Rights in Iran Mourn the Passing of Asma Jahangir

We celebrate the courage of human rights defender Asma Jahangir even as we mourn her death.
January 8, 2018

Draft Budget Inflames Protests in Iran

"You’ve turned as all into beggars...We don’t need this revolution. We hate the clerics."
January 7, 2018

Corruption and Poverty Lead to Rage and Despair in Iran

"If I were not in prison, I would be in front of Parliament every day that the budget bill was under discussion. The members of parliament need to know that they are accountable to the people, that they represent the people, and that the eyes of the people are upon them."