Resources for Human Rights defenders

Joint letter in support of UNGA resolution on Human Rights in Iran

29 NGOs supported the 2016 UNGA resolution on human rights situation in Iran in a joint letter to Member States of the United Nations General Assembly

Fact sheet on water crisis in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Over 80% of fresh water consumption in Iran is today from ground water and 75% of ground waters have already been used

Written Statement by Südwind

33rd Session of Human Rights Council Sept 2016

Politically-motivated executions are the gravest violation of the right to freedom of expression, and foster a climate of fear in which individuals and group self-censor, further limiting freedom of expression in the country.

Rights groups condemn recent execution of Kurdish prisoners and call for an immediate moratorium on all executions in the Islamic Republic of Iran
Iranian authorities must immediately put a halt to the execution of Kurdish political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, 22 human rights organizations stated. These organizations also urged for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty and a right to due process and fair and public retrials for all prisoners sentenced to death.

34 human rights and civil society organizations urge Human Rights Council Member States to renew the mandate

Joint NGO Letter in support of 2016 Iran Resolution of Human Rights Council

The 36 human rights and civil society organizations urge UN Member States to vote

Joint NGO Letter in support of 2015 Iran Resolution at the UNGA
The 36 human rights and civil society organizations urge UN Member States to vote, on 19 November, in favour of the Resolution A/C.30/70/L.45 on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Written statement by Südwind

Contemporary forms of Slavery in the I.R. Iran

30th session of the HRC

In 1928, Iran passed a law banning the sale and purchase of humans. Anyone who engaged in the purchase and sale of humans or acted as middleman or transported slaves was according to the law sentenced to 3 years imprisonment.

However slavery in various forms had continued to exist in the country. This report will highlight the continuing, forms of modern slavery which, are still in practice.

The root causes of modern slavery derive from poverty, social exclusion, discrimination, cultural practices and violence against women. Contemporary forms of slavery in Iran are manifested in early child marriage, sexual slavery, sale and rent of children and the sale of wives for sexual exploitation. Some forms of slavery are embedded in the law and enforce traditional practices.

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