Resources for Human Rights defenders

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.

30th session of the HRC (Sept. 18)

Human Rights Defenders in I.R.Iran
Presenting Seven Iranian Human Rights Defenders
Introduction by human rights lawyer Karolina Januszewski and international human rights activist Aron Rhodes
Mahnaz Parakand on student activist Maryam Shafipour
Ali Motmaen on labour rights activist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh
Kianoush Ramezani on children's and human rights defender Atena Farghadani
Amjad Hossein Panahi on Artist Atena Daemi
Morteza Kazemian on sociologist and writer Saeid Madani
Abdolreza Tajik on the Deputy Head of the now shuttered Defenders of Human Rights Center Narges Mohammadi
Zeinab Peyghambarzadeh on student and women’s right activist Bahareh Hedayat

30th session of the HRC (Sept. 17)

Free and Fair Election in I.R.Iran
Hassan Nayebhashem on "The Criteria of the Free Elections",
Morteza Kazemian on "Features of the Elections in Iran" and Rezvan Moghadam on "Women and the Election".

30th session of the HRC (September 15)

Truth and Justice in I.R.Iran

Parallel Event

Parviz Dastmalchi "Mykonos Terrorist Attack", Parvin Hemmati "Justice for the Mass Executions in the 1988"
Jaleh Tabrizi: "Water Pollution in Azerbaijan I.R.Iran",
Pooyan Fatemi: "New Methods in Managing Waste"

30th session of the HRC (September 14)

Arbitrary Detentions and Contemporary Forms of Slavery in I.R.Iran

Side Event

Diane Ala´i: "The Deprivation of Liberty of Bahai´s", Nima Pourjakob: "The Deprivation of Prisoners of Conscience´s Medical Care", Soheila Hadipour: "The Violation of Due-Process to Silence Dissidents", Pouyan Sodagari "Inflicted Pain on the Prisoners of Conscience´s Children", Reza Amiri: "The Continuation of Political and Social Activists Sentenced with Arbitrary Detentions" and Leila Saadati on "Women and Child Victims of Contemporary Forms of Slavery"