IHRDC Condemns Iran's Abuse of Human Rights


ihrdcThe Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) condemns the Iranian regime’s abuse of the human rights of its citizens for merely exercising their fundamental rights to free expression and association.

The Center has investigated and reported on human rights abuses committed by the Iranian government over the course of the last 30 years. These have included reports on the regime’s habit of arresting, torturing and executing Iranian citizens, as well as its brutal suppression of expression. Today, we are watching unfold another chapter of abuse by the regime.

Since the announcement that the incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejd won the presidential election on June 12, the Iranian government has brutally quelled any expression of dissent. It has attacked demonstrators for exercising their human right of free expression; while the total numbers are unknown, hundreds have been arrested and killed. Hundreds of people have been arrested in their homes and offices. Countless people have simply disappeared.

The regime has implemented measures effectively shutting and slowing down electronic communications. Websites have been blocked, the Internet has slowed to a crawl, and cell phones work only intermittently. In short, information out of Iran in scattered and not always reliable.

The perpetrators of these abuses of human rights must be held accountable. To that end, the Center is documenting the abuses – in writings, photos, videos and interviews of witnesses. It encourages anyone with such evidence to contact the Center. Evidence may also be sent electronically through the Center’s secure encrypted system that can be found on its website, www.iranhrdc.org.

IHRDC is a nonprofit organization based in New Haven, Connecticut that was founded in 2004 by a group of human rights scholars, activists, and historians. Its staff of human rights lawyers and researchers produce comprehensive and detailed reports on the human rights situation in Iran since the 1979 revolution. The Center’s goal is to encourage an informed dialogue among scholars and the general public in both Iran and abroad. The human rights reports and an archive of documents are available to the public for research and educational purposes on the Center’s website


3 Responses

  1. Maliheh

    June 25, 2009 10:31 pm

    I am reading a book that is about the history of 900 years ago, time of Saljooghian dynasty in Iran and Abbasi Khalifs in Iraq. The book consists of a lot of information about authorities of that time. Their lives are filled with revenge, killing whoever that they think might be of a threat to them someday in the future, corruption, multiple wives and all sort of savage acts. They believe they are following Islam and the laws of God!!

    It is so sad to see that the authorities in our country and their militia are exactly the same oppressors as those tyrants of 900 years ago. Human beings in much of the world have become civilized, while many authorities in Iran are the same savages. Haven’t they learned anything from the history? Did any of those tyrants survive? How are those savages remembered?

    Think and reconsider your actions while you still might have a chance to correct your wrongdoings!!!!

  2. sb

    June 26, 2009 7:50 pm

    The yearnings of Iranians for their full measure of human rights has been deeply felt across the entire world. I salute the goal of IHRDC “to encourage an informed dialogue among scholars and the general public in both Iran and abroad.” This is desperately needed in the U.S., where there has been no diplomatic exchange for 30 years! IHRDC can help cultivate a better understanding. Every Iranian I meet is amazingly savvy, educated, and urbane . . . all sides are missing out on a great cultural treasure without the benefit of free exchange.

  3. noname

    July 4, 2009 11:52 am

    Horrendous! Torture, beatings, children being executed, mother’s mourning, when does the international community give arms to the people of Iran so they can start protecting themselves? If the International Community can’t intervene, supply these people with their own weapons. Somehow, someway, they need protection. Somehow, someway, someday, we will listen.


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