The Iranian government’s brutal intolerance of religious freedom continues. On August 27, a revolutionary court in Tehran sentenced Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of an Iranian spiritual movement, to death. He was charged with founding a religious cult and “spreading corruption on earth.” Mr. Taheri, who researched and taught alternative medicine at the university level, started an organization, known as …
At the release of the State Department’s annual report on international religious freedom, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson decried the lack of religious liberty in many parts of the world.
“Detaining political prisoners is one of the worst human rights abuses a country can do.”
“Overwhelmingly, the displaced Syrian men, women and children I spoke to want to go home. But tragically, the violence and brutality that led them to flee their homeland has continued since we last met. There is no peace in Syria, only continuing appalling suffering.”
The U.S. State Department recently released newly declassified reporting and photos that underscore the brutality of the Syrian regime made possible by the continuing support of its allies Russia and Iran.
U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Nikki Haley called Russia and China’s choice to block the resolution to hold the Syrian regime accountable for its use of chemical weapons, “outrageous and indefensible.” The suffering experienced by victims of chemical weapons – the choking, burning, and suffocating, as well as the indiscriminate nature of the killing by gases that seep …
The #FreeToBeHome campaign highlighting the stories of families and their loved ones who face politically motivated imprisonment for their beliefs and speech.
The Iraqi Security Forces, with strong support from the Coalition, are pushing through ISIL defenses to liberate Mosul city block by block and clearing a number of towns and villages.
Human Rights Watch warned Wednesday of the dangers civilians face from landmines placed by Islamic State fighters as battles continue to recapture control of areas in Syria and Iraq. The group said its investigation in the northern Syrian city of Manbij turned up the names up 69 people killed by the explosives, and hospital staff reported treating hundreds of people hurt …
She has been repeatedly incarcerated because of her human rights work and is currently imprisoned in Evin. She has a history of seizures and loss of vision, and has been denied adequate medical care in prison.
Iran’s human rights record, as the U.S. State Department’s most recent world-wide report noted, remains dismal, despite rhetorical changes from government officials who pledged to restore and expand freedoms for the Iranian people. Among the violations the State Department cited were severe restrictions on civil liberties, including freedom of the press and expression; executions without due process; and politically motivated …
More than 3.1 million Yemenis have been displaced and more than 80 percent of the country—or 21 million people—are in need of humanitarian assistance.
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