Category Archives: Human Rights


Chilling Iranian Stories

Article published Jul 16, 2007

By Nir Boms

In the background of new reports about Iran’s ability to produce its own nuclear centrifuges and while Olli Heinonen, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s No. 2 is making his way to Tehran in order to observe the “transparency” of its nuclear program, Iran’s security forces appear busy with more pressing matters. Continue reading


Torture by Any Other Name

By Nir Boms | May 28, 2004

Earlier this month, Iran’s Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi wasted no time denouncing the abuse of prisoners in the Abu Ghraib prison, accusing the United States of “systematically killing, torturing and raping Iraqis.” Echoing this statement, President Mohammad Khatami said, “The painful torture inflicted by the occupying forces on Iraqis is a great tragedy.” Top Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Janati went even further with his own invective saying “the pictures shown on the television showed the US criminal essence, which emanates from American savagery.”

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Iran’s summer of Discontent

Jun. 15, 2004


In recent years, summer in Iran has been marked by uprisings, strikes, public protests and the government’s harsh crackdown against them. There are signs this summer will be no different.

As the anniversary of the anti-government uprising of July 1999 approaches, widespread arrests of dissident students and women are taking place.

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Dissident Graveyard

Khatami’s “vision.”

May 04, 2004, 8:26 a.m.

By Nir Boms & Erick Stakelbeck

“I never said that we have no political prisoners. We have them, and that is incontestable. They have been jailed for what they believe in.”

With this admission, made during an April 27 event marking Iran’s “National Youth Day,” Iranian President Mohammed Khatami merely acknowledged what the rest of the world has known for the past 25 years: The Islamic Republic is a graveyard for political dissidents.

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