Human rights


  • Martin Luther King was right: the world does bend towards justice… 2020-06-29 13:48

    By Martin Love

    Martin Luther King was right: the world does bend towards justice…

    Back 65 years ago when television was in its childhood if not infancy in the U.S. one TV game show had contestants going for a grand prize of $64,000, which in those days was a tremendous sum of money (not any longer, really), so any big issue or question that had not yet been resolved gave rise to the common cliché of “the $64,000 question” as to how it might pan out.

  • Andrew Korybko, Moscow-based American political analyst 2020-06-29 12:24

    By Andrew Korybko, Moscow-based American political analyst

    The UN: 75 years of false expectations and failure

    The disunited nations The 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (UN) presents a symbolic moment to reflect on what a failure the organization has been. Its establishment created false expectations among the international community that all nations will finally be treated equally irrespective of their size, but in reality, the UN is dominated by the five most important victors of the Second World War that sit on its Security Council (UNSC) and were also coincidentally or not the first five countries to obtain nuclear weapons.

  • Javad Miri, professor of sociology and religious studies at the Institute of Humanities and Cultural Studies 2020-06-29 10:16

    “The UN has not been able to stop even a single struggle in the non-European or non-Euro-Atlantic context”

    Basic idea of UN is euro-centric, says Iranian sociologist

    TEHRAN - The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization whose mission is to establish peace and security in the world. This is what stated in the preamble to its charter and its first article. Since its establishment, expectations were high on the UN's pivotal role in maintaining global stability and security by adopting a holistic vision towards international conflicts.

  • Mohammad Hassan Khani 2020-06-28 18:38

    By Mohammad Hassan Khani

    The United Nations: A disappointing past and a challenging future

    For many centuries, generations after generations of humankind have been seeking and hoping to find a mechanism by which they can eliminate or limit the acts of aggression and war, and to build a kind of relationship among nations across the world based on lasting peace and justice. In late 19th century and early 20th century and specially by the relative success of the Hague Conferences (1899-1907) and then establishment of the League of Nations this ray of hope got a chance to boost, and millions of people around the world thought this newly born international institution is the one that they and their ancestors have been waiting for. However the event of the Second World War proved that this optimism was wrong.

  • The organization which stood and watched 2020-06-28 16:10

    The organization which stood and watched

    During many historical benchmarks, when something went wrong in the world, when countries were waiting for help to come, and when there were obligations based on a set of articles in what used to be happily called "the United Nations' Charter," the very organization which was committed to intervening in the dispute according to that charter preferred to stand aside and watch as the world drowned in disaster and chaos.

  • stephen Lendman 2020-06-28 12:32

    By Stephen Lendman

    The United Nations: An imperial tool

    Headquartered in New York with offices in Geneva, Vienna, The Hague, and Nairobi, the UN is supposed to be an intergovernmental organization that champions peace, opposes war, and represents the rights, interests, and welfare of all nations and people everywhere equitably.

  • Yon Machmudi, the head of the Department of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Indonesia 2020-06-28 11:03

    By Mohammad Mazhari

    UN has turned blind eye to rights violations in tyrannical regimes in West Asia: Indonesian academic

    “We need structural reform in the UN to meet independent countries' demands”

    THRAN - Yon Machmudi, the head of the Department of Middle East and Islamic Studies at the University of Indonesia, says human rights violations are rampant in dictatorial regime in West Asia but they face no “condemnation by the UN” because they are supported by great powers in the West.

  • Jo Becker 2020-06-22 09:50

    By Mohammad Mazhari

    Guterres tries to protect certain governments from accountability: Human rights activist

    “Security Council resolutions that should be mandatory are subject to political factors”

    TEHRAN – Children's Rights Advocacy Director at Human Rights Watch is of the opinion that UN Secretary General António Guterres makes efforts to protect powerful countries and their allies from being held accountable for their performance, citing the United States and its close allies Israel and Saudi Arabia as examples.

  • It is time to hold U.S. accountable for human rights violations: Iran 2020-06-19 16:07

    It is time to hold U.S. accountable for human rights violations: Iran

    TEHRAN – Iran’s Foreign Ministry said a statement on Thursday suggesting that it is time for the world to hold the United States’ administration accountable for violating human rights.

  • Mahmoud Alavi 2020-06-15 18:32

    Violation of human rights in U.S. is ‘systematic’: Iran’s intelligence chief

    TEHRAN - Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said on Monday that violation of the human rights in the United States is “systematic” and has become “institutionalized”.

  • George Floyd 2020-06-10 12:33

    By Mohammad Mazhari

    Trump eying the Whites for the November elections: West Asia commissioner for human rights 

    TEHRAN – As the United States in engulfed in anti-racism protests following the brutal suffocation of black citizen George Floyd by a white policeman in Minneapolis on May 25, some analysts and politicians are of the opinion that Donald Trump, who is not hiding his racist tendencies, is seeking to use the situation to win the votes of the whites in the November elections.

  • IMF 2020-05-09 17:10

    IMF and violation of human rights

    The central bank of Iran has asked for a loan from the IMF for the first time since over 6 decades ago. The money was supposed to be spent on fighting the coronavirus. But the U.S. is stonewalling Iran's efforts to receive the loan. This might account for a violation of human rights.

  • Widodo shaking hand with Rouhani during an official visit to Tehran in mid-Dec. 2016 2020-04-27 14:24

    Rouhani talks to Widodo, says U.S. sanctions go against fundamental human rights

    TEHRAN – President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that the United States’ sanctions are against the fundamental human rights.

  • Iran’s High Council for Human Rights 2020-04-05 19:48

    Westerners’ behavior reveals their anti-human approach: Iran’s human rights body

    TEHRAN – Iran’s High Council for Human Rights issued a statement on Sunday saying that the Westerners’ behavior during history reveals their anti-human approach.

  • Trump 2020-03-29 17:28

    By Khairunnisa Aga

    Iran sanctions: Facade of human rights and white feminism

    NEWDELHI - Some people argue that the U.S. sanctions on Iran are a way to punish the country for its nuclear ambitions, even though it has brought untold misery to the ordinary Iranian people. It's a well-known fact that the crippling sanctions are like a war against the people, and it hardly serves the purpose of the imposer.

  • China spokesman 2020-03-12 12:47

    China urges relevant parties to immediately lift unilateral sanctions against Iran: diplomat

    TEHRAN (Xinhua Net) — China urges relevant parties to immediately lift unilateral sanctions against Iran to prevent further harm to the human rights of the Iranian people, a senior Chinese diplomat has said.

  • Trump 2020-02-16 13:33

    By Tohid Raeisi

    How Trump has violated Iranian human rights

    While in 2015 the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN) had requested that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and its annexes be circulated as a document of the Security Council, three years later the Trump administration claimed the JCPOA is a political agreement and unilaterally withdrew from it. Since that time, the U.S. has launched a wave of economic sanctions against the Iranian people.

  • Baqeri 2020-02-14 18:17

    Iran, Iraq pursuing General Soleimani assassination: Judiciary 

    TEHRAN – An official in charge of international law department at Judiciary announced on Friday that Tehran and Baghdad are jointly pursuing the dossier of the assassination of General Qassem Soleimani by the U.S. in Baghdad on January 3.

  • Hassan Rouhani 2020-02-10 20:56

    Rouhani: Iranian revolution has always relied on people for stabilization, sustainability

    TEHRAN- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described the Iranian revolution as a very popular one and said that the Islamic revolution of Iran has always relied on the people for its stabilization and sustainability.

  • Iranian students 2020-02-04 18:31

    2 Iranian students file complaint after mistreatment, denial of entry into U.S.

    TEHRAN — Two Iranian college students have filed civil rights complaints with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security over mistreatment and denial of entry into the United States by federal officials at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

  • Trump 2020-01-27 11:23

    * By Mohammad Ghaderi

    The U.S. thirst for oil

    The Americans, including Trump, claim that they are standing next to the nations and defend human rights and the freedom of nations.

  • Malaysia Islamic Summit 2019-12-30 10:11

    BY Quayyum Raja

    A noble idea by Malaysia Islamic Summit

    KASHMIR - I am a very happy man today. Four years ago, I had published a book titled: “An Islamic Approach to Diplomacy & Human Rights.” In it, I described how the Prophet (PBUH) conducted diplomacy and defined Human Rights. I had concluded that the Islamic world was in crisis because it deviated from the basic idea of Islamic Justice and compromised its noble principles.

  • Mousavi 2019-12-23 15:46

    ‘European Parliament’s anti-Iran allegations unconstructive, distortion of realities’ 

    TEHRAN - The Foreign Ministry on Monday responded to the European Parliament’s allegations of human rights violations in Iran, saying the accusations as baseless, hasty and unconstructive.

  • resolution 2019-12-23 09:19

    Religious minority MPs: Anti-Iran human rights resolution politically-tainted 

    TEHRAN - The lawmakers, who represent religious minorities in the Majlis, censured on Sunday an anti-Iran resolution by the United Nations General Assembly, calling the move a “politically-motivated” stance. 

  • Abbas Mousavi 2019-12-20 18:29

    Tehran calls UNGA resolution on human rights ‘politically-motivated’

    TEHRAN — Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi has denounced as “politically-motivated” the latest UN General Assembly resolution on the situation of human rights in Iran.

  • Javad Larijani 2019-12-17 19:21

    Foreign diplomats meet Iran’s human rights chief

    TEHRAN — Mohammad Javad Larijani, secretary of the High Council for Human Rights in Iran, hosted a meeting with a number of foreign ambassadors in Tehran on Tuesday.

  • A poster for the exhibit “Human and Sea” 2019-12-15 21:07

    Tehran exhibit to highlight maritime history in Iran

    TEHRAN – Thousands of years of human interaction with the sea is to be showcased at an exhibition titled “Human and Sea” which opened today at the National Museum of Iran in downtown Tehran. 

  • Mousavi 2019-12-10 21:26

    EU adopting instrumental approach toward human rights

    TEHRAN - The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday that the European Union is making a political and instrumental use of human rights, noting such an approach is intended to isolate sovereign states.

  • Iran, Indonesia to expand human rights cooperation  2019-11-27 15:59

    Iran, Indonesia to expand human rights cooperation 

    TEHRAN – Deputy director of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, Majid Tafreshi, and director for multilateral cooperation of Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Febrian Alphyanto Ruddyard, discussed enhanced human rights cooperation between the two countries.

  • Ashna 2019-11-23 23:50

    Presidential advisor calls for establishment of independent human rights body 

    TEHRAN – A senior aide to the Iranian president has highlighted the necessity of setting up an independent human rights institution to provide legitimate and reliable reports at national and international levels.