What Can You Do?
1) Get informed
Please take some time to read the following reports to learn more about the current situation of human rights in Iran.
HumanRights.gov is the official United States Government (USG) website for human rights related information. The site’s search function links users directly with news, reports and explanatory information from the State Department, USG agencies and other resources, allowing for easy access to publicly available documents. The site provides a one-stop site for researching the USG’s involvement in human rights.
State Department Human Rights Report
Congress mandated these country reports more than three decades ago to help guide lawmakers’ decisions on foreign military and economic aid, but they have evolved into something more. Today, governments, intergovernmental organizations, scholars, journalists, activists, and others around the world rely on these reports as an essential update on human rights conditions around the world.
U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom
USCIRF is an independent, bipartisan commission. USCIRF Commissioners are appointed by the President and the leadership of both political parties in the Senate and the House of Representatives. USCIRF's principal responsibilities are to review the facts and circumstances of violations of religious freedom internationally and make policy recommendations to the President, the Secretary of State and Congress.
State Department International Religious Freedom Report
The annual Report to Congress on International Religious Freedom describes the status of religious freedom in every country. The report covers government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world.
Freedom House supports democratic change, monitors freedom, and advocates for democracy and human rights around the world. The organization supports nonviolent civic initiatives in societies where freedom is denied or under threat and stands in opposition to ideas and forces that challenge the right of all people to be free.
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 3 million supporters, members and activists in more than 150 countries and territories who campaign to end grave abuses of human rights. The organization's vision is for every person to enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is one of the world’s leading independent organizations dedicated to defending and protecting human rights. Human Rights Watch stands with victims and activists to prevent discrimination, to uphold political freedom, to protect people from inhumane conduct in wartime, and to bring offenders to justice.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
On December 10, 1948 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration is the foundation of international human rights law, the first universal statement on the basic principles of inalienable human rights, and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights is a treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 16, 1966. The covenant enforces the respect of civil and political rights of all people. Among the protected rights are the right to life, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, electoral rights and rights to due process and a fair trial
The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights recognizes that the inherent dignity and equality of inalienable rights of all people is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. Among the prescribed rights are labour rights and the right to health, the right to education, and the right to an adequate standard of living.
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