Fact Sheets and Infographics on Human Rights in Iran
These Fact Sheets by the Center for Human Rights in Iran are designed to highlight key information on a range of important human rights issues in a concise, accessible format for researchers, journalists and policymakers.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people in Iran face extreme rights violations, deadly violence perpetrated by both the state and society, and legal and social discrimination in all walks of life. Same-sex relations are punishable by flogging and death, and legalized persecution incites widespread violence against the LGBTQ community. Yet LGBTQ individuals cannot go to the police or the courts without risking prosecution themselves. This fact sheet highlights the abuses perpetrated against the LGBTQ community in Iran.
Women in Iran are among the Middle East’s most educated, yet they continue to face severe rights violations in both law and practice. In CHRI’s Women’s Rights Fact Sheet, these abuses—in areas such as the lack of protections against violence, inequality in family and criminal law, discrimination in the political and economic spheres, and the criminalization of peaceful women’s rights advocacy—are highlighted in a concise, accessible format for researchers, journalists and policymakers.
The plight of Iran’s workers continues to prompt unrest in the country. While Iran has a skilled and educated workforce, its workers face serious rights violations. Independent unions aren’t recognized, labor leaders are imprisoned, workers face unfair wages and often months of unpaid work, discrimination against women, minorities and people with disabilities is rife, and there is widespread child labor and migrant labor exploitation. These and other abuses of workers’rights are highlighted in this Labor Fact Sheet.
At a time when international headlines are focused on Iran, little attention is given to the millions of children in the country who are subjected to a broad range of abuses and rights violations, including scant legal protection against physical or sexual violence, widespread child marriage and labor, and execution for crimes committed while juveniles. While there is a committed constituency for children’s rights in Iran, serious issues remain unaddressed, as highlighted in this fact sheet.
The internet and social media apps are heavily restricted and censored in Iran. As a result of the growing number of Iranians with internet access, state policies and technical initiatives have increasingly focused on strengthening state control over the internet. From the scale of internet use, to the level of censorship, to the structure of the governmental entities that make internet policy, this fact sheet closely examines the state of the internet in Iran.
How many political prisoners have died in Iran since 1999? Where did they die, what were they imprisoned for, and has anyone been accountable for their deaths? This infographic examines the cost of peaceful activism in the Islamic Republic by charting the stories of political prisoners who have perished in prisons throughout the country under the watch of two judiciary chiefs as well as the supreme leader.
People with disabilities in Iran regularly face stigma and discrimination from government social workers, healthcare workers, and others. Many remain trapped in their homes, unable to live independently and participate in society on an equal basis with others. This fact sheet examines the scale of disability and accessibility in the country, including the everyday barriers people with disabilities meet when going to government offices, healthcare centers, and when using public transportation.