Country Profile: Iran

Iranian authorities curtail the rights of freedom of expression, association, and assembly by arresting and imprisoning on vague charges professors, students, journalists, human rights defenders, and others who voice dissent. Torture and other mistreatments of detainees remain common and has been committed with impunity; prison conditions are harsh. Unfair trials continue, resulting in some cases with death sentences. Dual citizens, women, and members of ethnic and religious minorities face discrimination both in law and in practice. 

Endangered Scholars Worldwide deplores and condemns the ongoing detention, persecution, conviction, and mistreatment of dual nationals in response to their exercise of the rights to academic freedom, free expression, and free association, and calls upon all international organizations, academic and professional associations, and other groups and individuals devoted to the promotion and defense of human rights to strongly protest and condemn the arbitrary incarcerations; to ask for her immediate and unconditional release; and to urge the officials of the Iranian government to end the tactic of taking of foreign nationals and dual citizen scholars and students hostage for political gains and to respect, guarantee, and implement the provisions and principles of human rights. 

(Last updated: October 30, 2021)



Please send appeals to followings:


Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
The Office of the Supreme Leader
Jomhouri St,


Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 21 644 11


President Raeisi
The office of the President
Palestine Avenue, Azerbaijan Intersection
Islamic Republic of Iran


Hossein Amir-Abdollahian

Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Minister’s Office

Imam Khomeini Sq.
Islamic Republic of Iran
Fax: +98 21 66743149



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