State Department’s 2019 Country Human Rights Report shows deterioration in respect for human rights globally but, Iran, China and Venezuela in particular.
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Iranians voted for a new parliament Friday. Hard-line factions are set to win the polls. This could cripple the more moderate president, Hassan Rouhani.
Iran’s theocracy is ruthless and survives through repression. However, the labor protest may be the political force most feared by the clerical regime.
While protests will continue in Iran, it is unclear if they will lead to more significant outcomes, such as revolution or regime change, analysts.
With rising tensions between Washington and Tehran, Election officials have warned Iran may seek to interfere in US election as a form of retaliation.
Using force to achieve the democratic ends behind regime change often makes things worse, argues Benjamin Denison, postdoctoral fellow at Tufts University.
An article in Democracy Digest argues that Iran’s totalitarianism when combined with a weak civil society constitutes a recipe for ‘social explosion’.
Iraqi protesters have now made sacrifices in large numbers to voice their dissent against the government and they still refuse to back down.
Iran protests over increasing hardship as US slams sanctions has been met with brutal violence by Iranian security forces.
Children with disabilities face discrimination and significant barriers in getting an education in Iran, HRW and the Center for Human Rights in Iran said.