Iran

79 million people
4,520 USD GNI (PPP)
Internet:
Not Free
Press:
Not Free
Not Free

News & Updates

President Obama's call to arms against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), like his response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, steps up U.S. efforts to curb major threats to U.S. interests. Does it also signal a greater commitment by Obama to stand up for democracy in the world? Probably not. But he should make democracy a priority.

Issues: 
Democratic Governance, U.S. Foreign Policy
Regions: 
Eurasia, Middle East and North Africa, Americas

In response to the decision by Iran’s Ministry of Justice to charge three Christians with capital offenses because of their religious beliefs, Freedom House issued the following statement:

Issues: 
Freedom of Association, Human Rights Defense, Religious Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa

Iran's detention of four journalists is another troubling sign of the Iranian government’s utter disregard for freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Freedom of Expression, Human Rights Defense, Media Freedom
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa
written by
Tyler Roylance
Staff Editor

In the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and East Asia, antidemocratic forces have been on the rampage, threatening to pull the United States into new conflicts against its will. In each of these cases, the crisis has origins in authoritarian rule, and only a policy built on the promotion of democratic governance has any hope of ensuring a lasting peace.

 

Signature Reports

Special Reports

Leaping Over the Firewall: A Review of Censorship Circumvention Tools

Internet censorship poses a large and growing challenge to online freedom of expression around the world. Censorship circumvention tools are critical to bypass restrictions on the internet and thereby to protect free expression online.
 
This document provides a comparison among different circumvention tools, both in terms of their technical merits, as well as how users of these tools describe their experience with them. The countries included in this report are Azerbaijan, Burma, China and Iran.

 

Programs

Freedom House supports Iran's pro-democracy movement and human rights defenders as they resist the Iranian regime's surveillance and repression.