Iran

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

News & Updates

To mark the fourth anniversary of Iran’s house arrest of political opposition leaders Mehdi Karroubi, Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard, Freedom House issued the following statement.

Issues: 
Rule of Law, Women's Rights
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa

Freedom House issued the following statement in response to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s detention and interrogation of 36 social media users. 

Issues: 
Freedom of Expression, Internet Freedom, Media Freedom
Regions: 
Middle East and North Africa

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

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.

 

Discrimination and Intolerance in Iran's Textbooks

The government of Iran is teaching the country's children to discriminate against women and minorities, to view non-Muslims with suspicion if not contempt, and to perpetuate the regime's theocratic

Programs

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