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Two children and their mothers Zahra Nik-A’in and Taraneh Torabi, who were imprisoned in July for following the Baha’i religion, recently fell ill in Iran's Semnan Prison and were transferred to a hospital. A third Baha'i mother, Mona Majidi, was sentenced in December and is also confined with her infant child in Semnan Prison. Freedom House calls on the government to immediately end its inhumane imprisonment of these women and children and its persecution of religious minorities.


Before autocratic regimes fully grasped the democratic nature of the internet, netizens basked in the sunshine of global intercommunication. But in a backlash against digitally driven uprisings, such as those of the Arab Spring, tyrants are now maneuvering to bring users’ online and mobile activities under the shadow of outdated and arbitrary legal restrictions. One sign of this crackdown is the alarming number of digital activists behind bars around the world.

Freedom House expresses concern with the deteriorating health of Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, and calls on Iranian officials, in particular Jafari-Dowlatabadi, the Public Prosecutor General for Tehran, to end the unjust imprisonment of Sotoudeh, cease its harassment of her family, and allow her immediate access to medical care.


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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


Freedom House supports democracy and human rights leaders across the Middle East and North Africa region in exposing human rights abuses and pressing for reform.