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Iran executed 12 people on August 27 for alleged drug offenses, and also executed 24 Kurdish prisoners earlier this month. 

Authorities’ response to a recent meeting highlighted the extreme persecution of an unrecognized religious group.

The coming year holds the possibility of both positive developments and troubling setbacks for press freedom worldwide. 

In response to Iran’s continued detention of two American citizens, Siamak Namazi and Baquer Namazi, and hundreds of other political prisoners, Freedom House made the following statement:


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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


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.