Iranian American Council (NIAC)
NIAC also calls on Iran's trading partners to demand an end to
government sponsored violence
The National Iranian American Council remains deeply concerned about the
deteriorating human rights situation in Iran since the country's disputed
elections on June 12. Disturbing accounts of continued violence and widespread
intimidation and harassment of Iranian citizens by the Basij militia and other
elements of Iran's security forces continue to be received from inside the
NIAC is deeply concerned about the fate of hundreds of people detained in the
post-election crisis, including opposition figures, human rights defenders,
journalists, and protesters. Iranian authorities have carried out hundreds of
politically-motivated' arrests according to human rights organizations. Those
detained are understood to be at a high risk for torture.
NIAC calls on Iranian authorities to:
1) Immediately release opposition figures, human rights defenders, and all other
persons arrested for contesting the election results.
2) Ensure those currently in detention are treated humanely. Provide detainees
immediate access to their families, lawyers, and any medical treatment that may
3) Immediately halt state-sanctioned violence against the Iranian people. Ensure
the public's free movement, as well as the physical safety of Iranians in their
4) Immediately restore communications and access to information, including cell
phones and internet. Halt surveillance of private communications and retribution
for participation in demonstrations.
NIAC calls on Iranian authorities to resolve its political crisis through free
democratic debate and the recognition of the rights of Iranians to free speech
and free assembly.
NIAC will continue to monitor the human rights situation in Iran as a major
concern for the Iranian-American community. NIAC will work with governmental and
nongovernmental actors in the United States and around the world to elevate this
issue as a priority for the world community.