Women´s rights in Iran have been majorly restricted in the past decades. The most recent example of this is the honor killing of Romina Ashrafi. ISHR has campaigned and championed women´s rights in Iran for years now, but women are still treated as second class citizens in Iran. This has to change.
Appeal to President Erdogan: We urge you to release all political prisoners and prisoners on remand from custody immediately. They are particularly at risk due to the Covid 19 pandemic – which is affecting more and more people, as they live in extremely cramped and often unhygienic conditions.
ISHR and the app MyPostcard started a global postcard campaign for Nasrin Sotoudeh. The Iranian human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh campaigned for women's rights and against the headscarf compulsion and was therefore sentenced to 33 years in prison and 148 lashes in 2018.
The latest invasion of Syria by Turkey and Islamist militias associated with it has been associated with outrageous human rights violations; in particular the expulsion of Kurds, Christians and Yazidis.
On September 2, 2015, the lifeless body of 3 year old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi washed up on a beach in Turkey; the photo of his body became a symbol for the tremendous loss of innocent lives of those desperate enough to risk crossing the Mediterranean Sea from the Middle East or North Africa to reach Europe.