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18th April 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

EU Extends Human Rights Sanctions on Iran

Tzvi Kahn

The European Union last week extended its existing human rights sanctions on Iran by one year. While the EU’s decision marks an important step in penalizing Tehran for its ongoing domestic repression, it remains insufficient to address the chronic and systemic human rights abuses that continue to pervade the country. more...

12th April 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Should Sanction Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB)

Tzvi Kahn

In an interview last week with Bloomberg’s Eli Lake, Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi urged the Trump administration to sanction the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), Tehran’s state-run media corporation. more...

29th March 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

UN Extends Mandate of Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran

Tzvi Kahn

The UN Human Rights Council last week passed a resolution extending the mandate of the special rapporteur on human rights in Iran by one year. The measure, which cleared the global body by a vote of 21 to 7 with 19 countries abstaining, reflects a recognition that Tehran’s domestic repression constitutes an ongoing problem. At the same time, the large number of abstentions and opposing votes suggests that a significant percentage of the international community remains willing to overlook or deny the reality of Iran’s abysmal record on human rights. more...

5th February 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Iranian Women Protest the Mandatory Hijab

Tzvi Kahn

Iran has now arrested at least 29 women for refusing to wear the hijab, or headscarf. These acts of defiance reflect women’s second-class status in the Islamic Republic, where they face a range of discriminatory laws aimed at reducing their perceived threat to the sexual and religious norms championed by the regime. more...

22nd January 2018 – Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNS News

Despite Violent Crackdown, European Parliament Panel Hosts Hardline Iranian Lawmaker

Tzvi Kahn

The European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee is raising eyebrows with a decision to host a senior Iranian lawmaker and regime stalwart on Tuesday, despite simmering concerns over Iran’s violent crackdown on protests. more...

20th January 2018 – The Hill

On Iran’s protests, Europe must find its voice

Tzvi Kahn

As protests recently began to consume Iran, European capitals were at a seeming loss for words. After several days of silence, Europe’s leaders issued curt statements of sympathy for the protestors — but with a notable tinge of moral equivocation. A European Union statement and Britain’s foreign secretary separately called on “all concerned to refrain from violence.” Germany’s foreign minister urged “all sides” to abstain from bloodshed. What accounts for Europe’s apparent conflation of victim and oppressor? more...

11th January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

At Least Five Iranian Protesters Die in Regime Prisons

Tzvi Kahn

At least five Iranians arrested during the ongoing protests have reportedly died in the regime’s notorious prisons. more...

9th January 2018 – WINA

The Schilling Show

Tzvi Kahn

Senior Iran Analyst at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Tzvi Kahn shares the present state of the uprising in Iran, support from US and Israel, and where to go from here. more...

8th January 2018 – Quoted by Fred Fleitz - The National Review

Trump Should Kill the Iran Nuclear Deal, for the Dissidents and Protesters

Tzvi Kahn

President Trump will make some important decisions this month that could not only end the controversial 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran but also convey America’s support for Iranian protesters and hasten the overthrow of Iran’s ruling mullahs. more...

8th January 2018 – 1330 AM WEBY

Your Turn with Renee Giachino

Tzvi Kahn

Tzvi Kahn, Senior Iran Analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, discusses ongoing protests and human rights violations in Iran, how the media peddles the wrong narrative, and why President Trump will have to decide whether or not to waive sanctions against Iran. more...

22nd December 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Tehran Upholds Death Sentence Against Iranian Academic

Tzvi Kahn

A group of United Nations human rights experts on Wednesday called on Iran to annul its death sentence against a leading Iranian academic, citing major failures of due process during his trial. The case of Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian national and a Swedish permanent resident, joins a long list of spurious prosecutions of Iranians with dual citizenship or primary residence overseas. more...

16th November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Repression of Foreign Journalists Intensifies

Tzvi Kahn

Iran’s targeting of foreign journalists has intensified. In recent weeks and months, the regime has conducted cyber attacks against Iranian journalists abroad, launched a criminal investigation of BBC Persian, and falsely charged a British-Iranian for conspiring against the regime by teaching journalism. Tehran’s conduct reflects its longstanding fear that journalists constitute Western agents who seek to infiltrate the country with foreign ideologies contrary to Shiite Islam. more...

1st November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

New UN Report Highlights Iran’s Continued Human Rights Abuses

Tzvi Kahn

Iran’s repression of its own people has continued largely unabated, the United Nations indicated in a new report presented to the UN General Assembly last week. The semi-annual publication, authored by Asma Jahangir, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, paints a grim portrait of an Islamist regime committed to the suppression of dissent that contradicts its radical ideology. more...

14th October 2017 – CTV News Channel

CTV News

Tzvi Kahn

FDD's Tzvi Kahn discusses President Trump's decertification of the Iran nuclear deal on CTV News Channel. more...

10th October 2017 – The Hill

(Mis)Reading the IAEA reports on Iran’s nuclear program

Tzvi Kahn

Claims that the IAEA has certified Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA are misleading in two ways: they imply Iran's current nuclear activities are legitimate, and they distract from key omissions in IAEA reporting due to lack of access to Iranian sites. While IAEA monitors and reports on Iran’s nuclear activities, it is the responsibility of the individual members of the Joint Commission to determine compliance. more...

27th September 2017 – Quoted by Jackson Richman - Kol HaBirah

Will Trump Scrap The Iran Deal?

Tzvi Kahn

After campaigning to dismantle the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, President Donald Trump has not only left what he called “the worst deal ever negotiated” untouched since he came into office, but he has twice certified that the regime has not been in violation of the agreement. more...

23rd September 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tzvi Kahn

FDD Iran analyst Tzvi Kahn joins the John Bartchelor Show to discuss Iran deal certification. more...

20th September 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Is Not in ‘Technical Compliance’ with the JCPOA

Tzvi Kahn

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared on Sunday that Iran is in “technical compliance” with the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). more...

19th September 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

US National Security Adviser McMaster: Iran “Has Already Violated Parts” of Nuke Deal

Tzvi Kahn

In an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Gen. H. R. McMaster, the administration’s national security adviser, told host Chris Wallace that Iran “has already violated parts of the agreement,” referring to the 2015 nuclear deal. more...

18th September 2017 – FDD Research Memo

Certifying Iran’s Compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Certifying Iran’s Compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Tzvi Kahn

On August 31, major Western media outlets reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had once again certified Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. is assertion, which purported to reflect the IAEA’s seventh and latest post-implementation report on Tehran’s nuclear activities, mirrors statements by the Iranian government and key world leaders in response to the agency’s previous reports. more...