Today, United for Iran publicly releases its Political Prisoners Database (PPD). This comprehensive search tool, developed in 2012, provides reliable and timely profiles of 862 political prisoners journalists, bloggers, students, activists, lawyers, teachers, and other Iranian citizens who are currently incarcerated in Iranian prisons. The PPD has been shared with UN officials, national governments, and advocacy groups to put an end to inhumane and illegal treatment of political prisoners. We invite you to visit our website
and join our efforts to get to know and support all political prisoners in Iran.
"The database is a real-time tool designed to protect all political prisoners, through promoting transparency and accountability. Sustained international attention and advocacy, based on accurate and timely information, has led to dramatic improvement in the treatment of political prisoners, and even to their release,” says Firuzeh Mahmoudi, Executive Director of United for Iran.
The PPD is the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of information about political prisoners in Iran. The 22 searchable fields include individual biographies for each prisoner, details of their persecution, date of arrest, legal provision used by court for sentencing, judges and government officials involved, prison location, history of persecution, domestic and international rights laws violated, and health conditions. The PPD is presented in a simple, accessible format, using the most current database technology.
United for Iran’s Political Prisoners Database was developed by student activists who left Iran after harassment and imprisonment: Abbas Hakimzadeh, Ahmad Ahmadian, and United for Iran’s Researcher and PPD Manager, Reza Ghazinouri. Data is gathered from interviews with citizens inside and outside Iran, in collaboration with many groups and individuals who gather similar information.
“Having experienced the hardships of Evin prison firsthand, I wanted to support other Iranian activists who are standing up to the IRI. To me the best way to support Iran’s political prisoners is to document their cases. Shortly after leaving Iran, I began working with United for Iran to build the PPD,” says Abbas Hakimzadeh.
In our advocacy work for political prisoners, we collaborate with many human rights organizations and dedicated individuals, including political prisoners and their families.
“The PPD has become an important benchmark for holding the IRI accountable. We are advocating for all 862 political prisoners,” says Reza Ghazinouri.
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