Iranian Refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan| 3mins
Director: Roxana Saberi | Producer: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
Focus Years: 2013 | Country: United States
Roxana Saberi speaks to several Iranian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan who were imprisoned in Iran for their human rights activities. Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan has become known for its economic growth, relative stability, and security, and is attracting investors, workers, and refugees from the Middle East and beyond.
The UN General Assembly and human rights groups have criticized Iran for restricting freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion. Iran has the highest per capita rate of executions in the world, and it holds hundreds of prisoners who have peacefully exercised their basic human rights. Iran often says these prisoners are threats to national security and has called criticism of its human rights record "political."