Iran’s retail sector is very traditional for the region, with wholesalers generally supplying independent outlets from central ‘bazaars’ in the major cities. These plans include a requirement to increase the capacity of Tehran’s main airport 6-fold. The FCDO currently advises against all but essential travel to many countries and territories on the basis of COVID risks. Trademark infringements can be challenged for up to 3 years. UKEF will also consider applications for direct lending to purchasers of British exports to Iran. Some sanctions remain in place, however, including sanctions related to human rights, proliferation of restricted goods and technology and Iran’s support for terrorism. Any payment made to a supplier without an economic code will be added back to the profit and loss account of the Iranian entity and no tax deduction will be allowed for the expense. [7], Broad restrictions on Baháʼís appear to be aimed at destroying them as a community. Don’t worry we won’t send you spam or share your email address with anyone. According national Statistical centre Christians were fastest growing religion in Iran during 1996-2006 period (+38.9%), and second fastest during 2006-2011 period (+7.6%, after Zoroastrianism). They are permitted access only to areas of wasteland that the Government designates for their use, and are not allowed to mark the graves. Iran is a wealthy market and with many sanctions now lifted, there is an expected appetite for western brands.

Registration of Baháʼís is a police function. A business plan may also need to be submitted. The government also discriminates against other religious minorities, including Sunni Muslims, and restricts cultural as well as political activities among the country’s Azeri, Kurdish, Arab, and Baluch ethnic minorities. All the religious minorities objected to the text in 1982 claiming the book was a violation of Article 13 guaranteeing freedom in religious teaching, that there were overt and covert passages from the Quran, and lack of any qualifications of the anonymous author(s) rather than members of the religious minorities writing about their own religions. There were restrictions on music at events. The death penalty is commuted for first-time offenders if the amount is less than 100 grams and the criminal did … However, most of those Assyrians in Iran do not have Iranian citizenship.

Basic requests can require complex forms, administrative processes and stamps of approval and these can lead to delays. Generally the overall economic position has deteriorated significantly post revolution. Apostasy, specifically conversion from Islam, can be punishable by death. Codified areas of business law in Iran include: Employment in Iran is governed by the Labour Code of 1990 which applies to both Iranian and foreign employees. These imports enter Iran through major ports such as Bandar-e Abbas or free trade zones such as the islands of Kish and Qeshm. London UKEF, the UK’s export credit agency, has reintroduced cover to support UK companies seeking to compete for business in Iran.

Take extreme care when taking photographs in any areas that are anything other than very obvious tourist attractions. 1 Horse Guards Road Iran has the world’s fourth largest oil reserves (158 billion barrels), equivalent to more than 150 years of production at 2014 extraction rates according to the 2015 BP Statistical Review of World Energy. On June 9, Iran reportedly allowed 300 women to attend a volleyball game between Iran and Belguim national teams, but only 30 of those tickets were sold to the public. Many historic Baháʼí gravesites have been desecrated or destroyed. Contact a DIT Iran export adviser for a free consultation if you are interested in exporting to Iran. [2], Although the Constitution states that "the investigation of individuals' beliefs is forbidden" and that "no one may be molested or taken to task simply for holding a certain belief,"[5] the adherents of religions not specifically protected under the Constitution do not enjoy freedom of activity. Arbitration clause should reference internationally accepted arbitration rules such as those of the (International Chamber of Commerce International Court of Arbitration, the Swiss Chambers Arbitration Institute or the German Institute of Arbitration. The lifting of sanctions means Iran is looking to regain market share by increasing exports.

The government plans to add more than 5GW of generation capacity a year to reach a total capacity of 96 GW by 2020. Iran is an Islamic Republic and its legal system is based on Sharia principles. Iran is a Muslim country in which Islamic law is strictly enforced. There are currently 2 foreign exchange rates used in Iran – a market rate and an official rate, set and maintained by the Central Bank of Iran (CBI).

He added that he would defend the civil rights of all citizens, regardless of their beliefs or religion. A large part of the Iranian youth, however, “just” has a boy- or girlfriend. In 1906 the first Iranian Constitution was written. Voters cast their ballots during the presidential election in a Jewish and Christian district in the center of Tehran, Iran, May 19, 2017. Many individuals convicted of drug offences, including foreign nationals, have been executed. True private sector companies (with no links to the state) are estimated to account for only 20% of economic activity. Human Rights Watch defends the rights of people in 90 countries worldwide, spotlighting abuses and bringing perpetrators to justice, Human Rights Watch is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit registered in the US under EIN: 13-2875808, Due Process Rights and Treatment of Prisoners, Freedoms of Expression, Association and Assembly, Human Rights Defenders and Political Prisoners, Treatment of Minorities, Migrants, Rights of Persons with Disability, The Pushback Against the Populist Challenge. Women should take extra care, particularly when travelling alone or with friends of the opposite sex. [7] However, government officials reportedly nonetheless have stated that, as individuals, all Baháʼís are entitled to their beliefs and are protected under other articles of the Constitution as citizens. Authorities sent back to prison several prominent trade unionists whom they had sentenced to prison for peaceful activities but later released. [2], Independent newspapers and magazines have been closed, and leading publishers and journalists were imprisoned on charges of hate speech and "insulting Islam" and sparking revolutionary sentiments whilst "calling into question the Islamic foundation of the Republic. SW1A 2HQ, Email You are not allowed to make funds and economic resources available to sanctioned entities, directly or indirectly, without a licence. UKEF is only prepared to consider sterling or euro denominated contracts to reduce risks due to continuing US sanctions on Iran. In 2017, several political prisoners in Rajai Shahr and Evin prisons, including Saeed Shirzad, a child rights activist, embarked on a hunger strike to protest their prison conditions. Capital invested under Iran’s Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Act can only be removed from the country after a 3-month notice period and only if there are no outstanding fees owed. HM Treasury Other sectors in this diversified economy with the potential to contribute to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth and employment and where UK business has particular strengths include: The Iranian government is keen to attract foreign investment and technology transfer across all sectors. [17] On May 14, 2008, members of an informal body known as the Friends that oversaw the needs of the Baháʼí community in Iran were arrested and taken to Evin prison. You should carry a photocopy of your passport for identification. Legally, the following laws apply to women in the Islamic Republic of Iran: The husband is the head of the family, and his wife is legally bound to obey him. Despite this, many men want their future spouses to provide “virginity certificates.” The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has maintained that Iran is complying with the terms of the agreement.

[1], Two Baháʼís, Sirus Zabihi-Moghaddam and Hadayat Kashefi-Najafabadi, were tried in 1998 and later sentenced to death by an Islamic Revolutionary Court in Mashad for practicing their faith. This means that British businesses must consider their US connections, including the presence of employees holding US citizenship or green cards, before undertaking Iran-related activity. The fact that the Baháʼí world headquarters (established by the founder of the Baháʼí Faith in the 19th century, in what was then Ottoman-controlled Palestine) is situated in what is now the state of Israel, allows the Iranian government to charge the Baháʼís with "espionage on behalf of Zionism," in particular when caught communicating with or sending monetary contributions to the Baháʼí headquarters.

For example, in 2005 many newspapers celebrated the one-hundredth anniversary of the anti-Semitic publication Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Read our UK sanctions on Iran page to check whether you need a licence. Baháʼís repeatedly have been offered relief from mistreatment in exchange for recanting their faith. Censorship in Iran is largely seen as a measure to maintain the stability of the country. You will then need to visit the Iranian Embassy or Consulate for passport visa endorsement, which may include an interview and having your fingerprints taken. This complicates payments into and out of Iran.

Eshkevari has called for more liberal interpretations of Islamic law in certain areas. Can you help? Patent applications are examined only for the correctness of documents and compliance with patent specifications. In this area, 49% of the cases involved Baháʼí minorities, 16% Christian and Dervish and 14% Sunni minority. The length of patents is decided by the inventor who pays an annual fee.