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Protestant Church Property Confiscated in Iran by Khamenei-Supervised Organization

The largest Persian-speaking Protestant community in Iran, Jama’at-e Rabbani, has announced that it has been stripped of its ownership of Sharon Gardens, a large and valuable piece of real estate in the city of Karaj, by an organization operating under the supervision of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. “They have simply charged the community with espionage […]

Five Gonabadi Dervishes Arrested in Iran Amid Ongoing Persecution Campaign

Five dervishes of the Sufi Gonabadi Order were arrested in the southern Iranian city of Dezful on December 13, 2016 after obeying a summons to appear at the prosecutor’s office, their lawyer Kasra Nouri told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Gholamreza Abarkar, Masoud Majdinasab, Hassan Diapour, Ghassem Manegari and Mohammad Maleki had […]

Iran’s New Basij Militia Commander More Militaristic Than His Predecessor

The appointment of ultra-conservative hardliner Gholam-Hossein Gheibparvar as the new commander of Iran’s Basij, a volunteer militia under the authority of the Revolutionary Guards, has raised fears of increased intimidation and repression of anyone deemed guilty of political dissent. Show More Summary

Mother Begs Revolutionary Guards Not to Return Her Activist Son to Prison In Heart-Rending Video

A video posted on social media shows the mother of civil rights activist Omid Alishenas, who was at home with her on bail at the time, pleading with the Revolutionary Guards agents outside her door not to force him to return to Evin Prison to begin serving a seven-year prison sentence. “I don’t expect anything from […]

Imprisoned Azeri Rights Activist Loses 44 Pounds 50 Days Into Hunger Strike

Imprisoned Azeri civil rights activist Morteza Moradpour has lost 44 pounds  and is suffering from severe kidney pain 50 days into a hunger strike that he has vowed to continue until he is granted parole, his brother told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “His kidneys are in very bad shape and are […]

Rouhani Supporter Imprisoned for Peaceful Activism Critically Ill After 43-Day Hunger Strike

After 43 days on hunger strike, political prisoner Ali Shariati, a long-time supporter of President Hassan Rouhani, has been hospitalized and is “critically ill,” his mother told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Ali’s blood pressure suddenly dropped on Friday (December 9, 2016) and he was transferred to Taleghani Hospital, but no one told […]

Six Years into Extrajudicial House Arrest, Green Movement Leaders Still Asking for Trial

Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard Detained Since February 2011 December 13, 2016—The Judiciary should carry out its latest “promise—or threat” to put former presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, who has been under extrajudicial house arrest since 2011, on trial, said his son Mohammad Taghi Karroubi. “I think my father has always wisely welcomed […]

Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi: Rouhani Directly Responsible for All Intelligence Ministry Abuses

In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi held President Hassan Rouhani directly responsible for “every Intelligence Ministry violation” and criticized his failure to uphold the Constitution. Show More Summary

Six Years Into Extrajudicial House Arrest, Mehdi Karroubi Repeats Request for First Trial

The Judiciary should carry out its latest “promise—or threat” to put former presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, who has been under extrajudicial house arrest since 2011, on trial, said his son Mohammad Taghi Karroubi. “I think my father has always wisely welcomed a trial because he wants history to record the fact that the leaders of […]

Iran’s Cyber Police Tries to Control Popular Social Media App Telegram with Hacking, Permits

A state crackdown on social media ahead of Iran’s 2017 presidential election has resulted in the Cyber Police (FATA) requiring Iranian-owned channels with more than 5,000 followers on the country’s most popular messaging application, Telegram, to seek official permits. Show More Summary

Briefing: Iran’s Fashion Industry is the Latest Victim of Khamenei’s War on Western Culture

  Iran’s Brain Drain Spreads to Fashion Sector as Professionals Emigrate to Escape Raids and Arrests In the latest attack on the Islamic Republic’s growing fashion sector, a court in Shiraz sentenced 12 industry professionals in December 2016 to prison terms ranging from five months to six years. An investigation by the International Campaign for Human […]

Expelled Student Activist Reminds Rouhani of Unfulfilled Pledge to Let Her Resume Studies

A women’s rights activist and former student who spent nearly two and a half years in prison for her peaceful activism has written an open letter to President Hassan Rouhani reminding him that he has still not fulfilled his campaign promise of allowing expelled political students to resume their studies. “I, Mahdieh Golroo, was accepted […]

Rights Activist Sentenced to 19 Years Imprisonment in Critical Condition After 45-Day Hunger Strike

Civil rights defender Arash Sadeghi, who is currently serving a 19-year prison sentence for his peaceful activism, is in “critical and worrying” condition after 45 days on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin Prison, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Arash has lost a lot of weight and he’s suffering […]

Iranian Government Subdues Politically Charged Student Day With “Happy Shows”

Since its 1979 revolution, Iran’s Student Day has been marked with passionate speeches given in a less restrained political atmosphere on university campuses. But this year the government has tried to extinguish displays of political dissent by cancelling speeches that had permits while issuing them for “happy shows,” including musical concerts and stand-up comedy. On […]

Former Italian Ambassador to Iran Denounces Detention of Iranian-American Dual National and Wife

“Much more is at stake than the personal freedom of two outstanding, patriotic Iranian citizens,” says Ambassador In a public letter the former Italian Ambassador to Iran, Roberto Toscano, condemned the arrest and now three-month detention of dual Iranian-American citizen Karan Vafadari and his wife, Afarin Niasari, whom he called among “the most dignified people […]

Anti-Riot Forces Violently Attack Peacefully Protesting Tehran Bus Union Members

Members of one of Iran’s oldest unions who were peacefully demanding their past due housing allowances and other benefits in front of the Tehran Municipality building were violently attacked by anti-riot police on December 4, 2016. “Four months ago these same people (bus drivers) gathered here and shouted the same slogans and resolved their issue […]

Prominent Iranian Lawyer, Writers Arrested With “Overwhelming Force” at Chain Murders Commemoration

Police and plainclothes security agents arrested a prominent human rights lawyer and several members of the Writers Association of Iran at a commemoration event for victims of the “chain murders” of dissidents in the 1990s by agents of the Iranian government. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that Nasser Zarafshan, the […]

Rights Activist Files Complaint Against Revolutionary Guard Agents for Excessive Force

Agents Attacked Atena Daemi and Her Sister and Used Pepper Spray When Taking Her into Custody The young human rights activist Atena Daemi has filed a formal complaint against agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) for using excessive force when transferring her to Evin Prison to begin her sentence, she said in a letter […]

Iranian Official Arrested for Supporting Release of Imprisoned Human Rights Activist

Director in Qazvin Governor’s office asks friends online to support Narges Mohammadi Alireza Rahmani, the director of public relations for the governor’s office in Qazvin, 89 miles (143 kms) northwest of Tehran, was arrested on November 29 for inviting friends online to support the release of imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi. He was released […]

Family Breaks Silence Over Iranian-American and Wife Held for Three Months Without Charge or Counsel

Case fabricated “for the purpose of extortion and property seizure” says family December 2, 2016—Karan Vafadari, an Iranian-American national belonging to the Zoroastrian faith, and his wife Afarin Niasari, have been in detention inShow More Summary

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