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Tehran University Invite Lands Iranian-Swedish Disaster Relief Expert in Jail

Ahmadreza Jalali, an Iranian-born Swedish resident and expert in emergency disaster relief who has been detained in Evin Prison without trial since April 24, 2016, is prepared to “die” on hunger strike rather than be executed, his wife told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Jalali was arrested by the Intelligence Ministry while visiting […]

Iranian-Swedish Disaster Relief Expert Held in Iran Jail for Nine Months, On Hunger Strike Since Dec. 25

Case Continues Pattern of Westerners Snatched and Held Without Due Process January 12, 2017—In yet another case of a foreign resident or dual national from a western country grabbed and imprisoned in Iran without access to a lawyer or any other aspect of due process, Iranian-born Swedish resident and expert in emergency disaster relief Ahmadreza […]

Civil Rights Activist Imprisoned for Social Media Postings Released on Bail

Civil rights activist Esmail “Zartosht” Ahmadi-Ragheb—detained in Evin Prison since January 2016 for criticizing Iranian politics on social media—was released on January 8, 2017 until his trial. While imprisoned, the 52-year-old endured a two-week hunger strike to convince the authorities to transfer him from solitary confinement to a public ward, he told the Campaign for […]

Rafsanjani’s Death Reshuffles the Political Deck in Iran

The public funeral of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on January 10, 2017, has led to the outpouring in Tehran of public calls for the release of opposition leaders held under house arrest and political prisoners, in a resurgence of support for reformist issues that have been harshly suppressed in Iran for the last decade. […]

Wife of Imprisoned Activist Arash Sadeghi Resists Order to Return to Prison

UN Expert Urges Iran to Release All Political Prisoners Political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, who was released on January 3, 2017 after her imprisoned husband Arash Sadeghi’s 71-day hunger strike resulted in a promised case review for his wife, is refusing to obey an order to return to Evin Prison.  “By law, my prison term […]

Iran’s Telegram Registration Requirement Widens Governmental Snooping Powers

In the latest attempt by Iran’s security and intelligence establishments to censor and control internet usage in Iran, administrators of popular Iranian-owned channels on the widely used Telegram application are now being required to...Show More Summary

Reformist Journalist Convicted of “Propaganda Against the State” Completes One-Year Prison Sentence

Reformist journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaie was released from Evin Prison in Tehran on January 5, 2017 after serving a one-year sentence for interviewing Iranian Sunni leaders, posting critical commentary about conservative politicians on Facebook, and publicly supporting reformists. Show More Summary

Nobel Laureate’s Call for Resignation of Iran’s Judiciary Chief Puts Spotlight on Rampant Judicial Abuses

January 6, 2017—The call for the resignation of Iran’s top judicial official, Sadegh Larijani, by the prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, has brought renewed attention on the systematic abuses of rights committed by Iran’s Judiciary. Show More Summary

Conservative Tehran MP to Judiciary: Review Case of Political Prisoner on Hunger Strike

Wave of Hunger Strikes Highlights Prisoners’ Plights Conservative member of Parliament Ali Motahari has publicly asked the Judiciary to review the case of ailing political prisoner Ali Shariati, who has been on hunger strike for more than two months in Evin Prison. The Tehran MP made the call after a 71-day hunger strike by imprisoned […]

Iran’s First Female Judge and Nobel Laureate Calls for Resignation of Judiciary Chief

Shirin Ebadi: Interrogators Make Decisions for the Judges Amid the ongoing wave of life-threatening hunger strikes by political prisoners in Iran, Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi has called on the chief of the country’s Judiciary, Sadegh Larijani, to resign.  “The system is broken and the final responsibility rests with its head,” Ebadi, who was […]

Arash Sadeghi’s 71-Day Hunger Strike Achieves Promise of Case Review for Imprisoned Wife

Public Pressure Forces Iran’s Judiciary to Retreat From Hardline Stance “The [Tehran] Assistant Prosecutor Mr. Hajilou accepted that my case was wrongfully handled, but said it would take time for it to be reviewed,” Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran on the first day of her temporary leave from Evin […]

Persecution of Dual Nationals: Businessman Serving 10-Year Prison Sentence After Coerced Confession

Wife Used as “Bait” Iranian-Austrian dual citizen Kamran Ghaderi is entering the second year of his 10-year prison sentence in solitary confinement in Tehran after being coerced into confessing to espionage in 2016, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “They threatened him that if he didn’t cooperate, his wife would […]

Imprisoned Civil Rights Activist Released After 65-Day Hunger Strike—With a Catch

Azeri rights advocate Morteza Moradpour has been hospitalized in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, while he recovers from the 65-day hunger strike that led to his conditional release from prison. However, his legal battle is far from over because his release order requires him to report back to prison every night. “The decision by the Tabriz judicial […]

Huge Twitter Storm in Support of Imprisoned Iranian Activist on Hunger Strike

Arash Sadeghi Is World’s Highest Trending Topic on Twitter on December 30 SaveArash# was for a time the highest trending topic on Twitter on Friday December 30, 2016, as social media users around the world expressed their support for imprisoned civil rights advocate Arash Sadeghi on the 68th day of his hunger strike in Evin Prison […]

Hardline Tehran Prosecutor Advocates Harsher Penalty for Mixed-Gender Parties

Tehran’s hardline prosecutor general has announced that people caught at mixed-gender parties, especially celebrity artists and athletes, along with those caught consuming alcohol, or participating in other “indecent” activities should face stiffer penalties. Show More Summary

Political Prisoner Banned from Visits After Sending Complaint to Warden

Imprisoned doctoral student Hamid Babaei has been banned from receiving visitations after the prison warden accused him of “insulting” Iran’s supreme leader during a discussion about a complaint Babaei had sent to the warden’s office. “Hamid had written to [Mohammad Mardani] the warden at Rajaee Shahr Prison [in Karaj] to complain about why his letters […]

Revolutionary Court Sentences More Than 70 Iranians to Prison for Celebrating “Cyrus Day”

Islamic Republic Represses Commemoration of Pre-Islamic Era History More than 70 people who were arrested in October 2016 at a peaceful gathering celebrating Cyrus the Great were tried in mid-December without legal council and sentenced to long prison terms by the Revolutionary Court in the city of Shiraz. “The exact number of those arrested is […]

Union Leader Receives Unofficial Warning To Return to Prison or Lose $140,000 Bail

Labor rights activist Jafar Azimzadeh has been told that he must return to Evin Prison in Tehran by January 13, 2017 or his guarantor will lose 450 million tomans ($140,000 USD). However, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Azimzadeh will not abide without an official summons. “Mr. Azimzadeh has not […]

Iranian-American “Completely Isolated” in Iran’s Gorgan Prison

Iranian-American political prisoner Reza (Robin) Shahini is being held in adverse conditions with dangerous criminals in Gorgan Prison, 186 miles northeast of Tehran in Golestan Province, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. “Reza is facing a lot of discrimination and hardship and the prison officials justify it because he’s accused of […]

Imprisoned Activist Faces New Charges After Filing Complaint About Revolutionary Guards

Iranian civil rights defender Atena Daemi, who is serving a seven-year prison sentence in Tehran’s Evin Prison for her peaceful activism, has been slapped with new charges after filing a complaint against the Revolutionary Guards for using excessive force. “After my daughter was detained [to start her prison term], she and her father filed separate complaints […]

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