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UN Body Warns Governments about Health Hazards of Jamming Signals

A new United Nations resolution warning member states about their responsibility to protect the health of their citizens against electromagnetic waves, including satellite jamming signals, was approved at the UN’s Telecommunication Union (ITU)'s Plenipotentiary Conference which took place between October 20 and November 7, 2014, in Busan, South Korea (Resolution 176, pg. 277).

Official Claims of Smart Internet Filtering Overblown, but Efforts to Monitor Users Grow

In the continuing battle over control over the Internet in Iran, a new salvo was recently issued—the announcement by state officials that smart filtering would be installed on the country’s Internet gateways as the authorities had now developed the ability to selectively block “inappropriate and illegal” content. Show More Summary

185 Iranian Journalists Condemn Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack

One Hundred eighty-five Iranian journalists condemned the January 7, 2015 terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris, which led to the deaths of 12 individuals. "We, Iranian journalists, condemn the January 7 terrorist attack that took the lives of several journalists and citizens in Paris," said the statement.

Young Scientist’s Ten-Year Sentence Upheld despite Supreme Court’s Rejection of Legality of His Case

An appeals court in Tehran has upheld the ten-year prison sentence of the young scientist Omid Kokabee without regard for the earlier opinion of the Supreme Court or the reasoning set forth in their ruling on the case.

Iranian Judiciary Defends Continued House Arrest of Green Movement Leaders

In yet another vague statement effectively signaling support by the Iranian Judiciary for the continuation of the four-year-long house arrest of Iran’s Green Movement leaders, Iranian Judiciary Spokesperson Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei...Show More Summary

Former Assyrian Church Leader and Two Christian Converts Arrested

Iranian security agents arrested an Assyrian pastor and two Christian converts who were his guests at his Tehran residence on December 26, 2014, according to Mansour Borji, Spokesperson for the Alliance of Iranian Churches.

Female Prisoner of Conscience Transferred to Deplorable Gharchak Prison

Female prisoner of conscience Hakimeh Shokri was abruptly transferred from Evin Prison to the Gharchak Prison in Varamin on December 15, 2014, Shokri’s sister told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Prison Sentence for Young Facebook User Increased from 15 to 20 Years

A Tehran Revolutionary Court has increased the sentence of a 21-year-old Facebook user from 15 to 20 years in prison for his postings on Facebook. The case was originally appealed in the hope that the severe 15-year sentence would be reduced. Show More Summary

Remove Technology Sanctions on Closed Societies to Empower Civil Society

The Obama administration should follow its historic move to normalize diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba with the removal of sanctions on the sale of personal communications technology tools and services to the Cuban nation, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.

Baha’is Have No Citizenship Rights, Says Grand Ayatollah

A high-ranking cleric and Khomeini-era member of the Supreme Judicial Council has told Fars News Agency that Baha’is are not entitled to citizenship rights. The statement was made only weeks after Mohammad Javad Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary's Human Rights Council, denied the systematic denial of Baha’is right to higher education. Show More Summary

Kurdish Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike Threatened with Further Prosecution and Execution

Nearly a month into their hunger strike inside the Orumiyeh Central Prison to protest dangerous and inhumane prison conditions, 27 Kurdish political prisoners have been summoned and threatened with new judicial cases if they don't cease their hunger strike, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Ending House Arrest of Dissident Leaders Not on Administration’s Agenda, Says Justice Minister

In a startling statement during an interview with the Iran Labor News agency (ILNA) about the house arrests imposed on the Green Movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and Zahra Rahnavard since 2011, Iran’s Minister of Justice Mostafa Pourmohammadi said on December 16, 2014, that “the issue [of the house arrest] has not been [...]

Imprisoned Lawyer Denied Urgently Needed Medical Treatment

Despite the severely deteriorating health of imprisoned Iranian lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, the Tehran Prosecutor refuses to grant him permission to receive medical care outside the prison, due to the prominent lawyer's steadfastness about his beliefs, Soltani's daughter told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Show More Summary

Mahdieh Golroo Remains in Solitary Confinement Two Months After Arrest, Charges Unclear

Despite completion of interrogations for Mahdieh Golroo, a women's rights activist who was arrested on October 23, 2014, a day after she attended a gathering in Tehran to protest acid attacks on several women in Isfahan, her judicial...Show More Summary

161 PhD Students Demand Immediate Medical Attention and Judicial Review for Omid Kokabee

In a statement of solidarity with the imprisoned Iranian scientist Omid Kokabee, 161 doctoral students and graduates from universities around the world have released an open letter, demanding medical attention and due process for him. Show More Summary

Nasrin Sotoudeh Detained for Several Hours on Human Rights Day

On December 10, 2014, Iranian intelligence agents detained renowned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, before releasing her several hours later. The detention marks the second time in less than two months that Sotoudeh has been detained for her activities in protest of the Iranian Bar Association’s suspension of her legal license.

Supreme Court Rejects Legality of Kokabee’s Sentencing

Iran’s Supreme Court has explicitly rejected the legal basis of Omid Kokabee’s prosecution and sentencing. Branch 36 of Iran’s Supreme Court ordered the review of Omid Kokabee’s case, according to a ruling it issued on October 11, 2014 and recently made public by his lawyer.

Stabbing of Six Women Continue Series of Attacks Against Women

In a continuing series of attacks against women in Iran, a suspect has been arrested for the stabbing of six women in the southern town of Jahrom in Fars Province over the past week. The stabbings follow the numerous acid attacks against...Show More Summary

Opposition Leader Under House Arrest Demands Public Trial

(December 2, 2014) The head of the Iranian Judiciary should immediately end the nearly four-year house arrest of former presidential candidates Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, and leading dissident Zahra Rahnavard, and grant them a fair trial, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.

Illegal Addition of New Charges Makes Death Sentence for Soheil Arabi More Likely

In an arbitrary and illegal act, new charges that carry a death sentence and which do not allow a pardon were added and the death sentence of Facebook user Soheil Arabi was confirmed by the Supreme Court in Iran.

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