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High Hopes, Tempered Expectations: Views from Iran on the Nuclear Negotiations

Campaign Releases New Study on the Views of Civil Society in Iran June 22, 2015—Civil society in Iran remains steadfast and unequivocal in its support for the nuclear negotiations, and its members hope for an agreement that will end years of sanctions and isolation, according to a new study by the International Campaign for Human […]

Child Rights Activist’s Mother Pleas for Help for Son’s Ten-Year Prison Sentence

Ten months after his arrest, children’s rights activist Omid Alishenas has been sentenced to ten years in prison for “assembly and collusion and propaganda against the state,” and “insulting the Supreme Leader.” Mr. Alishenas’ mother told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the family is in shock following the sentencing. “This sentence […]

Lawyer and Client Accused of “Illegitimate Relations” for a Handshake in Prison

Mohammad Moghimi, a defense lawyer who was imprisoned for shaking the hand of his client, the imprisoned artist and civil activist Atena Faraghdani, during a prison visit, will be released on June 16 after his family posted bail, a source close to Mr. Moghimi’s family told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Mr. […]

Activist’s Mother Decries 14-Year Sentence for Her Daughter’s Peaceful Activities

Atena Daemi, a children’s rights and civil activist, was sentenced to 14 years in prison, receiving the combined maximum penalty for each of her charges, as a result of her peaceful activism. In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Daemi’s mother, Massoumeh Nemati,  relayed that Daemi had been sentenced to […]

Three Concerts Cancelled by Police and Judiciary despite Protests by Rouhani 

In his latest reaction to consecutive cancellations by the Iranian Police and the Judiciary of music concerts, President Hassan Rouhani condemned the cancellations and said such actions violate the people’s rights. At a press conference marking the second anniversary of Rouhani’s election to office, a reporter asked him about the widespread cancellation of concerts over […]

A New Round of Intimidation, Arrests, and Prosecution of Social Media Users in Iran

Iranian Cyber Police and Judiciary officials reported a new wave of arrests of Internet users this week. Colonel Gholamreza Kazemzadeh, Chief of Iran’s Cyber Police, told reporters on June 8 that an individual he claimed managed 23 groups on the WhatsApp and Line social media networks had been arrested. “The Cyber Police in Shahroud [in […]

Former TV Producer Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court has sentenced Mostafa Azizi, a former Iranian television writer and producer imprisoned since February 1, 2015, to eight years in prison, according to his son, who spoke with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Arash Azizi told the Campaign that his father has appealed the decision. The […]

Cartoon 114: Prison Overcrowding

In an interview with IRNA, Reza Mahboubi, Deputy Director of the Interior Ministry’s Social Affairs Center said that five hundred thousand new inmates and detainees enter Iran’s prison system each year. Official records indicate, however, that the occupancy capacity in Iranian prisons is 140,000 inmates and Iran currently has 225,000 inmates. Despite crowd density and […]

Young Activist Sentenced to 12.5 Years in Prison for Facebook Posts

A Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced artist and civil rights activist Atena Faraghdani to a total of 12.5 years in prison for drawings and content critical of the government that the young activist posted on her Facebook page. Faraghdani’s lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, stated in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in […]

Journalist Exiled the Day He Completes Six Years in Prison

Ahmad Zeidabadi, a journalist who served six years in prison for his work, was transferred to the city of Gonabad in northeastern Iran today to begin serving his time in exile. The Tehran Prosecutor’s Office informed Mr. Zeidabadi’s family earlier this week that he would be exiled to Gonabad immediately upon release from Rajaee Shahr […]

Writer Prosecuted for Facebook Posts Critical of State Censorship

Authorities in Iran are prosecuting another writer on national security charges for signing statements and writing posts that criticized state censorship on the Facebook page of the Iranian Writers’ Association. Reza Khandan Mahabadi, a member of the Board of Directors of the Iranian Writers’ Association, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that […]

Young Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Facebook Postings and Peaceful Protest

A young civil activist who has been held at Evin Prison since October 2014 has been sentenced to seven years in prison at her interrogator’s urging, a source close to the case told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, for her Facebook postings and her participation in peaceful gatherings. Atena Daemi, 27, who […]

Basij Militia Unveils Messaging App that Gives State Access to All Conversations

The Basij paramilitary organization, a subsidiary of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), announced the launch of its new messaging service for mobile phones, “Salam,” which will give state officials full access to any content flowing across the service. The new messaging application, now available for download free of charge, will use servers owned and controlled by […]

Iranian Officials Re-Affirm Facebook Will Remain Completely Blocked in Iran

Despite the Iranian government’s stated intention to move towards the selective blocking of Internet content (“smart filtering”), a top government official proclaimed that the social networking giant Facebook would continue to be completely blocked in Iran. Show More Summary

Cartoon 113: Evin Prison to Become A Park

Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said this week that the Tehran Municipality is prepared to enter negotiations with the Iranian Judiciary to convert the Evin Prison complex in northwestern Tehran into a public park. For decades, the notorious Evin Prison has been one of the primary facilities where Iranian political prisoners have been detained, interrogated, […]

“No Books, No Book Fair,” Says Publisher of Banned Books

  Leading Iranian Publisher Boycotts Tehran International Book Fair Iranian publisher Shahla Lahiji has boycotted the annual Tehran International Book Fair for the fourth year running, to protest the government’s refusal to issue licenses to her publishing house. “Since 2014, I have suggested 55 books for publication, but none of them have been issued a […]

Iran’s New Search Engine Denies Access to Political or Human Rights Content on Internet

A new Internet search engine developed by the Iranian government, Parsijoo, has been designed to keep Iranian users from accessing any political or human rights-related content. According to research conducted by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, the new engine’s display of search results does not follow the norms of other engines used […]

Husband of Jailed Activist Narges Mohammadi Asks Rouhani’s Minister to Review Her Case

250 Activists and Journalists Sign Statement Calling for Her Release Iranian Judiciary authorities have advised the family of detained human rights activist Narges Mohammadi that her May 5, 2015 arrest and transfer to Evin Prison was in fact enforcement of her six-year prison sentence dating back from a 2011 judicial case, which she had been […]

Basij Militias Will Run 2000 Child Care Centers, 25% of All Day Care in Iran

Teaching Islamic Values Becomes Priority in Face of Flagging Public Support Iran’s Welfare Organization will allow the Revolutionary Guard’s volunteer paramilitary arm, the Basij, to establish and operate 2,000 child care centers, which would comprise 25% of all day care facilities in the country. The move reflects a growing preoccupation with what is perceived by […]

Teacher Protests Sweep Iran despite Threats by Officials Not to Participate

Thousands Gather in Many Cities to Call Attention to Wages below the Poverty Line Another nationwide protest by Iranian teachers swept through dozens of cities throughout Iran on May 7, with thousands taking to the streets to draw attention to wages that are below the poverty line. Retired teacher and activist Hashem Khastar told the […]

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