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Iranian-Canadian Academic Detained During Visit to Iran

Homa Hoodfar, an Iranian-Canadian scholar and expert on gender and development in Islam, was arrested on June 6, 2016 during a visit to Iran after being summoned to Evin Prison in Tehran. A press release issued by her family said Hoodfar, a dual citizen who lives in Québec where she teaches at Concordia University in Montreal, […]

PhD Student Imprisoned for Refusing to Work for Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Denied Rights

Hamid Babaei, a PhD student incarcerated for nearly three years in Rajaee Shahr Prison following a trial that lasted less than 10 minutes, has been denied his rights to conditional release and furlough (temporary leave granted to most of Iran’s inmates). Babaei has also been suffering from severe gum disease and other dental problems in […]

Christian Convert Repeatedly Imprisoned for his Faith Denied Timely Adjudication

A Christian convert’s appeal against his five-year prison sentence has not been adjudicated more than a year after his third conviction on repeated charges related to his new faith, a source knowledgeable about the case told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  Ebrahim Firoozi, a 31-year-old welder from the city of Robat Karim […]

Ailing Imprisoned Christian Convert Home On Brief Leave Maintains Demand for Permanent Release

Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, a Christian convert who has been imprisoned since 2013 while suffering from several ailments, has been home with her family on a five-day furlough (temporary leave) since June 6, 2016 following her life-threatening hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin Prison. Now her family is repeating their demand for her permanent release.  “We […]

Campaign’s Letter to Rouhani: Allow Women Spectators to Attend World Volleyball Games in Tehran

Ban on Women Attending Sport Events Violates FIVB and Olympic Committee Rules From July 1-3, 2016, Iran will host the Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) Volleyball World League in Tehran. As of this writing, only Iran’s male sports fan will be able to attend the events and cheer on the nations’ team, as women will […]

Kurdish Political Prisoner Denied Urgent Medical Care

Prisoner of conscience Zeinab Jalalian, condemned to life in prison in northwestern Iran, needs urgent medical treatment for her eye and tongue infections and has not received adequate care inside prison. “Zeinab has been afflicted with pterygium of the eye [surfer’s eye] and its spread is causing problems with her sight,” one of her lawyers, […]

New Video: Time for Anti-Baha’i Discrimination to End in Iran

State Officials Launch New Wave of Verbal Attacks after Former President’s Daughter Visits Baha’i Prisoner June 07, 2016—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and Impact Iran released an animated video today calling for an end to the discrimination and incitement to hatred against members of the Baha’i faith in Iran. Click here to view video […]

Officials Seek to Confront Iran’s Increasingly Popular “White Marriages”

The increasing popularity of Iranian couples living together without getting officially married has alarmed officials of the Islamic Republic who question the morality of the practice and its impact on population growth demanded by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Couples in “white marriages,” as they are known, tend not to have children, and now the […]

New Iranian Bill Aims to Keep Women Out of Workforce

A bill that would reduce the working hours of female employees, which was passed in the last days of Iran’s outgoing Parliament on May 10, 2016, is as an attempt by the state to “bring the ‘out-of-control half of society’ back under its control,” a women’s studies expert told the International Campaign for Human Rights […]

Negligence by Major Tech Companies like Google and Telegram Aiding Iran’s Cyber Army

Tech Giants’ Failure to Implement Security Measures Endangers Millions of Users Large technology firms are failing to provide sophisticated and country-specific user security measures, and as a result, are helping Iran’s state agencies target Iranian citizens online, an investigation by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has found. Show More Summary

Hardline Council Fires New Shot against Rouhani Administration in Battle Over Social Media in Iran

Directive Forcing Messaging Apps to Store User Data in Iran Would Give Authorities Access to Accounts The directive by Iran’s Supreme Cyberspace Council to require social messaging apps to start storing user data in Iran within a year was the result of a majority vote by people directly appointed to the body by Supreme Leader […]

Music Distributors Summoned to Prison: Don’t Forget Us

Mehdi Rajabian, Hossein Rajabian and Yousef Emadi, all managers of BargMusic—one of the main producers and distributors of underground music in Iran since its launch in 2009—have been summoned to Evin Prison in Tehran to begin serving their prison sentences next week, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “They […]

Kurdish Political Prisoner Resumes Hunger Strike Despite Risk of Death

Prominent Kurdish human rights activist Mohammad Sediq Kaboudvand has resumed his hunger strike following his hospitalization in Tehran on May 25, 2016, increasing his risk of a heart attack. Kaboudvand, who is in his ninth year of incarceration at Evin Prison, is protesting the new charges that have been brought against him. “After nine years […]

Women Prisoners Collectively Punished For Baha’i Leader’s Meeting with Activist during Her Furlough

Inmates at the Women’s Ward in Evin Prison have been told that their furloughs (temporary leave) have been canceled and that they will no longer be able to send letters to relatives, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Some twenty-five women are known to be inmates at Evin’s Women’s Ward, […]

Hospitalized Christian Convert Returned to Prison Without Treatment

Imprisoned Christian convert Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, who had no access to legal counsel during her trial in 2013, was hospitalized in Tehran on the third day of her hunger strike on May 29, 2016, but was returned to prison without treatment that same day. “She went on hunger strike [in Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward] […]

Iranian Gold Miners Lashed for Protesting Layoffs

Seventeen miners in northwestern Iran have been lashed on orders of the Judiciary after their employer sued them for protesting the firing of hundreds of their colleagues, the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) reported on May 25, 2016.  In December 2014, miners at the Agh Darreh gold mine in West Azerbaijan Province protested in […]

Cartoon 145: “The Critic Should Not Be Arrested and Taken to Prison!”

On May 3, 2016, during a speech at the grand opening of Tehran Book Fair, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, “The critic should not be arrested and taken to prison.” This is prominent Iranian cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the growing number of imprisoned Iranians who have expressed their opinions as journalists and social media […]

Activist Imprisoned and Tortured Without Access to a Lawyer for Shouting “Death to Khamenei”

Labor activist Mehdi Farahi Shandiz, imprisoned for shouting “death to [Ali] Khamenei,” Iran’s supreme leader, is being unlawfully held in Rajaee Shahr Prison’s Ward 10, where non-political prisoners are kept, and has been denied furlough as well as adequate medical care. He did not have access to a lawyer in any of his trials and […]

Ailing Political Prisoner, Denied Legal Counsel and Medical Care, Sentenced to 39 Years in Prison

Alireza Golipour, imprisoned in Iran since 2012 on national security charges and denied access to a lawyer until May 2016, has been sentenced to more than 39 years in prison. Golipour has also been denied proper medical care for his lung cancer, his lawyer told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The sentence—39 […]

Imprisoned Physicist Given Two-Week Medical Furlough After Losing Cancerous Kidney

Imprisoned physicist Omid Kokabee has been granted a two-week medical furlough upon payment of five billion rials ($164,000 USD) bail, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. On Wednesday (May 25, 2016) Kokabee was transferred from the hospital to his family home in Tehran where he will be continuing to […]

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