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Former Political Prisoner: Ruling Elite “Preventing Justice” by Supporting Raisi’s Presidential Bid

Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi, who served on a special committee in 1988 that implemented the executions of thousands of political prisoners, is “a symbol of the crimes committed by the Islamic Republic,” a former political prisoner told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). “To see he’s a candidate for president is very […]

Iranian Female Soccer Player Publicly Decries Ban For Playing Without Hijab

A professional soccer player who once played for the Iranian women’s national futsal team has publicly spoken out against a ban she says was imposed on her for not wearing the hijab while playing the sport during a private trip abroad. “I never thought I would never be able to play in my country because I played without […]

Iran’s Judiciary Blocks Instagram’s Live Video Service Weeks Before May 2017 Elections

Instagram’s live video feature has been blocked in Tehran by several internet and mobile phone providers since the early afternoon of April 27, 2017, according to investigations by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). “The order...Show More Summary

Three Young Men to Serve 12 Years in Prison For “Insulting” Social Media Posts

Three 24-year-olds have been sentenced to 12 years in prison each in Iran for posting critical commentary about politics and religion on the popular Telegram messaging network. “These guys were posting articles and cartoons on Facebook and Telegram that criticized the political and religious situation, and also shared material from others,” an informed source told […]

Female Former Council Member Advocates For Women Candidates in Iran’s Local Elections

Political parties and factions in Iran should promote more women candidates in the country’s local council elections to improve gender equality, Sedigheh Vasmaghi, a former Tehran city council member, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).  “The councils are very important in managing local affairs. But besides that, we should bear in mind […]

Supporters Urge For Release of Ailing Iranian-Americans Siamak and Baquer Namazi Imprisoned in Iran

The American lawyer representing ailing Iranian-Americans Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer, serving 10-year sentences in Iran for unspecified espionage charges, has called for US President Donald Trump to immediately secure their release. Show More Summary

Political Commentator and Former Political Activist Released From Evin Prison

Issa Saharkhiz Facing New Trial Reformist political commentator Issa Saharkhiz and former political activist Navid Kamran were released from Evin Prison in Tehran on April 25, 2017, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. Show More Summary

Iran’s Other Elections: Local Council Applicants Subjected to Arbitrary Vetting

In a surprising development, a few outspoken and prominent political activists have been approved to run in Iran’s elections for city and village councils on May 19, 2017. However, many well-known activists and reformists have been arbitrarily disqualified. Applicants for local elections are vetted by monitoring boards set up by Parliament, while the Guardian Council vets […]

Dual National’s Husband Urges UK to Secure Her Release From Iran

Supreme Court Upholds Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Five-Year Prison Sentence The husband of Nazanin-Zaghari Ratcliffe, an Iranian-British citizen imprisoned in Iran since April 2016, is urging the British government to secure her release now that Iran’s Supreme Court has rejected the second appeal of her five-year prison sentence. Show More Summary

Former MP: Guardian Council Has “No Legal Authority” to Exclude Religious Minorities From Elections

The Guardian Council’s attempt to ban religious minorities from running in Iran’s nationwide local council elections on May 19, 2017 is unlawful and infringes on their constitutional rights, a former reformist member of Parliament told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Ahmad Shirzad, who represented Isfahan in the sixth parliamentary session (2000-04), said the […]

Student Arrested by Intelligence Ministry Held in Solitary Confinement Without Charge

Payam Shakiba, a political science graduate student at Tehran’s Allameh Tabataba’i University, has been held in solitary confinement in Evin Prison’s Ward 209 since his arrest by the Intelligence Ministry in late February 2017, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Shakiba, 30, has not had access to a lawyer […]

Swedish Resident Held in Evin Prison for One Year Denied Lawyer for Third Time

Ahmadreza Jalali, an Iranian-born Swedish resident detained in Evin Prison since April 2016, has been denied a lawyer of his choosing for the third time, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). “Unfortunately, Ahmadreza’s trial has been delayed for several months only because Judge [Abolqasem] Salavati has not accepted any […]

IRGC Commander Publicly Criticizes Rouhani’s Refusal to Block Telegram Call Service Before Election

One month before Iranians head to the polls, a senior commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has revealed that President Hassan Rouhani opposed pressure to ban the popular Telegram application’s newly released “Voice Calls” service. “In a meeting with Rouhani, we emphasized that allowing Telegram to initiate a voice calling service in Iran […]

Eight Baha’is Arrested Without a Warrant by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry and Denied Legal Council

Seven Baha’i citizens were arrested by the Intelligence Ministry in Bandar Abbas and Qeshm Island, southern Iran, on April 18, 2017, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Mahnaz Jannesar, Nasim Ghanavatian, Maral Rasti, Farhad Ameri, Arash Rasekhi, Mehrallah Afshar and Omid Afaghi are being held on unknown charges in […]

University Student Groups Decry Security Climate on Campus, Rising Costs and Gender Segregation

Seventy-two student organizations from universities throughout Iran have issued a joint statement asking President Hassan Rouhani to end the security climate on campuses, halt the rising cost of education, and stop discriminatory practices against female students. Show More Summary

Former MP Urges Iranian Government to “Trust” and Allow Sunnis to Run For President

In the run-up to Iran’s May 19, 2017 presidential election, a Sunni Muslim former member of Parliament has renewed his call for members of his faith to be allowed to run for the country’s executive office. Article 115 of Iran’s Constitution requires the president to be a member of the country’s “official religion,” which, according […]

Iranian Judiciary Blocks Popular Telegram App’s New Voice Call Service

Iran’s judiciary has ordered internet companies to block the Telegram messaging application’s newly released “Voice Calls” service, calling it a threat to national security, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. An informed source said the order was issued in a letter to 20 internet service providers (ISP) on April 17, 2017. […]

Low Female Participation Rate in Iranian Elections Symptom of Gender Inequality

The low number of female participants in Iranian elections is an indicator of inequality in the political, social and cultural fabric of the country, women’s rights advocate Nahid Tavasoli told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Speaking from Tehran, the editor-in-chief of Nafe, an academic women’s periodical, said Iranian women are denied many […]

Iranian Media Banned From Covering Ahmadinejad’s May 2017 Presidential Campaign

Iranian media outlets have been ordered to stop reporting on former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s third presidential campaign for the country’s May 19, 2017 election. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned that the order was issued by the Supreme National Security Council and Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi. Media outlets are allowed […]

Cartoon 166: From Executioner to Presidential Hopeful

The presidential bid of ultra-conservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi has been strongly criticized by supporters of human rights. In 1988 Raisi was appointed to a special commission that sent thousands of political prisoners to their deaths by execution.

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