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Imprisoned Reformist Iranian Journalist Hospitalized After Prolonged Hunger Strike

Issa Saharkhiz, imprisoned reformist journalist and former political prisoner, was hospitalized on March 9, 2016 due to life-threatening health deterioration from successive hunger strikes. “My father has lost more than 20 kilograms. My family says he looks like someone entirely different. It is natural for anyone to develop severe problems and weight loss after some […]

Cartoon 142: International Women’s Day

On this May 8, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran wishes a happy International Women’s Day to all women worldwide.

Iran Elections: Reformists Win Voter Support Despite Roadblocks and Irregularities

While facing non-stop impediments, reformists and centrists achieved significant gains in Iran’s recent elections, even after hardline bodies broke the law to prevent candidates close to President Hassan Rouhani from winning voter support. Show More Summary

Cartoon 140: Hardliners Only!

“The enemies of our revolution introduced the notion of ‘hardliner’ and ‘moderate’ from the first day…They used to think that the most hardliner of all was our honorable Imam [Khomeini] that day; and today, they think that I, the meager servant, am the biggest of hardliners. ‘Moderate’ is a beautiful word, but Islam does not […]

Harsh Sentences of Human Rights Activist and Wife Confirmed by Iran Appeals Court

An Appeals Court in Iran has upheld the 15-year prison sentence of the student activist Arash Sadeghi for “collusion against national security,” “propaganda against the state,” “spreading lies in cyberspace” and “insulting the Founder...Show More Summary

Former Political Prisoner Gets One-Year Prison Sentence On Recycled Charges

Navid Kamran, a former political prisoner, has been sentenced to one year in prison without any new evidence supporting the charge against him of “propaganda against the state,” he told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  “When the agents came into the shop jointly owned by me and [former prisoner of conscience] Arash […]

Iranian Activist Receives Six-Month Prison Sentence for Facebook Posts

The civil rights activist Esmail Ahmadi-Ragheb has been sentenced to six months in prison for “propaganda against the state” by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in Shahriar, Tehran Province, for posting content on social media that was critical of government policy. In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Ahmadi-Ragheb […]

Pro-Rouhani Political Prisoner Urged Iranians to Vote in 2016 Elections

“Now President Rouhani should carry out his promise of two years ago to free political prisoners.” The mother of a young man believed to be the first political prisoner of the government of President Hassan Rouhani is calling for the release of all political prisoners, after her son urged support for the president from his […]

Iranian Music Distributors Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

Three music distributors have each been sentenced to three years in prison and fined 200 million rials (approximately $6,600 USD) for “insulting the sacred” and “propaganda against the state” by a Tehran appeals court. Mehdi Rajabian,...Show More Summary

Iran Vote: Political Freedoms Must Be Rouhani’s Top Priority

Electorate Wants Human Rights and Rouhani Must Deliver March 1, 2016—In the elections for Parliament and the Assembly of Experts held across Iran on February 26, the Iranian electorate handed the country’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and the hardline candidates he openly supported, a significant setback, voting in moderate candidates in many cities and provinces […]

Rouhani Administration Under Pressure to Shut Down Iran’s Most Popular Mobile App Prior to Election

Telegram Has Emerged as Major Platform for Reformist and Centrist Candidates Iran’s Telecommunication’s Ministry has been under intense pressure by hardline organizations, including Iran’s Police, to shut down a number of the most popular...Show More Summary

Iranian Teacher’s Union Leader Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

The secretary general of the Teachers Association of Iran, Esmail Abdi, has been sentenced to six years in prison for “propaganda against the state” and “collusion against national security” by Judge Abolqasem Salavati of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court. The verdict was issued to Abdi’s lawyer on Tuesday, February 14, 2016, a source told […]

Prominent Reformist Journalist Protests Solitary Confinement with Third Hunger Strike

The imprisoned political journalist Issa Saharkhiz has resumed his hunger strike after being placed in solitary confinement on February 21, 2016 despite having lost an alarming amount of weight. He has also not been allowed to meet with his lawyer, according to his son. “My father has lost more than 20 kilos (44 lbs.). When […]

Iran to Spend $36 Million on Internet “Smart Filtering,” to No Avail

The Iranian government, in a joint project with several domestic universities, is spending $36 million to develop what it calls “smart filtering” in order to strengthen its Internet censorship capabilities. Smart filtering refers to the selective blocking of content within a website, as opposed to the complete blocking or shutting down of an entire website. […]

Father of Missing Student Sentenced to Jail and Lashes for Pursuing Son’s Case

The 70-year-old father of a student who has not been heard from for 17 years since his arrest has been sentenced to 91 days in prison and 74 lashes for “disturbing public order” by allegedly participating in a gathering in support of an imprisoned spiritual leader. But Hashem Zeinali was only there to demand answers […]

Imprisoned Iranian-American Siamek Namazi Held Incommunicado without Access to Lawyer

Namazi Reportedly on Hunger Strike at Evin Now Siamek Namazi, the Iranian-American businessman who was arrested in October while visiting family in Tehran, is being held incommunicado in Evin Prison and denied access to his lawyer and visits by family members. Namazi’s family has reported that the imprisoned dual national has gone on a hunger […]

Iranian Kurdish Filmmaker Sentenced to 223 Lashes and One Year in Prison

Keyvan Karimi, an Iranian Kurdish documentary filmmaker, has been sentenced to 223 lashes and one year in prison for “insulting the sacred.” Karimi’s initial six-year prison sentence by Judge Mohammad Moghisseh in October 2015 has been reduced by an Appeals Court to 12 months in prison and a five-year suspended prison term. Karimi, 30, was […]

What If Iran’s Guardian Council Managed U.S. Elections?

Political satire by Ebrahim Nabavi Elections will be held in Iran in a few days and in the U.S. in a few months. Here’s what the Guardian Council, the clerical body charged with vetting all candidates in the Islamic Republic, would do if it was in charge of the American elections: Declare Bernie Sanders a […]

Technology Website Staffers Rushed to Prison Before Appeals Court Verdict

Four convicted staff members of a leading Iranian technology website who were free on bail while awaiting an Appeals Court verdict on their cases were taken to a prison in Kerman Province on February 17, 2016, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “After explaining everything in front of the Appeals […]

Iran’s Ban on Women at Volleyball Championship Continues with FIVB’s Nod

Security guards have prevented women from watching the Beach Volleyball World Championship on Iran’s Kish Island for a third consecutive day with the international governing body claiming “misunderstandings.” The ban has continued despite initial assurances by Iranian authorities that women would be allowed to attend the events. Show More Summary

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