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Facebook Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for “Insulting the Prophet”

Soheil Arabi, whose death sentence for “insulting the prophet” was recently struck down by the Supreme Court, has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison, a source close to the case told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Branch 10 of Tehran Criminal Court also ordered Arabi to study Islamic courses […]

Sister of Saeed Malekpour Says Family Hopes for a Pardon for Imprisoned Web Developer

Prisoner of Conscience, Serving Life Sentence, is Finally Allowed In-Person Family Visits after a Year Prisoner of conscience Saeed Malekpour, serving a life sentence for blasphemy, has been allowed monthly family visits at Evin Prison where he has been held for the last seven years, after a year in which prison authorities denied him in-person […]

Judiciary Silent on Status of Tech Expert almost Two Months after His Arrest

Nearly two months after the arrest of information technology expert Arash Zad, who was detained at Imam Khomeini Airport by the authorities as he was leaving Iran on August 1, 2015, officials have released no information as to why he was arrested or the charges that he is being held under. Zad, who is the […]

Mother of Imprisoned Physicist Writes Letter to Khamenei Pleading for His Freedom

The mother of Omid Kokabee, a physicist imprisoned in Iran since January 2011, has written a letter to the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, calling for her son’s freedom on the occasion of the start of the new academic year. “For the fifth consecutive year, when the academic year begins, in a country whose leader emphasizes scientific […]

Imprisoned Teacher Sentenced to Three More Years in Prison after Completing Six

Teachers’ rights activist Rassoul Badaghi, who was near the end of serving a six-year prison sentence for his peaceful labor activism, has been condemned to an additional three years in prison. Badaghi’s lawyer, Peyman Haj-Mahmoud Attar, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the new sentence, issued by Judge Moghisseh of Branch […]

Message to Rouhani: Rights Crisis in Iran Must Finally Be Addressed

September 22, 2015—When Iranian president Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2015, his third trip to the organization’s New York headquarters since his election in June 2013, he will stand on a record of great success in the nuclear negotiations—and abject failure in delivering on his pledges to defend basic […]

Artist Goes on Hunger Strike to Protest Prison Staff Verbal Abuse

The artist and civil activist Atena Farghadani, behind bars since January 10, 2015, went on a hunger strike in Evin Prison to protest continuous verbal abuse by prison staff, and she required urgent medical care when her blood pressure dropped, her mother Eshrat Ardestani told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Atena was […]

Telegram Denies Claims by Iranian Government that it Has Servers in Iran

The popular instant messaging service Telegram has dismissed claims by Iranian officials that a third of the data from its Iranian users is processed by servers based in Iran, saying such statements were “100 percent” wrong. The claim was made Mohammad Hassan Entezari, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme Cyberspace Council, the country’s highest Internet policy-making body, […]

Imprisoned Activist’s Medical Condition Worsens as Trial Date is Set

Narges Mohammadi Remains in Prison despite Doctors’ Request for Hospitalization Imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, who is in need of urgent medical care, will be put on trial on October 7, 2015, to face new charges, according to her husband, Taghi Rahmani. Rahmani told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the […]

Imprisoned Labor Activist Dies of Stroke after Being Denied Medical Care

Authorities Routinely Refuse Medical Treatment to Political Prisoners September 16, 2015—Labor activist Shahrokh Zamani died of a stroke on September 13, 2015, at Rajaee Shahr Prison in the Iranian city of Karaj, days after prison authorities refused him medical treatment. Zamani had repeatedly gone to the prison infirmary during the previous days, reporting severe chest […]

Khamenei Consolidates Power over Internet Policy in Hard Line Council He Controls

Move Cuts Rouhani Administration Out of Decisions on Internet Access September 14, 2015—Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has announced that authority for Internet policy will be exclusively centered in the country’s Supreme Cyberspace...Show More Summary

Imprisoned Leader of Spiritual Group on Hunger Strike

Mohammad Ali Taheri, the leader of a spiritual group who has been behind bars since 2011 on charges of “corruption on earth” and “blasphemy,” has been on a hunger strike since August 13, 2015 to protest his sentence and prison conditions, a member of his family told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Before […]

Without Effective Safety Laws or Unions, Workplace Deaths Increase in Iran

Without adequate laws protecting workers’ safety or independent labor groups able to organize and advocate effectively for workers’ rights, workplace deaths in Iran have risen to alarming numbers. More than 650 people have died and 10,109 others were injured at the workplace in Iran in just the four-month period from March 21 to July 22 […]

House Arrest of Presidential Candidates, Long a Taboo Topic, Emerges as Public Issue Again in Iran

Three days after President Hassan Rouhani suggested the possibility of a legal solution to the long-running house arrest of Iran’s former presidential candidates, his Minister of Justice, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, said the house arrests were a product of security issues during an earlier period of unrest and that now could be the time to revisit the issue. […]

Kurdish Prisoner Executed despite Pending Supreme Court Appeal

Brother Says Confession was Elicited under Torture The Iranian Kurdish political prisoner Behrouz Alkhani was executed in Orumiyeh Prison’s courtyard on August 26, 2015, without a final decision on his appeal from the Supreme Court, his brother told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Mansour Alkhani, who is currently in Turkey, added that […]

Over 40,000 Girls under Age 15 Married Each Year in Iran

Official Iranian government statistics show that tens of thousands of girls under the age of 15 are married off by their families each year in Iran. The numbers may actually even be quite higher. Many families in Iran do not register underage marriages, or do so illegally, according to attorney Shima Ghoosheh, who spoke to […]

Keeping Activist Bahareh Hedayat in Prison is Against the Law Says Legal Expert

Political motivations are taking precedence over the law when it comes to activists such as Bahareh Hedayat, who is being kept in prison despite the completion of her sentence, legal expert Mohammad Oliaei-Fard told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “The fact is that the security apparatus is determined to use every means […]

Cartoon 122: Two More Years for Bahareh

The student and women’s rights activist Bahareh Hedayat, imprisoned for over five years in Iran, has been given an additional two-year prison sentence, days after receiving release orders from an Appeals Court in Tehran. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the issue.

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