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Sunni Leader Calls on Khamenei to Investigate Reports of Expedited Executions of Sunni Prisoners  

Iran’s most senior Sunni cleric, Molavi Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi, has written to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asking him to “calm the worries of the Sunni community” over reports that an order has been issued to speed up scheduled executions of Sunni death-row prisoners. In a letter published on February 20, 2017, Molavi Abdolhamid pointed to […]

Briefing Report: Tracking Twitter’s Growing Popularity in Iran

Twitter was partially unblocked in Iran by the authorities during the last two months of 2016, paving the way for millions to access it, according to an investigation by the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The quiet unblocking of the social media network in November 2016 was followed by an uptick in usage of the site by […]

Detained Iranian-Born Swedish Resident Jalali Starts Hunger Strike After Judge Dismisses Lawyers

Iranian-born Swedish resident Ahmadreza Jalali, detained in Iran since April 2016, began a second hunger strike in Evin Prison on February 15, 2017 to protest against his lawyers being dismissed by the judge shortly before his trial, the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned.  Jalali’s wife, Vida Mehran-nia, also told the Campaign that […]

Sisters of Imprisoned Activist Atena Daemi Cleared of Revenge Charges Filed by Revolutionary Guards

A court has rejected charges brought by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Courts (IRGC) against Onsieh Daemi and Hanieh Daemi, the sisters of imprisoned civil rights activist Atena Daemi, who had initially filed a complaint against the IRGC. The sisters had been accused of “insulting the supreme leader” and “deliberate assault” against IRGC agents, but a […]

Tehran Criminal Court Sentences Three Alleged Thieves to Hand Amputations

A criminal court in Tehran has sentenced three alleged thieves to hand amputations and other punishments for committing robbery, according to a local newspaper. Farhikhtegan newspaper reported on February 13, 2017 that the sentences also include three years of imprisonment for each of the unnamed defendants and that they must return the property they have been […]

Iran’s Supreme Leader Cements Hardline Position by Rejecting Offer of National Reconciliation

Some Conservatives Side With Reformist Leader Khatami Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s refusal of an offer to achieve “national reconciliation” in Iran by ending the six-year extrajudicial house arrests of three opposition leaders has crushed...Show More Summary

Revolutionary Guards Try to Silence US-Based Iranian Dissident by Arresting Her Sister

Leila Haghighatjou, the sister of Fatemeh Haghighatjou, an outspoken critic of the Islamic Republic, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards to intimidate the former member of Parliament, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “The reality is that they want to put Fatemeh’s sister, Leila, under pressure to force Fatemeh to […]

Opposition Leader’s Son: Khamenei and Rouhani Are Responsible for Extrajudicial House Arrests

The son of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, who has been detained under house arrest without trial since 2011, told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that ultimate responsibility for the situation lies with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, whose “personal decision” resulted in the extrajudicial act. Mohammad Taghi Karroubi, who spoke to the Campaign […]

Intelligence Ministry Violently Arrests Teenage Ethnic Arab Activist in Khuzestan

Ali Kab-Aomair, a 17-year-old ethnic Arab activist, has been held incommunicado since he was violently arrested on February 8, 2017 by agents of the Intelligence Ministry in Ahwaz, Khuzestan Province (southwestern Iran). The agents, who broke Kab-Aomair’s arm while arresting him, were watching Kab-Aomair for at least a month before they detained him, his cousin […]

Iran’s Judiciary Commutes Death Sentences of Some Juvenile Offenders

The Iranian judiciary has agreed to commute the death sentences of six people who were sentenced to death while they were juveniles while refusing the requests of four others, Tehran’s Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi announced on February 8, 2017. Rupert Colville, the UN high commissioner for human rights, welcomed the news on February 10 but said […]

Report: Iranian Hackers Target Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

State-sponsored Iranian hackers, who had until now focused almost exclusively on civil and human rights-focused users of the Windows and Android operating systems, have for the first time developed malware (software that damages or disables...Show More Summary

Iranians Use Twitter to Oppose Flag-Burning and Thank Americans for Resisting Trump’s Travel Ban

A few days before the 38th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution—traditionally commemorated with hardliners burning U.S. flags and promoting other forms of anti-Americanism—thousands of people participated in a Twitter storm to express...Show More Summary

Ailing Political Prisoner Imprisoned for Facebook Posts Denied Medical Care

Soheil Arabi, who is currently serving a seven-and-a-half year prison sentence for the content of his social media posts, is being denied urgent medical care, his lawyer told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “My client has been having serious seizures and is in poor condition,” said Arabi’s lawyer, Amir Salar Davoudi. “My plea […]

In Iran, From Prison to Exile for Posting Jokes on Facebook

After completing a five-year prison sentence in Iran for posting jokes about religion on Facebook, the Judiciary has sent Soheil Babadi into exile. The 39-year-old computer engineer must now spend the next two years in Beshagard, a remote community of 35,000 people in the southern coastal province of Hormozgan, a source told the Campaign for Human […]

Intelligence Ministry Cracks Down on Alleged “Anti-Revolutionary” Telegram Channels

In the latest crackdown by hardliners against popular social media applications in Iran, the Intelligence Ministry has detained several channel administrators of Telegram. Hardline domestic news outlets have subsequently aired admins’...Show More Summary

Judge Salavati Threatens Iranian-Born Swedish Resident With Death Penalty On Day One of Trial

Iranian-born Swedish resident Ahmadreza Jalali, who has been detained in Tehran without due process since April 2016, was threatened with the death penalty on the first day of his trial by Judge Abolqasem Salavati of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court. “Ahmadreza made a short phone call to the family on Tuesday, January 31 [2017], […]

Editor Detained by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Pleads for Help From Evin Prison

Tahereh Riahi, the social affairs editor of the state-funded Borna News Agency, who has been detained by the Intelligence Ministry since late December 2016 without access to legal council, pleaded for help in her latest phone call to her family from Evin Prison, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Tahereh […]

Iranian-Dutch Dual National and Dissident Imprisoned in Tehran Denied Medical Care

The officials of Evin Prison are denying Sabri Hassanpour, an Iranian-born citizen of the Netherlands and outspoken critic of the Islamic Republic who has been imprisoned in Iran since March 2016, open-heart surgery, according to an informed source. The source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that prison officials continue to refuse requests […]

Trump’s travel ban is a gift to Iran’s rulers

by Hadi Ghaemi This op-ed was originally published in The Washington Post on January 29, 2017 President Trump’s travel ban on Iranians is a gift to the Islamic republic and its hard-line rulers. It will not deter terrorism on U.S. soil. Not a single terrorist involved in the 9/11 attacks or other fatal terrorist attacks in the […]

Trump’s Travel Ban Grants Iran’s Government Veto Power Over US-Bound Nationals

January 30, 2017—The executive order signed by President Donald Trump banning entry into the United States from nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, subjects all Iranians to collective punishment while doing nothing to enhance the security of the US homeland. Signed by Trump on January 27, 2017, the order prohibits the freedom of travel […]

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