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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.

“Be My Daughter’s Voice,” Pleads Mother of Hunger-Striking Activist Serving Seven Years

Imprisoned human rights activist Atena Daemi has been stricken with a kidney infection nine days after going on hunger strike to protest a new sentence issued against her and her sisters following a complaint by the Revolutionary Guards. “Because of her hunger strike, Atena has lost a lot of weight and unfortunately, she is not […]

Prominent Political Activist Continues Fight for Gender Equality in Iran’s 2017 Presidential Election

Azam Taleghani: Constitution Does Not Bar Women From Running Despite being repeatedly disqualified in the past, one of Iran’s top political activists, Azam Taleghani, has registered to run in the country’s May 19, 2017 presidential election. Show More Summary

International Law Expert Denounces Iranian Presidential Bid of Rights Violator Ebrahim Raisi

The candidacy of Ebrahim Raisi in Iran’s May 19 presidential election “shows great contempt for human rights, the rights of the Iranian people, and the families of those killed in the 1980s,” international law expert Shadi Sadr told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). In 1988, Raisi was part of a four-man panel—with […]

Nasrin Sotoudeh: Investigate Iranian Presidential Hopeful Ebrahim Raisi for 1988 Mass Executions

  Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and former political prisoner Nasrin Sotoudeh has strongly criticized the candidacy of Ebrahim Raisi in Iran’s May 19, 2017 presidential election. “The competency of this candidate should not be approved for any reason until the events of 1988 are investigated and it is proven that he was not an […]

Reformists Barred From Isfahan’s May 19 By-Election for Parliament

After disqualifying the initial reformist winner, Iran’s conservative Guardian Council has now barred most reformist candidates from running in the second-round election for Isfahan’s vacant parliamentary seat. The vote will occur when Iranians head to the polls on May 19, 2017 to elect their new president and city and village councils. Reformist politician Minoo Khalegi […]

Ailing Former Political Activist Held Without Charge by Intelligence Ministry

Former political activist Majid Asadi has been detained without charge in Evin Prison’s Ward 209 under the control of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry since February 2017, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. In an interview with CHRI on April 13, Mohammad Asadi said his son also does not have a lawyer. “Majid has […]

Iranian Azeri Rights Activist on Trial for Advocating Mother Language

Abbas Lesani, an Azeri ethnic rights activist, is being tried for advocating for state recognition of his mother tongue and making a speech at his friend’s wedding calling for an end to the discrimination of Azeris in Iran. Speaking in an interview with the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on April 10, 2017, […]

Crimes Against Humanity in Iran Thrust Into Limelight With Raisi’s Presidential Bid

April 14, 2017–The candidacy in Iran’s upcoming presidential election of Ebrahim Raisi, who played a leading role in crimes against humanity during the 1980s, is a serious setback for a country striving to rejoin the international community. In 1988, Raisi was part of a four-man commission that implemented the extrajudicial executions of thousands of political […]

Social Media Emerges as Major Battlefront in Iran’s May 2017 Elections

A month before Iranians head to the polls for the presidential and council elections, a heated exchange between the judiciary and the Intelligence Ministry has highlighted the growing tension over social media between different political factions in the Islamic Republic. Show More Summary

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