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Baha’i Student Expelled and Banned from University for His Faith

Iranian authorities have ignored requests to reinstate a student expelled from a university because of his faith. Nineteen-year-old Faraz Karin-Kani Sisan was expelled from Ghiyaseddin Jamshid Kashani Institute for Higher Education (GJKI)...Show More Summary

Kahrizak Torture Victim Rejects Prosecutor’s Apology for Detainees’ Deaths

“Amir Javadifar died beside me as he was begging for water. I can never forget those moments.” Reza Zoghi, who was tortured at the Kahrizak Detention Center in south Tehran where three young men died as a result of the torture, has rejected an apology from then-Tehran Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi. “His apology is an insult,” […]

Ailing Reformist Journalist’s Prison Sentence Reduced

Additional Charge Against Issa Saharkhiz Remains Pending Prominent reformist journalist Issa Saharkhiz’s prison sentence has been reduced based on Article 134 of the New Islamic Penal Code, his lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee, told...Show More Summary

Reformist Editor Arrested Ahead of Rouhani’s Trip to the United Nations

Sadra Mohaghegh, the social affairs editor of the reformist Shargh newspaper, was arrested on September 19, 2016, but the circumstances surrounding his arrest and the charges against him are unclear, according to his lawyer. The arrest comes on the heels of an international tour by President Hassan Rouhani that will end at the United Nations General […]

On Hunger Strike, Imprisoned Music Distributors’ Health Deteriorates

Imprisoned music distributors Mehdi Rajabian and Hossein Rajabian are in poor health after starting a hunger strike on September 8, 2016 in Evin Prison. The brothers are protesting being held in separate wards and the denial of access to medical care. An informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that judicial […]

Cartoon 155: Proud

Just a few weeks after the publication of a  1988 audio recording on the late Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri’s website in which he told Judiciary and Intelligence Ministry officials  at a meeting that the mass executions of political dissidents inside Iranian prisons is “the Islamic Republic’s worst crime,” one of those officials, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, who […]

Cartoon 155: Proud

Just a few weeks after the publication of a  1987 audio recording on the late Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri’s website in which he told Judiciary and Intelligence Ministry officials  at a meeting that the mass executions of political dissidents inside Iranian prisons is “the Islamic Republic’s worst crime,” one of those officials, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, who […]

Twenty-Year Old On Death Row After “Confessing” on Promise of Freedom

Death Sentence for Posting “Anti-Islamic” Content on Social Media Sina Dehghan was just 19-years-old when the Revolutionary Guards told him, while they were interrogating him, that if he confessed to the charge of “insulting” the Prophet Mohammad and signed a letter of repentance, he would be set free. Now he’s on death row while being […]

Translator in Prison for One Year Without Knowing Charges; Her Lawyer Denied Access to Case File

Translator Marjan Davari has been held in Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward for almost a year without knowing the formal charges against her and while being denied proper legal counsel and medical treatment, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. “September 23 [2016] will be a year since Ms. Davari was detained,” a […]

Hospitalized Christian Convert Ordered Back to Prison

Imprisoned Christian convert Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, who has been hospitalized since August 28, 2016 for heart problems, has been denied an extension of her medical furlough (temporary leave), a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “After going through two hunger strikes in Evin Prison, prison officials and the prosecutor allowed […]

Five-Year Prison Sentence for Dual National Casts Shadow Over Iran’s Opening to World

Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe’s Sentence Announced Two Weeks Before Rouhani Comes to NY September 12, 2016—The five-year prison sentence for Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, a dual citizen of Iran and the UK who has been inside Iranian prisons for the past five months, lacks any legal justification, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in […]

Journalist’s Prison Sentence Reduced to Two Years, with Two-Year Ban on Reporting

The 10-year prison sentence of newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz has been reduced to two years on appeal and she has been banned from practicing journalism for two years according to the ruling issued by Branch 36 of the Appeals Court on September 5, 2016, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. Chitsaz, […]

Iranian Judiciary Must Stop Punishing Media for Reporting Officials’ Corruption

September 9, 2016—Iran’s Judiciary must halt the prosecution of media outlets which carried out their journalist duty in publishing reports on alleged corruption in the Tehran Municipality and City Council, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in a statement today. Unless they are found guilty of a crime in court, the websites […]

Head of Iranian Judiciary’s Human Rights Council Defends Wave of Executions

In less than a month, between August 2 and August 27, 2016, at least 37 prisoners were executed in Iran. Shortly afterwards, the head of the Iranian Judiciary’s Human Rights Council, Mohammad Javad Larijani, claimed Iran was doing members of the international community a favor by executing drug traffickers. Many, though not all, of the […]

100 Prominent Iranians Ask UN to Declare 1988 Massacre “Crime Against Humanity”

In a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court, one hundred Iranians living outside Iran, including several prominent civil, academic, and human rights figures, have asked for the recognition of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s prison massacre of 1988 as a crime against humanity. According to the authors of […]

Iranian Women Made History at Rio Olympics

First Olympic Medal Won despite Little Official Support in Iran The Islamic Republic of Iran participated in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with 63 athletes, only nine of whom were women. Yet Kimia Alizadeh, competing in taekwondo, made history when she became the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal.  It was […]

Labor Activists Put on Trial After Hundreds of Workers Protest Unpaid Wages

Labor activists Jafar Azimzadeh and Shapour Ehsani-Rad have been put on trial for allegedly inciting workers to strike. The first day of their trial was held on August 29, 2016 at Branch 101 of the Second Criminal Court in the city of Saveh, 76 miles southwest of Tehran.  “This case doesn’t have any legal foundation,” an […]

Christians, Including Pastor’s Son, Arrested at Picnic Near Tehran

A Christian and four Christian converts were arrested on August 26, 2016 by the Intelligence Ministry near Tehran, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned.  “The five individuals and their wives were having a picnic in Firoozkooh [90 miles east of Tehran] when Intelligence Ministry agents entered the private garden. The arrested individuals were […]

Iran’s Security Establishment is Targeting the Students of an Imprisoned Spiritual Leader

Vahid Pourtahmasb is the fifth student of Mohammad Ali Taheri to have been arrested since 2015. Another student of imprisoned spiritual group leader Mohammad Ali Taheri has been arrested, this time in northern Iran. Vahid Pourtahmasb was arrested on August 19, 2016 by the Sarallah Headquarters of the Revolutionary Guards in the city of Babol, 128 […]

Judiciary Summons Woman for Seeking Answers About Infant Niece’s Disappearance

Rahleh Rahemipour has been summoned to Evin Prison by the Judiciary and questioned for demanding answers about her missing infant niece, whom Rahemipour says disappeared after the baby was born in Evin Prison in 1984.   “When I started investigating the disappearance of my brother’s daughter in Evin Prison, I attended several civil rights gatherings. […]

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