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Ayatollah Montazeri’s Son Legally Defends Releasing Audio File of Father Denouncing 1988 Mass Execution of Prisoners

Ahmad Montazeri said in court that the Islamic Republic should publicly investigate the issue. Ahmad Montazeri, the son of late Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri—the once successor to Iran’s first supreme leader—has been charged with...Show More Summary

In Unprecedented Public Plea MPs Call on Judiciary to Reverse Narges Mohammadi’s Prison Sentence

Fifteen Iranian members of Parliament have called on the Judiciary to reverse the 10-year prison sentence of prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, marking the first time since the Iranian revolution in 1979 that lawmakers publicly defended a person convicted of anti-state activities.  “We plead with you to show Islamic mercy and nullify the sentence […]

Azeri Rights Activist in Critical Condition After Starting Second Hunger Strike in Tabriz Prison

Imprisoned Azeri rights activist Rasoul Razavi has received emergency medical treatment on several occasions since he started a hunger strike in Tabriz Prison on October 3, 2016, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Iranian Azerbaijanis, also known as Azeris and Turks, are Iranians of Azerbaijani ethnicity who come from […]

Two Labor Rights Activist Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Peaceful Activism

Labor rights activists Jafar Azimzadeh and Shapour Ehsani-Rad were sentenced to 11 years in prison each for their peaceful activism on October 15, 2016 by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in the city of Saveh, 76 miles southwest of Tehran. According to the court’s ruling, Azimzadeh and Ehsani-Rad were each sentenced to 10 years […]

Six-Year Prison Sentence Against Teachers Union Leader Upheld After Pressure by Revolutionary Guards

Branch 36 of the Tehran Appeals Court has upheld the six-year prison sentence against Esmail Abdi, the chairman of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, confirmed Abdi in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Abdi said he believed the Appeals Court’s decision was influenced by several alleged violations added to the […]

Revolutionary Guards Mark Anniversary of Dual National Siamak Namazi’s Arrest With Propaganda Video

One year after Iranian-American dual citizen Siamak Namazi was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards in Tehran, media outlets affiliated with the Guards and the Judiciary have released a propaganda video including purported scenes from Namazi’s arrest on October 15, 2015. Show More Summary

Cartoon 158: Football match goes ahead despite religious objections

The World Cup qualifying match between Iran and South Korea coincided with the Tasoua religious holiday in Iran, prompting some religious and military factions to demand the match be canceled. Four years ago FIFA had turned down Iran’s request to change the match date. With great popular support, the match went ahead despite efforts by […]

Cartoon 157: Narges Mohammadi’s 16-year prison sentence upheld

The Appeals Court has upheld the 16-year prison sentence against prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi. She was sentenced to 10 years for “membership in the [now banned] Defenders of Human Rights Center,” five years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the state.” She will become eligible for […]

Cartoon 156: Former Tehran Prosecutor apologizes to family of Kahrizak victim

“As the prosecutor at the time, I deeply apologize and seek forgiveness from the innocent martyrs [Amir] Javadifar, [Mohsen] Rouholamini and [Mohammad] Kamrani and I hope God Almighty will give them the highest rank,” Saeed Mortazavi said in a letter addressed to the Supreme Court  investigating the death of Mohsen Rouholamini, one of the protesters […]

Muhammad Ali’s Widow Calls on Iran to Free Imprisoned Iranian-American Son and Father

Lonnie Ali says her husband promoted “good will and understanding between the people of Iran and the United States.” The widow of American boxing legend Muhammad Ali has called on Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, to free Iranian-Americans Siamak Namazi and his father Bagher Namazi. Show More Summary

Prominent Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Rejects Prison Sentence in Stinging Open Letter

In an open letter from Evin Prison prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has strongly rejected the Appeals Court’s decision upholding her harsh prison sentence, describing it as a “tyrannical” way to silence her activism. “I am a 44-year-old woman condemned to 22 years in prison by the Islamic Republic of Iran and I know […]

Actions Speak Louder Than Words in Iran’s Death Penalty Debate, Says Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi

Despite statements from some Iranian officials doubting the value of capital punishment, no action has been taken to end or reduce the high number of executions in the country, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Unfortunately, for years Iran’s judicial officials have repeated statements in response to […]

Attorney Arrested in Iran for Wearing Green Movement T-Shirt

An attorney has been arrested in western Iran for wearing a T-shirt honoring the Green Movement, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Mohammad Najafi was arrested on October 11 [2016] in Shazand, Markazi Province, by agents of the Intelligence Ministry for appearing in public with a T-shirt that had […]

Ten Things You Should Know About Iran’s Multi-Billion Dollar National Internet Project

“National Internet” Aims to Give State Control Over Iranians’ Access to Information A few months after the Iranian government launched the first phase of its “national information network” (NIN), many questions still surround Iran’s domestically hosted, state-controlled and censored internet. Show More Summary

Public Defender Challenges Execution Order Against Iranian Child Bride for Alleged Crime Committed as Juvenile

The execution order against Zeinab Sekaanvand Lankarani, who was married off at 15-years-old to the man she allegedly killed two years later, is being challenged by her public defender. Lankarani, imprisoned at Urmia Central Prison in northwestern Iran, is accused of killing her husband when she was 17 years old. “Zeinab admitted to the murder […]

Seven Years Later No Official Held Accountable for 5 Deaths and Torture of Dozens at Kahrizak  

Families of the detainees who died after they were tortured in the Kahrizak Detention Center in 2009 and survivors have told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that their quest for justice has gotten nowhere. Some of the cases brought by the families resulted in the conviction of low-level agents while other cases […]

Woman Sentenced to 6 years in Prison for Unpublished Story and Facebook Posts Rejects Prison Summons

Co-Defendants Forced to Unexpectedly Begin Prison Sentences Four months after her husband was unexpectedly forced to begin serving his 19-year prison sentence for his peaceful activism, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee has refused to abide by a verbal order via telephone to report to Evin Prison to begin serving a six-year prison sentence for writing an unpublished […]

Imprisoned Editor Hospitalized After 18-Day Hunger Strike

Open Letter Disproves Judicial Claim About Prisoners’ Rights Imprisoned newspaper editor Ehsan Mazandarani, who recently wrote an open letter disproving a judicial official’s claim about prisoners’ rights, was rushed from Evin Prison to a hospital outside the prison on October 9, 2016 following an 18-day hunger strike. Show More Summary

Former Political Prisoner Transported from Workplace to Prison Without Summons

Former political prisoner Navid Kamran has been transported to Evin Prison in Tehran to begin serving a one-year prison sentence for “propaganda against the state” without a summons, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Kamran previously told the Campaign that he had been convicted on recycled charges. “Navid was […]

Imprisoned Journalist Begins Hunger Strike on Hospital Bed

Hospitalized political prisoner and prominent reformist journalist Issa Saharkhiz began a hunger strike on October 2, 2016, to convince the authorities to grant him conditional release. “My father is legally eligible for conditional release for medical reasons and has served more than half of his prison term. That’s why he has gone on a hunger strike,” […]

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