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Court Rejects Some New Charges by Revolutionary Guards Against Activist Sentenced to 7 Years In Prison

Atena Daemi and Family Still Face Legal Persecution Three of the five new charges brought against imprisoned civil rights advocate Atena Daemi by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) were dismissed after two policemen made official statements supporting her version of events, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Agents of the […]

Saeed Shirzad Ends Hunger Strike After Officials Pledge to End Rights Abuses at Rajaee Shahr Prison

An informed source close to imprisoned civil rights activist Saeed Shirzad said Shirzad ended his hunger strike after 39 days when “Judiciary and Rajaee Shahr Prison officials met with him and gave assurances” about ending the abuse of prisoners—Shirzad’s main demand. Show More Summary

Ailing Political Prisoner Issa Saharkhiz on Hunger Strike Against Additional Six-Month Sentence

Imprisoned political commentator Issa Saharkhiz began a wet hunger strike on January 14, 2017 to protest a newly issued six-month prison sentence for allegedly “slandering the supreme leader.” Saharkhiz is also attempting to highlight the “repeated violations of the law by the Judiciary and security officials,” said his son, Mehdi Saharkhiz. “My father has announced […]

Judiciary Cites “Lost” Case Files in Denying Man Imprisoned for 23 Years Medical Care

Political prisoner Mohammad Nazari, imprisoned in Tehran for the past 23 years, has told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that even though his prison warden sent a letter on his behalf, the Judiciary has denied his urgent request for medical furlough (temporary leave), claiming they have “lost” his case files. “I have spent […]

Political Prisoners on Death Row in Iran Fear Reinstatement of Long-Term Visitations Ban

Political prisoners Zanyar Moradi and Loghman Moradi, both ethnic Kurds on death row in Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj, have been denied visitations since mid-December 2016 without reason and worry a previous ban that lasted for years has been reinstated.  “I don’t have a good feeling about this visitation ban,” Loghman Moradi told the Campaign […]

Khatami, Former Political Prisoners and Ailing Mother Convince Ali Shariati to End 75-Day Hunger Strike

Requests by prominent reformist leader Mohammad Khatami, political prisoners, and his ailing mother ultimately convinced imprisoned civil rights activist Ali Shariati to halt his hunger strike, after 75 days, on January 14, 2017. “Ali ended the hunger strike because of my health problems and after requests from a group of political prisoners and (former president) […]

Revolutionary Guards Arrest Former Reformist MP’s Sister on Unspecified “Security Charges”

Fatemeh Haghighatjou, a former reformist member of Iran’s Parliament currently living in the United States, is desperately seeking information about her sister, Leila Haghighatjou, who was arrested on December 19, 2016 in Tehran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and is being held without access to a lawyer. “The only thing the authorities have […]

Listen to Ailing Political Prisoner Saeed Shirzad “Before It’s Too Late,” Warns Lawyer

The lawyer of political prisoner Saeed Shirzad, who was hospitalized on January 12, 2017 after more than one month on hunger strike with his lips sewn shut, has warned that his client won’t give up until his demands are met. “Saeed Shirzad is in a dangerous and worrying condition,” Amirsalar Davoodi told the Campaign for […]

U.S. Resident Imprisoned in Iran “Punished” for Going on Hunger Strike

Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese-born U.S. permanent resident on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin Prison since December 8, 2016, has been moved to a ward for common criminals to force him to stop, his American lawyer told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Jason Poblete added that his client meanwhile continues to be denied medical […]

Revolutionary Guards Blocking Temporary Release of Canadian Resident Imprisoned in Iran

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are blocking the granted furlough (temporary release) request of Saeed Malekpour, an Iranian-born Canadian resident who has been in imprisoned in Tehran since 2008, his sister told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Maryam Malekpour, who lives in Canada, also criticized the Canadian government for failing to bring her brother back […]

Tehran Prosecutor Goes on the Defensive Over Hunger-Striking Political Prisoners

In an apparent response to growing pressure to resolve the issue, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has criticized media coverage of a wave of hunger strikes in Iran by political prisoners, as well as the request by a conservative member of Parliament for the Judiciary to review the case of Ali Shariati. “Some in the […]

Supporter of Persecuted Spiritual Leader Arrested at Tehran International Airport

Masoumeh (Pegah) Zia, a follower of imprisoned spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri, was arrested on January 6, 2017 at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport by an unknown security agency after returning to Iran from a trip to Turkey. She is currently being held in Evin Prison, but her family has been struggling to confirm who abducted […]

Activist Saeed Shirzad on Hunger Strike Against Poor Prison Conditions Hospitalized

Imprisoned civil rights activist Saeed Shirzad, who was on hunger strike for more than a month at Rajaee Shahr Prison, was rushed to Imam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran on January 12, 2017 after his blood pressure dropped to dangerously low levels, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. On January 10 […]

Tehran University Invite Lands Iranian-Swedish Disaster Relief Expert in Jail

Ahmadreza Jalali, an Iranian-born Swedish resident and expert in emergency disaster relief who has been detained in Evin Prison without trial since April 24, 2016, is prepared to “die” on hunger strike rather than be executed, his wife told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Jalali was arrested by the Intelligence Ministry while visiting […]

Iranian-Swedish Disaster Relief Expert Held in Iran Jail for Nine Months, On Hunger Strike Since Dec. 25

Case Continues Pattern of Westerners Snatched and Held Without Due Process January 12, 2017—In yet another case of a foreign resident or dual national from a western country grabbed and imprisoned in Iran without access to a lawyer or any other aspect of due process, Iranian-born Swedish resident and expert in emergency disaster relief Ahmadreza […]

Civil Rights Activist Imprisoned for Social Media Postings Released on Bail

Civil rights activist Esmail “Zartosht” Ahmadi-Ragheb—detained in Evin Prison since January 2016 for criticizing Iranian politics on social media—was released on January 8, 2017 until his trial. While imprisoned, the 52-year-old endured a two-week hunger strike to convince the authorities to transfer him from solitary confinement to a public ward, he told the Campaign for […]

Rafsanjani’s Death Reshuffles the Political Deck in Iran

The public funeral of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on January 10, 2017, has led to the outpouring in Tehran of public calls for the release of opposition leaders held under house arrest and political prisoners, in a resurgence of support for reformist issues that have been harshly suppressed in Iran for the last decade. […]

Wife of Imprisoned Activist Arash Sadeghi Resists Order to Return to Prison

UN Expert Urges Iran to Release All Political Prisoners Political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, who was released on January 3, 2017 after her imprisoned husband Arash Sadeghi’s 71-day hunger strike resulted in a promised case review for his wife, is refusing to obey an order to return to Evin Prison.  “By law, my prison term […]

Iran’s Telegram Registration Requirement Widens Governmental Snooping Powers

In the latest attempt by Iran’s security and intelligence establishments to censor and control internet usage in Iran, administrators of popular Iranian-owned channels on the widely used Telegram application are now being required to...Show More Summary

Reformist Journalist Convicted of “Propaganda Against the State” Completes One-Year Prison Sentence

Reformist journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaie was released from Evin Prison in Tehran on January 5, 2017 after serving a one-year sentence for interviewing Iranian Sunni leaders, posting critical commentary about conservative politicians on Facebook, and publicly supporting reformists. Show More Summary

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