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Rouhani Supporters Launch Huge Twitter Storm Backing Him After Hardline Mob Forces Him to Flee Rally

Map shows extent of I-Support-Rouhani tweets in Iran by region. Tens of thousands of President Hassan Rouhani’s supporters took to social media to express their outrage after he was surrounded by an angry mob loyal to Supreme

Angry Protestors Force Rouhani to Flee Rally in Tehran

A few weeks after being elected for a second term as president, Hassan Rouhani had to be whisked away from a rally in Tehran on June 23 by his security forces after being encircled by angry chanting protestors. The mob shouted slogans comparing

Photojournalist Who Worked for Rouhani’s Presidential Campaign Arrested Without Charge

Husband Pressured to Confess to Espionage Formerly imprisoned photojournalist Asal Esmailzadeh was “suddenly” arrested without charge while accompanying her husband to the Culture and Media Court in Tehran on June 19, 2017, Saeed Seif told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Seif, the editor-in-chief

Iranian Nobel Laureate Blasts Khamenei’s “Fire at Will” Policy Against Domestic Opponents

Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s recent declaration that security forces should “fire at will” against presumed enemies of the state is an established policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

Prominent Civil Rights Activists Urge Iran’s Parliament to Ban Use of Deadly Force Against Border Couriers

The killing, by border guards, of another kulbar—the Persian word for the border-crossing couriers who transport illegally imported goods into Iran—has prompted 250 Iranian civil rights activists to demand that Parliament implement measures to protect the downtrodden laborers.

Judiciary Chief Threatens Domestic Proponents of US-Instigated Regime Change With Death Penalty

The chief of Iran’s judiciary has responded to recent comments by the US secretary of state describing the Trump administration’s policy of regime change in Iran by threatening domestic proponents with the death penalty. “Unfortunately, there are some people inside the country who

Denied Due Process, Detained Telegram Channel Admins Go on Hunger Strike

Telegram channel admin Nima Keshvari was detained in mid-March 2017 by the IRGC's Intelligence Organization. Six administrators of channels on the Telegram messaging application

Beyond the Ban: Exhibition Spotlights Major Iranian-American Artists

Works by prominent Iranian-American artists were showcased to a packed house on June 14, the opening night of the “Beyond the Ban” art exhibition, a collaboration between the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and the Susan

Ailing Political Activist Detained Without Charge Subjected to Three-Month Solitary Confinement and Renewed Interrogations

Hengameh Shahidi’s Family Under Media Ban More than three months after her arrest and detainment, ailing political activist Hengameh Shahidi has not been charged and is in poor health while being subjected to interrogations and solitary confinement in Evin Prison, an

Iran’s Judiciary Prevents Top Labor Activists From Attending International Conference

A travel ban imposed by the Iranian judiciary has prevented prominent labor rights activists Reza Shahbi and Davoud Razavi from attending an international labor conference in Switzerland, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI)

Human Rights Lawyer: Iran’s Response to Terrorist Attacks Could Lead to Major Rights Abuses

The arrests by Iranian security forces of dozens of suspects with alleged links to the terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State (IS) could result in extrajudicial retaliatory actions against innocent individuals. “In every part of the world, anti-terrorism laws could lead

Parliamentary Committee Blocks Security Agencies’ Attempts to Significantly Delay Death Penalty Amendment

A Parliamentary committee in Iran has blocked an attempt by security agencies to delay for a year a parliamentary vote on an amendment that could drastically reduce death penalty sentences for drug-related crimes. “Unfortunately, some security and government agencies wrote a letter

In Slight to Rouhani, Supreme Leader Forbids Adoption of UNESCO 2030 Educational Guidelines

Iran’s supreme leader has forbidden the government of President Hassan Rouhani from implementing any part of UNESCO’s non-binding 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into the country’s educational system. “Some say they have altered this

Some Female Sports Fans Allowed to Watch Men’s Volleyball Match in Tehran, But Ban Persists

After being denied entry into Iran’s sports stadiums since 2012, hundreds of women were allowed inside Tehran’s 12,000-seat Azadi Arena on June 9, 2017 to watch a FIVB World Volleyball League match between Iran and Belgium.  However, police

Human Rights Activist Told He Must Serve Additional Year in Prison on Day of Expected Release

While his family waited for him outside Rajaee Shahr Prison the day he was supposed to be released, on June 6, 2017, Navid Khanjani was told he would have to spend another year behind bars for his peaceful human

Ahmadinejad Aide Says He Was Imprisoned for Refusing to Collaborate With Revolutionary Guards

An imprisoned media advisor to former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of offering him freedom in exchange for incriminating Ahmadinejad. In an online proclamation of his innocence, Alireza Davari requested that the judiciary make his case

MPs Criticize Friday Prayer Leader for Calling Female Rouhani Supporters “Prostitutes”

The Friday prayer leader of the city of Saveh in central Iran is facing backlash from reformist members of Parliament after he called female supporters of President Hassan Rouhani “prostitutes.” The MPs have demanded an explanation from Hojatoleslam Ebrahim Hosseini, who could be taken to court

Rouhani Government “Closed Seven Million” Websites in First Term

A cabinet minister appointed by centrist President Hassan Rouhani has admitted that the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology filtered “seven million” websites during Rouhani’s first term (2013-17)

Iran’s Supreme Leader Says 1988 Executions of Thousands of Political Prisoners “Unfairly Judged”

Iran’s supreme leader has broken his silence over the state’s execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988, which received renewed attention in the country’s May 2017 presidential election when a judicial member implicated in the massacre ran for president. “The 1980s was

Another Student Expelled From University in Iran For Baha’i Faith

“I knew my religion could one day jeopardize my education.” Farzad Safaei was one semester away from a bachelor’s degree in industrial metallurgy at the Islamic Azad University in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, when he was expelled on May 20, 2017 by the security office for being a

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