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11 Christian Converts Issued Long Prison Sentences in Iran in Less Than Two Months in Sham Trials

The Holy Savior Cathedral church in Isfahan, Iran. Judge Mashallah Ahmadzadeh on Sentencing Spree Since June 2017 July 19, 2017—The Iranian authorities must immediately halt the disturbing trend of arrests and imprisonment of Christians, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. In

Married Women in Iran Still Need “Permission” to Travel Abroad Under Amendment to Passport Law

Member of Parliament Parvaneh Salashouri (left) and human rights lawyer Farideh Gheirat (right). An amendment proposed by the Iranian Parliament’s Women’s Block to the country’s Passport Law does

Pro-Rouhani Journalist Tortured by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Acquitted of Anti-State Charges

More than two years after his arrest and torture by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), reformist journalist Farzad Pourmoradi, a supporter of President Hassan Rouhani, has been acquitted of the charges laid against him. In a post on his

Details of US Student’s 10-Year Sentence in Iran Reveal Yet Another Arbitrary Prosecution of a Western National

Xiyue Wang, a graduate student in history at Princeton University, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran on unspecified

Activist and Mother of Slain Protestor Summoned to Court Same Day Intelligence Minister Denounces Arrests of Activists

Human rights activist Shahnaz Akmali was summoned to court for unspecified charges on the same day the head of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry—the authority that initially arrested her—announced his opposition to the arrests of peaceful activists. Akmali became an

Contradictory Laws Exasperate Debate Over Iranian Women’s Observance of Hijab in Cars

The growing number of women refusing to cover their hair while driving in Iran, especially during the hot summer months, has resulted in renewed threats of arrests for violations of the country’s mandatory hijab law. However, the hijab—the

Staged Visit by Foreign Ambassadors to Iran’s Evin Prison Condemned by Rights Activists

A member of the German embassy enters Evin Prison on a red carpet. Abusive Conditions and Political Prisoners Hidden from Visitors A state-choreographed visit by dozens of

Human Rights Defenders Point Out Hidden Aspects of Ambassadors’ “Pre-Cleansed” Red Carpet Visit to Evin Prison

A member of the German embassy enters Evin Prison on a red carpet. Officials and State Media Use Visit to Whitewash Rights Violations A state-choreographed visit by

Political Prisoner Ali Shariati Tricked Into Ending Hunger Strike With False Promise by Judiciary

Imprisoned civil rights activist Ali Shariati has been denied conditional release despite an earlier promise by judicial officials issued in exchange for him ending his hunger strike

Rights Activists Urge Rouhani to Nominate Women to His Cabinet

Asieh Amini, journalist and women’s rights activist. Photo by Javad Montazeri. “If women were given the opportunity, they could show that they are equally capable and competent [as men] at serving in high levels

Conservative MPs Pressure Culture Ministry to Ban Films Portraying “Realistic Picture” of Modern Iranian Life

A scene from "Atomic Heart" (2014) Director Ali Ahmadzadeh’s film “Atomic Heart,” about the lives of young, modern Iranians, including Christians, could be removed from cinemas in Iran just weeks after a three-year ban on the movie

MPs Urge Judiciary to Halt Executions for Minor Drug Convictions Until Death Penalty Law is Amended

The Iranian Parliament’s Legal and Judicial Affairs Committee is calling on the judiciary to halt executions of prisoners convicted of petty drug offenses until a pending amendment to the law that could save thousands of prisoners on death row is passed. “We expect

Azeri Ethnic Rights Activists Beaten at Peaceful Protest Remain Detained Without Access to Legal Counsel

Iranian police units arrested several ethnic Azerbaijani rights activists at a peaceful protest gathering in Ghaleh Babak in East Azerbaijan Province on June 30, 2017, the Center for Human Rights (CHRI) in Iran has learned. An eyewitness, who asked not to be identified, told CHRI on July 5 that

Four Christian Converts Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment in Iran in Trial Lacking Due Process

Three Azeri men and one Iranian man, all Protestant Christian converts, have been sentenced to 10 years in prison by the Revolutionary Court in Iran, according to Mansour Borji, the advocacy director of Article 18, an organization that defends Christians in Iran. No evidence was presented by the prosecution

Iranian Supreme Court Judge Describes 1988 Mass Executions of Political Prisoners as “Fair and Lawful”

A senior Iranian judicial official has publicly defended the state’s mass executions of political prisoners and extended incarcerations of dissidents in the 1980s. In an interview on July 2, 2017 with Tasnim, a news agency that maintains close relations with the Islamic Revolutionary

Telegram App Submits to Russian Registration Requirement. Will it Do the Same in Iran?

The announcement by the CEO of the Telegram messaging application that he has agreed to register his firm in Russia has raised concerns about whether he will do the same in Iran, where the app is widely used. “Our hope is that Telegram will resist against pressure from Iranian

Detained Pro-Rouhani Telegram Channel Admins Repeatedly Denied Legal Counsel Three Months After Arrests

Mohammad Taher Kanani, the lawyer representing Nima Keshvari, a Telegram channel admin who was detained in March 2017. More than one hundred days after a group of

Iran’s Supreme Leader Comes to Judiciary’s Defense After Rouhani Criticizes Problematic Arrests

Iran’s supreme leader is continuing his public criticism of newly re-elected President Hassan Rouhani, this time accusing him of not doing enough to aid the judiciary in protecting the “dignity of the Islamic system.” "The judiciary should be

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