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Briefing: Iran’s Fashion Industry is the Latest Victim of Khamenei’s War on Western Culture

  Iran’s Brain Drain Spreads to Fashion Sector as Professionals Emigrate to Escape Raids and Arrests In the latest attack on the Islamic Republic’s growing fashion sector, a court in Shiraz sentenced 12 industry professionals in December 2016 to prison terms ranging from five months to six years. An investigation by the International Campaign for Human […]

Expelled Student Activist Reminds Rouhani of Unfulfilled Pledge to Let Her Resume Studies

A women’s rights activist and former student who spent nearly two and a half years in prison for her peaceful activism has written an open letter to President Hassan Rouhani reminding him that he has still not fulfilled his campaign promise of allowing expelled political students to resume their studies. “I, Mahdieh Golroo, was accepted […]

Rights Activist Sentenced to 19 Years Imprisonment in Critical Condition After 45-Day Hunger Strike

Civil rights defender Arash Sadeghi, who is currently serving a 19-year prison sentence for his peaceful activism, is in “critical and worrying” condition after 45 days on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin Prison, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Arash has lost a lot of weight and he’s suffering […]

Iranian Government Subdues Politically Charged Student Day With “Happy Shows”

Since its 1979 revolution, Iran’s Student Day has been marked with passionate speeches given in a less restrained political atmosphere on university campuses. But this year the government has tried to extinguish displays of political dissent by cancelling speeches that had permits while issuing them for “happy shows,” including musical concerts and stand-up comedy. On […]

Former Italian Ambassador to Iran Denounces Detention of Iranian-American Dual National and Wife

“Much more is at stake than the personal freedom of two outstanding, patriotic Iranian citizens,” says Ambassador In a public letter the former Italian Ambassador to Iran, Roberto Toscano, condemned the arrest and now three-month detention of dual Iranian-American citizen Karan Vafadari and his wife, Afarin Niasari, whom he called among “the most dignified people […]

Anti-Riot Forces Violently Attack Peacefully Protesting Tehran Bus Union Members

Members of one of Iran’s oldest unions who were peacefully demanding their past due housing allowances and other benefits in front of the Tehran Municipality building were violently attacked by anti-riot police on December 4, 2016. “Four months ago these same people (bus drivers) gathered here and shouted the same slogans and resolved their issue […]

Prominent Iranian Lawyer, Writers Arrested With “Overwhelming Force” at Chain Murders Commemoration

Police and plainclothes security agents arrested a prominent human rights lawyer and several members of the Writers Association of Iran at a commemoration event for victims of the “chain murders” of dissidents in the 1990s by agents of the Iranian government. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that Nasser Zarafshan, the […]

Rights Activist Files Complaint Against Revolutionary Guard Agents for Excessive Force

Agents Attacked Atena Daemi and Her Sister and Used Pepper Spray When Taking Her into Custody The young human rights activist Atena Daemi has filed a formal complaint against agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) for using excessive force when transferring her to Evin Prison to begin her sentence, she said in a letter […]

Iranian Official Arrested for Supporting Release of Imprisoned Human Rights Activist

Director in Qazvin Governor’s office asks friends online to support Narges Mohammadi Alireza Rahmani, the director of public relations for the governor’s office in Qazvin, 89 miles (143 kms) northwest of Tehran, was arrested on November 29 for inviting friends online to support the release of imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi. He was released […]

Family Breaks Silence Over Iranian-American and Wife Held for Three Months Without Charge or Counsel

Case fabricated “for the purpose of extortion and property seizure” says family December 2, 2016—Karan Vafadari, an Iranian-American national belonging to the Zoroastrian faith, and his wife Afarin Niasari, have been in detention inShow More Summary

German-Iranian Assistant for Berlin Film Festival Barred from Leaving Iran

The dual national translator for a prestigious film festival was prevented from boarding a flight to Germany at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport and her passport confiscated as she was leaving the country together with her colleague on November 27. Show More Summary

Women’s Rights Activist Arrested After Attending Workshop in Georgia

Twenty Others Who Attended Women’s Empowerment Workshop Also Questioned Photographer and women’s right activist Alieh Matlabzadeh has been undergoing interrogation in Evin Prison since November 26 when Intelligence Ministry agents took...Show More Summary

Judiciary and Parliament Clash Over MP’s Questions on Judiciary Chief’s Banking Activities

State Funds Deposited into the Bank Account of Sadegh Larijani At Issue After avoiding a summons for days, Member of Parliament Mahmoud Sadeghi appeared in the Culture and Media Court in Tehran on November 29 to respond to questions from assistant prosecutors about several complaints against him, after he publicly questioned the Judiciary Chief about […]

Sedigheh Moradi Freed from Prison after Serving Five Years “for Nothing”

Appeals Court Throws Away Conviction “The judge looked at my file and ordered my unconditional release. It didn’t even take 10 minutes,” said Sedigheh Moradi who was released from Evin Prison on November 23 after Branch 54 of the Appeals Court threw away her conviction. “I hadn’t done anything. I was held in prison for all […]

Nineteen Human Rights Groups Ask UN and International Community to Protect the Rights of Christians in Iran

November 29 2016 – A group of 19 human rights organizations call the international community and United Nations bodies to protect the rights of Christians in the Islamic Republic of Iran. In the summer of 2016, Iranian authorities increased their persecution of Christians, honing in on converts from a Muslim-background. Between May and August 2016, in […]

Imprisoned Human Rights Activist to Sue IRGC Agents for Violent and Illegal Arrest

Atena Daemi Taken to Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward To Begin Seven-Year Sentence Human rights activist Atena Daemi, 29, was taken into custody from her home in Tehran by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Intelligence Organization on November 26 and transferred to Evin Prison to begin a seven-year prison sentence. “After being taken […]

Momentum Growing to End Iran’s Death Sentences for Drug Offenses

Fast-Tracked Amendment Pending in Parliament, Must Still be Approved by Guardian Council On November 23, 2016, Iran’s Parliament agreed to speed up deliberation on an amendment which, if passed, would drastically decrease the number of executions for drug-related crimes. The proposal will first be debated with top priority in the Legal and Social Affairs Committee and […]

Shocking Montazeri Sentence Reveals a Prosecution Lacking Legal or Moral Legitimacy

Ahmad Montazeri Will Appeal “Ugly” Six-Year Prison Sentence The six-year prison sentence handed down to Ahmad Montazeri for publishing an audio tape on the mass execution of political prisoners in the 1980s, by a clerical court whose Lead Prosecutor is one of the officials implicated in the tape, reflects a profound conflict of interest and […]

What happened to Iran’s Green Movement?

When every single avenue of organization and communication is either controlled, completely blocked, or under attack by the state apparatus, one place where a form of organization can occur away from the eye of the state is within the realm of the inner, in individuals who witness the same things, the same injustices. Within individuals […]

Live Report – Former Iran Minister of Interior “We have plans should Mashaei run for elections.”

President Barack Obama's 2013 Nowruz Speech to Iranians: "As a new spring begins I remain hopeful that our two countries can move beyond tension, and I will continue to work towards a new day between our nations that bears the fruit of friendship and peace."

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