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Young Iranian Death Row Inmate May Soon Receive Sentence Review

The request for a judicial review of the death sentence against 21-year-old Sina Dehghan for “insulting the prophet” of Islam is being processed, his lawyer told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Mehdi Shakiba added that he was hopeful about the outcome, but declined to comment further in the interview on March 28, […]

Political Activist and Former Reformist MP to be Tried on New and Undeclared Charges

Outspoken political activist and former reformist member of Parliament Faezeh Hashemi will face a new trial in April 2017 on undeclared charges, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).  Branch 1060 of theShow More Summary

Baha’is Imprisoned in Iran for Religious Beliefs Singled Out for Cruel Treatment

A member of Iran’s perseacuted Baha’i faith has expressed serious concerns about two imprisoned ailing family members who are being denied early release despite being legally eligible. The Intelligence Ministry is refusing to send Jamaloddin Khanjani, an elderly former Baha’i community leader who has spent more than nine years in prison, to the hospital for […]

Young Man Facing Death for Insulting Islam Online Tricked into Signing Confession

Sina Dehghan, sentenced to death for “insulting the prophet” of Islam when he was 19-years-old, was tricked into signing his confession, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Despite the severity of the charge, a court-appointed attorney who failed to defend him properly represented him during his trial, added the […]

MPs Demand Answers from Rouhani on Increasing Arrests Ahead of Elections

President Hassan Rouhani has yet to respond to a letter from four reformist members of Parliament demanding an explanation for the spate of arrests of activists and journalists ahead of the May 2017 presidential election. “Foremost we expect your excellency to resolve this problem, but if no action is taken, we will invite the four ministers […]

Reformist Editor Arrested by Security Agents Amid Pre-Election Crackdown

Amid a widening crackdown on journalists and activists in Iran ahead of the country’s May 2017 presidential election, security agents arrested Morad Saghafi, the reformist editor-in-chief of Goftegoo (Conversation) magazine, on March 15, 2017. His lawyer, Hamed Zargar, said on March 16 that Saghafi had a phone conversation with a family member the day after […]

12 Reformist Telegram Channel Admins Arrested in Iran Ahead of May 2017 Election

Iranian security forces arrested 12 administrators of reformist-aligned Telegram channels on March 14-16, 2017, deleted the channels’ content and changed their names. A number of those who were arrested have since been released, butShow More Summary

Prominent Lawyers: Judiciary Ad Announcing Prison Time for 10 Iranians in Absentia Unlawful

A classified newspaper advertisement by the judiciary announcing prison sentences for 10 Iranian citizens currently outside the country has no legal merit, two prominent lawyers told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Nasrin...Show More Summary

Former Opposition Leader Aide Refusing Vital Medication During Hunger Strike to Protest Detainment

Reformist activist and former political prisoner Hengameh Shahidi has started a hunger strike and is refusing to take vital prescription medication in protest against her detention, her mother informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). “The authorities have not told us anything,” Nahid Kermanshahi told CHRI on March 15. “They didn’t send my […]

Amendment Could Save Thousands of Drug Traffickers on Death Row in Iran

If passed by Parliament and the Council of Guardians, an amendment to Iran’s death penalty law could save thousands of drug traffickers currently facing execution.

Rouhani’s Intelligence Ministry and Khamenei’s IRGC Widen Crackdown Ahead Election

A growing rivalry between Iran’s Intelligence Ministry and Revolutionary Guards may be the result of a much deeper power struggle.

Cartoon 163: Rouhani Protecting Citizen’s Rights

President Hassan Rouhani stands between Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and a political prisoner, ostensibly to protect the prisoner from Khamenei’s bat, a metaphor for the Revolutionary Guards, while himself threatening the prisoner with a bat, representing his Intelligence Ministry.

Predicting Her Arrest, Reformist Activist Wrote Letters Criticizing Rouhani’s Failure to Protect Citizens

Anticipating her arrest ahead of the 2017 election, a reformist politician wrote two open letters to President Hassan Rouhani about his failure to carry out his campaign promises.

Memo to Tech and Social Media Companies: Allow Iranians Access to Online Tools

Firms such as Apple, Twitter, Google, GoDaddy, Facebook, AMD, Norton, Comodo, Oracle and Adobe are denying Iranians the right to purchase or download tools and services that are legal, available to the rest of the world, and essential for allowing Iranians full and safe access to the global internet.

Dual National Speaks of Yearning for Family and Disillusionment with Iran in Letter Prison

Iranian-British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, imprisoned in Iran since April 2016, has written a letter to her UK-based husband about the pain of being separated from their infant daughter, Gabriella “Gisoo” Ratcliffe, and disillusionment with her birth country of Iran. “I turned 38 without you by my side and you turned 42 without me, while our dear […]

Teachers Hold Rallies Across Iran for Labor and Education Rights

Teachers held rallies in several Iranian cities in March 2017 demanding livable wages and improved student resources.

IRGC Violently Arrests Reformist Editor One Month After Release From Evin Prison

Reformist editor Ehsan Mazandarani was violently returned to Evin Prison less than a month after being released.

Opposition Leader Under Extrajudicial House Arrest for Six Years Denied Fast Emergency Care

An elderly opposition leader kept under extrajudicial house arrest in Tehran since 2011 is being denied access to timely emergency medical care.

Dual National Robin Shahini Serving 18-Year Prison Sentence in Iran Proclaims Innocence in Letter

An Iranian-American man who was sentenced to 18 years in prison during a visit to his birth country has written a letter proclaiming his innocence.

Grave and Baseless New Charges Against Imprisoned Iranian-American and Wife

March 10, 2017—Serious and baseless new charges have been brought against Karan Vafadari and Afarin Nayssari, the dual-national Iranian-American and his wife who have been imprisoned in Iran’s Evin Prison without any evidence of wrong doing or due process for almost eight months. The couple, art gallery owners in Tehran who are prominent in the […]

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