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Kurdish Political Prisoner Put in Solitary Confinement to Force Him to End Hunger Strike

Prosecutor: “As long as he continues his hunger strike, he will stay in solitary confinement and will die there.” Kurdish political prisoner Ayoub Assadi has been placed in solitary confinement to force him to end his hunger strike even though medical staff at Kashmar Prison’s clinic in Iran’s Razavi Khorasan Province had recommended his immediate […]

Labor Rights Activist in Critical Condition After 50-Day Hunger Strike

Prominent leftist scholar Noam Chomsky has called for Jafar Azimzadeh’s release Labor rights activist Jafar Azimzadeh is in critical condition in Evin Prison after enduring a wet hunger strike for more than 50 days, his wife, Akram Rahimpour, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  “I’m worried about him. His vision and hearing […]

Imprisoned Journalist Who Sent Letter to Supreme Leader Saying He Was Tortured is Hospitalized

Ehsan Mazandarani, who went on hunger strike on May 17, is in intensive care following a heart attack A little over a month after he sent a letter to Iran’s supreme leader stating that he had been tortured, imprisoned reformist newspaper editor Ehsan Mazandarani was rushed from Evin Prison to a hospital in Tehran after […]

Authorities Reverse Decision to Release Detained Dual National Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Richard Ratcliffe’s hopes were dashed when he found out that his wife, a British-Iranian dual national who has been detained in Iran without legal representation since April 3, 2016, wasn’t going to be released after all. Ratcliffe told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe had telephoned her family in Iran […]

Commentary: Iran’s Foreign Minister Toes the Supreme Leader’s Line on Human Rights

ICHRI– When Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently tried to side-step questions about the country’s abysmal human rights record, he yet again exposed his government’s inability—or reluctance—to face the issue even though President Hassan Rouhani came to power in 2013 promising to improve it.  At a press conference in Norway on June 13, 2016, […]

New Rules at Rajaee Shahr Prison Target Political Prisoners for Harsh Treatment

Harsher rules have been imposed upon political prisoners at Rajaee Shahr Prison, already know for its grim conditions, according to relatives who have visited the facility in recent days.  Political prisoners at Rajaee Shahr Prison (also known as Gohardasht) located in Karaj, east of Tehran, are now being forced to wear plastic slippers instead of […]

New Report: Inside the Women’s Ward: Mistreatment of Women Political Prisoners at Iran’s Evin Prison

Lack of Medical Care, Denied Family Visitation, Substandard Food, among Conditions in Ward June 20, 2016—Political prisoners held in the Women’s Ward at Iran’s Evin Prison are routinely denied medical care and hospitalization, face severely...Show More Summary

Iran’s Judiciary Evades Responsibility for Lashing Sentences against Striking Miners

After a month-long silence amid widespread condemnation of the decision by Iran’s Judiciary to intervene in a local labor dispute and punish 17 protesting mine workers with lashing sentences, the Judiciary’s spokesperson has finally spoken out by evading responsibility for the ruling. “It is possible that the judge’s taste does not match ours in some […]

Religious Minority in Iran Asks Khamenei for Constitutional Protection

The leadership of the Yarsan faith in northwestern Iran has written to Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, seeking his blessing for a constitutional amendment that would end discrimination against the faith’s followers and recognize their religious beliefs. “As members of a civic organization we wrote a letter to the supreme leader in March 2015 because […]

Iran’s Judiciary Sues Editor for Exposing Corruption and Poor Treatment of Inmates at Major Penitentiary

Tehran’s chief prosecutor is suing the editor-in-chief of a popular reformist newspaper for publishing a feature piece about a major prison facility in the south of Tehran. The Ghanoon newspaper article exposes a money-making operation run through the Great Tehran Penitentiary as well as the prison’s poor living conditions and ill treatment of detainees. Tehran’s […]

“Why the Islamic State Is Losing, and Why It Still Hopes to Win”

I have just published a new paper on the war against the so-called Islamic State over at The Century Foundation, arguing that the group is now clearly losing the war on the ground in Syria and Iraq. But the tide may turn, depending on...Show More Summary

“The Asad Petition of 1936: Bashar’s Grandfather Was Pro-Unionist,” By Stefan Winter

The Asad Petition of 1936: Bashar’s Grandfather Was Pro-Unionist By Stefan Winter For Syria Comment, June 14, 2016 This week marks the 80th anniversary of a now famous petition, supposedly addressed by six ‘Alawi notables from the Latakia...Show More Summary

No Time for Goodbyes: Political Prisoner Forced to Begin Harsh Prison Sentence Without Summons

Former student activist Arash Sadeghi unexpectedly began serving his 19-year prison sentence in Evin Prison on June 7, 2016 when he visited the jail to inquire about the official start date of his sentence. Sadeghi had not received a summons and wanted to prevent prison guards from showing up without notice to haul him to […]

UN Body Calls for Immediate and Permanent Release of Bahareh Hedayat

Imprisonment of Prominent Women and Human Rights Defender Is Against International Law, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Rules June 14, 2016—The United Nation’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has issued an opinion on...Show More Summary

Kurdish Political Prisoner on Hunger Strike to Protest Imminent Death Sentence

Mohammad Abdollahi Could Be Executed “At Any Moment” Mohammad Abdollahi, an Iranian-Kurdish prisoner on death row in Orumiyeh Prison in northwestern Iran, has been on hunger strike since May 29, 2016 to protest his imminent death sentence, a source informed about the case told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The prison warden […]

The Case of Mirsad Bectaševi? and Amer al-Hasani: A Liberal Conundrum

In late January 2016, Amer al-Hasani, 20, decided to travel to Greece with his friend Mirsad Bectaševi?, 29. They had met at the local mosque in a Gothenburg suburb in Sweden. Amer, a devout Muslim, had been involved in Islamic proselytisation and charity work there. Show More Summary

Guard Assaults Ailing Political Prisoner in Hospital

Imprisoned newspaper editor Ehsan Mazandarani, who has been hospitalized in Tehran since May 31, 2016 due to his life-threatening hunger strike, was attacked by a prison guard in his hospital room during a family visit. On June 5, 2016 a guard threw Mazandarani’s 11-year-old niece out of the room in a “violent and rude manner” […]

Iranian-Canadian Academic Detained During Visit to Iran

Homa Hoodfar, an Iranian-Canadian scholar and expert on gender and development in Islam, was arrested on June 6, 2016 during a visit to Iran after being summoned to Evin Prison in Tehran. A press release issued by her family said Hoodfar, a dual citizen who lives in Québec where she teaches at Concordia University in Montreal, […]

PhD Student Imprisoned for Refusing to Work for Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Denied Rights

Hamid Babaei, a PhD student incarcerated for nearly three years in Rajaee Shahr Prison following a trial that lasted less than 10 minutes, has been denied his rights to conditional release and furlough (temporary leave granted to most of Iran’s inmates). Babaei has also been suffering from severe gum disease and other dental problems in […]

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