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Illegal Addition of New Charges Makes Death Sentence for Soheil Arabi More Likely

In an arbitrary and illegal act, new charges that carry a death sentence and which do not allow a pardon were added and the death sentence of Facebook user Soheil Arabi was confirmed by the Supreme Court in Iran.

Authorities Use National Security Charges to Punish Ghavami for Attending Sporting Event

On November 23, 2014, Ghoncheh Ghavami was released from prison after posting bail of one hundred million toman ($35,000). She was released after a lower court issued a one-year prison sentence and a two-year travel ban for “propaganda against the state” and other national security-related charges on November 22.

Mohammad Ali Taheri on Hunger Strike to Protest Three Years of Solitary Confinement

A student of Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of Interuniversal Consciousness Theory, who has been in prison since 2011, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Taheri has embarked on a dry hunger strike (refusing...Show More Summary

Jamaat Jund al-Qawqaz: A Caucasus Emirate Group in Latakia

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Relatively little news comes out these days from northeast Latakia province, which remains outside of regime control despite the recapture of the Armenian town of Kassab in June. However, it is important to observers of jihadi groups as what I would call ‘the muhajireen’s hangout’. Show More Summary

Spirit of the Union 2014

Dubai Executive Council, has directed the prompt implementation of a new art and cultural project, entitled ‘Our Journey’, marking the UAE’s 43rd National Day celebrations. Expected to enter Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest graffiti, ‘Our Journey’ is 2,180 metres long and will be executed by the Crown Prince Office in collaboration […]

The Factions of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab)

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Media attention has somewhat focused away from the city of Kobani as the intense wave of coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) first helped to slow down the group’s advance into Kobani. That said,...Show More Summary

“What Motivates European Youth to Join ISIS? – ” by Loretta Bass

What Motivates European Youth to Join ISIS? By Loretta E. Bass, University of Oklahoma “Push” Factors Helping ISIS Recruitment Western governments are concerned about stemming the wave of foreign fighters flocking to join ISIS’s ranks. Show More Summary

Scholar’s 18-Month Prison Sentence for Questioning Nuclear Program Commuted to Fines

A Tehran appeals court has reduced the 18-month prison sentence originally handed down to Sadegh Zibakalam, a Tehran University professor and political analyst, for his public questioning of Iran’s nuclear program and his criticism of the trial process in a state corruption case, to a five million toman fine (approximately $1,600).

UN Resolution on Human Rights in Iran Passes by 78-35 Margin

On November 18, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee adopted a Resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran with a vote of 78 in favor, 35 against and 69 abstentio...

The Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra: A Looming Grand Jihadi Alliance?

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi The international coalition- led by the U.S.- against the Islamic State [IS], with additional American airstrikes targeting the ‘Khorasan’ al-Qa’ida group in Syria (in reality just al-Qa’ida veterans from the...Show More Summary

New Report Reveals State’s Growing Efforts to Control Internet Access in Iran

November 19, 2014—The Rouhani administration should use all its authority to end the government’s initiatives to restrict Iranians’ access to the Internet, immediately cease state efforts to monitor users’ online accounts, and end the prosecution of individuals for their peaceful online activities, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.

Is UN Engagement Having an Impact on Iran’s Human Rights? Absolutely.

To critics who question the ability of UN processes to change the behaviors and policies of the leadership in the Islamic Republic of Iran, an English language media interview with a top Iranian official has provided a revealing ans...

Ghoncheh Ghavami’s Lawyer Says New Charges Looming Against Her Are Illegal

New charges may be brought against Ghoncheh Ghavami, the young woman who was arrested outside a sports stadium in Tehran in June 2014 for trying to attend a volleyball match and who remains in prison.

Leading Iranian Figures Support Nuclear Negotiations and Hope for an Agreement

November 12, 2014—As the P5+1 negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program between the world powers and Iran approach the November 24 deadline, it is important that the negotiators on both sides of the table take note of the voices of their...Show More Summary

Al-Qaeda’s Syrian Judiciary—is it really what al-Jolani makes it out to be?

by Maxwell Martin, researcher at ARK, a stabilization consultancy based in Turkey that has implemented justice related programming in northern Syria On November 4th, 2014, Abu Muhammad al-Jolani, the leader of al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, released a recording in which he spoke about what the militant group has been up to lately. Show More Summary

Fareed Zakaria goes 1-on-1 with Syria expert Joshua Landis to discuss an innovative solution to the ongoing Syrian crisis

Fareed Zakaria goes 1-on-1 with Syria expert Joshua Landis to discuss an innovative solution to the ongoing Syrian crisis. This short clip comes out of the longer interview I did with Danny How do gains by al-Nusra affect U.S. strategy...Show More Summary

12 Executions inside Orumiyeh Central Prison in 11 Days; 9 of These for Drug Offenses

Twelve prisoners were hanged inside the Orumiyeh Central Prison between October 18 and October 29, nine of these for drug trafficking crimes, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned.

Narges Mohammadi Summoned to Evin Prison Court on Unspecified Charges

Narges Mohammadi, the prominent human rights defender and Deputy Head of the now shuttered Defenders of Human Rights Center, has been summoned to the Evin Prison Court following a moving speech she made at the grave site of Sattar Beheshti, the 35-year-old blogger who died under torture at a police detention center in November 2012. Show More Summary

Jabhat al-Nusra’s Offensive in Idlib province: Its Attempt to Destroy Washington’s Allies. November 2014

Jabhat al-Nusra’s Offensive in Idlib province and its Attempt to Destroy Washington’s Allies.  November 2014 Posted by Joshua Landis The following information about Jabhat al-Nusra’s offensive against the Syrian Revolutionaries’ Front...Show More Summary

New Hope for Revocation of Death Sentence for Insulting Prophet on Facebook

A Supreme Court branch reviewing the appeal request in the case of Soheil Arabi, a man convicted of “sabb al-nabi” (insulting the Prophet) and sentenced to death, will soon announce its ruling, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

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