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Arrested Iranian-American from San Diego Held Incommunicado and without Access to Lawyer

Charges and Whereabouts of Robin (Reza) Shahini Unknown Iranian-American Robin (Reza) Shahini, the latest victim of a string of arrests and prolonged detainments of dual nationals who have travelled to Iran, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards’ Intelligence Organization in the city of Gorgan, 255 miles east of Tehran, and has been held without access to a […]

“Educating Syrian Refugees in Turkey,” by Salih Yasun

The Educational Opportunities and Challenges of Syrian Refugee Students in Turkey: Temporary Education Centers and Beyond By Salih Yasun For Syria Comment, July 25, 2016 Almost 3,000,000 Syrians have fled to Turkey since the Syrian uprising began. Show More Summary

Liwa al-Imam al-Mahdi: A Syrian Hezbollah Formation

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi An emblem of Liwa al-Imam al-Mahdi (The Imam Mahdi Brigade): “Liwa al-Imam Mahdi: The Imam Ali Battalion. The Islamic Resistance in Syria.” Note the classic extended arm and arm associated foremost with Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. Show More Summary

The Boy Beheaded by Zinki Fighters, Abdullah Tayseer, Who Was He? – By Ehsani2

The Boy Beheaded by Zinki Fighters, Abdullah Tayseer, Who Was He? By Ehsani2 For Syria Comment, July 22, 2016 The video of the beheading of the young Syrian boy by the Zanki group in Aleppo caused widespread public shock. Since the appearance...Show More Summary

Iran’s Conservatives Lash Out at New Female Fashion Trends

Iran’s anti-vice squads, also referred to as the morality police, are particularly busy in the hot summer months when Iranian women wear lighter clothes and are less observant of the mandatory hijab. But this year the squads are focusing on a new “threat:” women wearing clothes with large English words on them.  On National Hijab […]

Kata’ib al-Jabalawi: A Pro-Assad Militia from Homs

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Emblem of Kata’ib al-Jabalawi. The top reads: “Syrian Arab Republic.” The bottom: “Katibat al-Jabalawi” (al-Jabalawi Battalion, interchangeable with Kata’ib al-Jabalawi). The person in the centre of the emblem is one Mazen Jabalawi, about whom more below. Show More Summary

Harassment of Teachers’ Union Leader Continues with New Summons

Rassoul Bodaghi, a senior member of the Iranian Teacher’s Association who has been repeatedly harassed by security agents since he was conditionally freed from prison a few months ago, will not obey a mysterious summons ordering him to appear in court on July 16, 2016. “The summons, sent by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court, […]

New Law Reduces Employment Prospects for Women in Iran

Iran’s Parliament has ratified an amended law that reduces the working hours of female employees with certain family obligations by eight hours per week. Although the law requires employers to pay these women full-time wages, rights advocates say the law will harm the employment prospects of women entering the job market and reduce the job security […]

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Quits after Years of State Harassment and Threats

“In this society, lawyers who bear witness to injustice and speak the truth get punished.” Constant pressure and harassment by Iran’s Judiciary and security establishment have forced a human rights lawyer to leave her profession. Giti...Show More Summary

70-Year-Old Man Sentenced to Flogging for Demanding Information on Missing Son

The wife of Hashem Zeinali, a 70-year-old man who was given a lashing and prison sentence after peacefully demanding information about his missing son while standing outside Evin Prison, is hoping that the Appeals Court will overturn the ruling. “My husband, who’s an old man, has been condemned to imprisonment and floggings for a charge […]

Marie Colvin’s Death Was Tragic, But It Was Random

Marie Colvin’s Death Was Tragic, But It Was Random By an Informed Observer in Damascus For Syria Comment, June 13, 2016 Marie Colvin’s death was tragic, especially for her family and friends and the international media community. Colvin was a courageous and legendary journalist. Show More Summary

Legal Expert Expresses Outrage over Charges against Renowned Iranian Artist Parviz Tanavoli

Charging the prominent Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli, who also holds Canadian citizenship, with “disturbing public opinion and spreading falsehoods” is “shocking,” an expert on the Iranian legal system told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Show More Summary

Imprisoned Christian Convert, Eligible for Early Release, on Hunger Strike Until Judiciary Addresses Her Case

Christian convert Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, imprisoned since 2013, has vowed to continue the hunger strike she began on July 5, 2016 until her demand for early conditional release is met, her mother, Zahra Pour-Nouhi Langroudi, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “I’m really worried for her. It has been seven days […]

Twitter Campaign to Free Narges Mohammadi Draws More than 100,000 Iranians

Hashtag #FreeNarges Skyrockets in Iran despite Official Ban on Twitter More than 100,000 Iranians took part in a Twitter campaign in solidarity with the imprisoned human rights defender Narges Mohammadi on July 11, 2016 to mark the fifteenth day of her hunger strike, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. Three hours after […]

Judiciary Refuses to Review Case of Political Prisoner Who Qualifies for Early Release

Ahmad Karimi Najjar, a political prisoner currently serving the seventh year of his 16-year prison sentence in Iran’s Rajaee Shahr Prison, could be eligible for conditional release, but the Judiciary is refusing to review his case. Karimi, who was imprisoned for his alleged connection with an outlawed monarchist group, could benefit from a new legal […]

Commentary: Iran’s Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows

This commentary was originally published by the World Politics Review. Hadi Ghaemi There is a crackdown underway in Iran. But it is no longer just a crackdown on dissent. Rather it is an attempt to crush views or expressions that depart from the insular and rigid worldview of an increasingly small band of hard-liners. It […]

Iran Judiciary Threatens Narges Mohammadi After Her Hunger Strike Gets International Attention

A Judicial official has threatened Narges Mohammadi, a leading human rights defender who was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for her peaceful activism, in an attempt to force her to end her hunger strike, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Narges Mohammadi’s physical condition has dangerously deteriorated […]

Iran’s Judiciary Refuses to Review Case of Political Prisoner Who Qualifies for Conditional Release

Judicial officials are refusing to review the case of political prisoner Mohammad Ali (Pirooz) Mansouri who is legally eligible for conditional release after spending nine years in Iran’s Rajaee Shahr and Evin Prisons. Mansouri was arrested on September 2, 2007 for allegedly being a sympathizer of the outlawed Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), but claims only his […]

Labor Rights Activists Detained Incommunicado in Iranian Kurdish City of Sanandaj

Labor rights activists Hashem Rostami and Mozaffar Salehinia have been imprisoned in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran’s Kordestan Province, for more than two weeks without charge or access to a lawyer, informed sources told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “A one-month detention order has been issued for Hashem Rostami and he is […]

Man Who Was Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook Denied Timely Appeal Verdict

Soheil Babadi has written an open letter detailing the torture he experienced during interrogations. Computer engineer Soheil Babadi, who was imprisoned in Iran for posting jokes on a satirical Facebook page, has been waiting close to a year for a ruling on his appeal against his prison sentence. The authorities have meanwhile refused to release […]

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