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Leading Societal Figures in Iran Urge Americans to Support Nuclear Deal

More than fifty prominent members of Iranian society have written an open letter to the American people urging them to ask their Congressional representatives to support the nuclear agreement reached with Iran in July 2015. Describing...Show More Summary

Overview of some pro-Assad Militias

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi At this site I have previously profiled several pro-Assad militias, such as the Muqawama Suriya, the Coastal Shield Brigade and Dir’ al-Watan. Below are profiles of five more pro-Assad militias. Liwa Suqur al-Quneitra Emblem of Liwa Suqur al-Quneitra: ‘Quwat Dir’ al-Watan’ (Homeland Shield Forces). Show More Summary

Jailed Activist Diagnosed with Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Family Hopes Atena Daemi Will Be Released on Medical Grounds A doctor at Evin Prison has diagnosed imprisoned children’s rights and civil activist Atena Daemi, 27, with having signs of multiple sclerosis, her mother, Massoumeh Nemati, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. She expressed hope that under the circumstances, Daemi would be […]

Wife of Imprisoned Pastor Asks US Officials to Obtain Release of Her Husband

American officials must do more to obtain the release of unjustly imprisoned Iranian-Americans, according to the wife of Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor who is currently serving an eight-year sentence at Evin Prison. Saeed Abedini, who converted to Christianity in 2000, was arrested in July 2012 when he visited Iran to see his family and […]

74 Prominent Iranians Urge Congress to Support the Iran Nuclear Agreement

The following letter urges members of U. S. Congress to support the Iran nuclear agreement. The 74 signers of the text represent diverse views on sociopolitical issues but identify themselves as native opponents or critics of the Iranian regime. Show More Summary

Prominent Women’s Rights Activist Held Illegally after Completion of Sentence

Bahareh Hedayat Given Two Additional Years in Prison after She Was Due for Release August 28, 2015—The student activist Bahareh Hedayat, imprisoned for over five years in Iran, has been given an additional two-year prison sentence, days after receiving release orders from an Appeals Court in Tehran. The sentence, which dates from a 2007 suspended […]

Imprisoned Cartoonist Grateful for International Courage Award

Jailed artist Atena Farghadani has expressed gratitude upon hearing she was awarded the 2015 Courage in Cartooning Award by the Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI), her father said after visiting her at Evin Prison on August 16, 2015. Taghi Farghadani also told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the family hopes Atena […]

Former Tehran Prosecutor Acquitted of Wrongdoing Charges in Case of Kahrizak Murders

Mortazavi Acquitted despite Overwhelming Evidence of His Involvement in Torture and Death of Protesters in 2009 and Subsequent Cover-Up The former Tehran Prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, was acquitted on August 19, 2015, on charges connected to the torture and deaths of three young men at the Kahrizak detention center in 2009, but the relatives of the victims […]

Fabrication in Iranian Reports on Wall Street Journal Reporter Exposed

False Allegations Are Attempt to Justify Coming Verdict against Washington Post Reporter Rezaian After a week of attacks by the hardline Iranian newspaper Kayhan against Wall Street Journal reporter Farnaz Fassihi, the American newspaper...Show More Summary

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Abdolfattah Soltani Denied Visitation with His Wife

Evin Prison authorities have prevented Massoumeh Dehghan from visiting her husband, the imprisoned human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, a source close to the family told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Dehghan went to Evin Prison with her daughter and Soltani’s mother on August 10, 2015. When they attempted to visit Soltani, Dehghani […]

ISIS: A Caliphate of Torture and Rape

by Laila Khoudeida Originally from Sinjar, Iraq, Laila Khoudeida is a social worker and mental health specialist, currently serving on the board of Yazda, an organization she helped found to respond to the needs of Yazidi victims of IS ethnic cleansing in 2014. Show More Summary

Amputations Do Not Prevent Crime, Legal Expert Says

The Iranian Judiciary’s continued practice, under the direction of Sadegh Amoli Larijani, of carrying out amputations as a routine punishment, is not only in direct conflict with international treaties Iran has signed, it has also utterly failed to prevent crime, according to Hossein Raeesi, attorney and legal expert. Speaking to the International Campaign for Human […]

Banning of Films Continues under Rouhani Administration, 14 Movies Now Forbidden

Despite repeated statements made by President Rouhani regarding the need to allow more cultural freedoms in Iran, the banning of films in the Islamic Republic has continued unabated during his two-year administration. The latest film added to the list of forbidden cinema came just last month, in July 2015, when the Ministry of Culture and […]

How to Understand Those 60 Trainees

by Joel Veldkamp   “I can look out at your faces and see you had the same reaction I do, which is that that’s an awfully small number.” So said American Defense Secretary Ash Carter in testimony before an incredulous Senate Armed Services...Show More Summary

Political Activist Should Go Free Says Tehran’s Deputy Prosecutor

Mohammad Hossein Rafiee, a 71-year-old political activist has been illegally held in detention since June 16, 2015, apparently in connection with a prison sentence that is no longer enforceable, according to his daughter. “[Tehran Prosecutor’s Deputy-Legal Affairs] Mr. Show More Summary

Imprisoned Artist Suffering from Lymphatic Disease

The artist and civil activist Atena Farghadani has developed signs of lymphatic disease in prison as she awaits her chance to challenge a 12-year prison sentence in the appeals court, according to her lawyer Mohammad Moghimi. “The illness showed up recently and we are waiting to see if they send her to a specialist or […]

Ailing Student Activist’s Continued Detention Violates Iran’s Own Laws

Prominent student activist Bahareh Hedayat should have been released by the end of July 2015 with the completion of more than five years in prison but efforts to end her unlawful incarceration have so far been unsuccessful, according to her husband Amin Ahmadian. “Whatever happens to her, the responsibility will be with those who are […]

Syrian Rebel Leader Subhi al-Refai on U.S. relations with Ahrar al-Sham

by Aron Lund, editor of Syria in Crisis Subhi al-Refai is a leader of the Revolutionary Command Council (RCC), a coalition of Syrian revolutionary factions formed in December 2014. He has been kind enough to provide me with the following...Show More Summary

Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya: Recruiting the Shi’a of Damascus

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Emblem of Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya: “The Ja’afari Force: The Islamic Resistance in Syria.” The rallying call of Shi’a jihadi groups to defend the Sayyida Zainab shrine in the Damascus area is well known, but it is not the only religious symbol used in the justification of shrine defence in Syria. Show More Summary

The New Great Game - Foreign Affairs

The New Great Game How Regional Powers are Carving Up Syria By Andrew J. Tabler SNAPSHOT August 11, 2015 Just two weeks ago, the first 54 graduates of Washington’s trumpeted program to train and equip the Syrian opposition crossed from Turkey into Syria. Show More Summary

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