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Teacher’s Union Leader Conditionally Released on Parole

Teacher’s rights activist Rassoul Bodaghi, who was imprisoned in Iran for six years for his peaceful labor activism, was conditionally released on April 29, 2016. His lawyer, Peyman Haj-Mahmoud Attar, recently spoke to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran about Bodaghi’s unjust imprisonment and recent release. Show More Summary

Remembering Dr. Hassan al-Araj

Remembering Dr. Hassan al-Araj by Cindy Coffman For Syria Comment May 4, 2016 First, I will introduce myself and then I would like to tell you about a dear friend and colleague, who was recently killed in Syria, Dr. Hassan Mohammed al-Araj of Hama. Show More Summary

Female Journalist, Sentenced to Ten Years, Beaten in Iran Prison

Mother of Afarin Chitsaz’s Describes Brutality Aimed at Forcing a “Confession” The mother of imprisoned newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz will make a judicial complaint to protest the beating of her daughter in prison. Maryam Azadpour,...Show More Summary

Imprisoned Teacher Begins Hunger Strike to Protest Years Behind Bars for Peaceful Union Activities

Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi, a teacher and activist who was sentenced to five years in prison and an additional four-year suspended prison sentence during a trial that lasted less than eight minutes, has been on hunger strike since April 20, 2016 in Tehran’s Evin Prison to protest “the tyrannical sentence issued by the Revolutionary Court,” a […]

Revolutionary Guards Going after Family Members of Iranian Journalists Living Abroad

Brother of Journalist Sentenced to Five Years in Prison In a long-established practice of targeting the family members of Iranian journalists who live outside Iran, the Revolutionary Guards have sentenced the brother of a journalist to five years in prison, on trumped up national security charges. The Guards have long harassed the relatives of Iranian […]

“The Lens of History and Assad,” by David W. Lesch & Carey Latimore

The Lens of History and Assad by David W. Lesch and Carey Latimore For Syria Comment, 28 April 2016 Abraham Lincoln and Bashar al-Assad. Yes, we know. These two names should probably never appear in the same sentence. One is a revered...Show More Summary

Four Iranian Rights Activists Summoned to Appear Together at Appeals Court

Rights activists Omid Alishenas, Atena Daemi, Ali Nouri and Aso Rostami have been summoned to appear together at an Appeals Court in Tehran on July 5, 2016 to appeal the prison sentences they received from a preliminary court. Alishenas’s mother, Simin Eyvazzadeh, who told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran about the summons, […]

Journalists in Iran Slapped with Long Prison Sentences

Three journalists and the brother of a journalist have been given prison sentences ranging from five to ten years after spending months in detention, the lawyer representing two of the individuals told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz, who wrote for Iran, the official daily newspaper of the […]

Public Outcry in Iran Over Plan for Increased Morality Police Prompts Review

Deploying 7,000 undercover morality police in Tehran contradicts the principle of the presumption of innocence, Iranian lawyer Ali Rambod told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “We should move towards interpreting laws on the basis of innocent until proven guilty,” he said. “It appears this principle has been overlooked in regards to the […]

After Losing Kidney to Cancer, Imprisoned Physicist Must Be Treated for Other Illnesses

Omid Kokabee Could Lose His Life After Years of Denied Medical Care in Iran Prison Omid Kokabee, the young physicist who was imprisoned in Iran for his refusal to work on military research, and who recently lost a kidney after years of being denied adequate health care, is suffering from more medical problems that require […]

Revolutionary Guards’ Cyber Attacks Now Directed at Rouhani Cabinet Members

IRGC Actively Recruiting Technical Experts to Staff New Hacking Team April 26, 2016—Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, who have long waged cyber attacks against the country’s activists and journalists, have extended their hacking attacks to...Show More Summary

Prominent Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi Goes on Trial Behind Closed Doors

The trial of human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, postponed four times since its original date of May 3, 2015, finally began on April 20, 2016 at Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court. Mohammadi, who was detained for her peaceful activism, has been charged with “collusion and assembly against national security” and “membership in the [now […]

Bus Drivers’ Union Leader Awaiting Sentencing for Peaceful Labor Activism

Ebrahim Maddadi, a labor activist and leading member of Tehran’s bus drivers’ union, is awaiting sentencing after standing trial on April 16, 2016. Arrested for his peaceful activism, Maddadi has been charged with “collusion and assembly...Show More Summary

Young Female Artist’s Prison Sentence Reduced on Appeal, Could Soon Go Free

Prisoner of conscience Atena Faraghdani’s sentence has been reduced on appeal from 12 years and nine months in prison to 18 months, making her eligible for early release in a few weeks, her lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “The preliminary sentence against my client was reduced by the […]

Mehdi Karroubi: Despite Five Years of House Arrest, He Continues to Speak Out against Abuse of Power in Iran

Former presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, who has been living under extrajudicial house arrest for over five years for contesting the result of Iran’s widely disputed 2009 presidential election, has written an open letter to President Hassan Rouhani calling on him to convince the “ruling dictatorship” to allow Karroubi to stand trial. “Unfortunately in both the […]

EU Must Not Ignore Iran’s Human Rights Record, Says Former Political Prisoner

“Do not forget the spilt blood of Iranian youths or the young and old prisoners suffering in small and large prisons in this country when you are negotiating huge profitable deals with senior Iranian officials.” Saeed Razavi Faghih, a reformist journalist who was released from Evin Prison on April 6, 2016 after serving two years […]

Imprisoned Physicist Loses Kidney to Cancer, Must Be Released Permanently

Omid Kokabee’s Life Endangered by Years of Denied Medical Care in Iran Prison April 21, 2016—Omid Kokabee, the young physicist who has been imprisoned in Iran for over 5 years for his refusal to work on military research, underwent surgery on April 20, 2016 to completely remove his right kidney, which was in an advanced […]

Iranians May Soon Be Able to Make International Online Transactions

Denials Raise Questions Over Whether Deal Will Go Through A global payment service provider based in the U.S. has announced that it has made its platform available to Iranians, enabling them to make international online transactions, which was previously almost impossible. But a representative from the Central Bank of Iran reportedly denied the announcement, raising […]

“President’s al-Assad’s First Speech – An Insider’s Account,” by Ehsani

President’s al-Assad’s First Speech – An Insider’s Account by Ehsani For Syria Comment – 19 April 2016 During a recent event at the Council on Foreign Relations, three prominent western Syria analysts met to discuss “the leadership style, psychology, personality, and policies” of President Bashar al-Assad. Show More Summary

Imprisoned Young Physicist Stricken with Cancer after Years of Denied Medical Care

April 18, 2016—Prisoner of conscience Omid Kokabee, the young physicist who has been imprisoned in Iran for over five years for his refusal to work on military research for the Islamic Republic, has been diagnosed with kidney cancer after years in which prison authorities denied him treatment for his kidney illness. Kokabee should be released […]

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