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2014 Roundup and 2015 Predictions by Aron Lund

2014 Roundup and 2015 Predictions By Aron Lund, editor of Syria in Crisis December 25, 2014 for Syria Comment Lots of things happened in 2014, but the single most important development was the rise of the Islamic State as an independent...Show More Summary

Female Prisoner of Conscience Transferred to Deplorable Gharchak Prison

Female prisoner of conscience Hakimeh Shokri was abruptly transferred from Evin Prison to the Gharchak Prison in Varamin on December 15, 2014, Shokri’s sister told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Prison Sentence for Young Facebook User Increased from 15 to 20 Years

A Tehran Revolutionary Court has increased the sentence of a 21-year-old Facebook user from 15 to 20 years in prison for his postings on Facebook. The case was originally appealed in the hope that the severe 15-year sentence would be reduced. Show More Summary

Remove Technology Sanctions on Closed Societies to Empower Civil Society

The Obama administration should follow its historic move to normalize diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba with the removal of sanctions on the sale of personal communications technology tools and services to the Cuban nation, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.

Baha’is Have No Citizenship Rights, Says Grand Ayatollah

A high-ranking cleric and Khomeini-era member of the Supreme Judicial Council has told Fars News Agency that Baha’is are not entitled to citizenship rights. The statement was made only weeks after Mohammad Javad Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary's Human Rights Council, denied the systematic denial of Baha’is right to higher education. Show More Summary

Resurgence of the SSNP in Syria: An Ideological Opponent of the Regime Gets a Boost from the Conflict

by Joel Veldkamp Joel Veldkamp is an MA candidate at the University of Chicago’s Center for Middle East Studies. He lived in Damascus, Syria from September 2010 until May 2011. Follow Joel on Twitter: @joelman42 The Facebook page ofShow More Summary

Kurdish Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike Threatened with Further Prosecution and Execution

Nearly a month into their hunger strike inside the Orumiyeh Central Prison to protest dangerous and inhumane prison conditions, 27 Kurdish political prisoners have been summoned and threatened with new judicial cases if they don't cease their hunger strike, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Ending House Arrest of Dissident Leaders Not on Administration’s Agenda, Says Justice Minister

In a startling statement during an interview with the Iran Labor News agency (ILNA) about the house arrests imposed on the Green Movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and Zahra Rahnavard since 2011, Iran’s Minister of Justice Mostafa Pourmohammadi said on December 16, 2014, that “the issue [of the house arrest] has not been [...]

Imprisoned Lawyer Denied Urgently Needed Medical Treatment

Despite the severely deteriorating health of imprisoned Iranian lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, the Tehran Prosecutor refuses to grant him permission to receive medical care outside the prison, due to the prominent lawyer's steadfastness about his beliefs, Soltani's daughter told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Show More Summary

Mahdieh Golroo Remains in Solitary Confinement Two Months After Arrest, Charges Unclear

Despite completion of interrogations for Mahdieh Golroo, a women's rights activist who was arrested on October 23, 2014, a day after she attended a gathering in Tehran to protest acid attacks on several women in Isfahan, her judicial...Show More Summary

161 PhD Students Demand Immediate Medical Attention and Judicial Review for Omid Kokabee

In a statement of solidarity with the imprisoned Iranian scientist Omid Kokabee, 161 doctoral students and graduates from universities around the world have released an open letter, demanding medical attention and due process for him. Show More Summary

“The Legal Foundations of the Islamic State,” By Mara Revkin

The Legal Foundations of the Islamic State By Mara Revkin – @MaraRevkin December 17, 2014 for Syria Comment Notoriously violent groups such as al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (IS), and the Taliban are widely assumed to be lawless organizations. Show More Summary

Will the Revolutionary Command Council be Syria’s New Rebel Government?

By Maxwell Martin, a researcher at ARK, a stabilization consultancy based in Istanbul. He has previously written for Foreign Policy and Syria Comment. Follow him on Twitter @WilayatNowhere Between November 27 and 29, the Revolutionary...Show More Summary

The Story of Shami Witness

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Those of you reading this post will probably know by now of the latest viral story to hit social media: namely, the revelation of the true identity of the most prominent Islamic State (IS) fanboy on Twitter byShow More Summary

On Camps and Cities: The Lived Experience of Displaced Syrians in Jordan

by Matthew R. Stevens The treatment of Syrian refugees living in urban centres in Jordan is changing radically. New laws, passed in July, are placing strict new limits on who can receive services and support from UNHCR, agencies, and the government. Show More Summary

Video: ISIS, Yazidis, and the Enslavement of Thousands of Women

Joshua Landis and Matthew Barber discuss the devastating IS campaign to plunder Mosul’s Christians and enslave of thousands of Yazidi women: (Watch on YouTube) The post Video: ISIS, Yazidis, and the Enslavement of Thousands of Women appeared first on Syria Comment.

Nasrin Sotoudeh Detained for Several Hours on Human Rights Day

On December 10, 2014, Iranian intelligence agents detained renowned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, before releasing her several hours later. The detention marks the second time in less than two months that Sotoudeh has been detained for her activities in protest of the Iranian Bar Association’s suspension of her legal license.

Supreme Court Rejects Legality of Kokabee’s Sentencing

Iran’s Supreme Court has explicitly rejected the legal basis of Omid Kokabee’s prosecution and sentencing. Branch 36 of Iran’s Supreme Court ordered the review of Omid Kokabee’s case, according to a ruling it issued on October 11, 2014 and recently made public by his lawyer.

“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

Stabbing of Six Women Continue Series of Attacks Against Women

In a continuing series of attacks against women in Iran, a suspect has been arrested for the stabbing of six women in the southern town of Jahrom in Fars Province over the past week. The stabbings follow the numerous acid attacks against...Show More Summary

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