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Activist Appeals Six-Year Prison Sentence for Her Membership in Peaceful Political Group 

Civil and political activist Minoo Mortazi Langroudi has launched an appeal against the six-year prison sentence she received for her peaceful activism. Ms. Langroudi was convicted on charges of disturbing national security and propaganda against the state, based on her activities with a peaceful group that is critical of government policies. Show More Summary

Telegram Messaging Service Interrupted in Iran after Authorities Condemned its “Immoral” Stickers

The Telegram messenger service confirmed on June 29 that problems which have emerged in its service in Iran were due to domestic technical issues inside the country. In a message on its Twitter account, Telegram said it was investigating the problems. Local network providers are limiting Telegram traffic in Iran. We are trying to find out […]

No Official Reason Given for Former Professor and Activist’s Arrest

The family of former chemistry professor and activist Mohammad Hossein Rafiee, 71, has not been given an official explanation for why he was arrested and imprisoned nearly two weeks ago. Anna Maryam Rafiee told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that her father’s car was stopped by security agents in Tehran on June […]

“No Legal Basis” for Charging Lawyer with Shaking Hands with Female Client

Defense lawyer Mohammad Moghimi, who spent four days in detention for shaking hands with his female client, insists there are no legal grounds for the charge against him. “I hope they will stop pursuing this matter because the charge leveled against me does not have any legal basis. It’s laughable,” Moghimi told the International Campaign […]

Facebook User Will Not Be Executed, Lawyer Says

The death sentence against Facebook user Soheil Arabi for allegedly insulting the Prophet has been annulled, his lawyer told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “On June 27, I heard the death sentence against my client has been nullified,” said Amir Salar Davoodi. “Now we have to wait for a parallel court to […]

Who was Mohammad Nasif Kheirbek?” by Mohammad D.

Who Was Mohammad Nasif? By Mohammad D. For Syria Comment – June 30, 2015 Mohammad Nasif Kheirbek, one of Bashar al-Assad most trusted aids, died around 5 AM. Sunday, 6/28/2015 in al-Shami Hospital in Damascus  from Prostate cancer, which...Show More Summary

Campaign’s Five in the Afternoon Wins Major International Radio Award

Human Rights Show Takes Silver Trophy at Prestigious NY Festival’s World’s Best Radio Programs Awards June 23, 2015—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran’s weekly radio show, Five in the Afternoon, won a Silver Medal at the celebrated New York Festival International Radio Program Awards on June 22, 2015. The award was given jointly to the […]

Rouhani Minister Expresses Outrage that Women Were Banned from Attending Iran-US Volleyball Match

Molaverdi Decries Hypocrisy of Policies toward Women on her Facebook Page Hours after women were denied entry to the volleyball game between Iran’s and the United States’ national teams on June 19, 2015 at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium, Rouhani’s Vice President for Women’s and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, criticized those in power who have worked to […]

High Hopes, Tempered Expectations: Views from Iran on the Nuclear Negotiations

Campaign Releases New Study on the Views of Civil Society in Iran June 22, 2015—Civil society in Iran remains steadfast and unequivocal in its support for the nuclear negotiations, and its members hope for an agreement that will end years of sanctions and isolation, according to a new study by the International Campaign for Human […]

Child Rights Activist’s Mother Pleas for Help for Son’s Ten-Year Prison Sentence

Ten months after his arrest, children’s rights activist Omid Alishenas has been sentenced to ten years in prison for “assembly and collusion and propaganda against the state,” and “insulting the Supreme Leader.” Mr. Alishenas’ mother told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the family is in shock following the sentencing. “This sentence […]

Lawyer and Client Accused of “Illegitimate Relations” for a Handshake in Prison

Mohammad Moghimi, a defense lawyer who was imprisoned for shaking the hand of his client, the imprisoned artist and civil activist Atena Faraghdani, during a prison visit, will be released on June 16 after his family posted bail, a source close to Mr. Moghimi’s family told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Mr. […]

Activist’s Mother Decries 14-Year Sentence for Her Daughter’s Peaceful Activities

Atena Daemi, a children’s rights and civil activist, was sentenced to 14 years in prison, receiving the combined maximum penalty for each of her charges, as a result of her peaceful activism. In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Daemi’s mother, Massoumeh Nemati,  relayed that Daemi had been sentenced to […]

Three Concerts Cancelled by Police and Judiciary despite Protests by Rouhani 

In his latest reaction to consecutive cancellations by the Iranian Police and the Judiciary of music concerts, President Hassan Rouhani condemned the cancellations and said such actions violate the people’s rights. At a press conference marking the second anniversary of Rouhani’s election to office, a reporter asked him about the widespread cancellation of concerts over […]

The Massacre of Druze Villagers in Qalb Lawza, Idlib Province

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi On 10 June, a number of people in the village of Qalb Lawza- one of a collection of Druze villages in the Jabal al-Summaq region of Idlib province- were massacred in a confrontation with members of Jabhat al-Nusra, which dominates the area. Show More Summary

The Iran-Syria Alliance: Sectarianism or Realpolitik? — by Mohammad Ataie

The Iran-Syria Alliance: Sectarianism or Realpolitik? by Mohammad Ataie   “They are witnessing the Islamic awakening and feel profoundly imperiled by the spreading idea of political Islam and the rule of Islam.” “The project of political...Show More Summary

A New Round of Intimidation, Arrests, and Prosecution of Social Media Users in Iran

Iranian Cyber Police and Judiciary officials reported a new wave of arrests of Internet users this week. Colonel Gholamreza Kazemzadeh, Chief of Iran’s Cyber Police, told reporters on June 8 that an individual he claimed managed 23 groups on the WhatsApp and Line social media networks had been arrested. “The Cyber Police in Shahroud [in […]

Outstanding Book & Article on Syria. Prizes by Syrian Studies Association

Call for Submissions: Syrian Studies Association Prizes for Outstanding Book and Article on Syria In order to promote and highlight excellence in research, the Syrian Studies Association awards annual prizes for the best writing on Bilad al-Sham until 1918 and on Syria in the period following. Show More Summary

Former TV Producer Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court has sentenced Mostafa Azizi, a former Iranian television writer and producer imprisoned since February 1, 2015, to eight years in prison, according to his son, who spoke with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Arash Azizi told the Campaign that his father has appealed the decision. The […]

My Belly Dancer for June: Samia Gamal

It’s been a while since I gave you my belly dancer of the month. Too much traveling and too many different things to work on but my life has been a little more relaxed recently and here is my choice for this month, a resplendant Samia Gamal who with Tahiya Carioca, is my other favourite... View Article

“Is Zahran Alloush in Amman?” by Aron Lund

by Aron Lund, editor of Syria in Crisis. According to rumors doing the rounds now, the Islam Army leader Mohammed Zahran Alloush has traveled to Amman to meet with foreign intelligence services and coordinate a purge of Islamic State and al-Qaeda elements in Syria. Show More Summary

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