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Imprisoned Spiritual Leader on Hunger Strike Has Become “Like a Skeleton”

The family of Mohammad Ali Taheri, the imprisoned leader of a peaceful spiritual group, is alarmed by his deteriorating health after his two month-long hunger strike. He began the hunger strike on August 13, 2015 to protest his unjust prosecution, imprisonment, and solitary confinement since 2011. “After Mohammad’s 58th day on hunger strike, his relatives visited […]

Two Poets Sentenced to Flogging and Nine and Eleven Years in Prison

Forced Confessions Used as Primary Evidence in Convictions October 14, 2015—A Tehran Revolutionary Court has sentenced the poets Fatemeh Ekhtesari and Mehdi Moosavi to 9 years and 6 months and 99 lashes, and 11 years and 99 lashes, respectively, on charges of “insulting the sacred” for the social criticism expressed in their poetry. The flogging […]

Blogger Still Held Behind Bars despite Completing Sentence as He Awaits Exile

The imprisoned blogger Mohammad Reza Pourshajari continues to be held behind bars, even though he has completed his term, as officials dither over where he will now serve his mandated post-prison exile. In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Pourshajari’s daughter, Mitra, expressed dismay at her father’s illegal imprisonment and […]

Imprisoned TV Producer Suffering from Untreated Shingles Disorder

Another Case of Denial of Adequate Medical Care for Political Prisoners Television writer and producer Mostafa Azizi, who has been in Evin Prison since February 2015, has developed shingles, but has not yet received proper treatment. Shingles is a painful, infectious skin disorder produced by the virus that causes chickenpox. Exposure to shingles can result in chicken […]

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Convicted on Baseless Charges

October 12, 2015—Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post correspondent imprisoned in Iran since July 22, 2014, has been convicted by a Tehran court in a prosecution and trial marked by the blatant denial of due process at every stage. “In Jason’s conviction the judge delivered the will and demand of the intelligence services.” said Hadi Ghaemi, […]

One Year after Acid Attacks against Women in Isfahan, No Arrests

Families of Victims, Still Seeking Justice, Are Warned by Police Not to Speak to Foreign Media A year after a spate of acid throwing attacks on women in Isfahan, the police and security forces have not apprehended a single individual, despite their frequent pledges to arrest the culprits. The mother of one of the victims […]

Court to Issue Decision on Farghadani’s “Illegal” Handshake with Her Lawyer

The imprisoned artist and civil activist Atena Farghadani will soon learn the verdict in the case judicial officials brought against her after she shook her lawyer’s hand when he met with her at Evin Prison. The case, in which she was charged with “non-adultery illegitimate relations,” is set to be decided within three weeks following […]

Authorities Deny Hospitalization for Ill Activist and Postpone Her Trial Again

No Explanation Given for Third Postponement of Narges Mohammadi’s Trial Date The trial of imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has been postponed for a third time, her husband Taghi Rahmani told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “The lawyers came to Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Salavati [on […]

Nazanin Boniadi Joins Campaign Board of Directors

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran is pleased to welcome Nazanin Boniadi to its board of directors. Ms. Boniadi is a distinguished Iranian-born actress who is also an accomplished human rights activist. She served as a spokesperson for Amnesty International (AIUSA) from 2009 until 2015 and continues to partner with them as an Artist of Conscience. […]

Case against Rezaian Will Be Built on Little More than Forced “Confession”

Iranian Judiciary Has Long History of Relying on False “Confessions” Extracted Under Duress October 6, 2015—Two months after the end of the trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, imprisoned in Iran since July 2014, it is increasingly apparent that the Iranian Judiciary’s prosecution of Rezaian will rely on little more than a forced false […]

Supreme Court Refuses to Grant Imprisoned Activist a Retrial

The political activist and university professor Saeed Madani, imprisoned in Iran since January 2012 for his peaceful activism and participation in a nonviolent political opposition group, has been denied a retrial by the Supreme Court, his wife Mansoureh Ettefagh told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The retrial was requested based on the […]

Facebook Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for “Insulting the Prophet”

Soheil Arabi, whose death sentence for “insulting the prophet” was recently struck down by the Supreme Court, has been sentenced to seven and a half years in prison, a source close to the case told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Branch 10 of Tehran Criminal Court also ordered Arabi to study Islamic courses […]

Sister of Saeed Malekpour Says Family Hopes for a Pardon for Imprisoned Web Developer

Prisoner of Conscience, Serving Life Sentence, is Finally Allowed In-Person Family Visits after a Year Prisoner of conscience Saeed Malekpour, serving a life sentence for blasphemy, has been allowed monthly family visits at Evin Prison where he has been held for the last seven years, after a year in which prison authorities denied him in-person […]

Judiciary Silent on Status of Tech Expert almost Two Months after His Arrest

Nearly two months after the arrest of information technology expert Arash Zad, who was detained at Imam Khomeini Airport by the authorities as he was leaving Iran on August 1, 2015, officials have released no information as to why he was arrested or the charges that he is being held under. Zad, who is the […]

Mother of Imprisoned Physicist Writes Letter to Khamenei Pleading for His Freedom

The mother of Omid Kokabee, a physicist imprisoned in Iran since January 2011, has written a letter to the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, calling for her son’s freedom on the occasion of the start of the new academic year. “For the fifth consecutive year, when the academic year begins, in a country whose leader emphasizes scientific […]

Imprisoned Teacher Sentenced to Three More Years in Prison after Completing Six

Teachers’ rights activist Rassoul Badaghi, who was near the end of serving a six-year prison sentence for his peaceful labor activism, has been condemned to an additional three years in prison. Badaghi’s lawyer, Peyman Haj-Mahmoud Attar, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the new sentence, issued by Judge Moghisseh of Branch […]

Message to Rouhani: Rights Crisis in Iran Must Finally Be Addressed

September 22, 2015—When Iranian president Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2015, his third trip to the organization’s New York headquarters since his election in June 2013, he will stand on a record of great success in the nuclear negotiations—and abject failure in delivering on his pledges to defend basic […]

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