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Parliamentary Bills Further Threaten Autonomy of Legal Profession in Iran

In an escalating war of words that reflects the long-running conflict between the Judiciary and lawyers over the legal profession’s independence in Iran, the Iranian Bar Association Union’s president, Bahman Keshavarz, reiterated in an interview with the official ISNA news service on June 21 that the Union does not operate under the auspices of the […]

Citizens Angry the Government Backs Away from Supporting Women’s Attendance at Sport Stadiums

Administation Reverses Position and Caves in to Hardliners Rouhani’s Vice President for Women’s and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, has come under increasingly direct criticism by Iranian citizens after her flip-flops—and now backing away—from her earlier support for women’s attendance at sports events in Iran. Show More Summary

The Syrian Southern Front: Why it Offers better Justice and Hope than Northern Front” by Marika Sosnowski

The Syrian Southern Front: Why it Offers better Justice and Hope than the Northern” For Syria Comment – 9 July 2015 by Marika Sosnowski – @mikisosnowski The coalition of several dozen local insurgent groups, known as ‘the Southern Front’, is consolidating its control in and around Daraa and the Houran Plain in Syria. Show More Summary

Baha’i Art Teacher Arrested in Front of His Students, No Charges Announced

The Baha’i artist Shahriar Siroos was arrested by Intelligence Ministry agents on June 30 in Tehran and is being held at Evin Prison but the charges against him are not yet clear, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Siroos, 46, is a painter, married and has a seven-year-old son. Until […]

Fingers of Two Prisoners Amputated in Masshad

Amputations have been carried out on two prisoners in the Central Prison of Mashhad in northeastern Iran, according to a newspaper report. On June 28, the daily Khorasan identified one of the prisoners as 26-year-old “M. A.” from Mashhad but did not provide any information on the other prisoner. Both prisoners were transferred to a […]

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

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