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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 […]

Hunger Striker in Critical Condition Vows to Continue Strike

Political Prisoner Protests His Imprisonment and Denial of Medical Care Prisoner of conscience Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, who has been on dry and wet hunger strikes since March 26, 2016 to protest being denied crucial medical treatment, is in critical condition, but has vowed to continue until his situation changes. His mother, who visited Maleki in […]

Business Leaders around the World Call for an End to Iran’s Closure of Baha’i Businesses

Letter to Khamenei Urges Respect for Economic Rights of Baha’is In a signed statement addressed to Iran’s supreme leader, 54 leading business people and economists from countries around the world asked Ayatollah Khamenei to stop the harassment and discrimination against Baha’i business owners in Iran. “We view the recent spate of business closures by Iranian […]

Lawyer Released from Prison in Iran Describes Grim Conditions for Political Prisoners

Prisoners Face Denial of Medical Care, Refusal to Transfer Inmates to Hospital despite Life Threatening Illness, Solitary Confinement Aimed at Extracting False Confessions, Poor Nutrition, Denial of Family Visits April 14, 2016—Mohammad...Show More Summary

Iranian VP Summoned to Judiciary for Commenting on High Execution Rate of Drug Traffickers

Shahindokht Mowlaverdi, Iran’s vice president for Women and Family Affairs, has been summoned to the Judiciary to explain a comment she made in February about all the men in a village being executed for drug offenses.  “Officials in Sistan and Baluchistan province have transferred this case to Tehran and Ms. Mowlaverdi has been summoned to the […]

Journalist Afarin Chitsaz Held Incommunicado at Evin Prison for Five Months

Status of Case and Charges against Her Remain Unknown Concern is growing for the well-being of newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz, who has been imprisoned incommunicado since her arrest on November 2, 2015.  “Unfortunately, we have no information about her situation and we don’t even know why she hasn’t gotten a lawyer during these past five […]

Disqualification of Elected Female Reformist MP Sparks Heated Debate in Iran

Two weeks have passed since Minoo Khaleghi’s election to Parliament in Iran’s recent elections was nullified without an explanation by the Guardian Council, the body charged with vetting candidates. Some conservative pundits have speculated that the young female reformist from the city of Isfahan was disqualified because photos emerged of her shaking hands with a […]

“Assad’s Fateful Choice” by David W. Lesch

Assad’s Fateful Choice by David W. Lesch This spring marks the fifth year anniversary of the events that launched a civil war in Syria.  Typically, there were some huge miscalculations early on that set the conflict in motion, such as...Show More Summary

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