Issues

August 31, 2015

Jailed Activist Diagnosed with Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Jailed Activist Diagnosed with Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis Family Hopes Atena Daemi Will Be Released on Medical Grounds A doctor at Evin Prison has diagnosed imprisoned children’s rights and civil activist Atena Daemi, 27, with having signs of multiple sclerosis, her mother, Massoumeh Nemati, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. She expressed hope that under the circumstances, Daemi would be […]... read more
August 31, 2015

Wife of Imprisoned Pastor Asks US Officials to Obtain Release of Her Husband

Wife of Imprisoned Pastor Asks US Officials to Obtain Release of Her Husband American officials must do more to obtain the release of unjustly imprisoned Iranian-Americans, according to the wife of Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor who is currently serving an eight-year sentence at Evin Prison. Saeed Abedini, who converted to Christianity in 2000, was arrested in July 2012 when he visited Iran to see his family and […]... read more
August 31, 2015

74 Prominent Iranians Urge Congress to Support Nuclear Deal with Iran

74 Prominent Iranians Urge Congress to Support Nuclear Deal with Iran The following letter, written by 74 prominent Iranians representing many spheres of civil society, urges members of the U. S. Congress to support nuclear agreement with Iran. The signers of the text hold diverse views on sociopolitical issues but identify themselves as critics of the Iranian regime. They include academics, professionals, peace and human rights […]... read more
August 28, 2015

Prominent Women’s Rights Activist Held Illegally after Completion of Sentence

Prominent Women’s Rights Activist Held Illegally after Completion of Sentence Bahareh Hedayat Given Two Additional Years in Prison after She Was Due for Release August 28, 2015—The student and women’s rights activist Bahareh Hedayat, imprisoned for over five years in Iran, has been given an additional two-year prison sentence, days after receiving release orders from an Appeals Court in Tehran. The sentence, which dates from […]... read more
August 24, 2015

Imprisoned Cartoonist Grateful for International Courage Award

Imprisoned Cartoonist Grateful for International Courage Award Jailed artist Atena Farghadani has expressed gratitude upon hearing she was awarded the 2015 Courage in Cartooning Award by the Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI), her father said after visiting her at Evin Prison on August 16, 2015. Taghi Farghadani also told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the family hopes Atena […]... read more
August 24, 2015

Former Tehran Prosecutor Acquitted of Charges in Kahrizak Murders despite Overwhelming Evidence

Former Tehran Prosecutor Acquitted of Charges in Kahrizak Murders despite Overwhelming Evidence Mortazavi Verdict Shows Officials Still Enjoy Impunity even in Cases of Torture and Death of Prisoners. The former Tehran Prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, was acquitted on August 19, 2015, on charges connected to the torture and deaths of three young men at the Kahrizak detention center in 2009, but the relatives of the victims insist the fight […]... read more
August 20, 2015

Fabrication in Iranian Reports on Wall Street Journal Reporter Exposed

Fabrication in Iranian Reports on Wall Street Journal Reporter Exposed False Allegations Are Attempt to Justify Coming Verdict against Washington Post Reporter Rezaian After a week of attacks by the hardline Iranian newspaper Kayhan against Wall Street Journal reporter Farnaz Fassihi, the American newspaper issued a statement condemning the allegations as “completely false, outlandish and irresponsible.” On August 12, 2015, the Kayhan newspaper published a […]... read more
August 17, 2015

Amputations Do Not Prevent Crime, Legal Expert Says

Amputations Do Not Prevent Crime, Legal Expert Says The Iranian Judiciary’s continued practice, under the direction of Sadegh Amoli Larijani, of carrying out amputations as a routine punishment, is not only in direct conflict with international treaties Iran has signed, it has also utterly failed to prevent crime, according to Hossein Raeesi, attorney and legal expert. Speaking to the International Campaign for Human […]... read more
August 17, 2015

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Abdolfattah Soltani Denied Visitation with His Wife

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Abdolfattah Soltani Denied Visitation with His Wife Evin Prison authorities have prevented Massoumeh Dehghan from visiting her husband, the imprisoned human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, a source close to the family told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Dehghan went to Evin Prison with her daughter and Soltani’s mother on August 10, 2015. When they attempted to visit Soltani, Dehghani […]... read more
August 17, 2015

Banning of Films Continues under Rouhani Administration, 14 Movies Now Forbidden

Banning of Films Continues under Rouhani Administration, 14 Movies Now Forbidden Despite repeated statements made by President Rouhani regarding the need to allow more cultural freedoms in Iran, the banning of films in the Islamic Republic has continued unabated during his two-year administration. The latest film added to the list of forbidden cinema came just last month, in July 2015, when the Ministry of Culture and […]... read more
August 13, 2015

Political Activist Should Go Free Says Tehran’s Deputy Prosecutor

Political Activist Should Go Free Says Tehran’s Deputy Prosecutor Mohammad Hossein Rafiee, a 71-year-old political activist has been illegally held in detention since June 16, 2015, apparently in connection with a prison sentence that is no longer enforceable, according to his daughter. “[Tehran Prosecutor’s Deputy-Legal Affairs] Mr. Jahani has written to the prosecutor that because of the statute of limitations, the 2003 sentence against my […]... read more
August 13, 2015

Imprisoned Artist Suffering from Lymphatic Disease

Imprisoned Artist Suffering from Lymphatic Disease The artist and civil activist Atena Farghadani has developed signs of lymphatic disease in prison as she awaits her chance to challenge a 12-year prison sentence in the appeals court, according to her lawyer Mohammad Moghimi. “The illness showed up recently and we are waiting to see if they send her to a specialist or […]... read more