Issues

May 1, 2015

Prominent Lawyer Says “Plan to Promote Virtue” Endangers Citizens and State

Prominent Lawyer Says “Plan to Promote Virtue” Endangers Citizens and State The prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh spoke out strongly against the recent approval of the Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice, a Parliamentary bill which calls on Basij militias to enforce strict hijab (female dress) on all Iranian women, in a recent interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The […]... read more
May 1, 2015

Prominent Activist Charged with National Security Crimes for Her Peaceful Civic Activism

Prominent Activist Charged with National Security Crimes for Her Peaceful Civic Activism A Tehran court has charged the prominent Iranian civil rights activist and deputy head of the banned Defenders of Human Rights Center, Narges Mohammadi, with crimes against national security for her peaceful activism. Narges Mohammadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court, under Judge Salavati, has […]... read more
April 29, 2015

Labor Leaders Detained in Iran as International Workers’ Day Approaches

Labor Leaders Detained in Iran as International Workers’ Day Approaches   April 29, 2015—On the eve of International Workers’ Day on May 1, Iranian authorities have arrested at least five labor leaders. The arrests have taken place in the context of intensifying labor protests, strikes, and arrests of individuals organizing or participating in labor protests. “The Government views any labor mobilization as a national security […]... read more
April 29, 2015

Police Demolish Imprisoned Baha’i Leader’s Ancestral Home

Police Demolish Imprisoned Baha’i Leader’s Ancestral Home Iranian police demolished the home of an imprisoned Baha'i community leader in Semnan on April 22, 2015. The home belonged to Jamaloddin Khanjani, one of seven Baha'i leaders who have been in prison since 2008.... read more
April 27, 2015

Managing Editor of Banned Women’s Publication Hopes for Reversal of Decision

Managing Editor of Banned Women’s Publication Hopes for Reversal of Decision Iran's Press Oversight Committee has decided to suspend publication of Iran's premier women's magazine, Zanan-e Emrooz [Today's Women], and forward its case for prosecution to the Iranian Judiciary.... read more
April 27, 2015

Political Prisoner To Be Tried for Contacting UN Human Rights Expert

Political Prisoner To Be Tried for Contacting UN Human Rights Expert Ebrahimi is accused of contacting the UN’s Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, from prison, to report to the Special Rapporteur on the condition of political prisoners who are ill. Iranian prison officials routinely deny even critically needed medical care to political prisoners. ... read more
April 26, 2015

TV Producer Jailed upon Return to Iran Now Faces Trial

TV Producer Jailed upon Return to Iran Now Faces Trial Mostafa Azizi, a former Iranian television writer and producer, who has been in prison since February 1, 2015, will be put on trial on June 1, at Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Salavati. Azizi, a resident of Canada since 2008, returned to Iran in December 2014. ... read more
April 25, 2015

Final Verdict: Five to Seven Years for Facebook Users in Iran

Final Verdict: Five to Seven Years for Facebook Users in Iran An appeals court in Tehran has sentenced six individuals to prison terms ranging from five to seven years for postings on their Facebook pages. Two additional individuals are facing as of yet unknown terms for their activities on the social networking site.... read more
April 23, 2015

New Video: Iranian Expats Face Arrest upon Return to their Homeland

New Video: Iranian Expats Face Arrest upon Return to their Homeland April 20, 2015—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today highlighting the plight of the thousands of Iranians who wish to return to their homeland, yet fear likely imprisonment upon arrival for the peaceful expression of their beliefs, art, or lifestyle.... read more
April 22, 2015

Prominent Iranians’ Views on Impact of Nuclear Agreement on Human Rights

Prominent Iranians’ Views on Impact of Nuclear Agreement on Human Rights “Our next agreement will be on our civil rights!” was one of the slogans people chanted in Tehran only hours after a nuclear agreement was reached on April 2, during their street celebrations. During his election campaign, President Hassan Rouhani repeatedly pledged to observe citizens’ rights, end the house arrest of the Green Movement leaders, […]... read more
April 16, 2015

Worsening Conditions for Women in Iran Begin to Draw Attention

Worsening Conditions for Women in Iran Begin to Draw Attention Rouhani and Other Administration Officials Speak Out against Discrimination Analysis- Almost two years after his 2013 election, President Hassan Rouhani and his Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, spoke up against discrimination against women this week, in the face of steadily deteriorating conditions for women in Iran. “The government considers it its […]... read more
April 10, 2015

Prominent Activists Optimistic on End of Ban on Women at Sports Stadiums

Prominent Activists Optimistic on End of Ban on Women at Sports Stadiums Two prominent Iranian human rights defenders have expressed optimism over the recent moves in Iran to amend the laws banning women from sports stadiums, but note that real and permanent changes will require time and sustained citizen support for its realization. The moves to end the ban follow an international outcry over Iran’s refusal to […]... read more