Issues

October 24, 2014

Protesters Deploring Acid Attacks against Women Are Beaten and Arrested

Protesters Deploring Acid Attacks against Women Are Beaten and Arrested An October 22, 2014 gathering in front of the Iranian Parliament to protest the recent acid attacks against women has ended in the violent beating and arrests of several citizens, human rights activist Narges Mohammadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Sources also told the Campaign that plainclothes agents used batons and tear gas to disperse the large crowd that had gathered outside the Judiciary building in the city of Isfahan.... read more
October 23, 2014

31 Nobel Physics Prize Laureates Join Thousands of Activists to Call for the Release of Iranian Physicist

31 Nobel Physics Prize Laureates Join Thousands of Activists to Call for the Release of Iranian Physicist (October 22, 2014) – A delegation consisting of Amnesty International, the Committee of Concerned Scientists, and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran will deliver thousands of petitions and letters collected by these organizations and the American Physical Society calling for the release of Omid Kokabee to the Iran UN Mission in New York on Tuesday October 28 at 10:30 AM at 622 Third Avenue, between 40th and 41st Streets. Among the thousands of signatures on both online ... read more
October 22, 2014

Sotoudeh: Acid Attacks on Women Show “Plan to Promote Virtue” Must Stop

Sotoudeh: Acid Attacks on Women Show “Plan to Promote Virtue” Must Stop Following a spate of violent attacks on women in Iran, in which unidentified perpetrators have thrown acid in the faces of women in the city of Isfahan for their alleged improper hijab (the Islamic dress code for women), prominent human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the Iranian Parliament’s "Plan on Protection of Promoters of Virtue and Preventers of Vice" must be immediately suspended.... read more
October 21, 2014

Sotoudeh Stages Sit-in to Protest Ban on Her Legal Practice

Sotoudeh Stages Sit-in to Protest Ban on Her Legal Practice Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh began a sit-in on October 21, 2014, at the Iranian Bar Association in Tehran to protest a ruling that puts a three-year ban on her legal practice, and in protest against the general state of legal representation in Iran. One day before starting the sit-in, in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, she said that the protest will be of unlimited duration, until the Iranian Bar Association takes action on her demands. ... read more
October 15, 2014

Maz Jobrani Joins Campaign for Release of Omid Kokabee

Maz Jobrani Joins Campaign for Release of Omid Kokabee Maz Jobrani, the prominent Iranian-American actor and comedian, joins 28 Nobel laureates to call for the Iranian Judiciary’s immediate release of Omid Kokabee, the imprisoned Iranian physicist. Jobrani calls attention to Kokabee’s imprisonment on false charges after an unfair trial, and the multiple and serious health ailments Kokabee is suffering from that have gone untreated while he has been imprisoned, which require urgent medical attention. ... read more
October 15, 2014

Lawyer Says Jason Rezaian Not Allowed Legal Representation

Lawyer Says Jason Rezaian Not Allowed Legal Representation Prominent Iranian lawyer Mohammad Saleh Nikbakht told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that his request to represent Jason Rezaian, the imprisoned Washington Post correspondent, has not been accepted. Nikbakht said that he had asked for permission to represent Rezaian a few weeks ago, but that "They did not accept my request to represent him as a lawyer." ... read more
October 14, 2014

New Videos Confront Iran’s Rights Violations through Personal Stories of Persecution

New Videos Confront Iran’s Rights Violations through Personal Stories of Persecution New York, New York – Impact Iran, a coalition of human rights organizations, in partnership with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, today launched a new video, “Promises Made, Promises Broken.” The video is part of a series aimed at drawing attention to Iran’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council on October 31, 2014. A new video will be released each week leading up to the review.... read more
October 13, 2014

Retrial Granted for Omid Kokabee, Raising Hope for His Release

Retrial Granted for Omid Kokabee, Raising Hope for His Release The request for a retrial for the imprisoned young scientist, Omid Kokabee, has been accepted by Branch 36 of the Supreme Court, according to Kokabee’s lawyer, Saeed Khalili, who posted the update on his Facebook page. "Acceptance of the retrial request means that the top judicial authority has deemed Dr. Omid Kokabee's [initial] verdict against the law," he wrote.... read more
October 10, 2014

Imprisoned Iranian Scientist Congratulates Winner of Prestigious Math Award

Imprisoned Iranian Scientist Congratulates Winner of Prestigious Math Award In a letter from prison to Maryam Mirzakhani, winner of the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics, Omid Kokabee, the imprisoned Iranian physicist, congratulated her and hoped "all young talents in all corners of the world can blossom, away from any discriminatory views and pressure from security or ideological organizations, to freely grow in the field of science to serve humanity towards establishing peace and security in the world and a world free of fear." ... read more
October 9, 2014

Iranian Women Do Not Have the Right to Control Their Bodies

Iranian Women Do Not Have the Right to Control Their Bodies Since President Hassan Rouhani assumed office in August 2013, there has been a marked increase in state policies by hardliners in the government directly infringing upon the most basic rights of Iranian women. These hardliners, who dominate Parliament and are ensconced in the security, intelligence, and judicial branches of government, have focused in particular on two issues, both of which concern women’s bodies: the observance of “proper” hijab (Islamic dress) and the availability ... read more
October 9, 2014

Sit-in by Political Prisoner’s Mother to Protest Lack of Due Process

Sit-in by Political Prisoner’s Mother to Protest Lack of Due Process The mother of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a prisoner on hunger strike since October 1, has started a sit-in outside Evin Prison to protest her daughter's detention for more than 100 days without access to her lawyer. "Today is one hundred days since my daughter's arrest. None of the authorities seem to have heard us during this time. I have come to stand in front of Evin Prison this morning, and I won't move until my daughter is released," Ghavami's mother told the International Campaign for Human ... read more
September 29, 2014

Eighteen Nobel Laureates Call for Immediate Release of Iranian Physicist

Eighteen Nobel Laureates Call for Immediate Release of Iranian Physicist (September 29, 2014) The Iranian Judiciary should immediately release the Iranian physicist and prisoner of conscience, Omid Kokabee, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.... read more