Issues

April 22, 2014

Rouhani’s Silence on Brutal Prison Attack Unacceptable

Rouhani’s Silence on Brutal Prison Attack Unacceptable A week after a violent raid by prison officials at Iran’s notorious Evin Prison led to the beating, injury, and solitary confinement of many political prisoners, Iranian Judiciary officials continue to deny any use of violence while vivid testimonies from the families of the prisoners indicate otherwise.... read more
April 11, 2014

Imprisoned Student Maryam Shafipour Refused Medical Treatment

Imprisoned Student Maryam Shafipour Refused Medical Treatment A source close to the family of imprisoned student activist Maryam Shafipour told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that judicial authorities have refused the family’s repeated requests for her transfer to a hospital to seek treatment for heart, stomach, and dental problems that she developed in prison. According to the source, Shafipour’s [...]... read more
April 11, 2014

Family of Blogger Killed in Custody Insists on Murder Charges

Family of Blogger Killed in Custody Insists on Murder Charges   The family of Sattar Beheshti, the blogger who died under torture by his prison interrogator, is refusing to participate further in the court proceedings against his killer, Giti Pourfazel, the lawyer representing Sattar’s family, said in an interview, in protest against the charge of “unintentional murder” brought against the interrogator who caused his death. [...]... read more
April 10, 2014

Authorities Prevent Hospitalization of Imprisoned Rights Lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani

Authorities Prevent Hospitalization of Imprisoned Rights Lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani Imprisoned human rights defender Abdolfattah Soltani is in critical condition because prison authorities have been denying him needed medical care for the past several months, according to his daughter. Soltani’s daughter, Maedeh Soltani, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that her father, who is serving his 13-year sentence inside Evin Prison, has [...]... read more
April 10, 2014

Official Makes Rare Admission of Baha’is’ Equal Rights in Domestic Media

Official Makes Rare Admission of Baha’is’  Equal Rights in Domestic Media In a rare statement to the Iranian media on April 6, 2014, Javad Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary’s Human Rights Council, admitted Baha’is in Iran are entitled to full and equal constitutional rights.... read more
April 3, 2014

No Political Prisoners Among the 920 Pardoned

No Political Prisoners Among the 920 Pardoned   Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has pardoned 920 Iranian prisoners on the anniversary of the Islamic Republic of Iran on March 31, 2014. According to the Iranian news agencies, after Head of the Judiciary Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani sent a letter to the Supreme Leader recommending pardons and reductions in the sentences of 920 prisoners, [...]... read more
March 31, 2014

Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Summoned to Intelligence Ministry

Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Summoned to Intelligence Ministry A few days after a video was posted on YouTube, showing a short speech by human rights lawyer and former prisoner of conscience Nasrin Sotoudeh, she was summoned to the Intelligence Ministry while on a family holiday, according to her husband Reza Khandan's Facebook page. Also according to Khandan's next status update on Facebook, Sotoudeh decided not to appear at the Intelligence Ministry due to the illegal way in which she was summoned.... read more
March 29, 2014

Iran’s New UN Ambassador’s Visa Delay Raises Questions in Tehran

Iran’s New UN Ambassador’s Visa Delay Raises Questions in Tehran The United States has delayed issuing a visa for a high-ranking Iranian diplomat appointed as the Islamic Republic’s new Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York.... read more
March 29, 2014

Minister Says his Government not Responsible for Press Bans

Minister Says his Government not Responsible for Press Bans In an interview with Iran Students News Agency (ISNA), Ali Jannati, Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance said the recent ban on the hardliner publication, 9 Dey, was unrelated to the Rouhani administration. After receiving six warnings from the Press Oversight Committee  in one year, 9 Dey Weekly was banned on March 16, 2014. [...]... read more
March 28, 2014

Iran’s Human Rights Showing Little Progress, UN Votes to Renew Special Mandate

Iran’s Human Rights Showing Little Progress, UN Votes to Renew Special Mandate The United Nations Human Rights Council voted to renew the mandate of Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed, a welcome development for human rights in Iran, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. ... read more
March 27, 2014

Hundreds of Lawyers Advocate on Behalf of Imprisoned Dervish Lawyers

Hundreds of Lawyers Advocate on Behalf of Imprisoned Dervish Lawyers In two separate letters addressed to Head of the Iranian Judiciary Sadegh Larijani, hundreds of Iranian lawyers have asked him for his immediate review of the judicial violations in the cases of four imprisoned Dervish lawyers. According to Majzooban-e Noor website, in one of the letters, 177 lawyers asked Larijani to review Judge Salavati’s conduct [...]... read more
March 26, 2014

Landmine Explosion in Non-Border Area Claims Another Life in Iran

Landmine Explosion in Non-Border Area Claims Another Life in Iran The explosion of a landmine in the Shahdad desert of Kerman Province has left one man dead and three others critically injured. This is the second incident in less than three months of a landmine explosion in a non-border area located in Iran's Lut Desert, at least 300 kilometers from the closest border with Pakistan.... read more