Issues

September 22, 2014

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Suffers Severe Weight Loss in Prison

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Suffers Severe Weight Loss in Prison Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi have lost a “shocking” amount of weight in prison, an informed source has told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. According to this source, the family of the imprisoned Iranian journalist Yeganeh Salehi was allowed to have their first visit with her and her Washington Post reporter husband Jason Rezaian on September 7, and they were astonished at the couple’s appearance.... read more
September 18, 2014

Detention Continues for Woman Attempting to Attend Volleyball Match

Detention Continues for Woman Attempting to Attend Volleyball Match The decision to extend the temporary detention orders of Ghoncheh Ghavami, the young woman with dual British-Iranian citizenship who was arrested for trying to attend a volleyball game in Tehran, is under court review after Ghavami’s lawyer filed a formal objection. The family of Ghavami has also objected strenuously to her continued detainment.... read more
September 18, 2014

Happy Video Youths Receive Suspended Flogging and Prison Sentences

Happy Video Youths Receive Suspended Flogging and Prison Sentences The youths involved in the making of the “Happy in Tehran” dance video set to Pharrell Williams hit song “Happy” have all been sentenced, receiving suspended sentences of 91 lashes and six months in prison, with the exception of Reyhaneh Taravati, who received a suspended twelve-month prison sentence in addition to the suspended lashes, provided they do not engage in any “wrongdoings” during the next three years.... read more
September 17, 2014

As Rouhani Comes to NY, Domestic Repression in Iran Remains Unabated

As Rouhani Comes to NY, Domestic Repression in Iran Remains Unabated (September 17, 2014) Ahead of President Rouhani’s visit to New York next week, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today, bringing into sharp focus the disconnect between Rouhani’s rhetoric on domestic affairs and the reality on the ground.... read more
September 16, 2014

Yahoo! to Offer Iranians Email Services Again

Yahoo! to Offer Iranians Email Services Again One year after Yahoo! decided to exclude Iran from the list of countries that can access some of its services, the company has resumed providing access to Iranian users to open accounts and use the company's Yahoo Messenger services.... read more
September 16, 2014

Death Sentence for “Insulting the Prophet” on Facebook

Death Sentence for “Insulting the Prophet” on Facebook A blogger found guilty of insulting the Prophet Mohammad in his postings on Facebook has been sentenced to death. An informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the blogger, Soheil Arabi, will be able to appeal the decision until September 20, 2014.... read more
September 15, 2014

Cartoon 92: “Happy” Youths Charged With Illicit Relations

Cartoon 92: “Happy” Youths Charged With Illicit Relations The Iranian youths who produced the dance video “Happy in Tehran” set to the Pharrell Williams hit song “Happy” were put on trial0 in Tehran on September 9, 2014, where they were charged with “participation in producing a vulgar video clip” and conducting “illicit relations” with one another, an informed source told the International Campaign [...]... read more
September 11, 2014

“Happy” Youths Go on Trial in Tehran

“Happy” Youths Go on Trial in Tehran The Iranian youths who produced the dance video “Happy in Tehran” set to the Pharrell Williams hit song “Happy” were put on trial in Tehran on September 9, 2014, where they were charged with "participation in producing a vulgar video clip" and conducting “illicit relations” with one another, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
September 11, 2014

More Than Two Months in Solitary Confinement for Protesting Exclusion of Women in Stadium

More Than Two Months in Solitary Confinement for Protesting Exclusion of Women in Stadium A young woman's detention in solitary confinement continues after her June 30, 2014 arrest, following her earlier arrest and release outside a Tehran sports stadium when she tried to attend a volleyball game. Ghoncheh Ghavami's lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he is unaware of his client's charges despite the fact that Ghavami has been in solitary confinement at Evin Prison for more than two months and her "temporary ... read more
September 10, 2014

Imprisoned Baha’is Refused Early Release Unless They Repent

Imprisoned Baha’is Refused Early Release Unless They Repent Three imprisoned Baha’is have been refused early release and furlough to visit their small children unless they recant their faith and pledge not to teach at the Baha’i university, a relative told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
September 9, 2014

Cartoon 91: Head of Judiciary Reinstated for Five More Years

Cartoon 91: Head of Judiciary Reinstated for Five More Years Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, reinstated Sadegh Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary, in his position for another five years on August 14, 2014. Civil and political activists have raised serious criticism and concern about Sadegh Larijani’s performance in his position. The most serious concerns voiced over Sadegh Larijani’s conduct over the past five years [...]... read more
September 5, 2014

Ten-Year Ban on Nasrin Sotoudeh’s Legal Practice Overruled: Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Returns to Law

Ten-Year Ban on Nasrin Sotoudeh’s Legal Practice Overruled: Prominent Human Rights Lawyer Returns to Law A Lawyers' Court at the Tehran Bar Association has determined that human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh is able to continue her legal practice, according to an August 30, 2014 status update on her husband Reza Khandan's Facebook page.... read more