Issues

July 18, 2014

Revolutionary Court Sentences Fifteen Baha’is to Prison on Baseless Charges

Revolutionary Court Sentences Fifteen Baha’is to Prison on Baseless Charges A Revolutionary Court has sentenced fifteen Baha’is to between 1.5 and 3.5 years in prison on charges of "propaganda against the state" and "assembly and collusion against national security," but their lawyer told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that there is no evidence in their case files to support these charges. Giti Pourfazel, the lawyer representing the 15 individuals told the Campaign that when she asked to see the court's evidence, she was refused. \... read more
July 18, 2014

Widespread Elimination of Women from Tehran City Administration “for Their Comfort”

Widespread Elimination of Women from Tehran City Administration “for Their Comfort” A Tehran Municipality manager announced on July 13, 2014 that henceforth all managers in the organization should use male employees in their offices, and the Municipality offices should be segregated by gender. Farzad Khalafi, Deputy Media Director at the Municipality's Communications and International Center told reporters that "This decision was made for the comfort and welfare of the women so that they would not serve as office managers and secretaries of men." ... read more
July 17, 2014

Bill Criminalizing Birth Control is “Against Citizens’ Rights,” Critics Say

Bill Criminalizing Birth Control is “Against Citizens’ Rights,” Critics Say Two prominent Iranian lawyers have questioned the legitimacy of a bill approved by the Iranian Parliament on June 24, 2014, which calls for punishment against those who perform birth control procedures such as vasectomy and tubectomy. The bills are part of an official drive to boost the country’s population. ... read more
July 17, 2014

Baha’i to Begin One-Year Prison Sentence for Practicing His Faith

Baha’i to Begin One-Year Prison Sentence for Practicing His Faith A Baha'i man, Sarang Ettehadi, has been summoned to begin serving his one-year prison sentence on charges of "propaganda against the state through participation in Baha'i worship and prayer groups." Ettehadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he had been instructed via a telephone call from the Evin Prison Courts on July 6, 2014, to appear to begin serving his sentence within a week. Ettehadi's wife, Nasim Ashrafi, already began serving her sentence at Evin Prison read more
July 15, 2014

New Study Shows Leading Iranian Figures Support Nuclear Negotiations

New Study Shows Leading Iranian Figures Support Nuclear Negotiations July 16, 2014— In a study released by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today, Voices from Iran: Strong Support for the Nuclear Negotiations, prominent members of Iranian civil society expressed their strong support for the P5+1 nuclear negotiations between Iran and the world powers.... read more
July 15, 2014

Voices from Iran: Strong Support for the Nuclear Negotiations

Voices from Iran: Strong Support for the Nuclear Negotiations As this study demonstrates, leading Iranian civil society figures support the P5+1 nuclear negotiations and hope for a successful deal. No one can presume that such a deal will automatically lead to improvements in human rights and civil liberties in Iran. Yet the perpetuation of tensions over the nuclear file is likely to result in continued gross human rights violations. For the past decade, Iran’s nuclear activities have been the focus of international attention and the human rights ... read more
July 14, 2014

Eight Iranians Active on Facebook Sentenced to Combined 127 Years in Prison

Eight Iranians Active on Facebook Sentenced to Combined 127 Years in Prison Eight young Iranians active on Facebook have been sentenced to a total of 127 years in prison by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court which found them guilty of acting against national security, propaganda against the state and insulting Islam and state officials, IRNA news agency reported.... read more
July 10, 2014

New Wave of Arrests and Prison Sentences Against Journalists

New Wave of Arrests and Prison Sentences Against Journalists The prominent journalist Marzieh Rasouli was summoned to Evin Prison on July 8, 2014, for the implementation of her sentence of 50 lashes and two years’ imprisonment, she announced on Twitter, even though Rasouli has not yet received confirmation of the initial sentence from the appeals court.... read more
July 9, 2014

Inmate Dies at Bandar Abbas Prison after Being Denied Medical Treatment

Inmate Dies at Bandar Abbas Prison after Being Denied Medical Treatment A human rights activist told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Mostafa Nosrati, age 30, an inmate at the Bandar Abbas Central Prison, died on July 2, 2014, three days after he sustained injuries and was denied transfer to a medical facility. ... read more
July 8, 2014

New Report Reveals Iranian TV’s Continued Human Rights Violations

New Report Reveals Iranian TV’s Continued Human Rights Violations July 8, 2014—The United States should reinstate sanctions on Iran’s state TV and radio broadcasting agency, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), for the continuation of its widespread human rights violations, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The US Treasury had issued a six-month waiver of IRIB sanctions in February 2014, which expires in August.... read more
July 3, 2014

130 Women Sign Letter to Protest Women Barred From Entering Azadi Stadium

130 Women Sign Letter to Protest Women Barred From Entering Azadi Stadium More then 130 women's rights activists have asked the President of the International Volleyball Federation to protect the right of Iranian women to enter sports stadiums and attend volleyball matches. "We demand an end to gender discrimination in the sports stadiums and believe that the Iranian society is not an island isolated from the rest of the planet. The Iranian sports federations must end their selective disobedience which is neither consistent with the international regulations of ... read more
July 3, 2014

Veteran Journalist Charged with Propaganda Against State

Veteran Journalist Charged with Propaganda Against State The veteran Iranian journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin has been charged with "propaganda against the state" for interviews and speeches he has given. Mr. Shamsolvaezin wrote on his Facebook page that when he appeared before the Evin Prison Court on June 29, 2014 following a summons, he was interrogated for two hours, informed of the charges, and released on bail of 2 billion rials (approximately US $80,000). Shamsolvaezin has also been banned from foreign travel.... read more