Issues

December 22, 2014

Baha’is Have No Citizenship Rights, Says Grand Ayatollah

Baha’is Have No Citizenship Rights, Says Grand Ayatollah A high-ranking cleric and Khomeini-era member of the Supreme Judicial Council has told Fars News Agency that Baha’is are not entitled to citizenship rights. The statement was made only weeks after Mohammad Javad Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary's Human Rights Council, denied the systematic denial of Baha’is right to higher education. "We never say that Baha'is have the right to education; Baha'is don't even have citizenship rights," Ayatollah Bojnourdi told Fars. "Christians, ... read more
December 19, 2014

Kurdish Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike Threatened with Further Prosecution and Execution

Kurdish Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike Threatened with Further Prosecution and Execution Nearly a month into their hunger strike inside the Orumiyeh Central Prison to protest dangerous and inhumane prison conditions, 27 Kurdish political prisoners have been summoned and threatened with new judicial cases if they don't cease their hunger strike, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
December 19, 2014

Ending House Arrest of Dissident Leaders Not on Administration’s Agenda, Says Justice Minister

Ending House Arrest of Dissident Leaders Not on Administration’s Agenda, Says Justice Minister In a startling statement during an interview with the Iran Labor News agency (ILNA) about the house arrests imposed on the Green Movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and Zahra Rahnavard since 2011, Iran’s Minister of Justice Mostafa Pourmohammadi said on December 16, 2014, that “the issue [of the house arrest] has not been [...]... read more
December 19, 2014

Imprisoned Lawyer Denied Urgently Needed Medical Treatment

Imprisoned Lawyer Denied Urgently Needed Medical Treatment Despite the severely deteriorating health of imprisoned Iranian lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, the Tehran Prosecutor refuses to grant him permission to receive medical care outside the prison, due to the prominent lawyer's steadfastness about his beliefs, Soltani's daughter told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Maedeh Soltani told the Campaign that her father suffers from heart disease and fluctuations in blood pressure, and that requests for his transfer to a hospital have read more
December 17, 2014

161 PhD Students Demand Immediate Medical Attention and Judicial Review for Omid Kokabee

161 PhD Students Demand Immediate Medical Attention and Judicial Review for Omid Kokabee In a statement of solidarity with the imprisoned Iranian scientist Omid Kokabee, 161 doctoral students and graduates from universities around the world have released an open letter, demanding medical attention and due process for him. "We, a group of 161 Iranian PhD students and graduates, demand immediate medical attention to this Iranian scholar's health situation, as well as a review of the judicial process that has led to Omid's unfair imprisonment. We believe Omid should be in the ... read more
December 17, 2014

Mahdieh Golroo Remains in Solitary Confinement Two Months After Arrest, Charges Unclear

Mahdieh Golroo Remains in Solitary Confinement Two Months After Arrest, Charges Unclear Despite completion of interrogations for Mahdieh Golroo, a women's rights activist who was arrested on October 23, 2014, a day after she attended a gathering in Tehran to protest acid attacks on several women in Isfahan, her judicial case has not moved forward and her family remains uninformed of her charges, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Mahdieh Golroo has spent her entire detention period inside a solitary cell in the IRGC's Ward 2-A at Evin Prison. ... read more
December 10, 2014

Nasrin Sotoudeh Detained for Several Hours on Human Rights Day

Nasrin Sotoudeh Detained for Several Hours on Human Rights Day On December 10, 2014, Iranian intelligence agents detained renowned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, before releasing her several hours later. The detention marks the second time in less than two months that Sotoudeh has been detained for her activities in protest of the Iranian Bar Association’s suspension of her legal license.... read more
December 9, 2014

Supreme Court Rejects Legality of Kokabee’s Sentencing

Supreme Court Rejects Legality of Kokabee’s Sentencing Iran’s Supreme Court has explicitly rejected the legal basis of Omid Kokabee’s prosecution and sentencing. Branch 36 of Iran’s Supreme Court ordered the review of Omid Kokabee’s case, according to a ruling it issued on October 11, 2014 and recently made public by his lawyer.... read more
December 2, 2014

Stabbing of Six Women Continue Series of Attacks Against Women

Stabbing of Six Women Continue Series of Attacks Against Women In a continuing series of attacks against women in Iran, a suspect has been arrested for the stabbing of six women in the southern town of Jahrom in Fars Province over the past week. The stabbings follow the numerous acid attacks against women in Isfahan over the last few months, which were allegedly linked to vigilante justice that was aimed at punishing “improper” hijab and encouraged by the Iranian Parliament’s proposed "Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice." ... read more
December 2, 2014

Opposition Leader Under House Arrest Demands Public Trial

Opposition Leader Under House Arrest Demands Public Trial (December 2, 2014) The head of the Iranian Judiciary should immediately end the nearly four-year house arrest of former presidential candidates Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, and leading dissident Zahra Rahnavard, and grant them a fair trial, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. ... read more
November 26, 2014

Illegal Addition of New Charges Makes Death Sentence for Soheil Arabi More Likely

Illegal Addition of New Charges Makes Death Sentence for Soheil Arabi More Likely In an arbitrary and illegal act, new charges that carry a death sentence and which do not allow a pardon were added and the death sentence of Facebook user Soheil Arabi was confirmed by the Supreme Court in Iran.... read more
November 25, 2014

Authorities Use National Security Charges to Punish Ghavami for Attending Sporting Event

Authorities Use National Security Charges to Punish Ghavami for Attending Sporting Event On November 23, 2014, Ghoncheh Ghavami was released from prison after posting bail of one hundred million toman ($35,000). She was released after a lower court issued a one-year prison sentence and a two-year travel ban for “propaganda against the state” and other national security-related charges on November 22.... read more