Issues

April 1, 2015

Cartoon (109): Political Prisoners & Families Celebrate Nowruz, Not!

Cartoon (109): Political Prisoners & Families Celebrate Nowruz, Not! Dozens of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience were deprived of furlough, ordinarily extended to prisoners in Iran, during the Iranian New Year, Nowruz (March 20, April 1). More than 900 prisoners were pardoned by Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, none of whom were political prisoners. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on this issue.... read more
March 27, 2015

Imprisoned Journalist Denied Furlough, Remains with Hardened Criminals

Imprisoned Journalist Denied Furlough, Remains with Hardened Criminals Despite support from the Zanjan Province Prosecutor and prison officials, and repeated requests by family members, journalist Saeed Matinpour’s furlough for the Iranian New Year was not granted and he remains behind bars. In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Matinpour’s wife, Atieh Taheri, said that officials encouraged Matinpour to […]... read more
March 27, 2015

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Denied Furlough Again

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Denied Furlough Again For the fourth year in a row, the ailing prominent human rights defender Mohammad Seifzadeh was not granted furlough for the Iranian New Year (March 20-April 1). Furlough, typically granted to prisoners in Iran for a variety of familial, holiday, and medical reasons, is routinely denied to political prisoners as a form of additional punishment. […]... read more
March 27, 2015

Journalist Remains in Prison Beyond End of Sentence

Journalist Remains in Prison Beyond End of Sentence The journalist Saeed Razavi Faghih has yet to be released from prison even though he completed his one-year sentence on February 28, 2015, because he is facing new, as yet unspecified charges, his brother Massoud told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “When I followed up the reasons why my brother had not […]... read more
March 27, 2015

UN Keeps Pressure on Iran for its Rights Failures

UN Keeps Pressure on Iran for its Rights Failures Human Rights Monitoring Will Continue March 27, 2015—The United Nations Human Rights Council voted today to renew the mandate of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, signaling the international community’s continued concern over the state of human rights in Iran. The resolution to renew the mandate […]... read more
March 25, 2015

Father of Imprisoned Blogger Pleads for His Ill Son’s Release

Father of Imprisoned Blogger Pleads for His Ill Son’s Release The father of blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, who, prior to a six-month medical furlough granted for severe illness had been imprisoned since 2009 for his peaceful activities following the disputed 2009 presidential election in Iran, is appealing for an end to his son’s incarceration after the blogger was returned to prison.... read more
March 19, 2015

Children’s Rights Activist Charged with “Acting against National Security”

Children’s Rights Activist Charged with “Acting against National Security” Civil and children’s rights activist Atena Daemi has been formally charged, after six months of “temporary detention” in Evin Prison, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. ... read more
March 19, 2015

Suspects Identified, but No Action Taken in Attack against Critic of House Arrests

Suspects Identified, but No Action Taken in Attack against Critic of House Arrests Despite the fact that several suspects have been identified in the recent attack on Member of Parliament Ali Motahari, who was the Iranian Parliament’s most outspoken critic of the continued house arrest of the Green Movement leaders, no arrests have been made so far, according to official statements. ... read more
March 17, 2015

Under scrutiny, Iran Shows Increased, but Limited Cooperation with UN Mechanism

Under scrutiny, Iran Shows Increased, but Limited Cooperation with UN Mechanism Four years into his mandate as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed told UN member states at a meeting of the Human Rights Council today in Geneva that although he has yet to be let into the country for a site visit, Iran is demonstrating other signs of cooperation with the mandate.... read more
March 13, 2015

Facebook Users Arrested, Others Will Be Arrested Soon, IRGC Warns

Facebook Users Arrested, Others Will Be Arrested Soon, IRGC Warns More than 30 people have been targeted by the cyber crime unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) this month, including a dozen arrested for their “immoral” activities on Facebook. ... read more
March 13, 2015

Imprisoned Journalist Denied Medical Treatment for Serious War Wounds

Imprisoned Journalist Denied Medical Treatment for Serious War Wounds Imprisoned journalist and political activist Serajeddin Mirdamadi is in need of urgent medical attention at Evin Prison’s infamous Ward 8, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. ... read more
March 5, 2015

Vigilante Violence: The Acid Attacks against Women in Iran and the State’s Assault on Women’s Rights

Vigilante Violence: The Acid Attacks against Women in Iran and the State’s Assault on Women’s Rights March 6, 2015—The Iranian Parliament should immediately withdraw the pending Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice, which explicitly calls for Basij militias to enforce strict hijab (female dress), the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. This plan not only violates the rights of all Iranian women, it also presents a clear and present danger to their continued safety.... read more