Issues

May 22, 2015

Journalist Exiled the Day He Completes Six Years in Prison

Journalist Exiled the Day He Completes Six Years in Prison Ahmad Zeidabadi, a journalist who served six years in prison for his work, was transferred to the city of Gonabad in northeastern Iran today to begin serving his time in exile. The Tehran Prosecutor’s Office informed Mr. Zeidabadi’s family earlier this week that he would be exiled to Gonabad immediately upon release from Rajaee Shahr […]... read more
May 21, 2015

Writer Prosecuted for Facebook Posts Critical of State Censorship

Writer Prosecuted for Facebook Posts Critical of State Censorship Authorities in Iran are prosecuting another writer on national security charges for signing statements and writing posts that criticized state censorship on the Facebook page of the Iranian Writers’ Association. Reza Khandan Mahabadi, a member of the Board of Directors of the Iranian Writers’ Association, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that […]... read more
May 18, 2015

Young Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Facebook Postings and Peaceful Protest

Young Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Facebook Postings and Peaceful Protest A young civil activist who has been held at Evin Prison since October 2014 has been sentenced to seven years in prison at her interrogator’s urging, a source close to the case told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, for her Facebook postings and her participation in peaceful gatherings. Atena Daemi, 27, who […]... read more
May 18, 2015

Basij Militia Unveils Messaging App that Gives State Access to All Conversations

Basij Militia Unveils Messaging App that Gives State Access to All Conversations The Basij paramilitary organization, a subsidiary of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), announced the launch of its new messaging service for mobile phones, “Salam,” which will give state officials full access to any content flowing across the service. The new messaging application, now available for download free of charge, will use servers owned and controlled by […]... read more
May 14, 2015

Iranian Officials Re-Affirm Facebook Will Remain Completely Blocked in Iran

Iranian Officials Re-Affirm Facebook Will Remain Completely Blocked in Iran Despite the Iranian government’s stated intention to move towards the selective blocking of Internet content (“smart filtering”), a top government official proclaimed that the social networking giant Facebook would continue to be completely blocked in Iran. Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, a high-level advisor to Iran’s Prosecutor General and Secretariat of the State’s Working Group to Determine Criminal […]... read more
May 14, 2015

Cartoon 113: Evin Prison to Become A Park

Cartoon 113: Evin Prison to Become A Park Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said this week that the Tehran Municipality is prepared to enter negotiations with the Iranian Judiciary to convert the Evin Prison complex in northwestern Tehran into a public park. For decades, the notorious Evin Prison has been one of the primary facilities where Iranian political prisoners have been detained, interrogated, […]... read more
May 14, 2015

“No Books, No Book Fair,” Says Publisher of Banned Books

“No Books, No Book Fair,” Says Publisher of Banned Books   Leading Iranian Publisher Boycotts Tehran International Book Fair Iranian publisher Shahla Lahiji has boycotted the annual Tehran International Book Fair for the fourth year running, to protest the government’s refusal to issue licenses to her publishing house. “Since 2014, I have suggested 55 books for publication, but none of them have been issued a […]... read more
May 13, 2015

Iran’s New Search Engine Denies Access to Political or Human Rights Content on Internet

Iran’s New Search Engine Denies Access to Political or Human Rights Content on Internet A new Internet search engine developed by the Iranian government, Parsijoo, has been designed to keep Iranian users from accessing any political or human rights-related content. According to research conducted by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, the new engine’s display of search results does not follow the norms of other engines used […]... read more
May 13, 2015

Husband of Jailed Activist Narges Mohammadi Asks Rouhani’s Minister to Review Her Case

Husband of Jailed Activist Narges Mohammadi Asks Rouhani’s Minister to Review Her Case 250 Activists and Journalists Sign Statement Calling for Her Release Iranian Judiciary authorities have advised the family of detained human rights activist Narges Mohammadi that her May 5, 2015 arrest and transfer to Evin Prison was in fact enforcement of her six-year prison sentence dating back from a 2011 judicial case, which she had been […]... read more
May 12, 2015

Basij Militias Will Run 2000 Child Care Centers, 25% of All Day Care in Iran

Basij Militias Will Run 2000 Child Care Centers, 25% of All Day Care in Iran Teaching Islamic Values Becomes Priority in Face of Flagging Public Support Iran’s Welfare Organization will allow the Revolutionary Guard’s volunteer paramilitary arm, the Basij, to establish and operate 2,000 child care centers, which would comprise 25% of all day care facilities in the country. The move reflects a growing preoccupation with what is perceived by […]... read more
May 11, 2015

Teacher Protests Sweep Iran despite Threats by Officials Not to Participate

Teacher Protests Sweep Iran despite Threats by Officials Not to Participate Thousands Gather in Many Cities to Call Attention to Wages below the Poverty Line Another nationwide protest by Iranian teachers swept through dozens of cities throughout Iran on May 7, with thousands taking to the streets to draw attention to wages that are below the poverty line. Retired teacher and activist Hashem Khastar told the […]... read more
May 8, 2015

Radical Website Calls for Murder of Musician, Iranian Officials Silent

Radical Website Calls for Murder of  Musician, Iranian Officials Silent  German Police Address Threat While Website Offers Reward for Shahin Najafi’s and His Fan’s Death The announcement by an ultra-conservative website in Iran on May 1, 2015, of a reward of approximately $155,000 for anyone who blows up the concert venues of German-based Iranian musician Shahin Najafi, has met with the defiant reaction of the artist. “This […]... read more