In an interview with ISNA (the Iranian Student News Agency), the prominent Iranian lawyer Nemat Ahmadi lambasted Iran’s anti-drug law, calling it “lacking in preventive powers” despite its stipulation of the death penalty as punishment for drug traffickers. “We have no other laws about drug trafficking, and because the anti-drug law was passed by […]... read more
The following is a translation of Tehran University Professor Sadegh Zibakalam’s letter to Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Marzieh Afkham, responding to her statements on the latest report of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. In the Name of God Madam Marzieh Afkham, Spokesperson Foreign Ministry Greetings. Your […]... read more
But Risks of Hardline Backlash Remain The understanding reached on Iran’s nuclear program on April 2 is a welcome development, averting at least for now, an inexorable descent into confrontation, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. This initial agreement also presents renewed opportunities for human rights. “Political space in Iran, long consumed […]... read more
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
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
In particular the Secretary-General voiced his concern about Iran’s chronic application of the death penalty to drug-related offenses, which do not qualify as the “most serious crimes”; the number of death penalty cases with a political dimension; the high incidence of public executions; and the execution of juveniles.
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Ali Younesi's reference to violations of human rights in Iranian prisons and courts defies the Iranian authorities’ consistent denial of reports of such violations by Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, and other international human rights bodies, which have held that due process and fair trial standards are routinely denied by the Iranian Judiciary.... read more
Six prisoners on death row for drug trafficking were hanged on February 15, 2015 inside Orumiyeh Central Prison, according to a local source. The names of the six men are Saeed Bakhshali, Ebrahim Reyhani, Adel Kouhi, Khosrow Modiri, Rahim Soleimani, and Rasoul Ghadamyari.
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Three-and-a-half years after the arrest and imprisonment of Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of a spiritual group who has been in Evin Prison since May 2011, the Iranian Judiciary will put him on trial again for “corruption on earth,” a charge he was acquitted of earlier, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned.
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The family of a juvenile offender on death row has been informed that he will be executed on February 19, 2015. Saman Naseem, 20, was 17 years old when he was arrested and later put on trial on charges of moharebeh (enmity with God) for membership in the PJAK (Party for Free Life of Kurdistan), an armed Kurdish opposition group.... read more
January 14, 2015—In the wake of the January 7 attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today, featuring nine prominent Iranian cartoonists, satirists and comedians expressing their solidarity with the victims of the attack and the defense of free speech.... read more
One Hundred eighty-five Iranian journalists condemned the January 7, 2015 terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in Paris, which led to the deaths of 12 individuals. "We, Iranian journalists, condemn the January 7 terrorist attack that took the lives of several journalists and citizens in Paris," said the statement.... read more