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November 20, 2014

Scholar’s 18-Month Prison Sentence for Questioning Nuclear Program Commuted to Fines

Scholar’s 18-Month Prison Sentence for Questioning Nuclear Program Commuted to Fines A Tehran appeals court has reduced the 18-month prison sentence originally handed down to Sadegh Zibakalam, a Tehran University professor and political analyst, for his public questioning of Iran’s nuclear program and his criticism of the trial process in a state corruption case, to a five million toman fine (approximately $1,600).... read more
November 19, 2014

UN Resolution on Human Rights in Iran Passes by 78-35 Margin

UN Resolution on Human Rights in Iran Passes by 78-35 Margin On November 18, 2014, the United Nations General Assembly’s Third Committee adopted a Resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran with a vote of 78 in favor, 35 against and 69 abstentions. ... read more
November 17, 2014

New Report Reveals State’s Growing Efforts to Control Internet Access in Iran

New Report Reveals State’s Growing Efforts to Control Internet Access in Iran November 19, 2014—The Rouhani administration should use all its authority to end the government’s initiatives to restrict Iranians’ access to the Internet, immediately cease state efforts to monitor users’ online accounts, and end the prosecution of individuals for their peaceful online activities, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.... read more
November 12, 2014

Ghoncheh Ghavami’s Lawyer Says New Charges Looming Against Her Are Illegal

Ghoncheh Ghavami’s Lawyer Says New Charges Looming Against Her Are Illegal New charges may be brought against Ghoncheh Ghavami, the young woman who was arrested outside a sports stadium in Tehran in June 2014 for trying to attend a volleyball match and who remains in prison. ... read more
November 12, 2014

Leading Iranian Figures Support Nuclear Negotiations and Hope for an Agreement

Leading Iranian Figures Support Nuclear Negotiations and Hope for an Agreement November 12, 2014—As the P5+1 negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program between the world powers and Iran approach the November 24 deadline, it is important that the negotiators on both sides of the table take note of the voices of their respective citizens at home: support for the nuclear negotiations and hope for a successful agreement is clear and strong among both the Iranian and the US public.... read more
November 7, 2014

Narges Mohammadi Summoned to Evin Prison Court on Unspecified Charges

Narges Mohammadi Summoned to Evin Prison Court on Unspecified Charges Narges Mohammadi, the prominent human rights defender and Deputy Head of the now shuttered Defenders of Human Rights Center, has been summoned to the Evin Prison Court following a moving speech she made at the grave site of Sattar Beheshti, the 35-year-old blogger who died under torture at a police detention center in November 2012. "In the summons I received on November 5, 2014, it is stated that I must turn myself in 'for charges,' but there is no further explanation about these charges," read more
November 5, 2014

New Hope for Revocation of Death Sentence for Insulting Prophet on Facebook

New Hope for Revocation of Death Sentence for Insulting Prophet on Facebook A Supreme Court branch reviewing the appeal request in the case of Soheil Arabi, a man convicted of “sabb al-nabi” (insulting the Prophet) and sentenced to death, will soon announce its ruling, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. ... read more
October 24, 2014

The Campaign’s 2014 UPR Pre-Session Statement

The Campaign’s 2014 UPR Pre-Session Statement This statement by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran to the UN’s 2014 Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Pre-Session on the Islamic Republic of Iran addresses the Government of Iran’s lack of implementation of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Recommendations that it explicitly accepted after the First UPR Review in 2010. Download PDF of full [...]... read more
October 23, 2014

31 Nobel Physics Prize Laureates Join Thousands of Activists to Call for the Release of Iranian Physicist

31 Nobel Physics Prize Laureates Join Thousands of Activists to Call for the Release of Iranian Physicist (October 22, 2014) – A delegation consisting of Amnesty International, the Committee of Concerned Scientists, and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran will deliver thousands of petitions and letters collected by these organizations and the American Physical Society calling for the release of Omid Kokabee to the Iran UN Mission in New York on Tuesday October 28 at 10:30 AM at 622 Third Avenue, between 40th and 41st Streets. Among the thousands of signatures on both online ... read more
October 22, 2014

Sotoudeh: Acid Attacks on Women Show “Plan to Promote Virtue” Must Stop

Sotoudeh: Acid Attacks on Women Show “Plan to Promote Virtue” Must Stop Following a spate of violent attacks on women in Iran, in which unidentified perpetrators have thrown acid in the faces of women in the city of Isfahan for their alleged improper hijab (the Islamic dress code for women), prominent human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the Iranian Parliament’s "Plan on Protection of Promoters of Virtue and Preventers of Vice" must be immediately suspended.... read more
October 21, 2014

Sotoudeh Stages Sit-in to Protest Ban on Her Legal Practice

Sotoudeh Stages Sit-in to Protest Ban on Her Legal Practice Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh began a sit-in on October 21, 2014, at the Iranian Bar Association in Tehran to protest a ruling that puts a three-year ban on her legal practice, and in protest against the general state of legal representation in Iran. One day before starting the sit-in, in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, she said that the protest will be of unlimited duration, until the Iranian Bar Association takes action on her demands. ... read more
October 15, 2014

Lawyer Says Jason Rezaian Not Allowed Legal Representation

Lawyer Says Jason Rezaian Not Allowed Legal Representation Prominent Iranian lawyer Mohammad Saleh Nikbakht told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that his request to represent Jason Rezaian, the imprisoned Washington Post correspondent, has not been accepted. Nikbakht said that he had asked for permission to represent Rezaian a few weeks ago, but that "They did not accept my request to represent him as a lawyer." ... read more