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August 28, 2015

Prominent Women’s Rights Activist Held Illegally after Completion of Sentence

Prominent Women’s Rights Activist Held Illegally after Completion of Sentence Bahareh Hedayat Given Two Additional Years in Prison after She Was Due for Release August 28, 2015—The student and women’s rights activist Bahareh Hedayat, imprisoned for over five years in Iran, has been given an additional two-year prison sentence, days after receiving release orders from an Appeals Court in Tehran. The sentence, which dates from […]... read more
August 24, 2015

Imprisoned Cartoonist Grateful for International Courage Award

Imprisoned Cartoonist Grateful for International Courage Award Jailed artist Atena Farghadani has expressed gratitude upon hearing she was awarded the 2015 Courage in Cartooning Award by the Cartoonists Rights Network International (CRNI), her father said after visiting her at Evin Prison on August 16, 2015. Taghi Farghadani also told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the family hopes Atena […]... read more
August 24, 2015

Former Tehran Prosecutor Acquitted of Charges in Kahrizak Murders despite Overwhelming Evidence

Former Tehran Prosecutor Acquitted of Charges in Kahrizak Murders despite Overwhelming Evidence Mortazavi Verdict Shows Officials Still Enjoy Impunity even in Cases of Torture and Death of Prisoners. The former Tehran Prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, was acquitted on August 19, 2015, on charges connected to the torture and deaths of three young men at the Kahrizak detention center in 2009, but the relatives of the victims insist the fight […]... read more
August 20, 2015

Fabrication in Iranian Reports on Wall Street Journal Reporter Exposed

Fabrication in Iranian Reports on Wall Street Journal Reporter Exposed False Allegations Are Attempt to Justify Coming Verdict against Washington Post Reporter Rezaian After a week of attacks by the hardline Iranian newspaper Kayhan against Wall Street Journal reporter Farnaz Fassihi, the American newspaper issued a statement condemning the allegations as “completely false, outlandish and irresponsible.” On August 12, 2015, the Kayhan newspaper published a […]... read more
August 17, 2015

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Abdolfattah Soltani Denied Visitation with His Wife

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Abdolfattah Soltani Denied Visitation with His Wife Evin Prison authorities have prevented Massoumeh Dehghan from visiting her husband, the imprisoned human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, a source close to the family told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Dehghan went to Evin Prison with her daughter and Soltani’s mother on August 10, 2015. When they attempted to visit Soltani, Dehghani […]... read more
August 17, 2015

Banning of Films Continues under Rouhani Administration, 14 Movies Now Forbidden

Banning of Films Continues under Rouhani Administration, 14 Movies Now Forbidden Despite repeated statements made by President Rouhani regarding the need to allow more cultural freedoms in Iran, the banning of films in the Islamic Republic has continued unabated during his two-year administration. The latest film added to the list of forbidden cinema came just last month, in July 2015, when the Ministry of Culture and […]... read more
August 13, 2015

Political Activist Should Go Free Says Tehran’s Deputy Prosecutor

Political Activist Should Go Free Says Tehran’s Deputy Prosecutor Mohammad Hossein Rafiee, a 71-year-old political activist has been illegally held in detention since June 16, 2015, apparently in connection with a prison sentence that is no longer enforceable, according to his daughter. “[Tehran Prosecutor’s Deputy-Legal Affairs] Mr. Jahani has written to the prosecutor that because of the statute of limitations, the 2003 sentence against my […]... read more
August 13, 2015

Imprisoned Artist Suffering from Lymphatic Disease

Imprisoned Artist Suffering from Lymphatic Disease The artist and civil activist Atena Farghadani has developed signs of lymphatic disease in prison as she awaits her chance to challenge a 12-year prison sentence in the appeals court, according to her lawyer Mohammad Moghimi. “The illness showed up recently and we are waiting to see if they send her to a specialist or […]... read more
August 13, 2015

Ailing Student Activist’s Continued Detention Violates Iran’s Own Laws

Ailing Student Activist’s Continued Detention Violates Iran’s Own Laws Prominent student activist Bahareh Hedayat should have been released by the end of July 2015 with the completion of more than five years in prison but efforts to end her unlawful incarceration have so far been unsuccessful, according to her husband Amin Ahmadian. “Whatever happens to her, the responsibility will be with those who are […]... read more
August 11, 2015

Rezaian’s Lawyer Prevented from Responding to Prosecutor’s Accusations

Rezaian’s Lawyer Prevented from Responding to Prosecutor’s Accusations The blatant denial of due process on display on the last day of Jason Rezaian’s trial on August 10, 2015, when his lawyer was not allowed to present arguments in response to the prosecutor, confirms the political and pre-ordained nature of the prosecution of the Washington Post reporter who has spent the last year behind […]... read more
August 10, 2015

Rezaian and Other Iranian-American Prisoners Held on Sham Charges Should be Released

Rezaian and Other Iranian-American Prisoners Held on Sham Charges Should be Released August 10, 2015— The Rouhani administration should immediately secure the release of three Iranian-American prisoners, Jason Rezaian, Saeed Abedini, and Amir Mirzaei Hekmati who are being held on politically motived charges, said the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today. “The Iranian government wants the world to look the other way while these individuals, […]... read more
August 10, 2015

Jailed Human Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Needs Urgent Medical Care

Jailed Human Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Needs Urgent Medical Care Sent Back to Prison despite Doctors’ Insistence She Be Seen by a Specialist Imprisoned rights activist Narges Mohammadi’s medical illnesses have reached a critical stage and require immediate attention, her husband Taghi Rahmani told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Mohammadi, who has a history of severe health problems, was transferred from Evin […]... read more