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March 31, 2014

Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Summoned to Intelligence Ministry

Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Summoned to Intelligence Ministry A few days after a video was posted on YouTube, showing a short speech by human rights lawyer and former prisoner of conscience Nasrin Sotoudeh, she was summoned to the Intelligence Ministry while on a family holiday, according to her husband Reza Khandan's Facebook page. Also according to Khandan's next status update on Facebook, Sotoudeh decided not to appear at the Intelligence Ministry due to the illegal way in which she was summoned.... read more
March 29, 2014

Minister Says his Government not Responsible for Press Bans

Minister Says his Government not Responsible for Press Bans In an interview with Iran Students News Agency (ISNA), Ali Jannati, Iran’s Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance said the recent ban on the hardliner publication, 9 Dey, was unrelated to the Rouhani administration. After receiving six warnings from the Press Oversight Committee  in one year, 9 Dey Weekly was banned on March 16, 2014. [...]... read more
March 24, 2014

Former Political Prisoner Tells the UN of the Iranian Judiciary’s Lack of Independence

Former Political Prisoner Tells the UN of the Iranian Judiciary’s Lack of Independence "I have come here because as an Iranian citizen I, my family, and especially my brother, were treated unjustly. We were innocent from the very beginning. There are many like us in Iran's prisons who are innocent. I came here to be the voice of other innocent people," former political prisoner Hamid Ghassemi-Shaal said to the UN Human Rights Council before speaking to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran in Geneva.... read more
March 24, 2014

Cartoon 79: Nowruz 1393

Cartoon 79: Nowruz 1393 Last week Iranians around the world began their celebration of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. In this cartoon, along with the traditional Haft Sin table, Touka Neyestani has drawn the figure of Gohar Eshghi, the mother of Sattar Beheshti, the blogger who died under torture by his interrogators at Evin Prison, holding a picture of [...]... read more
March 17, 2014

UN Members Strongly Criticize Executions and Lack of Basic Freedoms in Iran

UN Members Strongly Criticize Executions and Lack of Basic Freedoms in Iran At Monday's meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed presented his report on the situation of human rights in Iran. Following his presentation, representatives of member countries, NGOs, and the Iranian delegation offered their responses.... read more
March 17, 2014

Shaheed Tells the UN Rights Council Deep Reforms Needed

Shaheed Tells the UN Rights Council Deep Reforms Needed Today, March 17, 2014, Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, officially presented his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council. Stating that he had met with representatives from the Iranian Judiciary and other government organizations in Geneva, Shaheed said, “the report before the Council demonstrates that [...]... read more
March 15, 2014

Activist Who Met With Ashton Decries Defamation by Hardliners

Activist Who Met With Ashton Decries Defamation by Hardliners Human rights activist Narges Mohammadi who has come under intense attacks by hardliners following her meeting with Catherine Ashton, the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Representative, has emphatically denied accusations about ever taking up arms against the Islamic Republic. “I don’t know how they can accuse me of armed sedition,” Mohammadi told the International Campaign for [...]... read more
March 15, 2014

“Personal attacks on UN Officials Show Iranians Not Free to Express Opinions,” Says Ahmed Shaheed

“Personal attacks on UN Officials Show Iranians  Not Free to Express Opinions,” Says Ahmed Shaheed On Friday, March 14, 2014, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, held a press conference at the UN in Geneva to discuss his new report to the Human Rights Council. When asked about his opinion on the personal attacks made on him and the UN by [...]... read more
March 13, 2014

UN Rapporteur Slams Iran for Lack of Judiciary Independence and Execution Surge

UN Rapporteur Slams Iran for Lack of Judiciary Independence and Execution Surge Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, released his third report to the UN Human Rights Council today, emphasizing alarm over the surge in the number of executions, as well as lack of independence of the Iranian Judiciary. For his research the Special Rapporteur interviewed more than 130 [...]... read more
March 13, 2014

Joint Letter on Iran to the Human Rights Council

Joint Letter on Iran to the Human Rights Council Support Resolution to Renew the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran. March 12, 2014 To: Member States of the Human Rights Council Your Excellency, We, the undersigned human rights and civil society groups, are writing to urge your government to support the resolution to renew the mandate of [...]... read more
March 12, 2014

Paper Close to Revolutionary Guards Doctors Ashton Photo to Erase Image of Torture Victim’s Mother

Paper Close to Revolutionary Guards Doctors Ashton Photo to Erase Image of Torture Victim’s Mother Almost immediately after EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met with a group of activists in Tehran, Iranian authorities unleashed a barrage of angry remarks and insults about her visit.... read more
March 11, 2014

Protesting Dervishes Beaten and Detained

Protesting Dervishes Beaten and Detained Security agents and police verbally and physically assaulted Gonabadi dervishes before arresting them for their protest gathering outside the Judiciary in Tehran, a protesting dervish told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more