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February 27, 2015

Journalist Behind Bars Since 2009 Suffers Heart Attack in Prison

Journalist Behind Bars Since 2009 Suffers Heart Attack in Prison The imprisoned journalist Massoud Bastani was transferred to the hospital on February 20, 2015, following a heart attack inside Shahid Rajaee Prison. The health conditions of Bastani, 37, who has been in prison since his arrest in the wake of the protests that followed the disputed 2009 presidential election in Iran, have steadily deteriorated during his six years of incarceration.... read more
February 27, 2015

Prisoner of Conscience Released After Nine Months of “Temporary Detention” At Deplorable Facility

Prisoner of Conscience Released After Nine Months of “Temporary Detention” At Deplorable Facility Nine months after her arrest, the lawyer and prisoner of conscience Negar Haeri was released on bail of about US$580,000 on February 25, 2015. She spent her entire time in prison since her May 2014 arrest on "temporary detention orders."... read more
February 27, 2015

Rouhani’s Top Advisor Says Identity of Killer of Canadian Photojournalist Zahra Kazemi is Known

Rouhani’s Top Advisor Says Identity of Killer of Canadian Photojournalist Zahra Kazemi is Known 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
February 25, 2015

Activists Ask FIFA to Intervene to End Iran’s Ban on Women in Stadiums

Activists Ask FIFA to Intervene to End Iran’s Ban on Women in Stadiums Referring to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, approved in 1997, the signatories added, "Any type of deprivation of fundamental rights or restricting such rights based on gender, aimed to or resulting in reduced access of women to sports" is prohibited.... read more
February 20, 2015

After Years in Solitary Confinement, Mohammad Ali Taheri Faces New Trial on Corruption on Earth Charges

After Years in Solitary Confinement, Mohammad Ali Taheri Faces New Trial on Corruption on Earth Charges 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. ... read more
February 16, 2015

Free Them Now: End Arbitrary House Arrests of Green Movement Leaders

Free Them Now: End Arbitrary House Arrests of Green Movement Leaders (February 17, 2015) – The Iranian Judiciary and Iran’s National Security Council should put an immediate end to four years of extrajudicial house arrest of Green Movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.... read more
February 13, 2015

Omid Kokabee, in Letter from Prison, Accepts Prestigious Science Award

Omid Kokabee, in Letter from Prison, Accepts Prestigious Science Award An acceptance speech [Link to full letter] by Omid Kokabee, written from his prison cell in Iran, was delivered at the Award Ceremony for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2014 Freedom and Responsibly Award on February 13. ... read more
February 13, 2015

Prisoner of Conscience’s Life at Risk at Evin Prison

Prisoner of Conscience’s Life at Risk at Evin Prison Pourseifi, a radio host and senior producer for Iranian state radio, was a member of the Society for the Defense of Working and Homeless Children. He was arrested in 2009 on charges of "cooperating with the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA),” and was later released. He was dismissed from his job with the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) in 2010 on the same grounds. ... read more
February 13, 2015

Row over Solo Singing of Women Grows in Iran

Row over Solo Singing of Women Grows in Iran There is a growing row between Hassan Rouhani's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and conservative Iranian clerics over the issue of women's singing in Iran. At least two Grand Ayatollahs said earlier this month that they will not allow women's (public) singing. ... read more
February 5, 2015

Iran’s IRGC Intensifies Crackdown on Facebook Users with 12 Arrests and 24 Summonses

Iran’s IRGC Intensifies Crackdown on Facebook Users with 12 Arrests and 24 Summonses An IRGC cyberspace specialist, Mostafa Alizadeh, announced in a statement on Iranian state television on February 1, that 12 Iranian Facebook users have been arrested on charges of "spreading corruption, and [carrying out a] mission to change family lifestyles." He added that 24 other citizens were summoned to answer questions about their Facebook activities. ... read more
February 4, 2015

Labor Protests Sweep Iran

Labor Protests Sweep Iran A wave of labor protests has been sweeping through Iran over the past ten days. The protests are focused on workers' demands for wage increases to keep up with the growing rate of inflation, payment of back wages, and other issues such as layoffs and non-renewal of labor contracts.... read more
January 30, 2015

Cartoon 105: Ahmad Jannati on the House Arrests

Cartoon 105: Ahmad Jannati on the House Arrests   On January 24, 2015, hardliner cleric and member of the Guardian Council, Ahmad Jannati, reacted to conservative Member of the Parliament Ali Motahari’s interrupted speech at the Iranian Parliament, in which he asked for an end to the state of house arrest of Green Movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife, Zahra Rahnavard, […]... read more