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September 16, 2014

Yahoo! to Offer Iranians Email Services Again

Yahoo! to Offer Iranians Email Services Again One year after Yahoo! decided to exclude Iran from the list of countries that can access some of its services, the company has resumed providing access to Iranian users to open accounts and use the company's Yahoo Messenger services.... read more
September 16, 2014

Death Sentence for “Insulting the Prophet” on Facebook

Death Sentence for “Insulting the Prophet” on Facebook A blogger found guilty of insulting the Prophet Mohammad in his postings on Facebook has been sentenced to death. An informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the blogger, Soheil Arabi, will be able to appeal the decision until September 20, 2014.... read more
September 15, 2014

Cartoon 92: “Happy” Youths Charged With Illicit Relations

Cartoon 92: “Happy” Youths Charged With Illicit Relations The Iranian youths who produced the dance video “Happy in Tehran” set to the Pharrell Williams hit song “Happy” were put on trial0 in Tehran on September 9, 2014, where they were charged with “participation in producing a vulgar video clip” and conducting “illicit relations” with one another, an informed source told the International Campaign [...]... read more
September 11, 2014

“Happy” Youths Go on Trial in Tehran

“Happy” Youths Go on Trial in Tehran The Iranian youths who produced the dance video “Happy in Tehran” set to the Pharrell Williams hit song “Happy” were put on trial in Tehran on September 9, 2014, where they were charged with "participation in producing a vulgar video clip" and conducting “illicit relations” with one another, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
September 11, 2014

More Than Two Months in Solitary Confinement for Protesting Exclusion of Women in Stadium

More Than Two Months in Solitary Confinement for Protesting Exclusion of Women in Stadium A young woman's detention in solitary confinement continues after her June 30, 2014 arrest, following her earlier arrest and release outside a Tehran sports stadium when she tried to attend a volleyball game. Ghoncheh Ghavami's lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he is unaware of his client's charges despite the fact that Ghavami has been in solitary confinement at Evin Prison for more than two months and her "temporary ... read more
September 10, 2014

Imprisoned Baha’is Refused Early Release Unless They Repent

Imprisoned Baha’is Refused Early Release Unless They Repent Three imprisoned Baha’is have been refused early release and furlough to visit their small children unless they recant their faith and pledge not to teach at the Baha’i university, a relative told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
September 4, 2014

Gender Segregation Gains Momentum in Iran: Women Prohibited from More Jobs

Gender Segregation Gains Momentum in Iran: Women Prohibited from More Jobs The accelerated efforts to restrict women's access to jobs, professions, and public venues continue in Iran. In the latest announcement, Colonel Khalil Helali, Head of the Public Buildings Office of the Iranian Police, said on August 30, 2014, that henceforth women are not allowed employment in coffee shops, coffee houses, and traditional Iranian restaurants. No laws or reasons were cited as the basis for the decision to bar women from having such jobs.... read more
September 4, 2014

Imprisoned Scientist Denied Medical Treatment despite Severe Illness

Imprisoned Scientist Denied Medical Treatment despite Severe Illness Omid Kokabi, an internationally recognized physicist serving a 10-year sentence, has not been allowed medical treatment outside Evin Prison despite his worsening kidney stone condition and stomach ailment, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
September 3, 2014

Gender Segregation Violates the Rights of Women in Iran

Gender Segregation Violates the Rights of Women in Iran  Commentary by Leila Mouri*  The recent sharp exchange during a press conference between Morteza Talai, Deputy Chairperson of the Tehran City Council, and a female journalist from Sharq newspapers over Talai’s support of a recent gender-segregation initiative in the Municipality of Tehran, reflects the intensifying struggle between hardliners intent on controlling the domestic sphere and [...]... read more
September 2, 2014

Cartoon 89: Continued Arrests of Journalists in Iran

Cartoon 89: Continued Arrests of Journalists in Iran Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post correspondent in Tehran, and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, a correspondent for UAE’s National newspaper, were arrested on the night of July 22, 2014, after their homes were raided by security forces. The agents also confiscated their personal belongings, including laptops, books, and notes, a source told the International Campaign for [...]... read more
September 1, 2014

Carton 90: “Dastardly and Unfair,” Says Sattar Beheshti’s Mother of Murderer’s Sentence

Carton 90: “Dastardly and Unfair,” Says Sattar Beheshti’s Mother of Murderer’s Sentence Almost two years after the death of dissident blogger Sattar Beheshti under torture while in police detention, Cyber police interrogator Akbar Taghizadeh was sentenced to three years in prison, two years in exile, and 74 lashes for his murder. Giti Pourfazel, the Beheshti family lawyer, told Iranian Students News Agency that the verdict against Sattar’s [...]... read more
August 29, 2014

Hekmati Family Hopes for His Release, Three Years after Arrest

Hekmati Family Hopes for His Release, Three Years after Arrest Three years after his arrest in Tehran, US-born Amir Mirzaei Hekmati remains in prison. His family continues to hope that he will be released in time to see his father, who suffers from a terminal illness in the US. Hekmati's earlier charges of espionage have been changed to "cooperating with a hostile government," and his death sentence has been overturned, according to his lawyer, Seyed Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee.... read more