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December 22, 2014

Baha’is Have No Citizenship Rights, Says Grand Ayatollah

Baha’is Have No Citizenship Rights, Says Grand Ayatollah A high-ranking cleric and Khomeini-era member of the Supreme Judicial Council has told Fars News Agency that Baha’is are not entitled to citizenship rights. The statement was made only weeks after Mohammad Javad Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary's Human Rights Council, denied the systematic denial of Baha’is right to higher education. "We never say that Baha'is have the right to education; Baha'is don't even have citizenship rights," Ayatollah Bojnourdi told Fars. "Christians, ... read more
December 19, 2014

Ending House Arrest of Dissident Leaders Not on Administration’s Agenda, Says Justice Minister

Ending House Arrest of Dissident Leaders Not on Administration’s Agenda, Says Justice Minister In a startling statement during an interview with the Iran Labor News agency (ILNA) about the house arrests imposed on the Green Movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and Zahra Rahnavard since 2011, Iran’s Minister of Justice Mostafa Pourmohammadi said on December 16, 2014, that “the issue [of the house arrest] has not been [...]... read more
December 19, 2014

Imprisoned Lawyer Denied Urgently Needed Medical Treatment

Imprisoned Lawyer Denied Urgently Needed Medical Treatment Despite the severely deteriorating health of imprisoned Iranian lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, the Tehran Prosecutor refuses to grant him permission to receive medical care outside the prison, due to the prominent lawyer's steadfastness about his beliefs, Soltani's daughter told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Maedeh Soltani told the Campaign that her father suffers from heart disease and fluctuations in blood pressure, and that requests for his transfer to a hospital have read more
December 10, 2014

Nasrin Sotoudeh Detained for Several Hours on Human Rights Day

Nasrin Sotoudeh Detained for Several Hours on Human Rights Day On December 10, 2014, Iranian intelligence agents detained renowned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, before releasing her several hours later. The detention marks the second time in less than two months that Sotoudeh has been detained for her activities in protest of the Iranian Bar Association’s suspension of her legal license.... read more
December 2, 2014

Opposition Leader Under House Arrest Demands Public Trial

Opposition Leader Under House Arrest Demands Public Trial (December 2, 2014) The head of the Iranian Judiciary should immediately end the nearly four-year house arrest of former presidential candidates Mehdi Karroubi and Mir Hossein Mousavi, and leading dissident Zahra Rahnavard, and grant them a fair trial, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. ... read more
November 26, 2014

Illegal Addition of New Charges Makes Death Sentence for Soheil Arabi More Likely

Illegal Addition of New Charges Makes Death Sentence for Soheil Arabi More Likely In an arbitrary and illegal act, new charges that carry a death sentence and which do not allow a pardon were added and the death sentence of Facebook user Soheil Arabi was confirmed by the Supreme Court in Iran.... read more
November 25, 2014

Mohammad Ali Taheri on Hunger Strike to Protest Three Years of Solitary Confinement

Mohammad Ali Taheri on Hunger Strike to Protest Three Years of Solitary Confinement A student of Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of Interuniversal Consciousness Theory, who has been in prison since 2011, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Taheri has embarked on a dry hunger strike (refusing both food and water) since last week to protest 3.5 years in solitary confinement inside the IRGC's Ward 2-A at Evin Prison, as well as for interrogations that have been ongoing since 2011 on additional charges against him of "corruption on earth." The new ... read more
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