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July 2, 2015

Telegram Messaging Service Interrupted in Iran after Authorities Condemned its “Immoral” Stickers

Telegram Messaging Service Interrupted in Iran after Authorities Condemned its “Immoral” Stickers The Telegram messenger service confirmed on June 29 that problems which have emerged in its service in Iran were due to domestic technical issues inside the country. In a message on its Twitter account, Telegram said it was investigating the problems. Local network providers are limiting Telegram traffic in Iran. We are trying to find out […]... read more
July 2, 2015

No Official Reason Given for Former Professor and Activist’s Arrest

No Official Reason Given for Former Professor and Activist’s Arrest The family of former chemistry professor and activist Mohammad Hossein Rafiee, 71, has not been given an official explanation for why he was arrested and imprisoned nearly two weeks ago. Anna Maryam Rafiee told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that her father’s car was stopped by security agents in Tehran on June […]... read more
July 2, 2015

“No Legal Basis” for Charging Lawyer with Shaking Hands with Female Client

“No Legal Basis” for Charging Lawyer with Shaking Hands with Female Client Defense lawyer Mohammad Moghimi, who spent four days in detention for shaking hands with his female client, insists there are no legal grounds for the charge against him. “I hope they will stop pursuing this matter because the charge leveled against me does not have any legal basis. It’s laughable,” Moghimi told the International Campaign […]... read more
July 2, 2015

Facebook User Will Not Be Executed, Lawyer Says

Facebook User Will Not Be Executed, Lawyer Says The death sentence against Facebook user Soheil Arabi for allegedly insulting the Prophet has been annulled, his lawyer told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “On June 27, I heard the death sentence against my client has been nullified,” said Amir Salar Davoodi. “Now we have to wait for a parallel court to […]... read more
June 23, 2015

Campaign’s Five in the Afternoon Wins Major International Radio Award

Campaign’s Five in the Afternoon Wins Major International Radio Award Human Rights Show Takes Silver Trophy at Prestigious NY Festival’s World’s Best Radio Programs Awards June 23, 2015—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran’s weekly radio show, Five in the Afternoon, won a Silver Medal at the celebrated New York Festival International Radio Program Awards on June 22, 2015. The award was given jointly to the […]... read more
June 23, 2015

Rouhani Minister Expresses Outrage that Women Were Banned from Attending Iran-US Volleyball Match

Rouhani Minister Expresses Outrage that Women Were Banned from Attending Iran-US Volleyball Match Molaverdi Decries Hypocrisy of Policies toward Women on her Facebook Page Hours after women were denied entry to the volleyball game between Iran’s and the United States’ national teams on June 19, 2015 at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium, Rouhani’s Vice President for Women’s and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, criticized those in power who have worked to […]... read more
June 21, 2015

High Hopes, Tempered Expectations: Views from Iran on the Nuclear Negotiations

High Hopes, Tempered Expectations: Views from Iran on the Nuclear Negotiations Campaign Releases New Study on the Views of Civil Society in Iran June 22, 2015—Civil society in Iran remains steadfast and unequivocal in its support for the nuclear negotiations, and its members hope for an agreement that will end years of sanctions and isolation, according to a new study by the International Campaign for Human […]... read more
June 19, 2015

Child Rights Activist’s Mother Pleas for Help for Son’s Ten-Year Prison Sentence

Child Rights Activist’s Mother Pleas for Help for Son’s Ten-Year Prison Sentence Ten months after his arrest, children’s rights activist Omid Alishenas has been sentenced to ten years in prison for “assembly and collusion and propaganda against the state,” and “insulting the Supreme Leader.” Mr. Alishenas’ mother told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the family is in shock following the sentencing. “This sentence […]... read more
June 17, 2015

Lawyer and Client Accused of “Illegitimate Relations” for a Handshake in Prison

Lawyer and Client Accused of “Illegitimate Relations” for a Handshake in Prison Update: Mohammad Moghimi was released from Rajaee Shahr Prison on bail of 20 million toman (approximately $60,000) on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Mohammad Moghimi, a defense lawyer who was imprisoned for shaking the hand of his client, the imprisoned artist and civil activist Atena Faraghdani, during a prison visit, will be released […]... read more
June 15, 2015

Activist’s Mother Decries 14-Year Sentence for Her Daughter’s Peaceful Activities

Activist’s Mother Decries 14-Year Sentence for Her Daughter’s Peaceful Activities Atena Daemi, a children’s rights and civil activist, was sentenced to 14 years in prison, receiving the combined maximum penalty for each of her charges, as a result of her peaceful activism. In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Daemi’s mother, Massoumeh Nemati,  relayed that Daemi had been sentenced to […]... read more
June 15, 2015

Three Concerts Cancelled by Police and Judiciary despite Protests by Rouhani 

Three Concerts Cancelled by Police and Judiciary despite Protests by Rouhani  In his latest reaction to consecutive cancellations by the Iranian Police and the Judiciary of music concerts, President Hassan Rouhani condemned the cancellations and said such actions violate the people’s rights. At a press conference marking the second anniversary of Rouhani’s election to office, a reporter asked him about the widespread cancellation of concerts over […]... read more
June 14, 2015

A New Round of Intimidation, Arrests, and Prosecution of Social Media Users in Iran

A New Round of Intimidation, Arrests, and Prosecution of Social Media Users in Iran Iranian Cyber Police and Judiciary officials reported a new wave of arrests of Internet users this week. Colonel Gholamreza Kazemzadeh, Chief of Iran’s Cyber Police, told reporters on June 8 that an individual he claimed managed 23 groups on the WhatsApp and Line social media networks had been arrested. “The Cyber Police in Shahroud [in […]... read more