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April 23, 2015

New Video: Iranian Expats Face Arrest upon Return to their Homeland

New Video: Iranian Expats Face Arrest upon Return to their Homeland April 20, 2015—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today highlighting the plight of the thousands of Iranians who wish to return to their homeland, yet fear likely imprisonment upon arrival for the peaceful expression of their beliefs, art, or lifestyle.... read more
April 22, 2015

Prominent Iranians’ Views on Impact of Nuclear Agreement on Human Rights

Prominent Iranians’ Views on Impact of Nuclear Agreement on Human Rights “Our next agreement will be on our civil rights!” was one of the slogans people chanted in Tehran only hours after a nuclear agreement was reached on April 2, during their street celebrations. During his election campaign, President Hassan Rouhani repeatedly pledged to observe citizens’ rights, end the house arrest of the Green Movement leaders, […]... read more
April 16, 2015

Worsening Conditions for Women in Iran Begin to Draw Attention

Worsening Conditions for Women in Iran Begin to Draw Attention Rouhani and Other Administration Officials Speak Out against Discrimination Analysis- Almost two years after his 2013 election, President Hassan Rouhani and his Vice President for Women and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, spoke up against discrimination against women this week, in the face of steadily deteriorating conditions for women in Iran. “The government considers it its […]... read more
April 10, 2015

Prominent Activists Optimistic on End of Ban on Women at Sports Stadiums

Prominent Activists Optimistic on End of Ban on Women at Sports Stadiums Two prominent Iranian human rights defenders have expressed optimism over the recent moves in Iran to amend the laws banning women from sports stadiums, but note that real and permanent changes will require time and sustained citizen support for its realization. The moves to end the ban follow an international outcry over Iran’s refusal to […]... read more
April 6, 2015

Tehran Professor Decries Iran’s Criticism of UN Human Rights Expert

Tehran Professor Decries Iran’s Criticism of UN Human Rights Expert The following is a translation of Tehran University Professor Sadegh Zibakalam’s letter to Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Marzieh Afkham, responding to her statements on the latest report of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran. In the Name of God Madam Marzieh Afkham, Spokesperson Foreign Ministry Greetings. Your […]... read more
April 4, 2015

Cartoon 110: People’s Share of the Nuclear Agreement

Cartoon 110: People’s Share of the Nuclear Agreement As front line victims of several years of sanctions against Iran, and with news of an impending nuclear agreement, Iranians have every right to expect to see their diminished livelihoods and standards of life and welfare restored and improved. Any successful negotiation on the international stage, must be followed by immediate and vigorous steps at […]... read more
April 2, 2015

Initial Accord with Iran Holds Promise for Human Rights

Initial Accord with Iran Holds Promise for Human Rights But Risks of Hardline Backlash Remain The understanding reached on Iran’s nuclear program on April 2 is a welcome development, averting at least for now, an inexorable descent into confrontation, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. This initial agreement also presents renewed opportunities for human rights. “Political space in Iran, long consumed […]... read more
March 27, 2015

Imprisoned Journalist Denied Furlough, Remains with Hardened Criminals

Imprisoned Journalist Denied Furlough, Remains with Hardened Criminals Despite support from the Zanjan Province Prosecutor and prison officials, and repeated requests by family members, journalist Saeed Matinpour’s furlough for the Iranian New Year was not granted and he remains behind bars. In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Matinpour’s wife, Atieh Taheri, said that officials encouraged Matinpour to […]... read more
March 27, 2015

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Denied Furlough Again

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Denied Furlough Again For the fourth year in a row, the ailing prominent human rights defender Mohammad Seifzadeh was not granted furlough for the Iranian New Year (March 20-April 1). Furlough, typically granted to prisoners in Iran for a variety of familial, holiday, and medical reasons, is routinely denied to political prisoners as a form of additional punishment. […]... read more
March 27, 2015

Journalist Remains in Prison Beyond End of Sentence

Journalist Remains in Prison Beyond End of Sentence The journalist Saeed Razavi Faghih has yet to be released from prison even though he completed his one-year sentence on February 28, 2015, because he is facing new, as yet unspecified charges, his brother Massoud told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “When I followed up the reasons why my brother had not […]... read more
March 27, 2015

UN Keeps Pressure on Iran for its Rights Failures

UN Keeps Pressure on Iran for its Rights Failures Human Rights Monitoring Will Continue March 27, 2015—The United Nations Human Rights Council voted today to renew the mandate of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, signaling the international community’s continued concern over the state of human rights in Iran. The resolution to renew the mandate […]... read more
March 19, 2015

Children’s Rights Activist Charged with “Acting against National Security”

Children’s Rights Activist Charged with “Acting against National Security” Civil and children’s rights activist Atena Daemi has been formally charged, after six months of “temporary detention” in Evin Prison, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. ... read more