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July 30, 2014

Journalists Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi Held in Secret Detention Center

Journalists Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi Held in Secret Detention Center The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that the journalists Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi, who were detained in Tehran on July 22, 2014, are being held in an unknown location. Except for a phone call to their families the day after their detention, the two journalists have not been allowed any contact with the outside world.... read more
July 28, 2014

No Judicial Record of Arrested Washington Post Journalist, Says Family

No Judicial Record of Arrested Washington Post Journalist, Says Family Seeking information on Jason Rezaian, Yeganeh Salehi, and a photographer, three international journalists who were arrested  in Tehran on July 22, 2014, has become impossible as their names do not appear anywhere in Iran’s Judiciary, a source close to the families told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Their names have not been [...]... read more
July 25, 2014

Raid Leaves Arrested Washington Post Journalist’s Home “Looking Like a Scene from Hell”

Raid Leaves Arrested Washington Post Journalist’s Home “Looking Like a Scene from Hell” Jason Rezaian, Yeganeh Salehi, and a photographer were arrested in Tehran 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 Human Rights in Iran.... read more
July 24, 2014

Ruling of Combined 127-Year Sentence for Facebook Users Violates Iran’s Own Laws

Ruling of Combined 127-Year Sentence for Facebook Users Violates Iran’s Own Laws A source knowledgeable about the case of eight young Iranians sentenced to heavy prison sentences for their activities on Facebook told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that in an illegal ruling, Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Moghisseh has issued verdicts that are up to three times longer than allowable under Iran’s own laws. The judge in the case has combined the old and the new Islamic Penal Codes in arriving at the unusually long sentences, ... read more
July 21, 2014

Another Baha’i Sentenced to Prison for Practicing Her Faith

Another Baha’i Sentenced to Prison for Practicing Her Faith The Baha'i citizen, Shamis Mohajer, began serving her one-year prison term at Evin Prison on charges of "propaganda against the state" on June 28, 2014. Mohajer's mother told the Campaign that her daughter turned herself in after being summoned to Evin Prison.... read more
July 18, 2014

Revolutionary Court Sentences Fifteen Baha’is to Prison on Baseless Charges

Revolutionary Court Sentences Fifteen Baha’is to Prison on Baseless Charges A Revolutionary Court has sentenced fifteen Baha’is to between 1.5 and 3.5 years in prison on charges of "propaganda against the state" and "assembly and collusion against national security," but their lawyer told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that there is no evidence in their case files to support these charges. Giti Pourfazel, the lawyer representing the 15 individuals told the Campaign that when she asked to see the court's evidence, she was refused. \... read more
July 17, 2014

Baha’i to Begin One-Year Prison Sentence for Practicing His Faith

Baha’i to Begin One-Year Prison Sentence for Practicing His Faith A Baha'i man, Sarang Ettehadi, has been summoned to begin serving his one-year prison sentence on charges of "propaganda against the state through participation in Baha'i worship and prayer groups." Ettehadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he had been instructed via a telephone call from the Evin Prison Courts on July 6, 2014, to appear to begin serving his sentence within a week. Ettehadi's wife, Nasim Ashrafi, already began serving her sentence at Evin Prison read more
July 15, 2014

New Study Shows Leading Iranian Figures Support Nuclear Negotiations

New Study Shows Leading Iranian Figures Support Nuclear Negotiations July 16, 2014— In a study released by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today, Voices from Iran: Strong Support for the Nuclear Negotiations, prominent members of Iranian civil society expressed their strong support for the P5+1 nuclear negotiations between Iran and the world powers.... read more
July 15, 2014

Voices from Iran: Strong Support for the Nuclear Negotiations

Voices from Iran: Strong Support for the Nuclear Negotiations As this study demonstrates, leading Iranian civil society figures support the P5+1 nuclear negotiations and hope for a successful deal. No one can presume that such a deal will automatically lead to improvements in human rights and civil liberties in Iran. Yet the perpetuation of tensions over the nuclear file is likely to result in continued gross human rights violations. For the past decade, Iran’s nuclear activities have been the focus of international attention and the human rights ... read more
July 14, 2014

Eight Iranians Active on Facebook Sentenced to Combined 127 Years in Prison

Eight Iranians Active on Facebook Sentenced to Combined 127 Years in Prison Eight young Iranians active on Facebook have been sentenced to a total of 127 years in prison by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court which found them guilty of acting against national security, propaganda against the state and insulting Islam and state officials, IRNA news agency reported.... read more
July 10, 2014

New Wave of Arrests and Prison Sentences Against Journalists

New Wave of Arrests and Prison Sentences Against Journalists The prominent journalist Marzieh Rasouli was summoned to Evin Prison on July 8, 2014, for the implementation of her sentence of 50 lashes and two years’ imprisonment, she announced on Twitter, even though Rasouli has not yet received confirmation of the initial sentence from the appeals court.... read more
July 8, 2014

New Report Reveals Iranian TV’s Continued Human Rights Violations

New Report Reveals Iranian TV’s Continued Human Rights Violations July 8, 2014—The United States should reinstate sanctions on Iran’s state TV and radio broadcasting agency, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), for the continuation of its widespread human rights violations, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The US Treasury had issued a six-month waiver of IRIB sanctions in February 2014, which expires in August.... read more