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August 29, 2014

Remembering Simin Behbahani: Iran’s Legendary Poet And Advocate

Remembering Simin Behbahani: Iran’s Legendary Poet And Advocate The prominent Iranian poet, Simin Behbahani, died last week in Pars hospital in Tehran, at the age of 87. In her funeral ceremony, held on August 22, thousands of Iranians gathered to say farewell to one of the legendary poets of the contemporary era. An outstanding member of Iran’s modern literary circles both inside and outside the country, Behbahani was also well known for her passionate social advocacy and support of human rights in Iran.... read more
August 28, 2014

Five Thousand Mine Workers Strike in Protest against Arrest of Strikers

Five Thousand Mine Workers Strike in Protest against Arrest of Strikers In an increasingly tense and prolonged stand-off between striking miners, the Bafgh Iron Ore Mines, and judicial officials, which originally began in May 2014 over plans to privatize the mine, a new round of strikes at the mines began on August 19 over the arrests of some of the strikers, reportedly involving some 5000 miners, according to ILNA, and drawing in the surrounding community in sit-ins protesting the arrests.... read more
August 27, 2014

Grand Ayatollah Issues Fatwa Stating High Speed Internet is against Sharia

Grand Ayatollah Issues Fatwa Stating High Speed Internet is against Sharia A Grand Ayatollah in Iran has determined that access to high-speed and 3G Internet is "against Sharia" and "against moral standards." In answer to a question published on his website, Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi, one of the country’s highest clerical authorities, issued a fatwa, stating "All third generation [3G] and high-speed internet services, prior to realization of the required conditions for the National Information Network [Iran’s government-controlled and censored ... read more
August 12, 2014

Official Silence Continues on Washington Post Reporter’s Detention

Official Silence Continues on Washington Post Reporter’s Detention Three weeks after Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and his journalist wife Yeganeh Salehi were arrested in Tehran, Iranian judicial authorities continue to refuse to provide any information about the reasons for the couple's arrest or any news about their condition. ... read more
August 12, 2014

“Happy” Video Participants to Go on Trial in September

“Happy” Video Participants to Go on Trial in September The youths involved in making the “Happy in Tehran” dance video will be collectively put on trial on September 9, 2014, a source informed the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. ... read more
August 9, 2014

Sattar Beheshti Murderer Gets Three Years in Prison

Sattar Beheshti Murderer Gets Three Years in Prison Cyber police interrogator Akbar Taghizadeh has been sentenced to three years in prison, two years in exile, and 74 lashes for the murder of dissident blogger Sattar Beheshti, who died under torture while in police detention in November 2012.... read more
August 6, 2014

While Officials Maintain Silence, Hardliners Make Baseless Accusations Against Jason Rezaian

While Officials Maintain Silence, Hardliners Make Baseless Accusations Against Jason Rezaian After two weeks of silence by Iranian officials on the reason for the detention of husband-and-wife journalists Jason Rezaian and Yegabeh Salehi and their whereabouts, media with ties to security and intelligence organs believed to be holding them have begun leveling baseless charges of spying against them, revealing the intentions of interrogators to fabricate a case in order to justify their actions.... read more
August 6, 2014

Three Years after Representing American Hikers, Lawyer is Still Not Allowed to Work or Travel

Three Years after Representing American Hikers, Lawyer is Still Not Allowed to Work or Travel The prominent human rights activist and lawyer Massoud Shafiee, who represented three American hikers detained in Iran in 2009, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that since the hikers left Iran, he has been summoned and interrogated several times, and has been kept from finding new clients or traveling abroad.... read more
August 1, 2014

Journalist Sentenced to Six Years in Prison after Returning to Iran

Journalist Sentenced to Six Years in Prison after Returning to Iran Journalist, political activist, and close relative of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader Serajeddin Mirdamadi has been sentenced to six years in prison by Judge Salavati of Section 15 of the Revolutionary Court on July 27, 2014, found guilty of “propaganda against the state” and “conspiracy against national security.” Mirdamadi will likely appeal against the decision [...]... read more
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 26, 2014

57 Days into Solitary Confinement, Concern Grows Over Journalist Saba Azarpeik

57 Days into Solitary Confinement, Concern Grows Over Journalist Saba Azarpeik Fifty-seven days after her arrest and detention by security forces, the young Iranian journalist Saba Azarpeik remains in solitary confinement at Evin Prison. The journalist's family has been told that Azarpeik’s life and safety is at risk if they give interviews, according to Azarpeik’s mother. There is no clear information available on her situation, except for some eyewitness accounts of those who saw her during court appearances recently and reported her severe weight loss and poor ... read more