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October 15, 2014

Lawyer Says Jason Rezaian Not Allowed Legal Representation

Lawyer Says Jason Rezaian Not Allowed Legal Representation Prominent Iranian lawyer Mohammad Saleh Nikbakht told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that his request to represent Jason Rezaian, the imprisoned Washington Post correspondent, has not been accepted. Nikbakht said that he had asked for permission to represent Rezaian a few weeks ago, but that "They did not accept my request to represent him as a lawyer." ... read more
October 14, 2014

New Videos Confront Iran’s Rights Violations through Personal Stories of Persecution

New Videos Confront Iran’s Rights Violations through Personal Stories of Persecution New York, New York – Impact Iran, a coalition of human rights organizations, in partnership with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, today launched a new video, “Promises Made, Promises Broken.” The video is part of a series aimed at drawing attention to Iran’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council on October 31, 2014. A new video will be released each week leading up to the review.... read more
October 13, 2014

Retrial Granted for Omid Kokabee, Raising Hope for His Release

Retrial Granted for Omid Kokabee, Raising Hope for His Release The request for a retrial for the imprisoned young scientist, Omid Kokabee, has been accepted by Branch 36 of the Supreme Court, according to Kokabee’s lawyer, Saeed Khalili, who posted the update on his Facebook page. "Acceptance of the retrial request means that the top judicial authority has deemed Dr. Omid Kokabee's [initial] verdict against the law," he wrote.... read more
October 10, 2014

Imprisoned Iranian Scientist Congratulates Winner of Prestigious Math Award

Imprisoned Iranian Scientist Congratulates Winner of Prestigious Math Award In a letter from prison to Maryam Mirzakhani, winner of the prestigious Fields Medal in mathematics, Omid Kokabee, the imprisoned Iranian physicist, congratulated her and hoped "all young talents in all corners of the world can blossom, away from any discriminatory views and pressure from security or ideological organizations, to freely grow in the field of science to serve humanity towards establishing peace and security in the world and a world free of fear." ... read more
October 9, 2014

Iranian Women Do Not Have the Right to Control Their Bodies

Iranian Women Do Not Have the Right to Control Their Bodies Since President Hassan Rouhani assumed office in August 2013, there has been a marked increase in state policies by hardliners in the government directly infringing upon the most basic rights of Iranian women. These hardliners, who dominate Parliament and are ensconced in the security, intelligence, and judicial branches of government, have focused in particular on two issues, both of which concern women’s bodies: the observance of “proper” hijab (Islamic dress) and the availability ... read more
October 9, 2014

Sit-in by Political Prisoner’s Mother to Protest Lack of Due Process

Sit-in by Political Prisoner’s Mother to Protest Lack of Due Process The mother of Ghoncheh Ghavami, a prisoner on hunger strike since October 1, has started a sit-in outside Evin Prison to protest her daughter's detention for more than 100 days without access to her lawyer. "Today is one hundred days since my daughter's arrest. None of the authorities seem to have heard us during this time. I have come to stand in front of Evin Prison this morning, and I won't move until my daughter is released," Ghavami's mother told the International Campaign for Human ... read more
September 28, 2014

Cartoon 94: Man Hanged for Innovation in Islamic Principles and Insulting Jonah

Cartoon 94: Man Hanged for Innovation in Islamic Principles and Insulting Jonah Mohsen Amiraslani, 37, was hanged at Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 on charges of “corruption on earth, innovation in primary and secondary principles of Islam, and new interpretation of the Qur’an,” including “insulting Prophet Jonah.” “A Rajaee Shahr Prison official contacted this prisoner’s family and asked them to go see [...]... read more
September 24, 2014

Viber Company Refutes Tapping Claims by Iranian Officials

Viber Company Refutes Tapping Claims by Iranian Officials Following statements by Iran’s Cyber Police Chief about his force’s ability to monitor messages on Viber, the instant messaging service for cellphones, a Viber Company representative told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the application’s communications are encrypted and as such it is not possible for third parties to monitor messages. “All [...]... read more
September 22, 2014

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Suffers Severe Weight Loss in Prison

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Suffers Severe Weight Loss in Prison Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi have lost a “shocking” amount of weight in prison, an informed source has told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. According to this source, the family of the imprisoned Iranian journalist Yeganeh Salehi was allowed to have their first visit with her and her Washington Post reporter husband Jason Rezaian on September 7, and they were astonished at the couple’s appearance.... read more
September 21, 2014

Cartoon 93: Rouhani in New York

Cartoon 93: Rouhani in New York As Iranian President Hassan Rouhani prepares to come to New York next week to attend the UN General Assembly and other meetings, there is a lot of anticipation for how he would answer questions in the US media interviews that aim to polish the Islamic Republic’s image before western audiences. During his presidency, Mr. Rouhani’s [...]... read more
September 18, 2014

Detention Continues for Woman Attempting to Attend Volleyball Match

Detention Continues for Woman Attempting to Attend Volleyball Match The decision to extend the temporary detention orders of Ghoncheh Ghavami, the young woman with dual British-Iranian citizenship who was arrested for trying to attend a volleyball game in Tehran, is under court review after Ghavami’s lawyer filed a formal objection. The family of Ghavami has also objected strenuously to her continued detainment.... read more
September 18, 2014

Happy Video Youths Receive Suspended Flogging and Prison Sentences

Happy Video Youths Receive Suspended Flogging and Prison Sentences The youths involved in the making of the “Happy in Tehran” dance video set to Pharrell Williams hit song “Happy” have all been sentenced, receiving suspended sentences of 91 lashes and six months in prison, with the exception of Reyhaneh Taravati, who received a suspended twelve-month prison sentence in addition to the suspended lashes, provided they do not engage in any “wrongdoings” during the next three years.... read more