Human Rights Defenders

May 21, 2015

Writer Prosecuted for Facebook Posts Critical of State Censorship

Writer Prosecuted for Facebook Posts Critical of State Censorship Authorities in Iran are prosecuting another writer on national security charges for signing statements and writing posts that criticized state censorship on the Facebook page of the Iranian Writers’ Association. Reza Khandan Mahabadi, a member of the Board of Directors of the Iranian Writers’ Association, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that […]... read more
May 18, 2015

Young Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Facebook Postings and Peaceful Protest

Young Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for Facebook Postings and Peaceful Protest A young civil activist who has been held at Evin Prison since October 2014 has been sentenced to seven years in prison at her interrogator’s urging, a source close to the case told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, for her Facebook postings and her participation in peaceful gatherings. Atena Daemi, 27, who […]... read more
May 13, 2015

Husband of Jailed Activist Narges Mohammadi Asks Rouhani’s Minister to Review Her Case

Husband of Jailed Activist Narges Mohammadi Asks Rouhani’s Minister to Review Her Case 250 Activists and Journalists Sign Statement Calling for Her Release Iranian Judiciary authorities have advised the family of detained human rights activist Narges Mohammadi that her May 5, 2015 arrest and transfer to Evin Prison was in fact enforcement of her six-year prison sentence dating back from a 2011 judicial case, which she had been […]... read more
May 5, 2015

Leading Activist Arrested Ahead of Her Trial for Peaceful Civil Activities

Leading Activist Arrested Ahead of Her Trial for Peaceful Civil Activities Narges Mohammadi is Transferred to Evin Prison Civil rights activist and Deputy Director of the banned Defenders of Human Rights Center, Narges Mohammadi, was arrested at her home in Tehran in the early hours of  May 5, 2015, the Kaleme website, which is close to Green Movement leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, reported. The report also […]... read more
May 1, 2015

Prominent Lawyer Says “Plan to Promote Virtue” Endangers Citizens and State

Prominent Lawyer Says “Plan to Promote Virtue” Endangers Citizens and State The prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh spoke out strongly against the recent approval of the Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice, a Parliamentary bill which calls on Basij militias to enforce strict hijab (female dress) on all Iranian women, in a recent interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The […]... read more
May 1, 2015

Prominent Activist Charged with National Security Crimes for Her Peaceful Civic Activism

Prominent Activist Charged with National Security Crimes for Her Peaceful Civic Activism A Tehran court has charged the prominent Iranian civil rights activist and deputy head of the banned Defenders of Human Rights Center, Narges Mohammadi, with crimes against national security for her peaceful activism. Narges Mohammadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court, under Judge Salavati, has […]... read more
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 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 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