Human Rights Defenders

September 4, 2015

Keeping Activist Bahareh Hedayat in Prison is Against the Law Says Legal Expert

Keeping Activist Bahareh Hedayat in Prison is Against the Law Says Legal Expert Political motivations are taking precedence over the law when it comes to activists such as Bahareh Hedayat, who is being kept in prison despite the completion of her sentence, legal expert Mohammad Oliaei-Fard told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “The fact is that the security apparatus is determined to use every means […]... read more
September 4, 2015

Cartoon 122: Two More Years for Bahareh

Cartoon 122: Two More Years for Bahareh The student and women’s rights activist Bahareh Hedayat, imprisoned for over five years in Iran, has been given an additional two-year prison sentence, days after receiving release orders from an Appeals Court in Tehran. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the issue.... read more
August 31, 2015

Jailed Activist Diagnosed with Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

Jailed Activist Diagnosed with Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis Family Hopes Atena Daemi Will Be Released on Medical Grounds A doctor at Evin Prison has diagnosed imprisoned children’s rights and civil activist Atena Daemi, 27, with having signs of multiple sclerosis, her mother, Massoumeh Nemati, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. She expressed hope that under the circumstances, Daemi would be […]... read more
August 31, 2015

74 Prominent Iranians Urge Congress to Support Nuclear Deal with Iran

74 Prominent Iranians Urge Congress to Support Nuclear Deal with Iran The following letter, written by 74 prominent Iranians representing many spheres of civil society, urges members of the U. S. Congress to support nuclear agreement with Iran. The signers of the text hold diverse views on sociopolitical issues but identify themselves as critics of the Iranian regime. They include academics, professionals, peace and human rights […]... read more
August 24, 2015

Former Tehran Prosecutor Acquitted of Charges in Kahrizak Murders despite Overwhelming Evidence

Former Tehran Prosecutor Acquitted of Charges in Kahrizak Murders despite Overwhelming Evidence Mortazavi Verdict Shows Officials Still Enjoy Impunity even in Cases of Torture and Death of Prisoners. The former Tehran Prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, was acquitted on August 19, 2015, on charges connected to the torture and deaths of three young men at the Kahrizak detention center in 2009, but the relatives of the victims insist the fight […]... read more
August 17, 2015

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Abdolfattah Soltani Denied Visitation with His Wife

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Abdolfattah Soltani Denied Visitation with His Wife Evin Prison authorities have prevented Massoumeh Dehghan from visiting her husband, the imprisoned human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, a source close to the family told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Dehghan went to Evin Prison with her daughter and Soltani’s mother on August 10, 2015. When they attempted to visit Soltani, Dehghani […]... read more
August 13, 2015

Ailing Student Activist’s Continued Detention Violates Iran’s Own Laws

Ailing Student Activist’s Continued Detention Violates Iran’s Own Laws Prominent student activist Bahareh Hedayat should have been released by the end of July 2015 with the completion of more than five years in prison but efforts to end her unlawful incarceration have so far been unsuccessful, according to her husband Amin Ahmadian. “Whatever happens to her, the responsibility will be with those who are […]... read more
August 10, 2015

Rezaian and Other Iranian-American Prisoners Held on Sham Charges Should be Released

Rezaian and Other Iranian-American Prisoners Held on Sham Charges Should be Released August 10, 2015— The Rouhani administration should immediately secure the release of three Iranian-American prisoners, Jason Rezaian, Saeed Abedini, and Amir Mirzaei Hekmati who are being held on politically motived charges, said the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today. “The Iranian government wants the world to look the other way while these individuals, […]... read more
August 10, 2015

Jailed Human Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Needs Urgent Medical Care

Jailed Human Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Needs Urgent Medical Care Sent Back to Prison despite Doctors’ Insistence She Be Seen by a Specialist Imprisoned rights activist Narges Mohammadi’s medical illnesses have reached a critical stage and require immediate attention, her husband Taghi Rahmani told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Mohammadi, who has a history of severe health problems, was transferred from Evin […]... read more
July 29, 2015

Iran’s State Media Launches Yet Another Attack on U.N. Special Rapporteur

Iran’s State Media Launches Yet Another Attack on U.N. Special Rapporteur Ever desperate to discredit the work and person of UN Special Rapporteur for human rights in Iran Ahmed Shaheed, news agencies in Iran run by the Judiciary have made a new round of allegations against the UN official that have been completely unsubstantiated by any independent source. The allegations claim that a WikiLeaks document shows […]... read more
July 27, 2015

Cartoon 120: Family Punishment for Political Activism

Cartoon 120: Family Punishment for Political Activism In a letter from prison, prominent rights activist Narges Mohammadi wrote about the pain her imprisonment has imposed on her 8-year-old twin  children. In a part of the letter she wrote about the authorities’ refusal to allow her to visit with her children. “The entire time I was inside [the Intelligence Ministry’s Ward] 209, they […]... read more
July 20, 2015

Pursue Human Rights in Iran with the Same Vigor as the Nuclear Accord

Pursue Human Rights in Iran with the Same Vigor as the Nuclear Accord By Hadi Ghaemi  Lobelog.com– The nuclear accord reached this week between Iran and the P5+1 countries represents a resounding victory for diplomacy and peace. It was achieved only through unrelenting determination borne from a realization that the benefits of an accord far outweighed those of any alternative. The leadership in Iran recognized the threat posed […]... read more