Human Rights Defenders

June 4, 2014

Iran’s IRGC Commander Admits to Interference in 2009 Election

Iran’s IRGC Commander Admits to Interference in 2009 Election In a newly released video, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Ali Jaafari, in a speech to an audience which appears to be composed of Guard commanders, details the role of the Guards in the 2009 presidential election and the subsequent violent crackdown of the post-election protest movement. ... read more
May 13, 2014

Lawyer for Kurdish Political Prisoners Put on Trial

Lawyer for Kurdish Political Prisoners Put on Trial A Kurdish human rights lawyer has been tried on charges of membership in an illegal political group and propaganda against the state for providing information on prison conditions to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
April 10, 2014

Authorities Prevent Hospitalization of Imprisoned Rights Lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani

Authorities Prevent Hospitalization of Imprisoned Rights Lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani Imprisoned human rights defender Abdolfattah Soltani is in critical condition because prison authorities have been denying him needed medical care for the past several months, according to his daughter. Soltani’s daughter, Maedeh Soltani, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that her father, who is serving his 13-year sentence inside Evin Prison, has [...]... read more
March 31, 2014

Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Summoned to Intelligence Ministry

Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Summoned to Intelligence Ministry A few days after a video was posted on YouTube, showing a short speech by human rights lawyer and former prisoner of conscience Nasrin Sotoudeh, she was summoned to the Intelligence Ministry while on a family holiday, according to her husband Reza Khandan's Facebook page. Also according to Khandan's next status update on Facebook, Sotoudeh decided not to appear at the Intelligence Ministry due to the illegal way in which she was summoned.... read more
March 17, 2014

UN Members Strongly Criticize Executions and Lack of Basic Freedoms in Iran

UN Members Strongly Criticize Executions and Lack of Basic Freedoms in Iran At Monday's meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed presented his report on the situation of human rights in Iran. Following his presentation, representatives of member countries, NGOs, and the Iranian delegation offered their responses.... read more
March 17, 2014

Shaheed Tells the UN Rights Council Deep Reforms Needed

Shaheed Tells the UN Rights Council Deep Reforms Needed Today, March 17, 2014, Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, officially presented his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council. Stating that he had met with representatives from the Iranian Judiciary and other government organizations in Geneva, Shaheed said, “the report before the Council demonstrates that [...]... read more
March 15, 2014

Activist Who Met With Ashton Decries Defamation by Hardliners

Activist Who Met With Ashton Decries Defamation by Hardliners Human rights activist Narges Mohammadi who has come under intense attacks by hardliners following her meeting with Catherine Ashton, the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Representative, has emphatically denied accusations about ever taking up arms against the Islamic Republic. “I don’t know how they can accuse me of armed sedition,” Mohammadi told the International Campaign for [...]... read more
March 15, 2014

“Personal attacks on UN Officials Show Iranians Not Free to Express Opinions,” Says Ahmed Shaheed

“Personal attacks on UN Officials Show Iranians  Not Free to Express Opinions,” Says Ahmed Shaheed On Friday, March 14, 2014, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, held a press conference at the UN in Geneva to discuss his new report to the Human Rights Council. When asked about his opinion on the personal attacks made on him and the UN by [...]... read more
March 14, 2014

Human Rights Activist Rejects Criticism of her Meeting with Ashton

Human Rights Activist Rejects Criticism of her Meeting with Ashton Narges Mohammadi, the human rights activist at the center of a controversy over her meeting in Tehran with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, has defended her action. “Objections to our meeting with Ashton are harmful to the atmosphere of moderation and trust promised by the Rouhani Administration,” Narges Mohammadi told the International Campaign for [...]... read more
March 13, 2014

UN Rapporteur Slams Iran for Lack of Judiciary Independence and Execution Surge

UN Rapporteur Slams Iran for Lack of Judiciary Independence and Execution Surge Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, released his third report to the UN Human Rights Council today, emphasizing alarm over the surge in the number of executions, as well as lack of independence of the Iranian Judiciary. For his research the Special Rapporteur interviewed more than 130 [...]... read more
March 12, 2014

Paper Close to Revolutionary Guards Doctors Ashton Photo to Erase Image of Torture Victim’s Mother

Paper Close to Revolutionary Guards Doctors Ashton Photo to Erase Image of Torture Victim’s Mother Almost immediately after EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met with a group of activists in Tehran, Iranian authorities unleashed a barrage of angry remarks and insults about her visit.... read more
March 7, 2014

Release Shafipour, Hedayat, and All Other Women Prisoners of Conscience

Release Shafipour, Hedayat, and All Other Women Prisoners of Conscience As the world prepares to honor and promote the economic, political, and social achievements of women on International Women’s Day, Iran has sentenced yet another young woman, Maryam Shafipour, for her peaceful activities. ... read more