Prisoners / Arrests

May 22, 2015

Journalist Exiled the Day He Completes Six Years in Prison

Journalist Exiled the Day He Completes Six Years in Prison Ahmad Zeidabadi, a journalist who served six years in prison for his work, was transferred to the city of Gonabad in northeastern Iran today to begin serving his time in exile. The Tehran Prosecutor’s Office informed Mr. Zeidabadi’s family earlier this week that he would be exiled to Gonabad immediately upon release from Rajaee Shahr […]... 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 14, 2015

Cartoon 113: Evin Prison to Become A Park

Cartoon 113: Evin Prison to Become A Park Tehran Mayor Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf said this week that the Tehran Municipality is prepared to enter negotiations with the Iranian Judiciary to convert the Evin Prison complex in northwestern Tehran into a public park. For decades, the notorious Evin Prison has been one of the primary facilities where Iranian political prisoners have been detained, interrogated, […]... 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

“Why Did I Go to Prison for Four Years, Mr. Zarif?”

“Why Did I Go to Prison for Four Years, Mr. Zarif?” Formerly Imprisoned Journalists Challenge Iran Foreign Minister’s Remarks to Charlie Rose Astonished reactions to recent statements made by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during a television interview with PBS’ Charlie Rose, in which he defended his government’s human rights record, continue to pour in. Siamak Ghaderi, a journalist who was dismissed from his job […]... 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
April 29, 2015

Labor Leaders Detained in Iran as International Workers’ Day Approaches

Labor Leaders Detained in Iran as International Workers’ Day Approaches   April 29, 2015—On the eve of International Workers’ Day on May 1, Iranian authorities have arrested at least five labor leaders. The arrests have taken place in the context of intensifying labor protests, strikes, and arrests of individuals organizing or participating in labor protests. “The Government views any labor mobilization as a national security […]... read more
April 29, 2015

Police Demolish Imprisoned Baha’i Leader’s Ancestral Home

Police Demolish Imprisoned Baha’i Leader’s Ancestral Home Iranian police demolished the home of an imprisoned Baha'i community leader in Semnan on April 22, 2015. The home belonged to Jamaloddin Khanjani, one of seven Baha'i leaders who have been in prison since 2008.... read more
April 26, 2015

TV Producer Jailed upon Return to Iran Now Faces Trial

TV Producer Jailed upon Return to Iran Now Faces Trial Mostafa Azizi, a former Iranian television writer and producer, who has been in prison since February 1, 2015, will be put on trial on June 1, at Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Salavati. Azizi, a resident of Canada since 2008, returned to Iran in December 2014. ... read more
April 25, 2015

Final Verdict: Five to Seven Years for Facebook Users in Iran

Final Verdict: Five to Seven Years for Facebook Users in Iran An appeals court in Tehran has sentenced six individuals to prison terms ranging from five to seven years for postings on their Facebook pages. Two additional individuals are facing as of yet unknown terms for their activities on the social networking site.... 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