Prisoners / Arrests

September 29, 2014

Eighteen Nobel Laureates Call for Immediate Release of Iranian Physicist

Eighteen Nobel Laureates Call for Immediate Release of Iranian Physicist (September 29, 2014) The Iranian Judiciary should immediately release the Iranian physicist and prisoner of conscience, Omid Kokabee, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today.... 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 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
September 17, 2014

As Rouhani Comes to NY, Domestic Repression in Iran Remains Unabated

As Rouhani Comes to NY, Domestic Repression in Iran Remains Unabated (September 17, 2014) Ahead of President Rouhani’s visit to New York next week, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today, bringing into sharp focus the disconnect between Rouhani’s rhetoric on domestic affairs and the reality on the ground.... read more
September 16, 2014

Death Sentence for “Insulting the Prophet” on Facebook

Death Sentence for “Insulting the Prophet” on Facebook A blogger found guilty of insulting the Prophet Mohammad in his postings on Facebook has been sentenced to death. An informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the blogger, Soheil Arabi, will be able to appeal the decision until September 20, 2014.... read more
September 11, 2014

More Than Two Months in Solitary Confinement for Protesting Exclusion of Women in Stadium

More Than Two Months in Solitary Confinement for Protesting Exclusion of Women in Stadium A young woman's detention in solitary confinement continues after her June 30, 2014 arrest, following her earlier arrest and release outside a Tehran sports stadium when she tried to attend a volleyball game. Ghoncheh Ghavami's lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he is unaware of his client's charges despite the fact that Ghavami has been in solitary confinement at Evin Prison for more than two months and her "temporary ... read more
September 10, 2014

Imprisoned Baha’is Refused Early Release Unless They Repent

Imprisoned Baha’is Refused Early Release Unless They Repent Three imprisoned Baha’is have been refused early release and furlough to visit their small children unless they recant their faith and pledge not to teach at the Baha’i university, a relative told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
September 9, 2014

Cartoon 91: Head of Judiciary Reinstated for Five More Years

Cartoon 91: Head of Judiciary Reinstated for Five More Years Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, reinstated Sadegh Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary, in his position for another five years on August 14, 2014. Civil and political activists have raised serious criticism and concern about Sadegh Larijani’s performance in his position. The most serious concerns voiced over Sadegh Larijani’s conduct over the past five years [...]... read more
September 4, 2014

Imprisoned Scientist Denied Medical Treatment despite Severe Illness

Imprisoned Scientist Denied Medical Treatment despite Severe Illness Omid Kokabi, an internationally recognized physicist serving a 10-year sentence, has not been allowed medical treatment outside Evin Prison despite his worsening kidney stone condition and stomach ailment, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
September 2, 2014

Cartoon 89: Continued Arrests of Journalists in Iran

Cartoon 89: Continued Arrests of Journalists in Iran Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post correspondent in Tehran, and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, a correspondent for UAE’s National newspaper, were arrested on the night of July 22, 2014, after their homes were raided by security forces. The agents also confiscated their personal belongings, including laptops, books, and notes, a source told the International Campaign for [...]... read more
September 1, 2014

Carton 90: “Dastardly and Unfair,” Says Sattar Beheshti’s Mother of Murderer’s Sentence

Carton 90: “Dastardly and Unfair,” Says Sattar Beheshti’s Mother of Murderer’s Sentence Almost two years after the death of dissident blogger Sattar Beheshti under torture while in police detention, Cyber police interrogator Akbar Taghizadeh was sentenced to three years in prison, two years in exile, and 74 lashes for his murder. Giti Pourfazel, the Beheshti family lawyer, told Iranian Students News Agency that the verdict against Sattar’s [...]... read more