Prisoners / Arrests

April 24, 2014

421 Activists Call on Rouhani to Investigate Prison Assault

421 Activists Call on Rouhani to Investigate Prison Assault In a public letter to President Hassan Rouhani, 421 civil and political activists in Iran called on him to investigate the assault on political prisoners in Evin Prison’s Ward 350, which has now been called "Black Thursday." ... read more
April 22, 2014

Rouhani’s Silence on Brutal Prison Attack Unacceptable

Rouhani’s Silence on Brutal Prison Attack Unacceptable A week after a violent raid by prison officials at Iran’s notorious Evin Prison led to the beating, injury, and solitary confinement of many political prisoners, Iranian Judiciary officials continue to deny any use of violence while vivid testimonies from the families of the prisoners indicate otherwise.... read more
April 11, 2014

Imprisoned Student Maryam Shafipour Refused Medical Treatment

Imprisoned Student Maryam Shafipour Refused Medical Treatment A source close to the family of imprisoned student activist Maryam Shafipour told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that judicial authorities have refused the family’s repeated requests for her transfer to a hospital to seek treatment for heart, stomach, and dental problems that she developed in prison. According to the source, Shafipour’s [...]... 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
April 3, 2014

No Political Prisoners Among the 920 Pardoned

No Political Prisoners Among the 920 Pardoned   Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has pardoned 920 Iranian prisoners on the anniversary of the Islamic Republic of Iran on March 31, 2014. According to the Iranian news agencies, after Head of the Judiciary Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani sent a letter to the Supreme Leader recommending pardons and reductions in the sentences of 920 prisoners, [...]... read more
March 27, 2014

Hundreds of Lawyers Advocate on Behalf of Imprisoned Dervish Lawyers

Hundreds of Lawyers Advocate on Behalf of Imprisoned Dervish Lawyers In two separate letters addressed to Head of the Iranian Judiciary Sadegh Larijani, hundreds of Iranian lawyers have asked him for his immediate review of the judicial violations in the cases of four imprisoned Dervish lawyers. According to Majzooban-e Noor website, in one of the letters, 177 lawyers asked Larijani to review Judge Salavati’s conduct [...]... read more
March 25, 2014

Brazil Should Support the Struggle of Iranian Trade Unionists (By Mansour Osanlou)

Brazil Should Support the Struggle of Iranian Trade Unionists (By Mansour Osanlou) As an Iranian labor activist, I have always looked for models that my country can follow to improve. Striking a balance between worker rights, economic developments, international trade, and vital social-programs is indeed no easy task, especially for countries with troubled pasts.... read more
March 24, 2014

Judiciary Cancels New Year Furloughs of Political Prisoners

Judiciary Cancels New Year Furloughs of Political Prisoners Against customary practice, the Iranian Judiciary prohibited New Year furloughs for political prisoners this year. According to Kaleme website, despite earlier promises by the Tehran Prosecutor, Head of the Iranian Judiciary Sadegh Larijani issued an internal memorandum ordering the denial of furlough for political prisoners.... read more
March 24, 2014

Former Political Prisoner Tells the UN of the Iranian Judiciary’s Lack of Independence

Former Political Prisoner Tells the UN of the Iranian Judiciary’s Lack of Independence "I have come here because as an Iranian citizen I, my family, and especially my brother, were treated unjustly. We were innocent from the very beginning. There are many like us in Iran's prisons who are innocent. I came here to be the voice of other innocent people," former political prisoner Hamid Ghassemi-Shaal said to the UN Human Rights Council before speaking to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran in Geneva.... read more
March 24, 2014

Cartoon 79: Nowruz 1393

Cartoon 79: Nowruz 1393 Last week Iranians around the world began their celebration of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. In this cartoon, along with the traditional Haft Sin table, Touka Neyestani has drawn the figure of Gohar Eshghi, the mother of Sattar Beheshti, the blogger who died under torture by his interrogators at Evin Prison, holding a picture of [...]... read more
March 24, 2014

Despite Officials’ Claims, 136 Baha’is Held in Prison, Says Representative

Despite Officials’ Claims, 136 Baha’is Held in Prison, Says Representative Dian Alaei, Baha’i community representative, reacted to the March 17 statements made by Mohammad Javad Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary’s Human Rights Council, in which he claimed that no Baha’is were imprisoned simply because of their faith. “There are currently 136 Baha’is in the Islamic Republic’s prisons who were arrested only because they were [...]... 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