Prisoners / Arrests

January 30, 2015

Jason Rezaian To Be Put on Trial Soon, Says Head of Tehran Judiciary

Jason Rezaian To Be Put on Trial Soon, Says Head of Tehran Judiciary Journalist Imprisoned Over Six Months without Access to Lawyer or Publicly Released Charges In another vague statement about the status of the imprisoned Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian, the Iranian Judiciary has announced that Rezaian will be put on trial “soon,” while failing to provide any information about his charges. On January 28, 2015, Gholamhossein […]... read more
January 28, 2015

Prominent Human Rights Activist Detained and Kept from Seeing Vice President of German Parliament

Prominent Human Rights Activist Detained and Kept from Seeing Vice President of German Parliament Human rights activist Narges Mohammadi was detained by security agents for several hours as she tried to meet with the Vice President of the German Parliament, Claudia Roth, in Tehran on the afternoon of January 25, 2015, according to Saham News. She was released at midnight, after she was interrogated and threatened with imprisonment. Roth, who […]... read more
January 14, 2015

Jason Rezaian Indicted by Tehran Revolutionary Court, Says Prosecutor

Jason Rezaian Indicted by Tehran Revolutionary Court, Says Prosecutor During a press conference today, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi told reporters that the imprisoned Washington Post correspondent, Jason Rezaian, has been indicted and that his case has been forwarded to a Tehran Revolutionary Court. The Prosecutor's announcement, after 170 days of "temporary detention" of the journalist, did not include a statement about the charges Rezaian is facing.... read more
January 8, 2015

Young Scientist’s Ten-Year Sentence Upheld despite Supreme Court’s Rejection of Legality of His Case

Young Scientist’s Ten-Year Sentence Upheld despite Supreme Court’s Rejection of Legality of His Case An appeals court in Tehran has upheld the ten-year prison sentence of the young scientist Omid Kokabee without regard for the earlier opinion of the Supreme Court or the reasoning set forth in their ruling on the case. ... read more
January 7, 2015

Iranian Judiciary Defends Continued House Arrest of Green Movement Leaders

Iranian Judiciary Defends Continued House Arrest of Green Movement Leaders In yet another vague statement effectively signaling support by the Iranian Judiciary for the continuation of the four-year-long house arrest of Iran’s Green Movement leaders, Iranian Judiciary Spokesperson Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said during his weekly press conference on January 5 that "If one day the background is set, there will be a trial, and naturally the people will also be informed." He continued, "So long as a judicial case is not formed for them, there will be no ... read more
December 24, 2014

Female Prisoner of Conscience Transferred to Deplorable Gharchak Prison

Female Prisoner of Conscience Transferred to Deplorable Gharchak Prison Female prisoner of conscience Hakimeh Shokri was abruptly transferred from Evin Prison to the Gharchak Prison in Varamin on December 15, 2014, Shokri’s sister told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
December 22, 2014

Prison Sentence for Young Facebook User Increased from 15 to 20 Years

Prison Sentence for Young Facebook User Increased from 15 to 20 Years A Tehran Revolutionary Court has increased the sentence of a 21-year-old Facebook user from 15 to 20 years in prison for his postings on Facebook. The case was originally appealed in the hope that the severe 15-year sentence would be reduced. However, the appeals court remanded the case to the lower court because one of the charges, “insulting the sacred,” was not addressed in the original ruling. ... read more
December 22, 2014

Baha’is Have No Citizenship Rights, Says Grand Ayatollah

Baha’is Have No Citizenship Rights, Says Grand Ayatollah A high-ranking cleric and Khomeini-era member of the Supreme Judicial Council has told Fars News Agency that Baha’is are not entitled to citizenship rights. The statement was made only weeks after Mohammad Javad Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary's Human Rights Council, denied the systematic denial of Baha’is right to higher education. "We never say that Baha'is have the right to education; Baha'is don't even have citizenship rights," Ayatollah Bojnourdi told Fars. "Christians, ... read more
December 19, 2014

Kurdish Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike Threatened with Further Prosecution and Execution

Kurdish Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike Threatened with Further Prosecution and Execution Nearly a month into their hunger strike inside the Orumiyeh Central Prison to protest dangerous and inhumane prison conditions, 27 Kurdish political prisoners have been summoned and threatened with new judicial cases if they don't cease their hunger strike, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
December 19, 2014

Ending House Arrest of Dissident Leaders Not on Administration’s Agenda, Says Justice Minister

Ending House Arrest of Dissident Leaders Not on Administration’s Agenda, Says Justice Minister In a startling statement during an interview with the Iran Labor News agency (ILNA) about the house arrests imposed on the Green Movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and Zahra Rahnavard since 2011, Iran’s Minister of Justice Mostafa Pourmohammadi said on December 16, 2014, that “the issue [of the house arrest] has not been […]... read more
December 19, 2014

Imprisoned Lawyer Denied Urgently Needed Medical Treatment

Imprisoned Lawyer Denied Urgently Needed Medical Treatment Despite the severely deteriorating health of imprisoned Iranian lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, the Tehran Prosecutor refuses to grant him permission to receive medical care outside the prison, due to the prominent lawyer's steadfastness about his beliefs, Soltani's daughter told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Maedeh Soltani told the Campaign that her father suffers from heart disease and fluctuations in blood pressure, and that requests for his transfer to a hospital have read more
December 18, 2014

Cartoon 103: Jason Rezaian’s Continuos Detention

Cartoon 103: Jason Rezaian’s Continuos Detention “Temporary detention orders” for Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent, have been extended for two more months. Jason Rezaian, 38, holds dual Iranian and US citizenship, and has been the Washington Post correspondent in Tehran since 2012. Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who worked for the UAE newspaper The National as their Tehran […]... read more