Prisoners / Arrests

March 27, 2015

Imprisoned Journalist Denied Furlough, Remains with Hardened Criminals

Imprisoned Journalist Denied Furlough, Remains with Hardened Criminals Despite support from the Zanjan Province Prosecutor and prison officials, and repeated requests by family members, journalist Saeed Matinpour’s furlough for the Iranian New Year was not granted and he remains behind bars. In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Matinpour’s wife, Atieh Taheri, said that officials encouraged Matinpour to […]... read more
March 27, 2015

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Denied Furlough Again

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Denied Furlough Again For the fourth year in a row, the ailing prominent human rights defender Mohammad Seifzadeh was not granted furlough for the Iranian New Year (March 20-April 1). Furlough, typically granted to prisoners in Iran for a variety of familial, holiday, and medical reasons, is routinely denied to political prisoners as a form of additional punishment. […]... read more
March 27, 2015

Journalist Remains in Prison Beyond End of Sentence

Journalist Remains in Prison Beyond End of Sentence The journalist Saeed Razavi Faghih has yet to be released from prison even though he completed his one-year sentence on February 28, 2015, because he is facing new, as yet unspecified charges, his brother Massoud told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “When I followed up the reasons why my brother had not […]... read more
March 27, 2015

UN Keeps Pressure on Iran for its Rights Failures

UN Keeps Pressure on Iran for its Rights Failures Human Rights Monitoring Will Continue March 27, 2015—The United Nations Human Rights Council voted today to renew the mandate of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, signaling the international community’s continued concern over the state of human rights in Iran. The resolution to renew the mandate […]... read more
March 17, 2015

Under scrutiny, Iran Shows Increased, but Limited Cooperation with UN Mechanism

Under scrutiny, Iran Shows Increased, but Limited Cooperation with UN Mechanism Four years into his mandate as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed told UN member states at a meeting of the Human Rights Council today in Geneva that although he has yet to be let into the country for a site visit, Iran is demonstrating other signs of cooperation with the mandate.... read more
March 13, 2015

Facebook Users Arrested, Others Will Be Arrested Soon, IRGC Warns

Facebook Users Arrested, Others Will Be Arrested Soon, IRGC Warns More than 30 people have been targeted by the cyber crime unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) this month, including a dozen arrested for their “immoral” activities on Facebook. ... read more
March 13, 2015

Imprisoned Journalist Denied Medical Treatment for Serious War Wounds

Imprisoned Journalist Denied Medical Treatment for Serious War Wounds Imprisoned journalist and political activist Serajeddin Mirdamadi is in need of urgent medical attention at Evin Prison’s infamous Ward 8, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. ... read more
March 5, 2015

Vigilante Violence: The Acid Attacks against Women in Iran and the State’s Assault on Women’s Rights

Vigilante Violence: The Acid Attacks against Women in Iran and the State’s Assault on Women’s Rights March 6, 2015—The Iranian Parliament should immediately withdraw the pending Plan to Promote Virtue and Prevent Vice, which explicitly calls for Basij militias to enforce strict hijab (female dress), the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. This plan not only violates the rights of all Iranian women, it also presents a clear and present danger to their continued safety.... read more
March 5, 2015

Activist Ends Hunger Strike after Judge Agrees to Transfer to Evin’s Political Ward

Activist Ends Hunger Strike after Judge Agrees to Transfer to Evin’s Political Ward Atena Faraghdani has ended her hunger strike in hospital, where she has been since her February 26 collapse in Gharchak Prison, after learning that a Revolutionary Court Judge agreed to return her to Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward for political prisoners, her lawyer told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Mohammad Moghimi, Faraghdani’s lawyer, […]... read more
March 3, 2015

UN Secretary-General Expresses Alarm about Executions, Retaliation Against Activists and Attacks on Women in Iran

UN Secretary-General Expresses Alarm about Executions, Retaliation Against Activists and Attacks on Women in Iran In particular the Secretary-General voiced his concern about Iran’s chronic application of the death penalty to drug-related offenses, which do not qualify as the “most serious crimes”; the number of death penalty cases with a political dimension; the high incidence of public executions; and the execution of juveniles. ... read more
February 27, 2015

Journalist Behind Bars Since 2009 Suffers Heart Attack in Prison

Journalist Behind Bars Since 2009 Suffers Heart Attack in Prison The imprisoned journalist Massoud Bastani was transferred to the hospital on February 20, 2015, following a heart attack inside Shahid Rajaee Prison. The health conditions of Bastani, 37, who has been in prison since his arrest in the wake of the protests that followed the disputed 2009 presidential election in Iran, have steadily deteriorated during his six years of incarceration.... read more
February 27, 2015

Prisoner of Conscience Released After Nine Months of “Temporary Detention” At Deplorable Facility

Prisoner of Conscience Released After Nine Months of “Temporary Detention” At Deplorable Facility Nine months after her arrest, the lawyer and prisoner of conscience Negar Haeri was released on bail of about US$580,000 on February 25, 2015. She spent her entire time in prison since her May 2014 arrest on "temporary detention orders."... read more