Prisoners / Arrests

June 23, 2015

Campaign’s Five in the Afternoon Wins Major International Radio Award

Campaign’s Five in the Afternoon Wins Major International Radio Award Human Rights Show Takes Silver Trophy at Prestigious NY Festival’s World’s Best Radio Programs Awards June 23, 2015—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran’s weekly radio show, Five in the Afternoon, won a Silver Medal at the celebrated New York Festival International Radio Program Awards on June 22, 2015. The award was given jointly to the […]... read more
June 21, 2015

High Hopes, Tempered Expectations: Views from Iran on the Nuclear Negotiations

High Hopes, Tempered Expectations: Views from Iran on the Nuclear Negotiations Campaign Releases New Study on the Views of Civil Society in Iran June 22, 2015—Civil society in Iran remains steadfast and unequivocal in its support for the nuclear negotiations, and its members hope for an agreement that will end years of sanctions and isolation, according to a new study by the International Campaign for Human […]... read more
June 19, 2015

Child Rights Activist’s Mother Pleas for Help for Son’s Ten-Year Prison Sentence

Child Rights Activist’s Mother Pleas for Help for Son’s Ten-Year Prison Sentence Ten months after his arrest, children’s rights activist Omid Alishenas has been sentenced to ten years in prison for “assembly and collusion and propaganda against the state,” and “insulting the Supreme Leader.” Mr. Alishenas’ mother told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the family is in shock following the sentencing. “This sentence […]... read more
June 17, 2015

Lawyer and Client Accused of “Illegitimate Relations” for a Handshake in Prison

Lawyer and Client Accused of “Illegitimate Relations” for a Handshake in Prison Update: Mohammad Moghimi was released from Rajaee Shahr Prison on bail of 20 million toman (approximately $60,000) on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Mohammad Moghimi, a defense lawyer who was imprisoned for shaking the hand of his client, the imprisoned artist and civil activist Atena Faraghdani, during a prison visit, will be released […]... read more
June 15, 2015

Activist’s Mother Decries 14-Year Sentence for Her Daughter’s Peaceful Activities

Activist’s Mother Decries 14-Year Sentence for Her Daughter’s Peaceful Activities Atena Daemi, a children’s rights and civil activist, was sentenced to 14 years in prison, receiving the combined maximum penalty for each of her charges, as a result of her peaceful activism. In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Daemi’s mother, Massoumeh Nemati,  relayed that Daemi had been sentenced to […]... read more
June 15, 2015

Three Concerts Cancelled by Police and Judiciary despite Protests by Rouhani 

Three Concerts Cancelled by Police and Judiciary despite Protests by Rouhani  In his latest reaction to consecutive cancellations by the Iranian Police and the Judiciary of music concerts, President Hassan Rouhani condemned the cancellations and said such actions violate the people’s rights. At a press conference marking the second anniversary of Rouhani’s election to office, a reporter asked him about the widespread cancellation of concerts over […]... read more
June 14, 2015

A New Round of Intimidation, Arrests, and Prosecution of Social Media Users in Iran

A New Round of Intimidation, Arrests, and Prosecution of Social Media Users in Iran Iranian Cyber Police and Judiciary officials reported a new wave of arrests of Internet users this week. Colonel Gholamreza Kazemzadeh, Chief of Iran’s Cyber Police, told reporters on June 8 that an individual he claimed managed 23 groups on the WhatsApp and Line social media networks had been arrested. “The Cyber Police in Shahroud [in […]... read more
June 12, 2015

Former TV Producer Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison

Former TV Producer Sentenced to Eight Years in Prison Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court has sentenced Mostafa Azizi, a former Iranian television writer and producer imprisoned since February 1, 2015, to eight years in prison, according to his son, who spoke with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Arash Azizi told the Campaign that his father has appealed the decision. The […]... read more
June 2, 2015

Young Activist Sentenced to 12.5 Years in Prison for Facebook Posts

Young Activist Sentenced to 12.5 Years in Prison for Facebook Posts A Revolutionary Court in Tehran has sentenced artist and civil rights activist Atena Faraghdani to a total of 12.5 years in prison for drawings and content critical of the government that the young activist posted on her Facebook page. Faraghdani’s lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, stated in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in […]... read more
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

Cartoon 114: Prison Overcrowding

Cartoon 114: Prison Overcrowding In an interview with IRNA, Reza Mahboubi, Deputy Director of the Interior Ministry’s Social Affairs Center said that five hundred thousand new inmates and detainees enter Iran’s prison system each year. Official records indicate, however, that the occupancy capacity in Iranian prisons is 140,000 inmates and Iran currently has 225,000 inmates. Despite crowd density and […]... 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