Religious Freedom

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
July 21, 2014

Another Baha’i Sentenced to Prison for Practicing Her Faith

Another Baha’i Sentenced to Prison for Practicing Her Faith The Baha'i citizen, Shamis Mohajer, began serving her one-year prison term at Evin Prison on charges of "propaganda against the state" on June 28, 2014. Mohajer's mother told the Campaign that her daughter turned herself in after being summoned to Evin Prison.... read more
July 18, 2014

Revolutionary Court Sentences Fifteen Baha’is to Prison on Baseless Charges

Revolutionary Court Sentences Fifteen Baha’is to Prison on Baseless Charges A Revolutionary Court has sentenced fifteen Baha’is to between 1.5 and 3.5 years in prison on charges of "propaganda against the state" and "assembly and collusion against national security," but their lawyer told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that there is no evidence in their case files to support these charges. Giti Pourfazel, the lawyer representing the 15 individuals told the Campaign that when she asked to see the court's evidence, she was refused. \... read more
July 17, 2014

Baha’i to Begin One-Year Prison Sentence for Practicing His Faith

Baha’i to Begin One-Year Prison Sentence for Practicing His Faith A Baha'i man, Sarang Ettehadi, has been summoned to begin serving his one-year prison sentence on charges of "propaganda against the state through participation in Baha'i worship and prayer groups." Ettehadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he had been instructed via a telephone call from the Evin Prison Courts on July 6, 2014, to appear to begin serving his sentence within a week. Ettehadi's wife, Nasim Ashrafi, already began serving her sentence at Evin Prison read more
June 20, 2014

Halt Execution of 33 Sunnis, Request Rights Groups

Halt Execution of 33 Sunnis, Request Rights Groups Eighteen rights groups issued a joint statement to demand a halt on execution of 33 Sunni death row inmates, noting unfair trials.... read more
May 13, 2014

Lawyer for Kurdish Political Prisoners Put on Trial

Lawyer for Kurdish Political Prisoners Put on Trial A Kurdish human rights lawyer has been tried on charges of membership in an illegal political group and propaganda against the state for providing information on prison conditions to the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
April 10, 2014

Official Makes Rare Admission of Baha’is’ Equal Rights in Domestic Media

Official Makes Rare Admission of Baha’is’  Equal Rights in Domestic Media In a rare statement to the Iranian media on April 6, 2014, Javad Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary’s Human Rights Council, admitted Baha’is in Iran are entitled to full and equal constitutional rights.... 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 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
March 17, 2014

Imprisoned Pastor Chained to Hospital Bed, Wife Says

Imprisoned Pastor Chained to Hospital Bed, Wife Says Imprisoned Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini was admitted to hospital under humiliating conditions, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. Naghmeh Abedini, Abedini’s wife, told the Campaign that the pastor was taken to Dey Hospital in Tehran on March 3, 2014 while his hands and feet were chained and then he was tied [...]... read more
March 17, 2014

Shaheed Tells the UN Rights Council Deep Reforms Needed

Shaheed Tells the UN Rights Council Deep Reforms Needed Today, March 17, 2014, Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, officially presented his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council. Stating that he had met with representatives from the Iranian Judiciary and other government organizations in Geneva, Shaheed said, “the report before the Council demonstrates that [...]... read more