Torture

April 11, 2014

Family of Blogger Killed in Custody Insists on Murder Charges

Family of Blogger Killed in Custody Insists on Murder Charges   The family of Sattar Beheshti, the blogger who died under torture by his prison interrogator, is refusing to participate further in the court proceedings against his killer, Giti Pourfazel, the lawyer representing Sattar’s family, said in an interview, in protest against the charge of “unintentional murder” brought against the interrogator who caused his death. [...]... 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 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

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
March 14, 2014

Abdollah Momeni Released After Completing Five Year Term Without Furlough

Abdollah Momeni Released After Completing Five Year Term Without Furlough Abdollah Momeni, former Spokesperson for the nationwide Iranian alumni association, Advar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat, was released from prison on Thursday, March 13, 2014, after completing his five year prison sentence without a single day of furlough. Abdollah Momeni was arrested on June 20, 2009, after the disputed presidential election in Iran. Momeni and the student alumni [...]... read more
March 14, 2014

Human Rights Activist Rejects Criticism of her Meeting with Ashton

Human Rights Activist Rejects Criticism of her Meeting with Ashton Narges Mohammadi, the human rights activist at the center of a controversy over her meeting in Tehran with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, has defended her action. “Objections to our meeting with Ashton are harmful to the atmosphere of moderation and trust promised by the Rouhani Administration,” Narges Mohammadi told the International Campaign for [...]... read more
March 13, 2014

UN Rapporteur Slams Iran for Lack of Judiciary Independence and Execution Surge

UN Rapporteur Slams Iran for Lack of Judiciary Independence and Execution Surge Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, released his third report to the UN Human Rights Council today, emphasizing alarm over the surge in the number of executions, as well as lack of independence of the Iranian Judiciary. For his research the Special Rapporteur interviewed more than 130 [...]... read more
March 13, 2014

Joint Letter on Iran to the Human Rights Council

Joint Letter on Iran to the Human Rights Council Support Resolution to Renew the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran. March 12, 2014 To: Member States of the Human Rights Council Your Excellency, We, the undersigned human rights and civil society groups, are writing to urge your government to support the resolution to renew the mandate of [...]... read more
March 12, 2014

Paper Close to Revolutionary Guards Doctors Ashton Photo to Erase Image of Torture Victim’s Mother

Paper Close to Revolutionary Guards Doctors Ashton Photo to Erase Image of Torture Victim’s Mother Almost immediately after EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met with a group of activists in Tehran, Iranian authorities unleashed a barrage of angry remarks and insults about her visit.... read more
March 5, 2014

Javad Larijani: “Be Grateful” for Iran’s High Execution Rate

Javad Larijani: “Be Grateful” for Iran’s High Execution Rate Mohammad Javad Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary's Human Rights Council, said on March 4 that Iran's increased execution rate is a positive marker of Iranian achievement. Instead of criticizing Iran for its increasing number of executions, he said, "our expectation of international organizations and the world is to be grateful for this great service to humanity."... read more
February 27, 2014

Kurdish Death Row Inmate Hospitalized After Prison Beating

Kurdish Death Row Inmate Hospitalized After Prison Beating Loghman Moradi was due to appear at Branch 74 of Tehran Province Criminal Court on February 23. That morning agents told him to put on prison clothes in order to be transferred to court. "Loqhman refused to wear prison clothes and said 'I am a political prisoner and I have the right to appear in court in regular clothes'," Eghbal Moradi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. ... read more