Torture

July 21, 2014

Man Sentenced to Stoning in Iran’s Northern City

Man Sentenced to Stoning in Iran’s Northern City A man has been sentenced to the punishment of stoning in the northern Iran province of Ghaemshahr. The Bolagh news website wrote that Head of the Ghaemshahr Judiciary in Mazandaran Province issued the stoning ruling. ... read more
June 4, 2014

Iran’s IRGC Commander Admits to Interference in 2009 Election

Iran’s IRGC Commander Admits to Interference in 2009 Election In a newly released video, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Ali Jaafari, in a speech to an audience which appears to be composed of Guard commanders, details the role of the Guards in the 2009 presidential election and the subsequent violent crackdown of the post-election protest movement. ... read more
April 28, 2014

Despite Investigation Pledge, Rouhani Administration Maintains Silence on Prisoner Assault

Despite Investigation Pledge, Rouhani Administration Maintains Silence on Prisoner Assault The families of political prisoners who were assaulted by security guards in the brutal attack in Evin Prison's Ward 350 on April 17 have yet to receive any response from a government panel appointed to investigate the incident. The attack on the inmates has prompted widespread condemnation inside and outside the country.... read more
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