Torture

October 15, 2014

Maz Jobrani Joins Campaign for Release of Omid Kokabee

Maz Jobrani Joins Campaign for Release of Omid Kokabee Maz Jobrani, the prominent Iranian-American actor and comedian, joins 28 Nobel laureates to call for the Iranian Judiciary’s immediate release of Omid Kokabee, the imprisoned Iranian physicist. Jobrani calls attention to Kokabee’s imprisonment on false charges after an unfair trial, and the multiple and serious health ailments Kokabee is suffering from that have gone untreated while he has been imprisoned, which require urgent medical attention. ... read more
October 14, 2014

New Videos Confront Iran’s Rights Violations through Personal Stories of Persecution

New Videos Confront Iran’s Rights Violations through Personal Stories of Persecution New York, New York – Impact Iran, a coalition of human rights organizations, in partnership with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, today launched a new video, “Promises Made, Promises Broken.” The video is part of a series aimed at drawing attention to Iran’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council on October 31, 2014. A new video will be released each week leading up to the review.... read more
September 28, 2014

Cartoon 94: Man Hanged for Innovation in Islamic Principles and Insulting Jonah

Cartoon 94: Man Hanged for Innovation in Islamic Principles and Insulting Jonah Mohsen Amiraslani, 37, was hanged at Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 on charges of “corruption on earth, innovation in primary and secondary principles of Islam, and new interpretation of the Qur’an,” including “insulting Prophet Jonah.” “A Rajaee Shahr Prison official contacted this prisoner’s family and asked them to go see [...]... read more
September 21, 2014

Cartoon 93: Rouhani in New York

Cartoon 93: Rouhani in New York As Iranian President Hassan Rouhani prepares to come to New York next week to attend the UN General Assembly and other meetings, there is a lot of anticipation for how he would answer questions in the US media interviews that aim to polish the Islamic Republic’s image before western audiences. During his presidency, Mr. Rouhani’s [...]... read more
September 17, 2014

As Rouhani Comes to NY, Domestic Repression in Iran Remains Unabated

As Rouhani Comes to NY, Domestic Repression in Iran Remains Unabated (September 17, 2014) Ahead of President Rouhani’s visit to New York next week, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today, bringing into sharp focus the disconnect between Rouhani’s rhetoric on domestic affairs and the reality on the ground.... read more
August 11, 2014

Carton 90: “Dastardly and Unfair,” Says Sattar Beheshti’s Mother of Murderer’s Sentence

Carton 90: “Dastardly and Unfair,” Says Sattar Beheshti’s Mother of Murderer’s Sentence Almost two years after the death of dissident blogger Sattar Beheshti under torture while in police detention, Cyber police interrogator Akbar Taghizadeh was sentenced to three years in prison, two years in exile, and 74 lashes for his murder. Giti Pourfazel, the Beheshti family lawyer, told Iranian Students News Agency that the verdict against Sattar’s [...]... read more
August 9, 2014

Sattar Beheshti Murderer Gets Three Years in Prison

Sattar Beheshti Murderer Gets Three Years in Prison Cyber police interrogator Akbar Taghizadeh has been sentenced to three years in prison, two years in exile, and 74 lashes for the murder of dissident blogger Sattar Beheshti, who died under torture while in police detention in November 2012.... read more
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