Unfair Trials

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
July 14, 2014

Eight Iranians Active on Facebook Sentenced to Combined 127 Years in Prison

Eight Iranians Active on Facebook Sentenced to Combined 127 Years in Prison Eight young Iranians active on Facebook have been sentenced to a total of 127 years in prison by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court which found them guilty of acting against national security, propaganda against the state and insulting Islam and state officials, IRNA news agency reported.... read more
July 10, 2014

New Wave of Arrests and Prison Sentences Against Journalists

New Wave of Arrests and Prison Sentences Against Journalists The prominent journalist Marzieh Rasouli was summoned to Evin Prison on July 8, 2014, for the implementation of her sentence of 50 lashes and two years’ imprisonment, she announced on Twitter, even though Rasouli has not yet received confirmation of the initial sentence from the appeals court.... read more
June 21, 2014

Four Sunni Kurds in Danger of Imminent Execution

Four Sunni Kurds in Danger of Imminent Execution Hamed Ahmadi, Kamal Moulaei, and Jamshid and Jahangir Dehghani are Sunni Kurds who were first arrested and prosecuted for murdering a pro-government Sunni cleric, but they were later acquitted of this charge and then tried at Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Moghiseh on charges of "moharebeh" (enmity with God) and "acting against national security by supporting opposition Kurdish parties." Their death sentences were upheld at the appeals level. The families of the ... read more
June 20, 2014

Scholar Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Criticizing Iran Nuclear Program and the Judiciary

Scholar Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison for Criticizing Iran Nuclear Program and the Judiciary The Iranian Judiciary has sentenced Sadegh Zibakalam, a Tehran University scholar, to one and a half years in prison for his criticism of the Iranian nuclear program and of the Iranian Judiciary on charges of "propaganda against the Islamic Republic regime," "publishing falsehoods to create public anxiety," and "insulting judges and Judiciary officials."... read more
June 20, 2014

Eleven Internet Professionals Sentenced to One to Eleven Years in Prison

Eleven Internet Professionals Sentenced to One to Eleven Years in Prison Yadollah Movahed, the Prosecutor for Kerman Province General and Revolutionary Courts, said at a press conference on June 19, 2014, that the eleven individuals were arrested and prosecuted for "designing sites, websites, and creating content for media hostile to the regime."... 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
June 16, 2014

Two Iranian-Arabs Executed in Secret

Two Iranian-Arabs Executed in Secret Ali Chabishat and Khaled Mousavi, two Iranian-Arabs from the southern city of Ahvaz in Khuzestan Province, have been secretly executed and buried in a remote area, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. ... read more
June 13, 2014

Journalist Put on Trial for Propaganda Against State

Journalist Put on Trial for Propaganda Against State Hossein Nouraninejad was charged with "propaganda against the regime" and "collusion and assembly against national security" according to his lawyer, but no evidence of conduct that would warrant these charges was offered in court.... read more
June 12, 2014

Former Student Activist Sentenced to Another Year in Prison

Former Student Activist Sentenced to Another Year in Prison A revolutionary court in Tehran has sentenced former student activist and political prisoner Payman Aref to another year in prison on charges of "propaganda against the regime," marking his third sentence since the disputed 2009 presidential election.... read more
June 11, 2014

Filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi Begins 5-Year Sentence on Baseless Charges

Filmmaker Mahnaz Mohammadi Begins 5-Year Sentence on Baseless Charges On Saturday, June 7, 2014, Iranian documentary filmmaker and women’s rights activist Mahnaz Mohammadi began serving her five-year prison sentence on security charges of “assembly and collusion against national security,” and “propaganda against the state.”... read more