Unfair Trials

January 30, 2015

Jason Rezaian To Be Put on Trial Soon, Says Head of Tehran Judiciary

Jason Rezaian To Be Put on Trial Soon, Says Head of Tehran Judiciary Journalist Imprisoned Over Six Months without Access to Lawyer or Publicly Released Charges In another vague statement about the status of the imprisoned Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian, the Iranian Judiciary has announced that Rezaian will be put on trial “soon,” while failing to provide any information about his charges. On January 28, 2015, Gholamhossein […]... read more
January 26, 2015

MPs Move to Permanently Ban Journalists Connected to Shuttered Publications

MPs Move to Permanently Ban Journalists Connected to Shuttered Publications A few days after the Iranian Judiciary ordered the reformist Mardom-e Emrooz newspaper banned, ultra conservative members of the Iranian Parliament are working on legislation to permanently ban journalists who have worked for reformist publications that were shut down by the authorities. The measure is meant to ensure that such journalists will not resurface and […]... read more
January 8, 2015

Young Scientist’s Ten-Year Sentence Upheld despite Supreme Court’s Rejection of Legality of His Case

Young Scientist’s Ten-Year Sentence Upheld despite Supreme Court’s Rejection of Legality of His Case An appeals court in Tehran has upheld the ten-year prison sentence of the young scientist Omid Kokabee without regard for the earlier opinion of the Supreme Court or the reasoning set forth in their ruling on the case. ... read more
January 7, 2015

Iranian Judiciary Defends Continued House Arrest of Green Movement Leaders

Iranian Judiciary Defends Continued House Arrest of Green Movement Leaders In yet another vague statement effectively signaling support by the Iranian Judiciary for the continuation of the four-year-long house arrest of Iran’s Green Movement leaders, Iranian Judiciary Spokesperson Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said during his weekly press conference on January 5 that "If one day the background is set, there will be a trial, and naturally the people will also be informed." He continued, "So long as a judicial case is not formed for them, there will be no ... read more
January 7, 2015

Former Assyrian Church Leader and Two Christian Converts Arrested

Former Assyrian Church Leader and Two Christian Converts Arrested Iranian security agents arrested an Assyrian pastor and two Christian converts who were his guests at his Tehran residence on December 26, 2014, according to Mansour Borji, Spokesperson for the Alliance of Iranian Churches.... read more
December 24, 2014

Female Prisoner of Conscience Transferred to Deplorable Gharchak Prison

Female Prisoner of Conscience Transferred to Deplorable Gharchak Prison Female prisoner of conscience Hakimeh Shokri was abruptly transferred from Evin Prison to the Gharchak Prison in Varamin on December 15, 2014, Shokri’s sister told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.... read more
December 22, 2014

Prison Sentence for Young Facebook User Increased from 15 to 20 Years

Prison Sentence for Young Facebook User Increased from 15 to 20 Years A Tehran Revolutionary Court has increased the sentence of a 21-year-old Facebook user from 15 to 20 years in prison for his postings on Facebook. The case was originally appealed in the hope that the severe 15-year sentence would be reduced. However, the appeals court remanded the case to the lower court because one of the charges, “insulting the sacred,” was not addressed in the original ruling. ... read more
December 19, 2014

Ending House Arrest of Dissident Leaders Not on Administration’s Agenda, Says Justice Minister

Ending House Arrest of Dissident Leaders Not on Administration’s Agenda, Says Justice Minister In a startling statement during an interview with the Iran Labor News agency (ILNA) about the house arrests imposed on the Green Movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi, and Zahra Rahnavard since 2011, Iran’s Minister of Justice Mostafa Pourmohammadi said on December 16, 2014, that “the issue [of the house arrest] has not been […]... read more
December 19, 2014

Imprisoned Lawyer Denied Urgently Needed Medical Treatment

Imprisoned Lawyer Denied Urgently Needed Medical Treatment Despite the severely deteriorating health of imprisoned Iranian lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, the Tehran Prosecutor refuses to grant him permission to receive medical care outside the prison, due to the prominent lawyer's steadfastness about his beliefs, Soltani's daughter told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Maedeh Soltani told the Campaign that her father suffers from heart disease and fluctuations in blood pressure, and that requests for his transfer to a hospital have read more
December 18, 2014

Cartoon 103: Jason Rezaian’s Continuos Detention

Cartoon 103: Jason Rezaian’s Continuos Detention “Temporary detention orders” for Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post’s Tehran correspondent, have been extended for two more months. Jason Rezaian, 38, holds dual Iranian and US citizenship, and has been the Washington Post correspondent in Tehran since 2012. Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who worked for the UAE newspaper The National as their Tehran […]... read more
December 17, 2014

161 PhD Students Demand Immediate Medical Attention and Judicial Review for Omid Kokabee

161 PhD Students Demand Immediate Medical Attention and Judicial Review for Omid Kokabee In a statement of solidarity with the imprisoned Iranian scientist Omid Kokabee, 161 doctoral students and graduates from universities around the world have released an open letter, demanding medical attention and due process for him. "We, a group of 161 Iranian PhD students and graduates, demand immediate medical attention to this Iranian scholar's health situation, as well as a review of the judicial process that has led to Omid's unfair imprisonment. We believe Omid should be in the ... read more
December 17, 2014

Mahdieh Golroo Remains in Solitary Confinement Two Months After Arrest, Charges Unclear

Mahdieh Golroo Remains in Solitary Confinement Two Months After Arrest, Charges Unclear Despite completion of interrogations for Mahdieh Golroo, a women's rights activist who was arrested on October 23, 2014, a day after she attended a gathering in Tehran to protest acid attacks on several women in Isfahan, her judicial case has not moved forward and her family remains uninformed of her charges, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Mahdieh Golroo has spent her entire detention period inside a solitary cell in the IRGC's Ward 2-A at Evin Prison. ... read more