Unfair Trials

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 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
December 9, 2014

Supreme Court Rejects Legality of Kokabee’s Sentencing

Supreme Court Rejects Legality of Kokabee’s Sentencing Iran’s Supreme Court has explicitly rejected the legal basis of Omid Kokabee’s prosecution and sentencing. Branch 36 of Iran’s Supreme Court ordered the review of Omid Kokabee’s case, according to a ruling it issued on October 11, 2014 and recently made public by his lawyer.... read more
November 26, 2014

Illegal Addition of New Charges Makes Death Sentence for Soheil Arabi More Likely

Illegal Addition of New Charges Makes Death Sentence for Soheil Arabi More Likely In an arbitrary and illegal act, new charges that carry a death sentence and which do not allow a pardon were added and the death sentence of Facebook user Soheil Arabi was confirmed by the Supreme Court in Iran.... read more
November 25, 2014

Authorities Use National Security Charges to Punish Ghavami for Attending Sporting Event

Authorities Use National Security Charges to Punish Ghavami for Attending Sporting Event On November 23, 2014, Ghoncheh Ghavami was released from prison after posting bail of one hundred million toman ($35,000). She was released after a lower court issued a one-year prison sentence and a two-year travel ban for “propaganda against the state” and other national security-related charges on November 22.... read more
November 25, 2014

Mohammad Ali Taheri on Hunger Strike to Protest Three Years of Solitary Confinement

Mohammad Ali Taheri on Hunger Strike to Protest Three Years of Solitary Confinement A student of Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of Interuniversal Consciousness Theory, who has been in prison since 2011, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Taheri has embarked on a dry hunger strike (refusing both food and water) since last week to protest 3.5 years in solitary confinement inside the IRGC's Ward 2-A at Evin Prison, as well as for interrogations that have been ongoing since 2011 on additional charges against him of "corruption on earth." The new ... read more
November 20, 2014

Scholar’s 18-Month Prison Sentence for Questioning Nuclear Program Commuted to Fines

Scholar’s 18-Month Prison Sentence for Questioning Nuclear Program Commuted to Fines A Tehran appeals court has reduced the 18-month prison sentence originally handed down to Sadegh Zibakalam, a Tehran University professor and political analyst, for his public questioning of Iran’s nuclear program and his criticism of the trial process in a state corruption case, to a five million toman fine (approximately $1,600).... read more
November 12, 2014

Ghoncheh Ghavami’s Lawyer Says New Charges Looming Against Her Are Illegal

Ghoncheh Ghavami’s Lawyer Says New Charges Looming Against Her Are Illegal New charges may be brought against Ghoncheh Ghavami, the young woman who was arrested outside a sports stadium in Tehran in June 2014 for trying to attend a volleyball match and who remains in prison. ... read more
November 7, 2014

Narges Mohammadi Summoned to Evin Prison Court on Unspecified Charges

Narges Mohammadi Summoned to Evin Prison Court on Unspecified Charges Narges Mohammadi, the prominent human rights defender and Deputy Head of the now shuttered Defenders of Human Rights Center, has been summoned to the Evin Prison Court following a moving speech she made at the grave site of Sattar Beheshti, the 35-year-old blogger who died under torture at a police detention center in November 2012. "In the summons I received on November 5, 2014, it is stated that I must turn myself in 'for charges,' but there is no further explanation about these charges," read more