Issues

August 24, 2016

Overcoming Obstacles: Leila Vaziri & the Nine Female Olympians from Iran

Overcoming Obstacles: Leila Vaziri & the Nine Female Olympians from Iran What does it take for a woman to overcome the challenges and make it to the Olympics? Watch world champion Leila Varizi in this video and join the Campaign in saluting the 9 Iranian women who made it to the 2016 Rio Olympics.... read more
August 22, 2016

Elderly Pro-Democracy Activist Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

Elderly Pro-Democracy Activist Sentenced to Four Years in Prison The four-year prison sentence handed down to imprisoned author and peaceful political activist Kourosh Zaim has no legal basis and the 77-year-old should be immediately released because of his advanced age, his lawyer Giti Pourfazel told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “This sentence, which was issued while he was imprisoned, seems to […]... read more
August 22, 2016

Nasrin Sotoudeh: “Hardliners are trying to open a new case against me”

Nasrin Sotoudeh: “Hardliners are trying to open a new case against me” Prominent Human Rights Lawyer is Summoned to Court Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer and former political prisoner, has been summoned to appear at Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court on September 3, 2016, but has not been informed of the charges against her. She will be representing herself in court because three […]... read more
August 22, 2016

Prominent Labor Activist’s Wife Awaits Verdict for Alleged Facebook Post

Prominent Labor Activist’s Wife Awaits Verdict for Alleged Facebook Post Najibeh Salehzadeh was never shown the “evidence” Najibeh Salehzadeh, who says she was falsely charged for posting “insulting” material on Facebook, is awaiting a verdict following her trial at Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in the city of Saqqez in Iran’s Kurdistan Province. “On Monday [August 15] my son and I went to the […]... read more
August 18, 2016

Reformist Journalist’s Prison Sentence Reduced on Appeal

Reformist Journalist’s Prison Sentence Reduced on Appeal The prison sentence of reformist journalist Ehsan (Saman) Safarzaei has been reduced from five to two years, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. Safarzaei’s lawyer, Iman Mirzadeh, confirmed he received the ruling in writing from Branch 36 of Tehran’s Appeals Court on August 15, 2016. An informed source told the Campaign […]... read more
August 17, 2016

Cartoon 153: Silencing Montazeri

Cartoon 153: Silencing Montazeri Following publication of the audio file of a 1988 meeting in which the late Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri admonished Sharia judges and officials about the prison massacre of Iranian dissidents, conservative Mashad cleric Ahmad Alamolhoda has demanded “assertive action” against Mr. Montazeri’s son, Ahmad, for posting the audio file on the Grand Ayatollah’s website. Iran’s […]... read more
August 16, 2016

Imprisoned Epileptic Journalist Denied Request for Early Release

Imprisoned Epileptic Journalist Denied Request for Early Release Reformist Writer Has Not Had Access to His Lawyer Since 2014 Imprisoned reformist journalist Ahmad Asgari, who suffers from severe epilepsy, has been denied early conditional release and medical furlough (temporary leave), an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, despite doctors’ determination that he is medically unfit to continue serving […]... read more
August 16, 2016

Charges Against Iranian-American Reflect Iran’s Lasting Paranoia over Mass Protests of 2009

Charges Against Iranian-American Reflect Iran’s Lasting Paranoia over Mass Protests of 2009 Detained Iranian-American Robin (Reza) Shahini has been formally charged with “acting against national security,” “participating in protest gatherings in 2009,” “collaborating with Voice of America (VOA) television” and “insulting the sacred on Facebook,” but his lawyer has not been granted access to the evidence being used against Shahini, an informed source who requested anonymity told […]... read more
August 16, 2016

Rights groups condemn recent execution of Kurdish prisoners and call for an immediate moratorium on all executions in Iran

Rights groups condemn recent execution of Kurdish prisoners and call for an immediate moratorium on all executions in Iran Geneva – Iranian authorities must immediately put a halt to the execution of Kurdish political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, 22 human rights organizations stated. These organizations also urged for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty and a right to due process and fair and public retrials for all prisoners sentenced to death. Since […]... read more
August 16, 2016

Sunni Cleric Charged with Anti-State Activities for Criticizing Mass Execution

Sunni Cleric Charged with Anti-State Activities for Criticizing Mass Execution Hassan Amini, a Sunni cleric and Islamic judge based in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran’s Kurdistan Province, has been interrogated and charged for criticizing the recent mass execution of Sunni prisoners. “They summoned me [to the Intelligence Ministry’s office in Sanandaj] in connection with a statement I issued about the [executions] and because I had […]... read more
August 16, 2016

Android Phone Users in Iran Face New Threat by Hackers

Android Phone Users in Iran Face New Threat by Hackers Popular Telegram App Remains Main Target Hackers posing as friends are using phone numbers based in the UK to contact civil rights and political activists in Iran to gain access to their email and social media accounts, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. When the targets don’t recognize the “old friend,” […]... read more
August 15, 2016

Rouhani Battles Religious Hardliners Over Concert Cancellations in Iran

Rouhani Battles Religious Hardliners Over Concert Cancellations in Iran A simmering battle between the government of President Hassan Rouhani and hardline religious figures over music concerts is playing out in northeastern Iran. Most recently, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli questioned the the announced suspension of all music concerts in Khorasan Razavi Province in a letter to the Judiciary. “We cannot prejudge the intentions [of […]... read more