Issues

September 28, 2016

Upholding Narges Mohammadi’s 16-Year Prison Sentence is Indefensible

Upholding Narges Mohammadi’s 16-Year Prison Sentence is Indefensible Mother of Two Young Children Will Be Eligible for Release Only After 10 Years  September 28, 2016—The upholding of the 16-year prison sentence against human rights defender Narges Mohammadi by Iran’s Appeals Court for her peaceful work is cruel and indefensible, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in a statement today. “Sixteen years in prison […]... read more
September 28, 2016

Iran Appeals Court Upholds 16-Year Prison Sentence Against Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi

Iran Appeals Court Upholds 16-Year Prison Sentence Against Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Mother of Two Young Children Will Be Eligible for Release Only After 10 Years An Appeals Court has upheld the 16-year prison sentence issued against prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi. She will become eligible for release after serving 10 years in prison, according to a statement by the Defenders of Human Rights Center. On […]... read more
September 28, 2016

Iran’s Foreign Minister Says Judiciary is Responsible for Detained Dual Nationals

Iran’s Foreign Minister Says Judiciary is Responsible for Detained Dual Nationals Zarif Hopes Their Situation Can Be “Resolved Amicably” Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he hoped the situation of detained dual nationals in Iran could be “resolved amicably,” adding that the office of the president has no control over the Judiciary, at a talk in New York on September 23, 2016. The Judiciary is theoretically […]... read more
September 28, 2016

Detained Editor Who Exposed Corruption Slapped with Additional Charge

Detained Editor Who Exposed Corruption Slapped with Additional Charge Editor Yashar Soltani, who was initially charged with “spreading lies” after his website published unclassified information about illegal land sales by the Tehran Municipality, has also been charged with “gathering classified information with the intent to harm national security.” “The charges against Soltani make no sense because the letter from the National Inspection Organization was […]... read more
September 27, 2016

Baha’i Student Expelled and Banned from University for His Faith

Baha’i Student Expelled and Banned from University for His Faith Iranian authorities have ignored requests to reinstate a student expelled from a university because of his faith. Nineteen-year-old Faraz Karin-Kani Sisan was expelled from Ghiyaseddin Jamshid Kashani Institute for Higher Education (GJKI) in Abyek, Alborz Province, 62 miles northwest of Tehran, after completing his second term in development studies.  “In the national university entrance exam […]... read more
September 23, 2016

Reformist Editor Vows to Remain On Hunger Strike Until Released from Prison

Reformist Editor Vows to Remain On Hunger Strike Until Released from Prison Imprisoned newspaper editor Ehsan Mazandarani will be on hunger strike in Evin Prison until he is released based on Iran’s New Islamic Penal Code, which allows prisoners to apply for early conditional release after serving a third of their sentence.  In a letter he gave to his wife that was published online by Saham News on […]... read more
September 22, 2016

Kahrizak Torture Victim Rejects Prosecutor’s Apology for Detainees’ Deaths

Kahrizak Torture Victim Rejects Prosecutor’s Apology for Detainees’ Deaths “Amir Javadifar died beside me as he was begging for water. I can never forget those moments.” Reza Zoghi, who was tortured at the Kahrizak Detention Center in south Tehran where three young men died as a result of the torture, has rejected an apology from then-Tehran Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi. “His apology is an insult,” […]... read more
September 20, 2016

Ailing Reformist Journalist’s Prison Sentence Reduced

Ailing Reformist Journalist’s Prison Sentence Reduced Additional Charge Against Issa Saharkhiz Remains Pending Prominent reformist journalist Issa Saharkhiz’s prison sentence has been reduced based on Article 134 of the New Islamic Penal Code, his lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  “Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court changed its ruling against my client from three […]... read more
September 20, 2016

Reformist Editor Arrested Ahead of Rouhani’s Trip to the United Nations

Reformist Editor Arrested Ahead of Rouhani’s Trip to the United Nations Sadra Mohaghegh, the social affairs editor of the reformist Shargh newspaper, was arrested on September 19, 2016, but the circumstances surrounding his arrest and the charges against him are unclear, according to his lawyer. The arrest comes on the heels of an international tour by President Hassan Rouhani that will end at the United Nations General […]... read more
September 19, 2016

On Hunger Strike, Imprisoned Music Distributors’ Health Deteriorates

On Hunger Strike, Imprisoned Music Distributors’ Health Deteriorates Imprisoned music distributors Mehdi Rajabian and Hossein Rajabian are in poor health after starting a hunger strike on September 8, 2016 in Evin Prison. The brothers are protesting being held in separate wards and the denial of access to medical care. An informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that judicial […]... read more
September 14, 2016

Cartoon 155: Proud

Cartoon 155: Proud Just a few weeks after the publication of a  1988 audio recording on the late Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri’s website in which he told Judiciary and Intelligence Ministry officials  at a meeting that the mass executions of political dissidents inside Iranian prisons is “the Islamic Republic’s worst crime,” one of those officials, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, who […]... read more
September 14, 2016

Cartoon 154: Bandwidth

Cartoon 154: Bandwidth In a meeting with the Minister of Communications, conservative cleric Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi recommended allocating the bandwidth used by the popular networking service Telegram to Iran’s National Intranet, in order to deter millions of Iranian users from using Telegram. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the issue.... read more