Issues

July 25, 2016

Arrested Iranian-American from San Diego Held Incommunicado and without Access to Lawyer

Arrested Iranian-American from San Diego Held Incommunicado and without Access to Lawyer Charges and Whereabouts of Robin (Reza) Shahini Unknown Iranian-American Robin (Reza) Shahini, the latest victim of a string of arrests and prolonged detainments of dual nationals who have travelled to Iran, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards’ Intelligence Organization in the city of Gorgan, 255 miles east of Tehran, and has been held without access to a […]... read more
July 21, 2016

Iran’s Conservatives Lash Out at New Female Fashion Trends

Iran’s Conservatives Lash Out at New Female Fashion Trends Iran’s anti-vice squads, also referred to as the morality police, are particularly busy in the hot summer months when Iranian women wear lighter clothes and are less observant of the mandatory hijab. But this year the squads are focusing on a new “threat:” women wearing clothes with large English words on them.  On National Hijab […]... read more
July 18, 2016

Harassment of Teachers’ Union Leader Continues with New Summons

Harassment of Teachers’ Union Leader Continues with New Summons Rassoul Bodaghi, a senior member of the Iranian Teacher’s Association who has been repeatedly harassed by security agents since he was conditionally freed from prison a few months ago, will not obey a mysterious summons ordering him to appear in court on July 16, 2016. “The summons, sent by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court, […]... read more
July 14, 2016

New Law Reduces Employment Prospects for Women in Iran

New Law Reduces Employment Prospects for Women in Iran Iran’s Parliament has ratified an amended law that reduces the working hours of female employees with certain family obligations by eight hours per week. Although the law requires employers to pay these women full-time wages, rights advocates say the law will harm the employment prospects of women entering the job market and reduce the job security […]... read more
July 14, 2016

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Quits after Years of State Harassment and Threats

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Quits after Years of State Harassment and Threats “In this society, lawyers who bear witness to injustice and speak the truth get punished.” Constant pressure and harassment by Iran’s Judiciary and security establishment have forced a human rights lawyer to leave her profession. Giti Pourfazel—who spent nearly 10 years representing political prisoners and their families, usually for free—has submitted her resignation to Iran’s […]... read more
July 13, 2016

70-Year-Old Man Sentenced to Flogging for Demanding Information on Missing Son

70-Year-Old Man Sentenced to Flogging for Demanding Information on Missing Son The wife of Hashem Zeinali, a 70-year-old man who was given a lashing and prison sentence after peacefully demanding information about his missing son while standing outside Evin Prison, is hoping that the Appeals Court will overturn the ruling. “My husband, who’s an old man, has been condemned to imprisonment and floggings for a charge […]... read more
July 13, 2016

Legal Expert Expresses Outrage over Charges against Renowned Iranian Artist Parviz Tanavoli

Legal Expert Expresses Outrage over Charges against Renowned Iranian Artist Parviz Tanavoli Charging the prominent Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli, who also holds Canadian citizenship, with “disturbing public opinion and spreading falsehoods” is “shocking,” an expert on the Iranian legal system told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “I cannot imagine how a prosecutor could level such a charge against a sculptor,” said the Norway-based lawyer, […]... read more
July 13, 2016

Imprisoned Christian Convert, Eligible for Early Release, on Hunger Strike Until Judiciary Addresses Her Case

Imprisoned Christian Convert, Eligible for Early Release, on Hunger Strike Until Judiciary Addresses Her Case Christian convert Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, imprisoned since 2013, has vowed to continue the hunger strike she began on July 5, 2016 until her demand for early conditional release is met, her mother, Zahra Pour-Nouhi Langroudi, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “I’m really worried for her. It has been seven days […]... read more
July 12, 2016

Twitter Campaign to Free Narges Mohammadi Draws More than 100,000 Iranians

Twitter Campaign to Free Narges Mohammadi Draws More than 100,000 Iranians Hashtag #FreeNarges Skyrockets in Iran despite Official Ban on Twitter More than 100,000 Iranians took part in a Twitter campaign in solidarity with the imprisoned human rights defender Narges Mohammadi on July 11, 2016 to mark the fifteenth day of her hunger strike, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. Three hours after […]... read more
July 12, 2016

Judiciary Refuses to Review Case of Political Prisoner Who Qualifies for Early Release

Judiciary Refuses to Review Case of Political Prisoner Who Qualifies for Early Release Ahmad Karimi Najjar, a political prisoner currently serving the seventh year of his 16-year prison sentence in Iran’s Rajaee Shahr Prison, could be eligible for conditional release, but the Judiciary is refusing to review his case. Karimi, who was imprisoned for his alleged connection with an outlawed monarchist group, could benefit from a new legal […]... read more
July 12, 2016

Commentary: Iran’s Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows

Commentary: Iran’s Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows This commentary was originally published in the World Politics Review. Hadi Ghaemi There is a crackdown underway in Iran. But it is no longer just a crackdown on dissent. Rather it is an attempt to crush views or expressions that depart from the insular and rigid worldview of an increasingly small band of hard-liners. It […]... read more
July 11, 2016

Iran Judiciary Threatens Narges Mohammadi After Her Hunger Strike Gets International Attention

Iran Judiciary Threatens Narges Mohammadi After Her Hunger Strike Gets International Attention A Judicial official has threatened Narges Mohammadi, a leading human rights defender who was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for her peaceful activism, in an attempt to force her to end her hunger strike, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Narges Mohammadi’s physical condition has dangerously deteriorated […]... read more