Issues

May 26, 2016

Cartoon 146: No Friendship with Baha’is!

Cartoon 146: No Friendship with Baha’is! Faezeh Hashemi, the outspoken daughter of prominent former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, has been threatened with prosecution by a high ranking Judiciary official following her meeting with Baha’i leader Fariba Kamalabadi and other well-known civil rights activists in Tehran. Faezeh Hashemi previously shared a prison cell with Kamalabadi. “This was a very ugly and […]... read more
May 26, 2016

Cartoon 145: “The Critic Should Not Be Arrested and Taken to Prison!”

Cartoon 145: “The Critic Should Not Be Arrested and Taken to Prison!” On May 3, 2016, during a speech at the grand opening of Tehran Book Fair, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, “The critic should not be arrested and taken to prison.” This is prominent Iranian cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the growing number of imprisoned Iranians who have expressed their opinions as journalists and social media […]... read more
May 26, 2016

Activist Imprisoned and Tortured Without Access to a Lawyer for Shouting “Death to Khamenei”

Activist Imprisoned and Tortured Without Access to a Lawyer for Shouting “Death to Khamenei” Labor activist Mehdi Farahi Shandiz, imprisoned for shouting “death to [Ali] Khamenei,” Iran’s supreme leader, is being unlawfully held in Rajaee Shahr Prison’s Ward 10, where non-political prisoners are kept, and has been denied furlough as well as adequate medical care. He did not have access to a lawyer in any of his trials and […]... read more
May 26, 2016

Ailing Political Prisoner, Denied Legal Counsel and Medical Care, Sentenced to 39 Years in Prison

Ailing Political Prisoner, Denied Legal Counsel and Medical Care, Sentenced to 39 Years in Prison Alireza Golipour, imprisoned in Iran since 2012 on national security charges and denied access to a lawyer until May 2016, has been sentenced to more than 39 years in prison. Golipour has also been denied proper medical care for his lung cancer, his lawyer told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The sentence—39 […]... read more
May 25, 2016

Imprisoned Physicist Given Two-Week Medical Furlough After Losing Cancerous Kidney

Imprisoned Physicist Given Two-Week Medical Furlough After Losing Cancerous Kidney Imprisoned physicist Omid Kokabee has been granted a two-week medical furlough upon payment of five billion rials ($164,000 USD) bail, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. On Wednesday (May 25, 2016) Kokabee was transferred from the hospital to his family home in Tehran where he will be continuing to […]... read more
May 24, 2016

Kurdish Political Prisoner in Iran on Hunger Strike to Protest New Charges

Kurdish Political Prisoner in Iran on Hunger Strike to Protest New Charges Mohammad Sediq Kaboudvand, a prominent Kurdish human rights activist who is in his ninth year of incarceration at Tehran’s Evin Prison, has gone on hunger strike to protest the new charges that have been brought against him. Kaboudvand’s wife, Parinaz Baghban Hassani, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he started the […]... read more
May 24, 2016

Iran Must End State Persecution of Baha’is, Say Exiled Iranian Political Figures

Iran Must End State Persecution of Baha’is, Say Exiled Iranian Political Figures In the wake of the intense criticism by Iranian officials and religious leaders of Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, for her meeting with Baha’i leader Fariba Kamalabadi, several exiled Iranian political figures have publicly voiced their condemnation of the persecution of Baha’is in Iran. Faezeh Hashemi, a former MP from […]... read more
May 20, 2016

Environmentalist’s Facebook Account Hacked, Used to Deny Her Detention while She Was Still Behind Bars

Environmentalist’s Facebook Account Hacked, Used to Deny Her Detention while She Was Still Behind Bars Zakiya Neysi’s Father Forced to Sign Pledge Prior to her Release The day after environmental activist Zakiya Neysi was arrested by intelligence agents in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahwaz, a posting appeared on her Facebook account declaring that she had returned home and denouncing one of her brothers. But the young woman was still […]... read more
May 19, 2016

Leading Iranian Human Rights Activist to Serve Ten Years in Prison

Leading Iranian Human Rights Activist to Serve Ten Years in Prison Narges Mohammadi Sentenced for Her Peaceful Activism in Iran May 19, 2016—The prominent Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has been sentenced to serve ten years of a 16-year prison sentence, for her work defending human and women’s rights in Iran. Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Mohammadi to ten years in prison for […]... read more
May 19, 2016

Young Kurdish Activist’s Mother: “My son is dying in prison”

Young Kurdish Activist’s Mother: “My son is dying in prison” Prisoner of conscience Afshin Sohrabzadeh, 27, is suffering from cancer in Minab Prison in southern Iran and could die from internal bleeding if he does not receive outside medical treatment immediately. “Afshin has developed intestinal cancer and is suffering from internal bleeding,” an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “The […]... read more
May 19, 2016

Concerts of Popular Iranian Musicians Canceled Due to Pressure from Religious Conservatives

Concerts of Popular Iranian Musicians Canceled Due to Pressure from Religious Conservatives Two of Iran’s top musicians have been prevented from performing in the city of Neyshabour and other locations in northeastern Khorasan Razavi Province by the local prosecutor. The Persian classical music master Shahram Nazeri, who was licensed by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, was set to perform at an event honoring Ferdowsi National […]... read more
May 19, 2016

Iran Judiciary Vows to Punish Former President’s Daughter for Upholding Baha’i Rights

Iran Judiciary Vows to Punish Former President’s Daughter for Upholding Baha’i Rights Faezeh Hashemi, Daughter of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Criticized for Meeting with Baha’i Leader A high-ranking member of the Iranian Judiciary has said that action will be taken against Faezeh Hashemi, the outspoken daughter of prominent former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, following her meeting with Baha’i leader Fariba Kamalabadi and other well-known civil rights activists […]... read more