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February 27, 2017

Former MP Demands That Iran Implement Right of Ethnic Minorities to Preserve Languages

Former MP Demands That Iran Implement Right of Ethnic Minorities to Preserve Languages A former member of Parliament and Iranian-Kurdish rights activist, Jalal Jalalizadeh, has strongly criticized the Islamic Republic’s refusal to recognize the constitutional right of ethnic minorities to preserve their languages. Eighty-eight civil rights activists have meanwhile sent a letter to President Hassan Rouhani demanding the implementation of that right. The government’s refusal to enforce Article […]... read more
February 22, 2017

Largest Trade Union Body Asks Iran’s Leader to End Persecution of Prominent Activist

Largest Trade Union Body Asks Iran’s Leader to End Persecution of Prominent Activist The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has written to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei calling for an end to the persecution of Reza Shahabi, a prominent labor activist who has refused to comply with a summons to return to prison.  “A return to detention of Reza Shahabi, unjustly convicted for his trade union activity, would […]... read more
February 22, 2017

Sunni Leader Calls on Khamenei to Investigate Reports of Expedited Executions of Sunni Prisoners  

Sunni Leader Calls on Khamenei to Investigate Reports of Expedited Executions of Sunni Prisoners   Iran’s most senior Sunni cleric, Molavi Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi, has written to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asking him to “calm the worries of the Sunni community” over reports that an order has been issued to speed up scheduled executions of Sunni death-row prisoners. In a letter published on February 20, 2017, Molavi Abdolhamid pointed to […]... read more
February 17, 2017

Iran’s Supreme Leader Cements Hardline Position by Rejecting Offer of National Reconciliation

Iran’s Supreme Leader Cements Hardline Position by Rejecting Offer of National Reconciliation Some Conservatives Side With Reformist Leader Khatami Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s refusal of an offer to achieve “national reconciliation” in Iran by ending the six-year extrajudicial house arrests of three opposition leaders has crushed hopes that the state’s crackdown on dissidents, which intensified in response to the nationwide protests against the results of the disputed […]... read more
February 15, 2017

Opposition Leader’s Son: Khamenei and Rouhani Are Responsible for Extrajudicial House Arrests

Opposition Leader’s Son: Khamenei and Rouhani Are Responsible for Extrajudicial House Arrests The son of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, who has been detained under house arrest without trial since 2011, told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that ultimate responsibility for the situation lies with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, whose “personal decision” resulted in the extrajudicial act. Mohammad Taghi Karroubi, who spoke to the Campaign […]... read more
February 2, 2017

Editor Detained by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Pleads for Help From Evin Prison

Editor Detained by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Pleads for Help From Evin Prison Tahereh Riahi, the social affairs editor of the state-funded Borna News Agency, who has been detained by the Intelligence Ministry since late December 2016 without access to legal council, pleaded for help in her latest phone call to her family from Evin Prison, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Tahereh […]... read more
January 31, 2017

Trump’s travel ban is a gift to Iran’s rulers

Trump’s travel ban is a gift to Iran’s rulers by Hadi Ghaemi This op-ed was originally published in The Washington Post on January 29, 2017 President Trump’s travel ban on Iranians is a gift to the Islamic republic and its hard-line rulers. It will not deter terrorism on U.S. soil. Not a single terrorist involved in the 9/11 attacks or other fatal terrorist attacks in the […]... read more
January 23, 2017

Prominent Poet Charged With Spreading ‘Propaganda’ After Posting Photo of Beaten Colleague

Prominent Poet Charged With Spreading ‘Propaganda’ After Posting Photo of Beaten Colleague Well-known Iranian poet and filmmaker Baktash Abtin has been charged with “propaganda against the state” following his arrest on December 2, 2016 at a memorial event in Tehran marking the 18th anniversary of the “chain murders” of dissidents, including writers, in the 1990s by agents of the Islamic Republic. An informed source told the Campaign […]... read more
January 21, 2017

Poll: 70% of Iranians Dissatisfied With Rouhani on Democracy and Civil Rights

Poll: 70% of Iranians Dissatisfied With Rouhani on Democracy and Civil Rights A survey of public opinion in Iran conducted in the last quarter of 2016 shows that even though a large majority of Iranians (75%) rated advancing democracy and protecting personal and civil rights among their highest priorities in 2015, 70% of Iranians said they were “dissatisfied” with their government’s handling of these issues in 2016. The results […]... read more
January 21, 2017

Civil Rights Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison at 10-Minute Mass Trial Released

Civil Rights Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison at 10-Minute Mass Trial Released Revolutionary Guards Pressured Judiciary for Harsh Sentences Civil rights advocate Aso Rostami—whose initial mass trial with three other activists lasted “barely 10 minutes”—was released from Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj on January 15, 2017 at the end of his two-year prison sentence for engaging in peaceful activism. He was initially sentenced to seven years, but […]... read more
January 21, 2017

Hardliners Pressuring Rouhani to Ban Popular Telegram App, This Time for 2017 Election

Hardliners Pressuring Rouhani to Ban Popular Telegram App, This Time for 2017 Election   The Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has called on President Hassan Rouhani to block access to Telegram, Iran’s most widely used messaging application, ahead of the upcoming presidential election scheduled for May 19, 2017. Rouhani has yet to respond to the request, an informed source told the […]... read more
January 19, 2017

Award-Winning Kurdish Filmmaker Denied Urgent Hospitalization by Evin Prison Authorities

Award-Winning Kurdish Filmmaker Denied Urgent Hospitalization by Evin Prison Authorities The authorities of Evin Prison in Tehran are refusing to transfer imprisoned filmmaker Keyvan Karimi to a hospital outside the prison for urgent medical care, his lawyer, Amir Raeesian, told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “My client called me this morning (Wednesday, January 18, 2017) and said his pulmonary inflammation had worsened and he […]... read more