Assembly / Association

February 10, 2016

Hardliners Violate Law to Keep Assembly of Experts Loyal to Khamenei

Hardliners Violate Law to Keep Assembly of Experts Loyal to Khamenei In addition to the massive disqualifications of moderate candidates for upcoming elections in Iran, hardliners have implemented another strategy to prevent challenges to their power: restricting the number of seats to important governmental bodies in order to prevent possible inroads by moderate candidates. For more than a year, the Assembly of Experts, the body of […]... read more
February 9, 2016

New App that Detects Morality Police is Instant Hit in Iran

New App that Detects Morality Police is Instant Hit in Iran Authorities Block App within 24 Hours of Its Debut A smartphone application aimed at helping Iranian users avoid the country’s morality police became a smash hit immediately after it was released today, with its servers being inundated by requests, according to one of its creators. The Gershad app allows users to mark spots on the […]... read more
February 9, 2016

Hardliners Handpick Candidates to Block Moderates and Rig Elections

Hardliners Handpick Candidates to Block Moderates and Rig Elections 3000 reformist applicants (99%) disqualified for Parliament in first vetting. 63% of all applicants disqualified in first vetting, reduced to 40% in second round. Prominent ayatollahs excluded from Assembly of experts for their moderate affiliations. In most of Iran’s provinces, the Council handpicked the only candidates that could run for Assembly of Experts seats. None […]... read more
February 9, 2016

Prominent Lawyers Disqualified from Iran’s Bar Association Election

Prominent Lawyers Disqualified from Iran’s Bar Association Election More than two dozen prominent lawyers, including well-known human rights defenders, have been disqualified from running in next month’s election for the Iranian Bar Association’s board of directors. Judge Hosseinali Nayeri, the head of the Supreme Disciplinary Court for Judges, issued a statement on February 2, 2016 rejecting 25 of the 141 candidacy applications, according […]... read more
February 9, 2016

Iranian Judicial Officials Suggest Kurdish Prisoner Will Get Temporary Leave if She Agrees to Televised “Confession”

Iranian Judicial Officials Suggest Kurdish Prisoner Will Get Temporary Leave if She Agrees to Televised “Confession” Iran’s judicial authorities have hinted that Kurdish prisoner of conscience Zeinab Jalalian could go on furlough if she agreed to a televised confession, according to her lawyer, Mohammad Sharif. “They don’t want to let her out or if they do, it would be conditional,” Sharif told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Given […]... read more
February 5, 2016

Cartoon 137: “Remember the Spent Candle! Remember!”

Cartoon 137: “Remember the Spent Candle! Remember!” “Tell our friends for us, remember the spent candle! Remember!” Iranian cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on Zahra Rahnavard’s message to her family, after five years under house arrest. (The words are from a poem by Ali Akbar Dehkhoda.) Zahra Rahnavard, her husband Mir Hossein Mousavi, and Mehdi Karroubi, former presidential candidates, have been under house […]... read more
February 5, 2016

Iran Elections: The Ten Commandments

Iran Elections: The Ten Commandments Political satire by Ebrahim Nabavi “My opponents should definitely vote in the elections, but there’s no need for them to become candidates,” said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ahead of the Islamic Republic’s upcoming parliamentary elections. Following are the Supreme Leader’s Ten Commandments for successful elections in Iran: ONE: Thou shalt freely participate in the elections by voting […]... read more
February 5, 2016

Iranian Couples Increasingly Living Together Outside of Marriage

Iranian Couples Increasingly Living Together Outside of Marriage First they called it “white marriage,” now it’s “black coupling.” But no matter how Iranian officials choose to denigrate the upward trend of young unmarried couples living together, it’s bound to grow. That’s because the phenomenon is directly related to socioeconomic disparities between Iranian men and women, a sociologist speaking on the condition of anonymity […]... read more
February 4, 2016

Arrest of Iranian-British Dual National in Tehran May Be Hardliners’ Ploy to Foil Iran-UK Relations

Arrest of Iranian-British Dual National in Tehran May Be Hardliners’ Ploy to Foil Iran-UK Relations New details about the case of Iranian-British translator Bahman Daroshafaei, who was arrested this week at his Tehran home during a historic visit by Iran’s foreign minister to the UK, suggest his detainment may be a politically motivated move by hardliners to thwart better relations with the UK. Upon returning to Iran in 2014, Daroshafaei, […]... read more
February 3, 2016

Former BBC Reporter, Iranian-British Citizen, Arrested in Iran, Prior to Zarif’s Visit to London

Former BBC Reporter, Iranian-British Citizen, Arrested in Iran, Prior to Zarif’s Visit to London Bahman Daroshafaei, a former journalist and translator, was arrested on February 3, 2016 at his home in Tehran under a warrant issued by Branch 2 of the Evin Prison Courts (Shahid Moqaddas), according to one of his associates who spoke with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The Campaign has also learned that […]... read more
February 3, 2016

Iranian Officials Condemn Radical Mob’s Attack On Top Actress

Iranian Officials Condemn Radical Mob’s Attack On Top Actress An attack last week on one of Iran’s most famous actresses by hardline vigilantes has been condemned by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and the Rouhani administration’s top official in charge of women’s affairs. A mob attacked a car carrying Fatemeh Motamed-Aria as she was on her way to the screening of the […]... read more
February 2, 2016

Two Dozen Iranian Baha’is Sentenced to Six to Eleven Years for Practicing Their Faith

Two Dozen Iranian Baha’is Sentenced to Six to Eleven Years for Practicing Their Faith Twenty-four Baha’is from northeastern Iran have been handed down sentences that range from six to eleven years “simply for being Baha’is,” according to Simin Fahandej, the faith’s spokesperson at the United Nations in New York. The Baha’i community is one of the most severely persecuted religious minorities in Iran. The faith is not recognized in […]... read more