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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
January 19, 2017

Court Rejects Some New Charges by Revolutionary Guards Against Activist Sentenced to 7 Years In Prison

Court Rejects Some New Charges by Revolutionary Guards Against Activist Sentenced to 7 Years In Prison Atena Daemi and Family Still Face Legal Persecution Three of the five new charges brought against imprisoned civil rights advocate Atena Daemi by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) were dismissed after two policemen made official statements supporting her version of events, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Agents of the […]... read more
January 19, 2017

Saeed Shirzad Ends Hunger Strike After Officials Pledge to End Rights Abuses at Rajaee Shahr Prison

Saeed Shirzad Ends Hunger Strike After Officials Pledge to End Rights Abuses at Rajaee Shahr Prison An informed source close to imprisoned civil rights activist Saeed Shirzad said Shirzad ended his hunger strike after 39 days when “Judiciary and Rajaee Shahr Prison officials met with him and gave assurances” about ending the abuse of prisoners—Shirzad’s main demand. “On Saturday (January 14, 2017), [Rajaee Shahr] Prison’s supervising judge and the prosecutor’s representative came […]... read more
January 19, 2017

Ailing Political Prisoner Issa Saharkhiz on Hunger Strike Against Additional Six-Month Sentence

Ailing Political Prisoner Issa Saharkhiz on Hunger Strike Against Additional Six-Month Sentence Imprisoned political commentator Issa Saharkhiz began a wet hunger strike on January 14, 2017 to protest a newly issued six-month prison sentence for allegedly “slandering the supreme leader.” Saharkhiz is also attempting to highlight the “repeated violations of the law by the Judiciary and security officials,” said his son, Mehdi Saharkhiz. “My father has announced […]... read more
January 18, 2017

Judiciary Cites “Lost” Case Files in Denying Man Imprisoned for 23 Years Medical Care

Judiciary Cites “Lost” Case Files in Denying Man Imprisoned for 23 Years Medical Care Political prisoner Mohammad Nazari, imprisoned in Tehran for the past 23 years, has told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that even though his prison warden sent a letter on his behalf, the Judiciary has denied his urgent request for medical furlough (temporary leave), claiming they have “lost” his case files. “I have spent […]... read more
January 17, 2017

Khatami, Former Political Prisoners and Ailing Mother Convince Ali Shariati to End 75-Day Hunger Strike

Khatami, Former Political Prisoners and Ailing Mother Convince Ali Shariati to End 75-Day Hunger Strike Requests by prominent reformist leader Mohammad Khatami, political prisoners, and his ailing mother ultimately convinced imprisoned civil rights activist Ali Shariati to halt his hunger strike, after 75 days, on January 14, 2017. “Ali ended the hunger strike because of my health problems and after requests from a group of political prisoners and (former president) […]... read more
January 14, 2017

Listen to Ailing Political Prisoner Saeed Shirzad “Before It’s Too Late,” Warns Lawyer

Listen to Ailing Political Prisoner Saeed Shirzad “Before It’s Too Late,” Warns Lawyer The lawyer of political prisoner Saeed Shirzad, who was hospitalized on January 12, 2017 after more than one month on hunger strike with his lips sewn shut, has warned that his client won’t give up until his demands are met. “Saeed Shirzad is in a dangerous and worrying condition,” Amirsalar Davoodi told the Campaign for […]... read more
January 14, 2017

Woman Imprisoned in Iran for Facebook Posts Conditionally Released

Woman Imprisoned in Iran for Facebook Posts Conditionally Released Political prisoner Omolbanin (Nahid) Gorji was conditionally released from Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad, northeastern Iran, on January 9, 2017 after serving more than a third of her sentence, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. After being arrested on April 12, 2015, the 50-year-old woman was sentenced to three years in prison […]... read more
January 14, 2017

U.S. Resident Imprisoned in Iran “Punished” for Going on Hunger Strike

U.S. Resident Imprisoned in Iran “Punished” for Going on Hunger Strike Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese-born U.S. permanent resident on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin Prison since December 8, 2016, has been moved to a ward for common criminals to force him to stop, his American lawyer told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Jason Poblete added that his client meanwhile continues to be denied medical […]... read more
January 13, 2017

Tehran Prosecutor Goes on the Defensive Over Hunger-Striking Political Prisoners

Tehran Prosecutor Goes on the Defensive Over Hunger-Striking Political Prisoners In an apparent response to growing pressure to resolve the issue, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has criticized media coverage of a wave of hunger strikes in Iran by political prisoners, as well as the request by a conservative member of Parliament for the Judiciary to review the case of Ali Shariati. “Some in the […]... read more
January 13, 2017

Supporter of Persecuted Spiritual Leader Arrested at Tehran International Airport

Supporter of Persecuted Spiritual Leader Arrested at Tehran International Airport Masoumeh (Pegah) Zia, a follower of imprisoned spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri, was arrested on January 6, 2017 at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport by an unknown security agency after returning to Iran from a trip to Turkey. She is currently being held in Evin Prison, but her family has been struggling to confirm who abducted […]... read more
January 10, 2017

Rafsanjani’s Death Reshuffles the Political Deck in Iran

Rafsanjani’s Death Reshuffles the Political Deck in Iran The public funeral of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, on January 10, 2017, led to the outpouring in Tehran of public calls for the release of opposition leaders held under house arrest and political prisoners in a resurgence of support for reformist issues that have been harshly suppressed in Iran for the last decade. The events since Rafsanjani’s death […]... read more