Citizenship Rights Charter

February 22, 2017

Beaten and Harassed, Dual National Serving 18-Year Prison Sentence in Iran on Hunger Strike

Beaten and Harassed, Dual National Serving 18-Year Prison Sentence in Iran on Hunger Strike Iranian-American dual citizen Reza (Robin) Shahini, currently serving an 18-year prison sentence in Gorgan Prison (about 190 miles east of Tehran), has gone on hunger strike to protest his unjust sentence. An informed source also told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that Shahini, who is currently being held in solitary confinement, has been […]... read more
February 21, 2017

Briefing Report: Tracking Twitter’s Growing Popularity in Iran

Briefing Report: Tracking Twitter’s Growing Popularity in Iran Twitter was partially unblocked in Iran by the authorities during the last two months of 2016, paving the way for millions to access it, according to an investigation by the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The quiet unblocking of the social media network in November 2016 was followed by an uptick in usage of the site by […]... read more
February 20, 2017

Detained Iranian-Born Swedish Resident Jalali Starts Hunger Strike After Judge Dismisses Lawyers

Detained Iranian-Born Swedish Resident Jalali Starts Hunger Strike After Judge Dismisses Lawyers Iranian-born Swedish resident Ahmadreza Jalali, detained in Iran since April 2016, began a second hunger strike in Evin Prison on February 15, 2017 to protest against his lawyers being dismissed by the judge shortly before his trial, the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned.  Jalali’s wife, Vida Mehran-nia, also told the Campaign that […]... 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

Revolutionary Guards Try to Silence US-Based Iranian Dissident by Arresting Her Sister

Revolutionary Guards Try to Silence US-Based Iranian Dissident by Arresting Her Sister Update: Leila Haghighatjou was released on February 19, 2017 on bail set at 220 million tomans ($68,000 USD). Leila Haghighatjou, the sister of Fatemeh Haghighatjou, an outspoken critic of the Islamic Republic, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards to intimidate the former member of Parliament, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. […]... 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 6, 2017

Judge Salavati Threatens Iranian-Born Swedish Resident With Death Penalty On Day One of Trial

Judge Salavati Threatens Iranian-Born Swedish Resident With Death Penalty On Day One of Trial Iranian-born Swedish resident Ahmadreza Jalali, who has been detained in Tehran without due process since April 2016, was threatened with the death penalty on the first day of his trial by Judge Abolqasem Salavati of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court. “Ahmadreza made a short phone call to the family on Tuesday, January 31 [2017], […]... 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 27, 2017

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Arrests Mother of Green Movement Gunshot Victim

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Arrests Mother of Green Movement Gunshot Victim Shahnaz Akmali, the mother of a well-known victim of the Islamic Republic’s violent crackdown on the Green Movement, which grew out of the widespread protests against the results of Iran’s 2009 presidential election, was arrested by the Intelligence Ministry on January 25, 2017. “Agents of the Intelligence Ministry searched Akmali’s house (in Tehran), confiscated some […]... read more
January 26, 2017

Prominent Iranian Directors Decry Censorship After Minister Bans Films From Tehran Fajr Festival

Prominent Iranian Directors Decry Censorship After Minister Bans Films From Tehran Fajr Festival Less than three months into his new post as culture and Islamic guidance minister, Reza Salehi Amiri boasted about banning ten films from entering the Tehran Fajr International Film Festival, “in line with the policies of the supreme leader,” on January 19, 2017. “For the first time, we cut out films with feminist and inappropriate […]... read more
January 26, 2017

Iranian University Conceals Evidence of Expelling Baha’i Students for Religious Beliefs

Iranian University Conceals Evidence of Expelling Baha’i Students for Religious Beliefs Fifteen Baha’i Students Expelled in December and January At least 15 Baha’i students were expelled from Iranian universities between December 2016 and January 2017, with university officials trying to eliminate any trace of the ongoing discriminatory policy, which follows governmental policy. One of the six Baha’i students who were expelled from the Islamic Azad University […]... read more
January 25, 2017

Rouhani Must Act Against Imprisonment of Dual Nationals

Rouhani Must Act Against Imprisonment of Dual Nationals Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Husband Writes Direct Plea to Rouhani January 25, 2017–The Iranian Judiciary’s recent upholding of the indefensible five-year prison sentence against Iranian-British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, issued at a secret trial by a Revolutionary Court, reaffirms the collusion between the Judiciary and the country’s security and intelligence agencies that is undermining justice in Iran. The Campaign for […]... read more