Executions / Life

April 15, 2016

Hunger Striker in Critical Condition Vows to Continue Strike

Hunger Striker in Critical Condition Vows to Continue Strike Political Prisoner Protests His Imprisonment and Denial of Medical Care Prisoner of conscience Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, who has been on dry and wet hunger strikes since March 26, 2016 to protest being denied crucial medical treatment, is in critical condition, but has vowed to continue until his situation changes. His mother, who visited Maleki in […]... read more
April 11, 2016

Voices from Iran: What are your expectations of President Rouhani?

Voices from Iran: What are your expectations of President Rouhani? ... read more
March 24, 2016

“Blood Money” Frees Imprisoned Ranger Who Killed Poacher In Self-Defense

“Blood Money” Frees Imprisoned Ranger Who Killed Poacher In Self-Defense Gholam-Hossein Khaledi, an Iranian park ranger sentenced to death for killing a poacher in 2010, was released on March 18, 2016 after paying 12 billion rials (about $400,000 USD) diyah (“blood money”) to the victim’s family. Khaledi argued that he and his colleagues were attacked by the victim, Mohammad Payegozaran, and other hunters, near Mount […]... read more
March 14, 2016

Why the UN Human Rights Mechanisms Must Continue to Monitor Iran’s Human Rights Situation

Why the UN Human Rights Mechanisms Must Continue to Monitor Iran’s Human Rights Situation This video explains why it is so imperative that the United Nations Human Rights Council ensures the Special Rapporteur and other UN mechanisms continue their critical work of monitoring Iran’s human rights situation, given the severe rights violations that persist in Iran and Tehran’s refusal to implement the dozens of promises it has made to […]... read more
February 11, 2016

Cartoon 138: “Explosion of Light,” Not!

Cartoon 138: “Explosion of Light,” Not! The Islamic Republic of Iran refers to the anniversary of the 1979 Revolution as the “Explosion of Light.” But the reality is quite dark…filled with repression, denial of the most basic rights and freedoms, imprisonment, and executions. Touka Neyestani’s comment on the February 11th anniversary that marks 37 years since the Revolution.... read more
January 13, 2016

Sunni Detainees Still Held a Year After Arrest, Reports of Torture and Forced Confessions

Sunni Detainees Still Held a Year After Arrest, Reports of Torture and Forced Confessions A year after the arrest of more than two dozen Sunni Muslim men in southeast Iran, some of them still remain in detention and have reportedly been subjected to torture aimed at eliciting confessions and the denial of access to lawyers, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. A relative of one […]... read more
January 6, 2016

Judiciary Claims No Knowledge of Student Not Heard from Since His Arrest Almost 17 Years Ago

Judiciary Claims No Knowledge of Student Not Heard from Since His Arrest Almost 17 Years Ago The mother of a student who has not been heard from since soon after his arrest in Tehran in 1999 has dismissed the Iranian Judiciary’s claim that there was no evidence he was ever arrested. Saeed Zeinali was last seen by his family in 1999 when he was arrested amidst widespread student protests in Iran that year, […]... read more
December 24, 2015

Death Sentence Against Spiritual Center Founder Rejected

Death Sentence Against Spiritual Center Founder Rejected Family Hopes for Taheri’s Release at End of Prison Term in 2016 With the lifting of the death sentence against spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri, his family is hoping for his release at the end of his prison term in mid-spring 2016. “Saeed Khalili, one of my brother’s lawyers, has seen the Supreme Court’s verdict […]... read more
December 10, 2015

Ground Shifts as 70 MPs in Iran Introduce Bill to End Executions for Drug Crimes

Ground Shifts as 70 MPs in Iran Introduce Bill to End Executions for Drug Crimes More than 70 Members of the Iranian Parliament have presented a bill that, if ratified by the full legislature and approved by the Council of Guardians (the constitutional body charged with approving legislation), could reduce the punishment for drug trafficking from death to life imprisonment. “The Islamic Republic of Iran is paying a heavy price […]... read more
November 30, 2015

Cartoon 130: Infiltration

Cartoon 130: Infiltration Hardliners in Iran’s Parliament, Judiciary, and Revolutionary Guards are intensifying a broad crackdown on supporters of human rights and free elections, in a campaign underpinned by supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s assertion that the US seeks to “infiltrate” and undermine the Islamic Republic. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the issue. Read more here and  […]... read more
November 10, 2015

Sunni Kurd Faces Imminent Execution for His Activism

Sunni Kurd Faces Imminent Execution for His Activism Shahram Ahmadi has been sentenced to death in Iran due to his activism as a Sunni Muslim and a Kurd. Members of ethnic or religious minorities in Iran who engage in criticism of the government are singled out by authorities for particularly harsh treatment, and there is a well-documented history of the Judiciary disproportionately meting out […]... read more
October 29, 2015

Iran Should Allow UN Human Rights Expert into Country

Iran Should Allow UN Human Rights Expert into Country International Community Should Pursue Human Rights with Same Commitment as the Nuclear Deal October 29, 2015—The international community should urge Iranian authorities to allow the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, into the country, said the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and Impact Iran in a new […]... read more