Executions / Life

July 12, 2016

Commentary: Iran’s Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows

Commentary: Iran’s Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows This commentary was originally published in the World Politics Review. Hadi Ghaemi There is a crackdown underway in Iran. But it is no longer just a crackdown on dissent. Rather it is an attempt to crush views or expressions that depart from the insular and rigid worldview of an increasingly small band of hard-liners. It […]... read more
June 7, 2016

Kurdish Political Prisoner Denied Urgent Medical Care

Kurdish Political Prisoner Denied Urgent Medical Care Prisoner of conscience Zeinab Jalalian, condemned to life in prison in northwestern Iran, needs urgent medical treatment for her eye and tongue infections and has not received adequate care inside prison. “Zeinab has been afflicted with pterygium of the eye [surfer’s eye] and its spread is causing problems with her sight,” one of her lawyers, […]... read more
May 19, 2016

Leading Iranian Human Rights Activist to Serve Ten Years in Prison

Leading Iranian Human Rights Activist to Serve Ten Years in Prison Narges Mohammadi Sentenced for Her Peaceful Activism in Iran May 19, 2016—The prominent Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has been sentenced to serve ten years of a 16-year prison sentence, for her work defending human and women’s rights in Iran. Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Mohammadi to ten years in prison for […]... read more
May 16, 2016

Imprisoned Spiritual Leader Slapped with New Charges Upon Completing Sentence

Imprisoned Spiritual Leader Slapped with New Charges Upon Completing Sentence Mohammad Ali Taheri, an imprisoned spiritual leader who was supposed to be freed more than two months ago after completing a five-year prison sentence, has again been charged with “corruption on earth,” as well as membership in a banned militant Marxist organization. His sister told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the […]... read more
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? In this new video, the Campaign asks Iranians from all walks of life inside and outside Iran to share their hopes and expectations of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani for the New Persian year.... 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