Executions / Life

February 23, 2017

Arrest of Cleric Imprisoned for Highlighting 1988 Political Prisoners Massacre “Like a Kidnapping”

Arrest of Cleric Imprisoned for Highlighting 1988 Political Prisoners Massacre “Like a Kidnapping” The wife of Ahmad Montazeri, sentenced to six years in prison for publishing an incriminating audio file on the Islamic Republic’s mass execution of thousands of prisoners in 1988, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that her husband’s arrest was “more like a kidnapping.” Twenty-four hours after Montazeri was taken to Evin […]... read more
February 22, 2017

Sunni Leader Calls on Khamenei to Investigate Reports of Expedited Executions of Sunni Prisoners  

Sunni Leader Calls on Khamenei to Investigate Reports of Expedited Executions of Sunni Prisoners   Iran’s most senior Sunni cleric, Molavi Abdolhamid Ismaeelzahi, has written to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asking him to “calm the worries of the Sunni community” over reports that an order has been issued to speed up scheduled executions of Sunni death-row prisoners. In a letter published on February 20, 2017, Molavi Abdolhamid pointed to […]... read more
February 13, 2017

Iran’s Judiciary Commutes Death Sentences of Some Juvenile Offenders

Iran’s Judiciary Commutes Death Sentences of Some Juvenile Offenders The Iranian judiciary has agreed to commute the death sentences of six people who were sentenced to death while they were juveniles while refusing the requests of four others, Tehran’s Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi announced on February 8, 2017. Rupert Colville, the UN high commissioner for human rights, welcomed the news on February 10 but said […]... 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
January 31, 2017

Trump’s travel ban is a gift to Iran’s rulers

Trump’s travel ban is a gift to Iran’s rulers by Hadi Ghaemi This op-ed was originally published in The Washington Post on January 29, 2017 President Trump’s travel ban on Iranians is a gift to the Islamic republic and its hard-line rulers. It will not deter terrorism on U.S. soil. Not a single terrorist involved in the 9/11 attacks or other fatal terrorist attacks in the […]... read more
January 3, 2017

Imprisoned Civil Rights Activist Released After 65-Day Hunger Strike—With a Catch

Imprisoned Civil Rights Activist Released After 65-Day Hunger Strike—With a Catch Azeri rights advocate Morteza Moradpour has been hospitalized in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, while he recovers from the 65-day hunger strike that led to his conditional release from prison. However, his legal battle is far from over because his release order requires him to report back to prison every night. “The decision by the Tabriz judicial […]... read more
December 5, 2016

Iranian Lawyer and Writers Beaten and Arrested at Commeration of Murders of Political Dissidents in 1990s

Iranian Lawyer and Writers Beaten and Arrested at Commeration of Murders of Political Dissidents in 1990s Police and plainclothes security agents arrested a prominent human rights lawyer and several members of the Writers Association of Iran at a commemoration event for victims of the “chain murders” of dissidents in the 1990s by agents of the Iranian government. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that Nasser Zarafshan, the […]... read more
November 29, 2016

Momentum Growing to End Iran’s Death Sentences for Drug Offenses

Momentum Growing to End Iran’s Death Sentences for Drug Offenses Fast-Tracked Amendment Pending in Parliament, Must Still be Approved by Guardian Council On November 23, 2016, Iran’s Parliament agreed to speed up deliberation on an amendment which, if passed, would drastically decrease the number of executions for drug-related crimes. The proposal will first be debated with top priority in the Legal and Social Affairs Committee and […]... read more
November 17, 2016

Iran Draws “Red Lines” Before Talks With EU on Human Rights

Iran Draws “Red Lines” Before Talks With EU on Human Rights Ahead of high-level talks between Iran and the European Union on human rights, the Foreign Ministry in Tehran has declared certain topics, including the death penalty, off limits. The “red lines” were drawn shortly after a senior member of Iran’s Parliament said the Islamic Republic should accept legitimate criticisms on the issue.   “We have […]... read more
November 16, 2016

85 UN Member States Say Iran Must Improve Its Human Rights

85 UN Member States Say Iran Must Improve Its Human Rights Resolution Passes UN General Assembly Third Committee November 16, 2016—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran welcomes the United Nations’ adoption of a resolution expressing serious concern over numerous human rights violations in Iran, including the systematic use of arbitrary detention and discrimination against women and minorities, as well as the “alarmingly high” frequency and […]... read more
November 3, 2016

Elderly Baha’i Man Brutally Murdered Amid Islamic Republic’s “Systematic Hatred” of Baha’is

Elderly Baha’i Man Brutally Murdered Amid Islamic Republic’s “Systematic Hatred” of Baha’is Sixty-three-year old Farhang Amiri, a Baha’i man that was well-known in his community, was stabbed to death outside his home in the city of Yazd, 312 miles southeast of Tehran, on September 26, 2016, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. “The suspects have confessed that they killed Amiri because he was […]... read more
October 28, 2016

Mother Who Founded Group Memorializing Massacred Political Prisoners of 1988 Summoned to Court After Flight Ban

Mother Who Founded Group Memorializing Massacred Political Prisoners of 1988 Summoned to Court After Flight Ban “They are the ones who have to answer questions, not us.” Mansoureh Behkish has been banned from leaving Iran and summoned to court for her role in founding the “Mothers of Laleh Park,” also known as the “Mourning Mothers of Iran,” a group formed by mothers whose children were killed in the Islamic Republic’s massacre of […]... read more