Free Expression

September 23, 2016

Reformist Editor Vows to Remain On Hunger Strike Until Released from Prison

Reformist Editor Vows to Remain On Hunger Strike Until Released from Prison Imprisoned newspaper editor Ehsan Mazandarani will be on hunger strike in Evin Prison until he is released based on Iran’s New Islamic Penal Code, which allows prisoners to apply for early conditional release after serving a third of their sentence.  In a letter he gave to his wife that was published online by Saham News on […]... read more
September 22, 2016

Kahrizak Torture Victim Rejects Prosecutor’s Apology for Detainees’ Deaths

Kahrizak Torture Victim Rejects Prosecutor’s Apology for Detainees’ Deaths “Amir Javadifar died beside me as he was begging for water. I can never forget those moments.” Reza Zoghi, who was tortured at the Kahrizak Detention Center in south Tehran where three young men died as a result of the torture, has rejected an apology from then-Tehran Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi. “His apology is an insult,” […]... read more
September 20, 2016

Ailing Reformist Journalist’s Prison Sentence Reduced

Ailing Reformist Journalist’s Prison Sentence Reduced Additional Charge Against Issa Saharkhiz Remains Pending Prominent reformist journalist Issa Saharkhiz’s prison sentence has been reduced based on Article 134 of the New Islamic Penal Code, his lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  “Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court changed its ruling against my client from three […]... read more
September 20, 2016

Reformist Editor Arrested Ahead of Rouhani’s Trip to the United Nations

Reformist Editor Arrested Ahead of Rouhani’s Trip to the United Nations Sadra Mohaghegh, the social affairs editor of the reformist Shargh newspaper, was arrested on September 19, 2016, but the circumstances surrounding his arrest and the charges against him are unclear, according to his lawyer. The arrest comes on the heels of an international tour by President Hassan Rouhani that will end at the United Nations General […]... read more
September 19, 2016

On Hunger Strike, Imprisoned Music Distributors’ Health Deteriorates

On Hunger Strike, Imprisoned Music Distributors’ Health Deteriorates Imprisoned music distributors Mehdi Rajabian and Hossein Rajabian are in poor health after starting a hunger strike on September 8, 2016 in Evin Prison. The brothers are protesting being held in separate wards and the denial of access to medical care. An informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that judicial […]... read more
September 14, 2016

Cartoon 154: Bandwidth

Cartoon 154: Bandwidth In a meeting with the Minister of Communications, conservative cleric Ayatollah Nasser Makarem Shirazi recommended allocating the bandwidth used by the popular networking service Telegram to Iran’s National Intranet, in order to deter millions of Iranian users from using Telegram. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the issue.... read more
September 14, 2016

Twenty-Year Old On Death Row After “Confessing” on Promise of Freedom

Twenty-Year Old On Death Row After “Confessing” on Promise of Freedom Death Sentence for Posting “Anti-Islamic” Content on Social Media Sina Dehghan was just 19-years-old when the Revolutionary Guards told him, while they were interrogating him, that if he confessed to the charge of “insulting” the Prophet Mohammad and signed a letter of repentance, he would be set free. Now he’s on death row while being […]... read more
September 13, 2016

Translator in Prison for One Year Without Knowing Charges; Her Lawyer Denied Access to Case File

Translator in Prison for One Year Without Knowing Charges; Her Lawyer Denied Access to Case File Translator Marjan Davari has been held in Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward for almost a year without knowing the formal charges against her and while being denied proper legal counsel and medical treatment, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. “September 23 [2016] will be a year since Ms. Davari was detained,” a […]... read more
September 13, 2016

Hospitalized Christian Convert Ordered Back to Prison

Hospitalized Christian Convert Ordered Back to Prison Imprisoned Christian convert Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, who has been hospitalized since August 21, 2016 for heart problems, has been denied an extension of her medical furlough (temporary leave), a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “After going through two hunger strikes in Evin Prison, prison officials and the prosecutor allowed […]... read more
September 12, 2016

Five-Year Prison Sentence for Dual National Casts Shadow Over Iran’s Opening to World

Five-Year Prison Sentence for Dual National Casts Shadow Over Iran’s Opening to World Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe’s Sentence Announced Two Weeks Before Rouhani Comes to NY September 12, 2016—The five-year prison sentence for Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, a dual citizen of Iran and the UK who has been inside Iranian prisons for the past five months, lacks any legal justification, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in […]... read more
September 9, 2016

Journalist’s Prison Sentence Reduced to Two Years, with Two-Year Ban on Reporting

Journalist’s Prison Sentence Reduced to Two Years, with Two-Year Ban on Reporting The 10-year prison sentence of newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz has been reduced to two years on appeal and she has been banned from practicing journalism for two years according to the ruling issued by Branch 36 of the Appeals Court on September 5, 2016, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. Chitsaz, […]... read more
September 9, 2016

Iranian Judiciary Must Stop Punishing Media for Reporting Officials’ Corruption

Iranian Judiciary Must Stop Punishing Media for Reporting Officials’ Corruption September 9, 2016—Iran’s Judiciary must halt the prosecution of media outlets which carried out their journalist duty in publishing reports on alleged corruption in the Tehran Municipality and City Council, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in a statement today. Unless they are found guilty of a crime in court, the websites […]... read more