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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 20, 2017

Sisters of Imprisoned Activist Atena Daemi Cleared of Revenge Charges Filed by Revolutionary Guards

Sisters of Imprisoned Activist Atena Daemi Cleared of Revenge Charges Filed by Revolutionary Guards A court has rejected charges brought by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Courts (IRGC) against Onsieh Daemi and Hanieh Daemi, the sisters of imprisoned civil rights activist Atena Daemi, who had initially filed a complaint against the IRGC. The sisters had been accused of “insulting the supreme leader” and “deliberate assault” against IRGC agents, but a […]... 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 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. “The reality is that they want to put Fatemeh’s sister, Leila, under pressure to force Fatemeh to […]... 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 15, 2017

Intelligence Ministry Violently Arrests Teenage Ethnic Arab Activist in Khuzestan

Intelligence Ministry Violently Arrests Teenage Ethnic Arab Activist in Khuzestan Ali Kab-Aomair, a 17-year-old ethnic Arab activist, has been held incommunicado since he was violently arrested on February 8, 2017 by agents of the Intelligence Ministry in Ahwaz, Khuzestan Province (southwestern Iran). The agents, who broke Kab-Aomair’s arm while arresting him, were watching Kab-Aomair for at least a month before they detained him, his cousin […]... 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 12, 2017

Report: Iranian Hackers Target Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

Report: Iranian Hackers Target Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware State-sponsored Iranian hackers, who had until now focused almost exclusively on civil and human rights-focused users of the Windows and Android operating systems, have for the first time developed malware (software that damages or disables computer systems) that targets users’ Apple devices, according to a new report by Internet security expert, Collin Anderson. “My fear […]... read more
February 9, 2017

Iranians Use Twitter to Oppose Flag-Burning and Thank Americans for Resisting Trump’s Travel Ban

Iranians Use Twitter to Oppose Flag-Burning and Thank Americans for Resisting Trump’s Travel Ban A few days before the 38th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution—traditionally commemorated with hardliners burning U.S. flags and promoting other forms of anti-Americanism—thousands of people participated in a Twitter storm to express gratitude for the Americans who protested against President Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran. We thank Americans who stood […]... read more
February 6, 2017

Ailing Political Prisoner Imprisoned for Facebook Posts Denied Medical Care

Ailing Political Prisoner Imprisoned for Facebook Posts Denied Medical Care Soheil Arabi, who is currently serving a seven-and-a-half year prison sentence for the content of his social media posts, is being denied urgent medical care, his lawyer told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “My client has been having serious seizures and is in poor condition,” said Arabi’s lawyer, Amir Salar Davoudi. “My plea […]... read more
February 6, 2017

In Iran, From Prison to Exile for Posting Jokes on Facebook

In Iran, From Prison to Exile for Posting Jokes on Facebook After completing a five-year prison sentence in Iran for posting jokes about religion on Facebook, the Judiciary has sent Soheil Babadi into exile. The 39-year-old computer engineer must now spend the next two years in Beshagard, a remote community of 35,000 people in the southern coastal province of Hormozgan, a source told the Campaign for Human […]... read more