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February 27, 2017

Former MP Demands That Iran Implement Right of Ethnic Minorities to Preserve Languages

Former MP Demands That Iran Implement Right of Ethnic Minorities to Preserve Languages A former member of Parliament and Iranian-Kurdish rights activist, Jalal Jalalizadeh, has strongly criticized the Islamic Republic’s refusal to recognize the constitutional right of ethnic minorities to preserve their languages. Eighty-eight civil rights activists have meanwhile sent a letter to President Hassan Rouhani demanding the implementation of that right. The government’s refusal to enforce Article […]... read more
February 23, 2017

Four Azeri Rights Activists Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Peaceful Activism

Four Azeri Rights Activists Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Peaceful Activism Four Iranian ethnic Azerbaijanis have been issued long prison sentences for peacefully defending their rights, the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. One defendant, Alireza Farshi, told the Campaign that Branch 1 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court had sentenced him to 15 years in prison and two years in exile while three of his […]... read more
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

Largest Trade Union Body Asks Iran’s Leader to End Persecution of Prominent Activist

Largest Trade Union Body Asks Iran’s Leader to End Persecution of Prominent Activist The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has written to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei calling for an end to the persecution of Reza Shahabi, a prominent labor activist who has refused to comply with a summons to return to prison.  “A return to detention of Reza Shahabi, unjustly convicted for his trade union activity, would […]... 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 21, 2017

Briefing: Tracking Twitter’s Growing Popularity in Iran

Briefing: 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 Update: Leila Haghighatjou was released on February 19, 2017 on bail set at 220 million tomans ($68,000 USD). 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. […]... 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