Free Expression

December 6, 2016

Anti-Riot Forces Violently Attack Peacefully Protesting Tehran Bus Union Members

Anti-Riot Forces Violently Attack Peacefully Protesting Tehran Bus Union Members Members of one of Iran’s oldest unions who were peacefully demanding their past due housing allowances and other benefits in front of the Tehran Municipality building were violently attacked by anti-riot police on December 4, 2016. “Four months ago these same people (bus drivers) gathered here and shouted the same slogans and resolved their issue […]... 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
December 4, 2016

Rights Activist Files Complaint Against Revolutionary Guard Agents for Excessive Force

Rights Activist Files Complaint Against Revolutionary Guard Agents for Excessive Force Agents Attacked Atena Daemi and Her Sister and Used Pepper Spray When Taking Her into Custody The young human rights activist Atena Daemi has filed a formal complaint against agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) for using excessive force when transferring her to Evin Prison to begin her sentence, she said in a letter […]... read more
December 4, 2016

Iranian Official Arrested for Supporting Release of Imprisoned Human Rights Activist

Iranian Official Arrested for Supporting Release of Imprisoned Human Rights Activist Director in Qazvin Governor’s office asks friends online to support Narges Mohammadi Alireza Rahmani, the director of public relations for the governor’s office in Qazvin, 89 miles (143 kms) northwest of Tehran, was arrested on November 29 for inviting friends online to support the release of imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi. He was released […]... read more
December 2, 2016

Sister Breaks the Silence Over Iranian-American and Wife Held for Three Months Without Charge or Counsel

Sister Breaks the Silence Over Iranian-American and Wife Held for Three Months Without Charge or Counsel Case fabricated “for the purpose of extortion and property seizure” says US-based family member* December 2, 2016—Karan Vafadari, an Iranian-American national belonging to the Zoroastrian faith, and his wife Afarin Niasari, have been in detention in Tehran’s Evin Prison without public charge or access to counsel since their arrest by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) […]... read more
December 1, 2016

German-Iranian Assistant for Berlin Film Festival Barred from Leaving Iran

German-Iranian Assistant for Berlin Film Festival Barred from Leaving Iran The dual national translator for a prestigious film festival was prevented from boarding a flight to Germany at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport and her passport confiscated as she was leaving the country together with her colleague on November 27. “Nooshafarin Dastoori has been summoned to the Intelligence Ministry to explain some things,” an informed source […]... read more
November 29, 2016

Women’s Rights Activist Arrested After Attending Workshop in Georgia

Women’s Rights Activist Arrested After Attending Workshop in Georgia Twenty Others Who Attended Women’s Empowerment Workshop Also Questioned Photographer and women’s right activist Alieh Matlabzadeh has been undergoing interrogation in Evin Prison since November 26 when Intelligence Ministry agents took her into custody without charge, her husband, Sadra Abdollahi, said in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Matlabzadeh, who […]... read more
November 29, 2016

Judiciary and Parliament Clash Over MP’s Questions on Judiciary Chief’s Banking Activities

Judiciary and Parliament Clash Over MP’s Questions on Judiciary Chief’s Banking Activities State Funds Deposited into the Bank Account of Sadegh Larijani At Issue After avoiding a summons for days, Member of Parliament Mahmoud Sadeghi appeared in the Culture and Media Court in Tehran on November 29 to respond to questions from assistant prosecutors about several complaints against him, after he publicly questioned the Judiciary Chief about […]... read more
November 29, 2016

Sedigheh Moradi Freed from Prison after Serving Five Years “for Nothing”

Sedigheh Moradi Freed from Prison after Serving Five Years “for Nothing” Appeals Court Throws Away Conviction “The judge looked at my file and ordered my unconditional release. It didn’t even take 10 minutes,” said Sedigheh Moradi who was released from Evin Prison on November 23 after Branch 54 of the Appeals Court threw away her conviction. “I hadn’t done anything. I was held in prison for all […]... read more
November 29, 2016

Imprisoned Human Rights Activist to Sue IRGC Agents for Violent and Illegal Arrest

Imprisoned Human Rights Activist to Sue IRGC Agents for Violent and Illegal Arrest Atena Daemi Taken to Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward To Begin Seven-Year Sentence Human rights activist Atena Daemi, 29, was taken into custody from her home in Tehran by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Intelligence Organization on November 26 and transferred to Evin Prison to begin a seven-year prison sentence. “After being taken […]... read more
November 28, 2016

Shocking Montazeri Sentence Reveals a Prosecution Lacking Legal or Moral Legitimacy

Shocking Montazeri Sentence Reveals a Prosecution Lacking Legal or Moral Legitimacy Ahmad Montazeri Will Appeal “Ugly” Six-Year Prison Sentence The six-year prison sentence handed down to Ahmad Montazeri for publishing an audio tape on the mass execution of political prisoners in the 1980s, by a clerical court whose Lead Prosecutor is one of the officials implicated in the tape, reflects a profound conflict of interest and […]... read more
November 25, 2016

Missing Spiritual Leader’s Supporters Beaten by Plainclothes Intelligence Agents at Iran’s Parliament

Missing Spiritual Leader’s Supporters Beaten by Plainclothes Intelligence Agents at Iran’s Parliament Approximately 50 followers of imprisoned spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri—who has been missing for more than a month—were beaten by plainclothes members of Iran’s intelligence forces and then arrested by the police in front of Parliament on November 21, 2016, according to eyewitnesses. Hundreds of Taheri’s followers had gathered in front of the Parliament building […]... read more