Human Rights Defenders

January 22, 2016

Nobel Peace Laureate Asks Iranian Government to “Make Peace with Its Own People”

Nobel Peace Laureate Asks Iranian Government to “Make Peace with Its Own People” While expressing joy at Iran’s recent release of four imprisoned Iranian-Americans, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi has called on the Iranian government to “make peace with its own people,” now that it has shown the ability to negotiate and compromise with its adversary, the United States.  “The Iranian government has made peace with a country […]... read more
January 11, 2016

Journalist Resumes Hunger Strike to Protest His Continued Detention

Journalist Resumes Hunger Strike to Protest His Continued Detention After two months of detention, the prominent reformist journalist and political activist Issa Saharkhiz has resumed his hunger strike, in protest against his ongoing detention at Evin Prison. Mehdi Saharkhiz, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that his father’s wet hunger resumed on Wednesday, January 6, 2015.  “My father has been in temporary […]... read more
January 6, 2016

Judiciary Claims No Knowledge of Student Not Heard from Since His Arrest Almost 17 Years Ago

Judiciary Claims No Knowledge of Student Not Heard from Since His Arrest Almost 17 Years Ago The mother of a student who has not been heard from since soon after his arrest in Tehran in 1999 has dismissed the Iranian Judiciary’s claim that there was no evidence he was ever arrested. Saeed Zeinali was last seen by his family in 1999 when he was arrested amidst widespread student protests in Iran that year, […]... read more
December 11, 2015

Commentary: Khamenei’s New Letter to Western Youth is Case Study in Hypocrisy

Commentary: Khamenei’s New Letter to Western Youth is Case Study in Hypocrisy Seyed Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has written a letter addressed to youths in Western countries and, as he did in an earlier similar letter, he scolded the West on a number of issues of which the Islamic Republic is itself woefully guilty. His preaching has thus resulted in far more scrutiny of his hypocrisy inside […]... read more
December 1, 2015

Imprisoned Children’s Rights Activist Denied Bail

Imprisoned Children’s Rights Activist Denied Bail Saeed Shirzad, a children’s rights activist sentenced to five years in prison, has been denied bail during the appeal process, a source close to his case told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  The source clarified that the request to appeal Shirzad’s sentence was handed to the Judiciary within a few days after […]... read more
November 30, 2015

Cartoon 130: Infiltration

Cartoon 130: Infiltration Hardliners in Iran’s Parliament, Judiciary, and Revolutionary Guards are intensifying a broad crackdown on supporters of human rights and free elections, in a campaign underpinned by supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s assertion that the US seeks to “infiltrate” and undermine the Islamic Republic. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the issue. Read more here and  […]... read more
October 30, 2015

Clerical Battles over Legally Sanctioned Retaliatory Killings and Stoning Continues in Iran

Clerical Battles over Legally Sanctioned Retaliatory Killings and Stoning Continues in Iran Controversy over Strict Adherence to Islamic Law Dates Back to 1979 Revolution A battle over the necessity of strict adherence to Islamic law, including Quranic punishments that in modern times have been designated by the UN as tantamount to torture, has been underway in Iran since the founding of the Islamic Republic in 1979. The […]... read more
October 29, 2015

Iran Should Allow UN Human Rights Expert into Country

Iran Should Allow UN Human Rights Expert into Country International Community Should Pursue Human Rights with Same Commitment as the Nuclear Deal October 29, 2015—The international community should urge Iranian authorities to allow the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, into the country, said the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and Impact Iran in a new […]... read more
October 19, 2015

Narges Mohammadi Should Be Released Immediately and Given Medical Treatment

Narges Mohammadi Should Be Released Immediately and Given Medical Treatment October 20, 2015—The health of imprisoned activist Narges Mohammadi has deteriorated, and the prominent human rights defender is now reportedly chained to a hospital bed, denied proper medical treatment for a worsening neurological condition, and prevented from normal family visitation. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran calls for the immediate release of Mohammadi, […]... read more
October 9, 2015

Authorities Deny Hospitalization for Ill Activist and Postpone Her Trial Again

Authorities Deny Hospitalization for Ill Activist and Postpone Her Trial Again No Explanation Given for Third Postponement of Narges Mohammadi’s Trial Date The trial of imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has been postponed for a third time, her husband Taghi Rahmani told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “The lawyers came to Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Salavati [on […]... read more
October 7, 2015

Nazanin Boniadi Joins the Campaign’s Board of Directors

Nazanin Boniadi Joins the Campaign’s Board of Directors The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran is pleased to welcome Nazanin Boniadi to its board of directors. Ms. Boniadi is a distinguished Iranian-born actress who is also an accomplished human rights activist. She served as a spokesperson for Amnesty International (AIUSA) from 2009 until 2015 and continues to partner with them as an Artist of Conscience. […]... read more
September 23, 2015

Rouhani and Undelivered Promises (Video)

Rouhani and Undelivered Promises (Video) When Rouhani campaigned for the presidency in June 2013, he said he had “the key” to solve Iran’s problems. Those problems included hundreds of political prisoners in Iran, some dating back to the disputed 2009 presidential election. More than two years later, the prisoners remain behind bars, the three Green Movement opposition leaders begin their […]... read more