Human Rights Defenders

July 18, 2016

Harassment of Teachers’ Union Leader Continues with New Summons

Harassment of Teachers’ Union Leader Continues with New Summons Rassoul Bodaghi, a senior member of the Iranian Teacher’s Association who has been repeatedly harassed by security agents since he was conditionally freed from prison a few months ago, will not obey a mysterious summons ordering him to appear in court on July 16, 2016. “The summons, sent by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court, […]... read more
July 14, 2016

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Quits after Years of State Harassment and Threats

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Quits after Years of State Harassment and Threats “In this society, lawyers who bear witness to injustice and speak the truth get punished.” Constant pressure and harassment by Iran’s Judiciary and security establishment have forced a human rights lawyer to leave her profession. Giti Pourfazel—who spent nearly 10 years representing political prisoners and their families, usually for free—has submitted her resignation to Iran’s […]... read more
July 12, 2016

Commentary: Iran’s Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows

Commentary: Iran’s Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows This commentary was originally published in the World Politics Review. Hadi Ghaemi There is a crackdown underway in Iran. But it is no longer just a crackdown on dissent. Rather it is an attempt to crush views or expressions that depart from the insular and rigid worldview of an increasingly small band of hard-liners. It […]... read more
July 11, 2016

Iran Judiciary Threatens Narges Mohammadi After Her Hunger Strike Gets International Attention

Iran Judiciary Threatens Narges Mohammadi After Her Hunger Strike Gets International Attention A Judicial official has threatened Narges Mohammadi, a leading human rights defender who was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for her peaceful activism, in an attempt to force her to end her hunger strike, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Narges Mohammadi’s physical condition has dangerously deteriorated […]... read more
July 7, 2016

Prominent Political Prisoner Promised, Though Still Not Allowed, Phone Contact with Children

Prominent Political Prisoner Promised, Though Still Not Allowed, Phone Contact with Children Taghi Rahmani believes his wife Narges Mohammadi is being mistreated in prison because he fled the country years ago. Iran’s judicial authorities have promised to lift a ban on phone calls between prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi and her children, but she has still not been allowed to speak to her kids. Mohammadi, who […]... read more
July 7, 2016

Imprisoned Journalists Granted Brief Reprieve from Prison

Imprisoned Journalists Granted Brief Reprieve from Prison After eight months in detention, newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz was released from Evin Prison in Tehran on July 5, 2016 on 10 billion rials ($324,000 USD) bail until her appeal hearing, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. Two imprisoned reformist journalists who were apprehended on the same day as Chitsaz during […]... read more
July 5, 2016

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi on Hunger Strike to Maintain Contact with her Children

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi on Hunger Strike to Maintain Contact with her Children In a desperate bid to gain permission to speak to her children on the phone, the prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi started a wet hunger strike on June 27, 2016. “I am asking for nothing other than being allowed to talk to my children on the phone. If this demand is too great, irrational, […]... read more
June 21, 2016

Commentary: Iran’s Foreign Minister Toes the Supreme Leader’s Line on Human Rights

Commentary: Iran’s Foreign Minister Toes the Supreme Leader’s Line on Human Rights ICHRI– When Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently tried to side-step questions about the country’s abysmal human rights record, he yet again exposed his government’s inability—or reluctance—to face the issue even though President Hassan Rouhani came to power in 2013 promising to improve it.  At a press conference in Norway on June 13, 2016, […]... read more
June 2, 2016

Kurdish Political Prisoner Resumes Hunger Strike Despite Risk of Death

Kurdish Political Prisoner Resumes Hunger Strike Despite Risk of Death Prominent Kurdish human rights activist Mohammad Sediq Kaboudvand has resumed his hunger strike following his hospitalization in Tehran on May 25, 2016, increasing his risk of a heart attack. Kaboudvand, who is in his ninth year of incarceration at Evin Prison, is protesting the new charges that have been brought against him. “After nine years […]... read more
May 19, 2016

Leading Iranian Human Rights Activist to Serve Ten Years in Prison

Leading Iranian Human Rights Activist to Serve Ten Years in Prison Narges Mohammadi Sentenced for Her Peaceful Activism in Iran May 19, 2016—The prominent Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has been sentenced to serve ten years of a 16-year prison sentence, for her work defending human and women’s rights in Iran. Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Mohammadi to ten years in prison for […]... read more
April 28, 2016

Four Iranian Rights Activists Summoned to Appear Together at Appeals Court

Four Iranian Rights Activists Summoned to Appear Together at Appeals Court Rights activists Omid Alishenas, Atena Daemi, Ali Nouri and Aso Rostami have been summoned to appear together at an Appeals Court in Tehran on July 5, 2016 to appeal the prison sentences they received from a preliminary court. Alishenas’s mother, Simin Eyvazzadeh, who told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran about the summons, […]... read more
April 26, 2016

Public Outcry in Iran Over Plan for Increased Morality Police Prompts Review

Public Outcry in Iran Over Plan for Increased Morality Police Prompts Review Deploying 7,000 undercover morality police in Tehran contradicts the principle of the presumption of innocence, Iranian lawyer Ali Rambod told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “We should move towards interpreting laws on the basis of innocent until proven guilty,” he said. “It appears this principle has been overlooked in regards to the […]... read more