Human Rights Defenders

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
April 26, 2016

Revolutionary Guards’ Cyber Attacks Now Directed at Rouhani Cabinet Members

Revolutionary Guards’ Cyber Attacks Now Directed at Rouhani Cabinet Members IRGC Actively Recruiting Technical Experts to Staff New Hacking Team April 26, 2016—Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, who have long waged cyber attacks against the country’s activists and journalists, have extended their hacking attacks to Rouhani administration officials, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned, including close associates of President Hassan Rouhani and his […]... read more
April 26, 2016

Prominent Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi Goes on Trial Behind Closed Doors

Prominent Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi Goes on Trial Behind Closed Doors The trial of human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, postponed four times since its original date of May 3, 2015, finally began on April 20, 2016 at Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court. Mohammadi, who was detained for her peaceful activism, has been charged with “collusion and assembly against national security” and “membership in the [now […]... read more
April 15, 2016

Business Leaders around the World Call for an End to Iran’s Closure of Baha’i Businesses

Business Leaders around the World Call for an End to Iran’s Closure of Baha’i Businesses Read this article in Persian here. Letter to Khamenei Urges Respect for Economic Rights of Baha’is In a signed statement addressed to Iran’s supreme leader, 54 leading business people and economists from countries around the world asked Ayatollah Khamenei to stop the harassment and discrimination against Baha’i business owners in Iran. “We view the recent […]... read more
April 14, 2016

Lawyer Released from Prison in Iran Describes Grim Conditions for Political Prisoners

Lawyer Released from Prison in Iran Describes Grim Conditions for Political Prisoners Prisoners Face Denial of Medical Care, Refusal to Transfer Inmates to Hospital despite Life Threatening Illness, Solitary Confinement Aimed at Extracting False Confessions, Poor Nutrition, Denial of Family Visits April 14, 2016—Mohammad Seifzadeh, the prominent Iranian human rights lawyer who for years defended political prisoners in Iran and railed against the inhumane conditions of their […]... read more
April 5, 2016

Iranian Internet Freedom and Cyber Security at RightsCon

Iranian Internet Freedom and Cyber Security at RightsCon Fundamental Changes in Content Delivery: Opportunities and Challenges On the first day of the RightsCon conference, hundreds of participants from around the world shared their insights on various panels focused on freedom of expression on the Internet and cyber security. Some of the sessions on March 30, 2016 included “Forgotten Right; Remembering Freedom of Expression,” […]... read more
March 14, 2016

Why the UN Human Rights Mechanisms Must Continue to Monitor Iran’s Human Rights Situation

Why the UN Human Rights Mechanisms Must Continue to Monitor Iran’s Human Rights Situation This video explains why it is so imperative that the United Nations Human Rights Council ensures the Special Rapporteur and other UN mechanisms continue their critical work of monitoring Iran’s human rights situation, given the severe rights violations that persist in Iran and Tehran’s refusal to implement the dozens of promises it has made to […]... read more
March 1, 2016

Iran Vote: Political Freedoms Must Be Rouhani’s Top Priority

Iran Vote: Political Freedoms Must Be Rouhani’s Top Priority Electorate Wants Human Rights and Rouhani Must Deliver March 1, 2016—In the elections for Parliament and the Assembly of Experts held across Iran on February 26, the Iranian electorate handed the country’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and the hardline candidates he openly supported, a significant setback, voting in moderate candidates in many cities and provinces […]... read more
February 9, 2016

Prominent Lawyers Disqualified from Iran’s Bar Association Election

Prominent Lawyers Disqualified from Iran’s Bar Association Election More than two dozen prominent lawyers, including well-known human rights defenders, have been disqualified from running in next month’s election for the Iranian Bar Association’s board of directors. Judge Hosseinali Nayeri, the head of the Supreme Disciplinary Court for Judges, issued a statement on February 2, 2016 rejecting 25 of the 141 candidacy applications, according […]... read more
February 2, 2016

Dispute between Judicial Officials on the Release of Kurdish Human Rights Activist Keeps Him in Prison

Dispute between Judicial Officials on the Release of Kurdish Human Rights Activist Keeps Him in Prison The prominent Kurdish human rights activist, Mohammad Sediq Kaboudvand, has been recommended for conditional release by the chief warden of the notorious Evin Prison, but the prosecutor in his case has so far refused to consent, according to Kaboudvand’s wife. Parinaz Baghban Hassani also told the Campaign that during the eight years her husband has […]... read more
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