Human Rights Defenders

January 6, 2017

Nobel Laureate’s Call for Resignation of Iran’s Judiciary Chief Puts Spotlight on Rampant Judicial Abuses

Nobel Laureate’s Call for Resignation of Iran’s Judiciary Chief Puts Spotlight on Rampant Judicial Abuses January 6, 2017—The call for the resignation of Iran’s top judicial official, Sadegh Larijani, by the prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, has brought renewed attention on the systematic abuses of rights committed by Iran’s Judiciary. Ebadi’s January 4 statement comes during a wave of life-threatening hunger strikes by political prisoners […]... read more
January 5, 2017

Iran’s First Female Judge and Nobel Laureate Calls for Resignation of Judiciary Chief

Iran’s First Female Judge and Nobel Laureate Calls for Resignation of Judiciary Chief Shirin Ebadi: Interrogators Make Decisions for the Judges Amid the ongoing wave of life-threatening hunger strikes by political prisoners in Iran, Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi has called on the chief of the country’s Judiciary, Sadegh Larijani, to resign.  “The system is broken and the final responsibility rests with its head,” Ebadi, who was […]... read more
December 23, 2016

Imprisoned Activist Faces New Charges After Filing Complaint About Revolutionary Guards

Imprisoned Activist Faces New Charges After Filing Complaint About Revolutionary Guards Iranian civil rights defender Atena Daemi, who is serving a seven-year prison sentence in Tehran’s Evin Prison for her peaceful activism, has been slapped with new charges after filing a complaint against the Revolutionary Guards for using excessive force. “After my daughter was detained [to start her prison term], she and her father filed separate complaints […]... 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 16, 2016

85 UN Member States Say Iran Must Improve Its Human Rights

85 UN Member States Say Iran Must Improve Its Human Rights Resolution Passes UN General Assembly Third Committee November 16, 2016—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran welcomes the United Nations’ adoption of a resolution expressing serious concern over numerous human rights violations in Iran, including the systematic use of arbitrary detention and discrimination against women and minorities, as well as the “alarmingly high” frequency and […]... read more
November 3, 2016

Prominent, Ailing Human Rights Lawyer Sees 64th Birthday Pass by in Evin Prison

Prominent, Ailing Human Rights Lawyer Sees 64th Birthday Pass by in Evin Prison “I hope my father will be freed soon and his next birthday will not be in Evin Prison,” said Maedeh Soltani, the daughter of imprisoned prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, on Nov 1, 2016—his 64th birthday. “My father has served more than half of an unjust prison sentence and qualifies for conditional release, but […]... read more
November 1, 2016

Iran’s Prosecutor General Tries to Link Imprisoned Rights Activist With “Evil Triangle” of Nuclear Deal

Iran’s Prosecutor General Tries to Link Imprisoned Rights Activist With “Evil Triangle” of Nuclear Deal Narges Mohammadi: “I will not allow an assault on my human dignity, and I will not stay silent.” Following an unprecedented public plea by Iranian Members of Parliament (MPs) for the Judiciary to show her “Islamic mercy,” Iran’s prosecutor general has claimed that imprisoned prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi is part of a foreign […]... read more
October 20, 2016

In Unprecedented Public Plea MPs Call on Judiciary to Reverse Narges Mohammadi’s Prison Sentence

In Unprecedented Public Plea MPs Call on Judiciary to Reverse Narges Mohammadi’s Prison Sentence Fifteen Iranian members of Parliament have called on the Judiciary to reverse the 10-year prison sentence of prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, marking the first time since the Iranian revolution in 1979 that lawmakers publicly defended a person convicted of anti-state activities.  “We plead with you to show Islamic mercy and nullify the sentence […]... read more
October 17, 2016

Cartoon 157: Narges Mohammadi’s 16-year prison sentence upheld

Cartoon 157: Narges Mohammadi’s 16-year prison sentence upheld The Appeals Court has upheld the 16-year prison sentence against prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi. She was sentenced to 10 years for “membership in the [now banned] Defenders of Human Rights Center,” five years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the state.” She will become eligible for […]... read more
October 14, 2016

Prominent Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Rejects Prison Sentence in Stinging Open Letter

Prominent Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Rejects Prison Sentence in Stinging Open Letter In an open letter from Evin Prison prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has strongly rejected the Appeals Court’s decision upholding her harsh prison sentence, describing it as a “tyrannical” way to silence her activism. “I am a 44-year-old woman condemned to 22 years in prison by the Islamic Republic of Iran and I know […]... read more
October 14, 2016

Actions Speak Louder Than Words in Iran’s Death Penalty Debate, Says Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi

Actions Speak Louder Than Words in Iran’s Death Penalty Debate, Says Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi Despite statements from some Iranian officials doubting the value of capital punishment, no action has been taken to end or reduce the high number of executions in the country, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Unfortunately, for years Iran’s judicial officials have repeated statements in response to […]... read more
October 14, 2016

Attorney Arrested in Iran for Wearing Green Movement T-Shirt

Attorney Arrested in Iran for Wearing Green Movement T-Shirt An attorney has been arrested in western Iran for wearing a T-shirt honoring the Green Movement, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Mohammad Najafi was arrested on October 11 [2016] in Shazand, Markazi Province, by agents of the Intelligence Ministry for appearing in public with a T-shirt that had […]... read more