Human Rights Defenders

September 28, 2016

Upholding Narges Mohammadi’s 16-Year Prison Sentence is Indefensible

Upholding Narges Mohammadi’s 16-Year Prison Sentence is Indefensible Mother of Two Young Children Will Be Eligible for Release Only After 10 Years  September 28, 2016—The upholding of the 16-year prison sentence against human rights defender Narges Mohammadi by Iran’s Appeals Court for her peaceful work is cruel and indefensible, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in a statement today. “Sixteen years in prison […]... read more
September 28, 2016

Iran Appeals Court Upholds 16-Year Prison Sentence Against Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi

Iran Appeals Court Upholds 16-Year Prison Sentence Against Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Mother of Two Young Children Will Be Eligible for Release Only After 10 Years An Appeals Court has upheld the 16-year prison sentence issued against prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi. She will become eligible for release after serving 10 years in prison, according to a statement by the Defenders of Human Rights Center. On […]... read more
September 7, 2016

More Than 100 Prominent Iranians Ask UN to Declare 1988 Massacre “Crime Against Humanity”

More Than 100 Prominent Iranians Ask UN to Declare 1988 Massacre “Crime Against Humanity” This article has been updated on September 12, 2016 to reflect the correct number of original signatories. In a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court, more than one hundred Iranians living outside Iran, including several prominent civil, academic, and human rights figures, have asked for the recognition of the […]... read more
August 31, 2016

Hackers Exploit Android Phone Security Flaw to Target Activists

Hackers Exploit Android Phone Security Flaw to Target Activists Suspected state-sponsored hackers have intensified their attempts to break into the online accounts of Iranian rights activists in recent weeks by exploiting security vulnerabilities in Android smartphones, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned.  On August 11, 2016 an unknown person sent a message on Facebook to a prominent Iranian political activist […]... read more
August 29, 2016

Recording on 1988 Prison Massacre Exposes Early Fissure in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Recording on 1988 Prison Massacre Exposes Early Fissure in the Islamic Republic of Iran The recently released audio recording of Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri sharply denouncing the mass execution of political prisoners in the summer of 1988 has highlighted disagreements among prominent figures of the Islamic Republic that arose from the decision by Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran’s 1979 revolution, to put thousands of political dissidents to death. […]... read more
August 22, 2016

Nasrin Sotoudeh: “Hardliners are trying to open a new case against me”

Nasrin Sotoudeh: “Hardliners are trying to open a new case against me” Prominent Human Rights Lawyer is Summoned to Court Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent human rights lawyer and former political prisoner, has been summoned to appear at Branch 28 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court on September 3, 2016, but has not been informed of the charges against her. She will be representing herself in court because three […]... read more
August 16, 2016

Rights groups condemn recent execution of Kurdish prisoners and call for an immediate moratorium on all executions in Iran

Rights groups condemn recent execution of Kurdish prisoners and call for an immediate moratorium on all executions in Iran Geneva – Iranian authorities must immediately put a halt to the execution of Kurdish political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, 22 human rights organizations stated. These organizations also urged for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty and a right to due process and fair and public retrials for all prisoners sentenced to death. Since […]... read more
August 2, 2016

Lawyers Still Languishing in Jails in Iran for Defending Dissidents Under Rouhani’s Watch

Lawyers Still Languishing in Jails in Iran for Defending Dissidents Under Rouhani’s Watch Campaign Pledges Three Years Ago to Free Political Prisoners Now Ring Hollow Dozens of human rights lawyers who have been imprisoned for years in Iran for defending civil rights and political prisoners, remain behind bars three years after President Hassan Rouhani came to office, despite his campaign pledge to free political prisoners. Some have been […]... read more
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