Human Rights Defenders

February 20, 2017

Sisters of Imprisoned Activist Atena Daemi Cleared of Revenge Charges Filed by Revolutionary Guards

Sisters of Imprisoned Activist Atena Daemi Cleared of Revenge Charges Filed by Revolutionary Guards A court has rejected charges brought by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Courts (IRGC) against Onsieh Daemi and Hanieh Daemi, the sisters of imprisoned civil rights activist Atena Daemi, who had initially filed a complaint against the IRGC. The sisters had been accused of “insulting the supreme leader” and “deliberate assault” against IRGC agents, but a […]... read more
January 31, 2017

Trump’s travel ban is a gift to Iran’s rulers

Trump’s travel ban is a gift to Iran’s rulers by Hadi Ghaemi This op-ed was originally published in The Washington Post on January 29, 2017 President Trump’s travel ban on Iranians is a gift to the Islamic republic and its hard-line rulers. It will not deter terrorism on U.S. soil. Not a single terrorist involved in the 9/11 attacks or other fatal terrorist attacks in the […]... read more
January 21, 2017

Poll: 70% of Iranians Dissatisfied With Rouhani on Democracy and Civil Rights

Poll: 70% of Iranians Dissatisfied With Rouhani on Democracy and Civil Rights A survey of public opinion in Iran conducted in the last quarter of 2016 shows that even though a large majority of Iranians (75%) rated advancing democracy and protecting personal and civil rights among their highest priorities in 2015, 70% of Iranians said they were “dissatisfied” with their government’s handling of these issues in 2016. The results […]... read more
January 19, 2017

Court Rejects Some New Charges by Revolutionary Guards Against Activist Sentenced to 7 Years In Prison

Court Rejects Some New Charges by Revolutionary Guards Against Activist Sentenced to 7 Years In Prison Atena Daemi and Family Still Face Legal Persecution Three of the five new charges brought against imprisoned civil rights advocate Atena Daemi by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) were dismissed after two policemen made official statements supporting her version of events, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Agents of the […]... read more
January 19, 2017

Saeed Shirzad Ends Hunger Strike After Officials Pledge to End Rights Abuses at Rajaee Shahr Prison

Saeed Shirzad Ends Hunger Strike After Officials Pledge to End Rights Abuses at Rajaee Shahr Prison An informed source close to imprisoned civil rights activist Saeed Shirzad said Shirzad ended his hunger strike after 39 days when “Judiciary and Rajaee Shahr Prison officials met with him and gave assurances” about ending the abuse of prisoners—Shirzad’s main demand. “On Saturday (January 14, 2017), [Rajaee Shahr] Prison’s supervising judge and the prosecutor’s representative came […]... read more
January 19, 2017

Ailing Political Prisoner Issa Saharkhiz on Hunger Strike Against Additional Six-Month Sentence

Ailing Political Prisoner Issa Saharkhiz on Hunger Strike Against Additional Six-Month Sentence Imprisoned political commentator Issa Saharkhiz began a wet hunger strike on January 14, 2017 to protest a newly issued six-month prison sentence for allegedly “slandering the supreme leader.” Saharkhiz is also attempting to highlight the “repeated violations of the law by the Judiciary and security officials,” said his son, Mehdi Saharkhiz. “My father has announced […]... read more
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