Prisoners / Arrests

December 2, 2016

Sister Breaks the Silence Over Iranian-American and Wife Held for Three Months Without Charge or Counsel

Sister Breaks the Silence Over Iranian-American and Wife Held for Three Months Without Charge or Counsel Case fabricated “for the purpose of extortion and property seizure” says US-based family member* December 2, 2016—Karan Vafadari, an Iranian-American national belonging to the Zoroastrian faith, and his wife Afarin Niasari, have been in detention in Tehran’s Evin Prison without public charge or access to counsel since their arrest by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) […]... read more
November 29, 2016

Women’s Rights Activist Arrested After Attending Workshop in Georgia

Women’s Rights Activist Arrested After Attending Workshop in Georgia Twenty Others Who Attended Women’s Empowerment Workshop Also Questioned Photographer and women’s right activist Alieh Matlabzadeh has been undergoing interrogation in Evin Prison since November 26 when Intelligence Ministry agents took her into custody without charge, her husband, Sadra Abdollahi, said in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Matlabzadeh, who […]... read more
November 29, 2016

Sedigheh Moradi Freed from Prison after Serving Five Years “for Nothing”

Sedigheh Moradi Freed from Prison after Serving Five Years “for Nothing” Appeals Court Throws Away Conviction “The judge looked at my file and ordered my unconditional release. It didn’t even take 10 minutes,” said Sedigheh Moradi who was released from Evin Prison on November 23 after Branch 54 of the Appeals Court threw away her conviction. “I hadn’t done anything. I was held in prison for all […]... 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 29, 2016

Momentum Growing to End Iran’s Death Sentences for Drug Offenses

Momentum Growing to End Iran’s Death Sentences for Drug Offenses Fast-Tracked Amendment Pending in Parliament, Must Still be Approved by Guardian Council On November 23, 2016, Iran’s Parliament agreed to speed up deliberation on an amendment which, if passed, would drastically decrease the number of executions for drug-related crimes. The proposal will first be debated with top priority in the Legal and Social Affairs Committee and […]... read more
November 28, 2016

Shocking Montazeri Sentence Reveals a Prosecution Lacking Legal or Moral Legitimacy

Shocking Montazeri Sentence Reveals a Prosecution Lacking Legal or Moral Legitimacy Ahmad Montazeri Will Appeal “Ugly” Six-Year Prison Sentence The six-year prison sentence handed down to Ahmad Montazeri for publishing an audio tape on the mass execution of political prisoners in the 1980s, by a clerical court whose Lead Prosecutor is one of the officials implicated in the tape, reflects a profound conflict of interest and […]... read more
November 25, 2016

Missing Spiritual Leader’s Supporters Beaten by Plainclothes Intelligence Agents at Iran’s Parliament

Missing Spiritual Leader’s Supporters Beaten by Plainclothes Intelligence Agents at Iran’s Parliament Approximately 50 followers of imprisoned spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri—who has been missing for more than a month—were beaten by plainclothes members of Iran’s intelligence forces and then arrested by the police in front of Parliament on November 21, 2016, according to eyewitnesses. Hundreds of Taheri’s followers had gathered in front of the Parliament building […]... read more
November 23, 2016

Political Prisoner With Suspended Sentence Remains Detained While Same Judge Reviews Case

Political Prisoner With Suspended Sentence Remains Detained While Same Judge Reviews Case Iran’s Supreme Court has suspended the 15-year prison sentence of ailing political prisoner Hadi Ghaemi and referred it to the Appeals Court, but the 67-year-old will not be released despite posting bail while the same judge who sentenced him reviews his case. Ghaemi’s son Yousef Ghaemi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran […]... read more
November 21, 2016

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Must Stop Using Dual-Nationals as Hostages

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Must Stop Using Dual-Nationals as Hostages British Government Accused of Putting Business Interest Above Protecting Its Citizens November 21, 2016—Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei should put an immediate end to the practice of the Revolutionary Guard’s Intelligence Organization, which operates under his direct authority, of arresting dual nationals and using them as hostages to collect ransom money and demonstrate political muscle, […]... read more
November 21, 2016

Editor Says He Was Wrongly Sentenced to Prison for Posting MP’s Sexist Comments Online

Editor Says He Was Wrongly Sentenced to Prison for Posting MP’s Sexist Comments Online MP Nader Ghazipour Has Also Assaulted a Journalist Hamed Ataee, a news editor from northwestern Iran who has been sentenced to four months in prison for posting a rumor online, says he was actually convicted for posting a video of a member of Parliament (MP) disparaging the presence of women in politics. Ataee has denied […]... read more
November 18, 2016

Supreme Court to Review Case of Ailing Political Prisoner

Supreme Court to Review Case of Ailing Political Prisoner Iran’s Supreme Court has agreed to review the case of political prisoner Rayhaneh Haj Ebrahim Dabbagh, who became eligible for early release after serving half of her 15-year prison sentence, her mother told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “During the appeal process we noticed that she was charged with not just one, but […]... read more
November 18, 2016

Rouhani Has Done Nothing to Free Political Prisoners and Is Being Called out for It

Rouhani Has Done Nothing to Free Political Prisoners and Is Being Called out for It A prominent Iranian political analyst has criticized President Hassan Rouhani for reneging on his pledge to free political prisoners and opposition leaders. The centrist cleric’s record as president will be heavily scrutinized ahead of Iran’s May 2017 presidential election as he vies for a second term. During an interview, Tehran University Political Science Professor Sadegh […]... read more