Prisoners / Arrests

February 17, 2017

Iran’s Supreme Leader Cements Hardline Position by Rejecting Offer of National Reconciliation

Iran’s Supreme Leader Cements Hardline Position by Rejecting Offer of National Reconciliation Some Conservatives Side With Reformist Leader Khatami Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s refusal of an offer to achieve “national reconciliation” in Iran by ending the six-year extrajudicial house arrests of three opposition leaders has crushed hopes that the state’s crackdown on dissidents, which intensified in response to the nationwide protests against the results of the disputed […]... read more
February 15, 2017

Revolutionary Guards Try to Silence US-Based Iranian Dissident by Arresting Her Sister

Revolutionary Guards Try to Silence US-Based Iranian Dissident by Arresting Her Sister Leila Haghighatjou, the sister of Fatemeh Haghighatjou, an outspoken critic of the Islamic Republic, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards to intimidate the former member of Parliament, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “The reality is that they want to put Fatemeh’s sister, Leila, under pressure to force Fatemeh to […]... read more
February 15, 2017

Opposition Leader’s Son: Khamenei and Rouhani Are Responsible for Extrajudicial House Arrests

Opposition Leader’s Son: Khamenei and Rouhani Are Responsible for Extrajudicial House Arrests The son of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, who has been detained under house arrest without trial since 2011, told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that ultimate responsibility for the situation lies with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, whose “personal decision” resulted in the extrajudicial act. Mohammad Taghi Karroubi, who spoke to the Campaign […]... read more
February 15, 2017

Intelligence Ministry Violently Arrests Teenage Ethnic Arab Activist in Khuzestan

Intelligence Ministry Violently Arrests Teenage Ethnic Arab Activist in Khuzestan Ali Kab-Aomair, a 17-year-old ethnic Arab activist, has been held incommunicado since he was violently arrested on February 8, 2017 by agents of the Intelligence Ministry in Ahwaz, Khuzestan Province (southwestern Iran). The agents, who broke Kab-Aomair’s arm while arresting him, were watching Kab-Aomair for at least a month before they detained him, his cousin […]... read more
February 13, 2017

Iran’s Judiciary Commutes Death Sentences of Some Juvenile Offenders

Iran’s Judiciary Commutes Death Sentences of Some Juvenile Offenders The Iranian judiciary has agreed to commute the death sentences of six people who were sentenced to death while they were juveniles while refusing the requests of four others, Tehran’s Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi announced on February 8, 2017. Rupert Colville, the UN high commissioner for human rights, welcomed the news on February 10 but said […]... read more
February 12, 2017

Report: Iranian Hackers Target Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

Report: Iranian Hackers Target Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware State-sponsored Iranian hackers, who had until now focused almost exclusively on civil and human rights-focused users of the Windows and Android operating systems, have for the first time developed malware (software that damages or disables computer systems) that targets users’ Apple devices, according to a new report by Internet security expert, Collin Anderson. “My fear […]... read more
February 6, 2017

In Iran, From Prison to Exile for Posting Jokes on Facebook

In Iran, From Prison to Exile for Posting Jokes on Facebook After completing a five-year prison sentence in Iran for posting jokes about religion on Facebook, the Judiciary has sent Soheil Babadi into exile. The 39-year-old computer engineer must now spend the next two years in Beshagard, a remote community of 35,000 people in the southern coastal province of Hormozgan, a source told the Campaign for Human […]... read more
February 6, 2017

Intelligence Ministry Cracks Down on Alleged “Anti-Revolutionary” Telegram Channels

Intelligence Ministry Cracks Down on Alleged “Anti-Revolutionary” Telegram Channels In the latest crackdown by hardliners against popular social media applications in Iran, the Intelligence Ministry has detained several channel administrators of Telegram. Hardline domestic news outlets have subsequently aired admins’ alleged video “confessions.” Telegram is a mobile instant messaging application that also allows users to create membership-based online content channels and groups. The ultra-conservative […]... read more
February 6, 2017

Judge Salavati Threatens Iranian-Born Swedish Resident With Death Penalty On Day One of Trial

Judge Salavati Threatens Iranian-Born Swedish Resident With Death Penalty On Day One of Trial Iranian-born Swedish resident Ahmadreza Jalali, who has been detained in Tehran without due process since April 2016, was threatened with the death penalty on the first day of his trial by Judge Abolqasem Salavati of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court. “Ahmadreza made a short phone call to the family on Tuesday, January 31 [2017], […]... read more
February 2, 2017

Editor Detained by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Pleads for Help From Evin Prison

Editor Detained by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Pleads for Help From Evin Prison Tahereh Riahi, the social affairs editor of the state-funded Borna News Agency, who has been detained by the Intelligence Ministry since late December 2016 without access to legal council, pleaded for help in her latest phone call to her family from Evin Prison, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Tahereh […]... read more
February 1, 2017

Iranian-Dutch Dual National and Dissident Imprisoned in Tehran Denied Medical Care

Iranian-Dutch Dual National and Dissident Imprisoned in Tehran Denied Medical Care The officials of Evin Prison are denying Sabri Hassanpour, an Iranian-born citizen of the Netherlands and outspoken critic of the Islamic Republic who has been imprisoned in Iran since March 2016, open-heart surgery, according to an informed source. The source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that prison officials continue to refuse requests […]... 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