Prisoners / Arrests

May 24, 2016

Kurdish Political Prisoner in Iran on Hunger Strike to Protest New Charges

Kurdish Political Prisoner in Iran on Hunger Strike to Protest New Charges Mohammad Sediq Kaboudvand, a prominent Kurdish human rights activist who is in his ninth year of incarceration at Tehran’s Evin Prison, has gone on hunger strike to protest the new charges that have been brought against him. Kaboudvand’s wife, Parinaz Baghban Hassani, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he started the […]... read more
May 24, 2016

Iran Must End State Persecution of Baha’is, Say Exiled Iranian Political Figures

Iran Must End State Persecution of Baha’is, Say Exiled Iranian Political Figures In the wake of the intense criticism by Iranian officials and religious leaders of Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, for her meeting with Baha’i leader Fariba Kamalabadi, several exiled Iranian political figures have publicly voiced their condemnation of the persecution of Baha’is in Iran. Faezeh Hashemi, a former MP from […]... read more
May 20, 2016

Environmentalist’s Facebook Account Hacked, Used to Deny Her Detention while She Was Still Behind Bars

Environmentalist’s Facebook Account Hacked, Used to Deny Her Detention while She Was Still Behind Bars Zakiya Neysi’s Father Forced to Sign Pledge Prior to her Release The day after environmental activist Zakiya Neysi was arrested by intelligence agents in the southwestern Iranian city of Ahwaz, a posting appeared on her Facebook account declaring that she had returned home and denouncing one of her brothers. But the young woman was still […]... read more
May 19, 2016

Leading Iranian Human Rights Activist to Serve Ten Years in Prison

Leading Iranian Human Rights Activist to Serve Ten Years in Prison Narges Mohammadi Sentenced for Her Peaceful Activism in Iran May 19, 2016—The prominent Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has been sentenced to serve ten years of a 16-year prison sentence, for her work defending human and women’s rights in Iran. Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Mohammadi to ten years in prison for […]... read more
May 19, 2016

Young Kurdish Activist’s Mother: “My son is dying in prison”

Young Kurdish Activist’s Mother: “My son is dying in prison” Prisoner of conscience Afshin Sohrabzadeh, 27, is suffering from cancer in Minab Prison in southern Iran and could die from internal bleeding if he does not receive outside medical treatment immediately. “Afshin has developed intestinal cancer and is suffering from internal bleeding,” an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “The […]... read more
May 17, 2016

Iran’s Fashion Industry under Assault; Details of Arrests of Models by Revolutionary Guards Surface

Iran’s Fashion Industry under Assault; Details of Arrests of Models by Revolutionary Guards Surface Eight Arrests and Scores Interrogated in “Project Spider 2” May 17, 2016—Eight people working in Iran’s fashion industry have been arrested and formally charged in an industry wide crackdown led by the Revolutionary Guards. Cases have also been opened on another 29 people, and most of the 170 fashion industry workers who have been targeted […]... read more
May 16, 2016

French Foreign Ministry Staffer with Dual Citizenship Awaits Appeal on Prison Sentence in Iran

French Foreign Ministry Staffer with Dual Citizenship Awaits Appeal on Prison Sentence in Iran Nazak Afshar, an employee of France’s Foreign Ministry who holds Iranian and French citizenship, is awaiting a ruling on her appeal against a six-year prison sentence issued by Judge Abolqasem Salavati of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court on unspecified charges. Afshar is a former staff member of the French Embassy’s cultural section in Tehran. […]... read more
May 16, 2016

Imprisoned Political Activist, Currently Appealing 21-Year Sentence, Denied Adequate Medical Care

Imprisoned Political Activist, Currently Appealing 21-Year Sentence, Denied Adequate Medical Care Prisoner of conscience Amir Amirgholi, who has appealed the 21-year prison sentence he was issued earlier this year in 2016, has been denied medical treatment outside the prison for severe pancreatitis, his father told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “When he was 12 my son was in an accident and lost half […]... read more
May 16, 2016

Imprisoned Spiritual Leader Slapped with New Charges Upon Completing Sentence

Imprisoned Spiritual Leader Slapped with New Charges Upon Completing Sentence Mohammad Ali Taheri, an imprisoned spiritual leader who was supposed to be freed more than two months ago after completing a five-year prison sentence, has again been charged with “corruption on earth,” as well as membership in a banned militant Marxist organization. His sister told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the […]... read more
May 12, 2016

Imprisoned Teacher on Hunger Strike Sent Home After Hospitalization

Imprisoned Teacher on Hunger Strike Sent Home After Hospitalization The imprisoned teachers’ union activist, Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi, has been released from hospital and sent home after a 22-day hunger strike.  Beheshti Langroudi was sent home from Imam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran, where he was being treated for serious health complications resulting from the hunger strike, on May 11, 2016. The judicial orders that enabled […]... read more
May 10, 2016

Husband of Iranian-British Citizen Held in Iran Calls Her Detainment “Outrageous” and “Cruel”

Husband of Iranian-British Citizen Held in Iran Calls Her Detainment “Outrageous” and “Cruel” “I have no idea how a young woman with a baby could be a danger to national security.” The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian dual citizen who has been detained in Iran without legal representation for more than five weeks, has expressed dismay at his wife’s detainment and the authorities’ refusal to allow her […]... read more
May 6, 2016

Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer’s Daughter: Help My Father Before It’s Too Late

Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer’s Daughter: Help My Father Before It’s Too Late Abdolfattah Soltani’s Condition Deteriorates; Needs Urgent Hospitalization Abdolfattah Soltani, an imprisoned human rights lawyer, requires immediate hospitalization following his most recent transfer to Evin Prison’s infirmary for heart problems, his daughter, Maedeh Soltani, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “In recent months this is the fourth time my father has been taken […]... read more