Prisoners / Arrests

July 25, 2016

Arrested Iranian-American from San Diego Held Incommunicado and without Access to Lawyer

Arrested Iranian-American from San Diego Held Incommunicado and without Access to Lawyer Charges and Whereabouts of Robin (Reza) Shahini Unknown Iranian-American Robin (Reza) Shahini, the latest victim of a string of arrests and prolonged detainments of dual nationals who have travelled to Iran, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards’ Intelligence Organization in the city of Gorgan, 255 miles east of Tehran, and has been held without access to a […]... 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 13, 2016

Imprisoned Christian Convert, Eligible for Early Release, on Hunger Strike Until Judiciary Addresses Her Case

Imprisoned Christian Convert, Eligible for Early Release, on Hunger Strike Until Judiciary Addresses Her Case Christian convert Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, imprisoned since 2013, has vowed to continue the hunger strike she began on July 5, 2016 until her demand for early conditional release is met, her mother, Zahra Pour-Nouhi Langroudi, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “I’m really worried for her. It has been seven days […]... read more
July 12, 2016

Twitter Campaign to Free Narges Mohammadi Draws More than 100,000 Iranians

Twitter Campaign to Free Narges Mohammadi Draws More than 100,000 Iranians Hashtag #FreeNarges Skyrockets in Iran despite Official Ban on Twitter More than 100,000 Iranians took part in a Twitter campaign in solidarity with the imprisoned human rights defender Narges Mohammadi on July 11, 2016 to mark the fifteenth day of her hunger strike, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. Three hours after […]... read more
July 12, 2016

Judiciary Refuses to Review Case of Political Prisoner Who Qualifies for Early Release

Judiciary Refuses to Review Case of Political Prisoner Who Qualifies for Early Release Ahmad Karimi Najjar, a political prisoner currently serving the seventh year of his 16-year prison sentence in Iran’s Rajaee Shahr Prison, could be eligible for conditional release, but the Judiciary is refusing to review his case. Karimi, who was imprisoned for his alleged connection with an outlawed monarchist group, could benefit from a new legal […]... 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
July 11, 2016

Iran’s Judiciary Refuses to Review Case of Political Prisoner Who Qualifies for Conditional Release

Iran’s Judiciary Refuses to Review Case of Political Prisoner Who Qualifies for Conditional Release Judicial officials are refusing to review the case of political prisoner Mohammad Ali (Pirooz) Mansouri who is legally eligible for conditional release after spending nine years in Iran’s Rajaee Shahr and Evin Prisons. Mansouri was arrested on September 2, 2007 for allegedly being a sympathizer of the outlawed Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), but claims only his […]... read more
July 8, 2016

Labor Rights Activists Detained Incommunicado in Iranian Kurdish City of Sanandaj

Labor Rights Activists Detained Incommunicado in Iranian Kurdish City of Sanandaj Labor rights activists Hashem Rostami and Mozaffar Salehinia have been imprisoned in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran’s Kordestan Province, for more than two weeks without charge or access to a lawyer, informed sources told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “A one-month detention order has been issued for Hashem Rostami and he is […]... read more
July 8, 2016

Guilt by Association: Peaceful Demonstrators Slapped with Suspended Lashing and Prison Sentences

Guilt by Association: Peaceful Demonstrators Slapped with Suspended Lashing and Prison Sentences Some of the accused were falsely declared followers of an imprisoned spiritual leader. Fourteen people have been handed suspended prison and flogging sentences for allegedly calling for the release of imprisoned spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri, but five of the accused are actually civil rights activists who were rounded up at the same time as […]... read more
July 8, 2016

Man Who Was Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook Denied Timely Appeal Verdict

Man Who Was Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook Denied Timely Appeal Verdict Soheil Babadi has written an open letter detailing the torture he experienced during interrogations. Computer engineer Soheil Babadi, who was imprisoned in Iran for posting jokes on a satirical Facebook page, has been waiting close to a year for a ruling on his appeal against his prison sentence. The authorities have meanwhile refused to release […]... read more
July 7, 2016

Prominent Political Prisoner Promised, Though Still Not Allowed, Phone Contact with Children

Prominent Political Prisoner Promised, Though Still Not Allowed, Phone Contact with Children Taghi Rahmani believes his wife Narges Mohammadi is being mistreated in prison because he fled the country years ago. Iran’s judicial authorities have promised to lift a ban on phone calls between prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi and her children, but she has still not been allowed to speak to her kids. Mohammadi, who […]... read more