Prisoners / Arrests

January 25, 2016

US-Iran Prisoner Swap Raises Hopes for Iranian-Canadian Prisoners of Conscience in Iran

US-Iran Prisoner Swap Raises Hopes for Iranian-Canadian Prisoners of Conscience in Iran The release of Iranian-Americans in the recent prisoner exchange between Iran and the United States has given hope to the family of prisoner of conscience Saeed Malekpour that he too might also be freed.  “When I heard the news about the release of four Iranian-Americans it made me very happy. I think there’s room for […]... read more
January 25, 2016

Why are Iranian-Americans Prisoners Released, but Not Iranian Ones?” Father of Imprisoned Blogger Asks

Why are Iranian-Americans Prisoners Released, but Not Iranian Ones?” Father of Imprisoned Blogger Asks “Why has the Islamic Republic agreed to the release of Iranian-American prisoners but they won’t free our own prisoners who are the children of Iran?” asked Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki, whose son, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, has spent more than six years in prison for blogging.  Speaking to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Hossein Ronaghi […]... read more
January 21, 2016

Faraghdani’s Handshake with Her Lawyer is Not a Crime, Judge Rules

Faraghdani’s Handshake with Her Lawyer is Not a Crime, Judge Rules Prisoner of conscience Atena Faraghdani and her lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, have been acquitted of “illegitimate relations” for shaking hands during a prison visit.  “My daughter was mentally crushed by this accusation but she’s very happy since she heard about the acquittal,” Atena Faraghdani’s mother, Eshrat Ardestani, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. […]... read more
January 20, 2016

Cartoon 135: Prisoner Swap

Cartoon 135: Prisoner Swap On January 16, 2016, the Islamic Republic of Iran released four prisoners with dual Iranian and American citizenships, in return for the release of several Iranians held in US prisons mostly on crimes related to violations of economic sanctions against Iran. The Iranian-Americans prisoners released were Jason Rezaian, Saeed Abedini, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, and Nosratollah […]... read more
January 20, 2016

Ageing Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer Should Be Released on Medical Grounds, Wife Says

Ageing Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer Should Be Released on Medical Grounds, Wife Says The wife of the prominent lawyer Mohammad Seifzadeh, who has been imprisoned since April 2011 for his work defending human rights and political prisoners in Iran, is hoping the appeal for his release from Rajaee Shahr Prison on humanitarian grounds will be heeded by the authorities, given his extremely poor health. “With the approval of the […]... read more
January 19, 2016

Ailing Imprisoned Journalist Could Face New Charges for Speaking Out against Prison Conditions

Ailing Imprisoned Journalist Could Face New Charges for Speaking Out against Prison Conditions Imprisoned journalist Saeed Razavi Faghih has been threatened with retribution for writing letters complaining about abuse inside Rajaee Shahr Prison and could be facing new trumped-up charges. “About a month ago one of the prison authorities threatened my brother and some other prisoners that he would teach them a good lesson for writing letters of […]... read more
January 16, 2016

Release of Iranian Americans Welcomed, Time to Release All Political Prisoners

Release of Iranian Americans Welcomed, Time to Release All Political Prisoners   Steps Towards Reconciliation with the West Are Good but Iran Needs National Reconciliation As Well January 16, 2016—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran welcomes the long-overdue release today of four Iranian Americans, including Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was arrested in Tehran and imprisoned for the past 18 months in […]... read more
January 15, 2016

Call on Iranian authorities to drop charges on two musicians and a filmmaker

Call on Iranian authorities to drop charges on two musicians and a filmmaker UPDATE: This post was updated on January 19, 2016, to reflect that additional organizations have signed the letter. A total of 16 organizations have now signed the letter. Human rights organisations Freemuse and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, along with eight other organisations, protest the 2013 imprisonment and 2015 sentencing of musicians […]... read more
January 13, 2016

Reformist Journalist Begins Serving Prison Sentence for Her Writings on Facebook

Reformist Journalist Begins Serving Prison Sentence for Her Writings on Facebook The well-known reformist journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaie surrendered herself to Evin Prison authorities on January 12, 2016, to serve a one-year prison sentence.  Tabatabaie’s imprisonment follows a string of arrests of journalists and reformists, as hardliners in Iran move to silence moderate and independent voices ahead of critical Parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections in February 2016. […]... read more
January 11, 2016

Detained Poet Describes Being Transported in a Cage and Watched “Like a Murderer”

Detained Poet Describes Being Transported in a Cage and Watched “Like a Murderer” Two-Day Ordeal Included Solitary Confinement and Incarceration with Criminals The poet Hila Sedighi, who was arrested and held for two days amidst an intensifying crackdown on independent artistic and cultural figures in Iran, has posted a description of her 48-hour detention on her Facebook page,  stating that she was watched throughout her detention “as if they […]... read more
January 11, 2016

Journalist Resumes Hunger Strike to Protest His Continued Detention

Journalist Resumes Hunger Strike to Protest His Continued Detention After two months of detention, the prominent reformist journalist and political activist Issa Saharkhiz has resumed his hunger strike, in protest against his ongoing detention at Evin Prison. Mehdi Saharkhiz, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that his father’s wet hunger resumed on Wednesday, January 6, 2015.  “My father has been in temporary […]... read more
January 7, 2016

Popular Telegram Messaging Application Survives Censorship Vote in Iran

Popular Telegram Messaging Application Survives Censorship Vote in Iran State Filtering Body Refuses to Block the Service An official Iranian state censorship body has resisted calls by hardliners in Iran to block the Telegram messaging service, the most popular social media application in Iran.  The Working Group to Determine Instances of Criminal Content on the Internet, Iran’s principal body charged with Internet filtering, had […]... read more