Religious Freedom

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 18, 2016

Location of Imprisoned Spiritual Leader Unknown a Month After He Allegedly Fell Into a Coma

Location of Imprisoned Spiritual Leader Unknown a Month After He Allegedly Fell Into a Coma The family of imprisoned spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri has not been informed of his location since October 18, 2016, when he was allegedly hospitalized after falling into a coma due to a three-week hunger strike. “We don’t know if my brother is alive or dead,” Taheri’s sister, Azardokht Taheri, told the International Campaign for […]... read more
November 16, 2016

85 UN Member States Say Iran Must Improve Its Human Rights

85 UN Member States Say Iran Must Improve Its Human Rights Resolution Passes UN General Assembly Third Committee November 16, 2016—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran welcomes the United Nations’ adoption of a resolution expressing serious concern over numerous human rights violations in Iran, including the systematic use of arbitrary detention and discrimination against women and minorities, as well as the “alarmingly high” frequency and […]... read more
November 15, 2016

Baha’i Businesses Shuttered Across Iran in Ongoing Persecution Campaign

Baha’i Businesses Shuttered Across Iran in Ongoing Persecution Campaign Dozens of businesses in Iran owned by members of the Baha’i faith have been indefinitely shut down by the authorities after some owners closed their establishments to honor the birthdays of two of the faith’s holiest figures. “We have done nothing wrong, but we know that the closure of Baha’i businesses on this scale throughout […]... read more
November 4, 2016

Baha’i Artist Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Teaching Art Classes in His Home Awaits Appeal Results

Baha’i Artist Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Teaching Art Classes in His Home Awaits Appeal Results Shahriar Siroos, an Iranian Baha’i artist who was sentenced to five years in prison for the charge of establishing a group to “perturb the security of the country” for teaching art classes in his home, is awaiting a decision on his appeal. A legal analyst, who asked not to be identified, told the International Campaign […]... read more
November 3, 2016

Elderly Baha’i Man Brutally Murdered Amid Islamic Republic’s “Systematic Hatred” of Baha’is

Elderly Baha’i Man Brutally Murdered Amid Islamic Republic’s “Systematic Hatred” of Baha’is Sixty-three-year old Farhang Amiri, a Baha’i man that was well-known in his community, was stabbed to death outside his home in the city of Yazd, 312 miles southeast of Tehran, on September 26, 2016, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. “The suspects have confessed that they killed Amiri because he was […]... read more
October 22, 2016

Authorities Conceal Location of Imprisoned Hunger-Striking Spiritual Thinker After He Slips Into a Coma

Authorities Conceal Location of Imprisoned Hunger-Striking Spiritual Thinker After He Slips Into a Coma After three weeks on hunger strike, imprisoned spiritual thinker Mohammad Ali Taheri went into a coma and underwent emergency medical treatment on October 18, 2016, but the authorities are not revealing his location, his sister told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Attorney Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee told my brother’s wife on Wednesday (October 19) that […]... read more
October 17, 2016

Cartoon 158: Football match goes ahead despite religious objections

Cartoon 158: Football match goes ahead despite religious objections The World Cup qualifying match between Iran and South Korea coincided with the Tasoua religious holiday in Iran, prompting some religious and military factions to demand the match be canceled. Four years ago FIFA had turned down Iran’s request to change the match date. With great popular support, the match went ahead despite efforts by […]... read more
September 27, 2016

Baha’i Student Expelled and Banned from University for His Faith

Baha’i Student Expelled and Banned from University for His Faith Iranian authorities have ignored requests to reinstate a student expelled from a university because of his faith. Nineteen-year-old Faraz Karin-Kani Sisan was expelled from Ghiyaseddin Jamshid Kashani Institute for Higher Education (GJKI) in Abyek, Alborz Province, 62 miles northwest of Tehran, after completing his second term in development studies.  “In the national university entrance exam […]... read more
September 13, 2016

Hospitalized Christian Convert Ordered Back to Prison

Hospitalized Christian Convert Ordered Back to Prison Imprisoned Christian convert Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, who has been hospitalized since August 21, 2016 for heart problems, has been denied an extension of her medical furlough (temporary leave), a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “After going through two hunger strikes in Evin Prison, prison officials and the prosecutor allowed […]... read more
September 7, 2016

More Than 100 Prominent Iranians Ask UN to Declare 1988 Massacre “Crime Against Humanity”

More Than 100 Prominent Iranians Ask UN to Declare 1988 Massacre “Crime Against Humanity” This article has been updated on September 12, 2016 to reflect the correct number of original signatories. In a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court, more than one hundred Iranians living outside Iran, including several prominent civil, academic, and human rights figures, have asked for the recognition of the […]... read more
July 27, 2016

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Interferes in Case of Imprisoned Christian

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Interferes in Case of Imprisoned Christian Case Exposes Judiciary’s Lack of Independence Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has directly interfered in the case of imprisoned Christian convert Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran—who has been on hunger strike to persuade the authorities to consider her for early release—in another example of the Judiciary’s lack of independence. “An official from the Intelligence Ministry met my daughter […]... read more