Torture

October 21, 2016

Ayatollah Montazeri’s Son Legally Defends Releasing Audio File of Father Denouncing 1988 Mass Execution of Prisoners

Ayatollah Montazeri’s Son Legally Defends Releasing Audio File of Father Denouncing 1988 Mass Execution of Prisoners Ahmad Montazeri said in court that the Islamic Republic should publicly investigate the issue. Ahmad Montazeri, the son of late Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri—the once successor to Iran’s first supreme leader—has been charged with “acting against national security” and “revealing state secrets” for publishing an audio recording of his father denouncing the Islamic Republic’s mass […]... read more
October 17, 2016

Cartoon 157: Narges Mohammadi’s 16-year prison sentence upheld

Cartoon 157: Narges Mohammadi’s 16-year prison sentence upheld The Appeals Court has upheld the 16-year prison sentence against prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi. She was sentenced to 10 years for “membership in the [now banned] Defenders of Human Rights Center,” five years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the state.” She will become eligible for […]... read more
October 17, 2016

Cartoon 156: Former Tehran Prosecutor apologizes to family of Kahrizak victim

Cartoon 156: Former Tehran Prosecutor apologizes to family of Kahrizak victim “As the prosecutor at the time, I deeply apologize and seek forgiveness from the innocent martyrs [Amir] Javadifar, [Mohsen] Rouholamini and [Mohammad] Kamrani and I hope God Almighty will give them the highest rank,” Saeed Mortazavi said in a letter addressed to the Supreme Court  investigating the death of Mohsen Rouholamini, one of the protesters […]... read more
October 12, 2016

Seven Years Later No Official Held Accountable for 5 Deaths and Torture of Dozens at Kahrizak  

Seven Years Later No Official  Held Accountable for 5 Deaths and Torture of Dozens at Kahrizak   Families of the detainees who died after they were tortured in the Kahrizak Detention Center in 2009 and survivors have told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that their quest for justice has gotten nowhere. Some of the cases brought by the families resulted in the conviction of low-level agents while other cases […]... read more
October 11, 2016

Imprisoned Editor Hospitalized After 18-Day Hunger Strike

Imprisoned Editor Hospitalized After 18-Day Hunger Strike Open Letter Disproves Judicial Claim About Prisoners’ Rights Imprisoned newspaper editor Ehsan Mazandarani, who recently wrote an open letter disproving a judicial official’s claim about prisoners’ rights, was rushed from Evin Prison to a hospital outside the prison on October 9, 2016 following an 18-day hunger strike. “My client is eligible for conditional release because […]... read more
September 30, 2016

Imprisoned Journalist Denied Knee Operation

Imprisoned Journalist Denied Knee Operation Pattern of Denied Medical Care Continues in Iranian Prisons Imprisoned newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz urgently needs a knee operation, but the authorities have refused to allow her to be transferred to a hospital, according to her lawyer. “She has a meniscus tear in her left knee and the doctors have said it needs to be […]... read more
September 29, 2016

Iranian Authorities Silent on Green Movement Campaign Worker Missing Since 2011

Iranian Authorities Silent on Green Movement Campaign Worker Missing Since 2011 “None of the state agencies confirm or deny anything.” Alireza Piri, a dentist from Tabriz in northwestern Iran who campaigned for former presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, has been missing since he was arrested on January 9, 2011. His family has not received any official information about his whereabouts despite making numerous inquiries with the […]... read more
September 28, 2016

Iran Appeals Court Upholds 16-Year Prison Sentence Against Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi

Iran Appeals Court Upholds 16-Year Prison Sentence Against Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Mother of Two Young Children Will Be Eligible for Release Only After 10 Years An Appeals Court has upheld the 16-year prison sentence issued against prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi. She will become eligible for release after serving 10 years in prison, according to a statement by the Defenders of Human Rights Center. On […]... read more
September 28, 2016

Iran’s Foreign Minister Says Judiciary is Responsible for Detained Dual Nationals

Iran’s Foreign Minister Says Judiciary is Responsible for Detained Dual Nationals Zarif Hopes Their Situation Can Be “Resolved Amicably” Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he hoped the situation of detained dual nationals in Iran could be “resolved amicably,” adding that the office of the president has no control over the Judiciary, at a talk in New York on September 23, 2016. The Judiciary is theoretically […]... read more
September 22, 2016

Kahrizak Torture Victim Rejects Prosecutor’s Apology for Detainees’ Deaths

Kahrizak Torture Victim Rejects Prosecutor’s Apology for Detainees’ Deaths “Amir Javadifar died beside me as he was begging for water. I can never forget those moments.” Reza Zoghi, who was tortured at the Kahrizak Detention Center in south Tehran where three young men died as a result of the torture, has rejected an apology from then-Tehran Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi. “His apology is an insult,” […]... 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
August 29, 2016

Recording on 1988 Prison Massacre Exposes Early Fissure in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Recording on 1988 Prison Massacre Exposes Early Fissure in the Islamic Republic of Iran The recently released audio recording of Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri sharply denouncing the mass execution of political prisoners in the summer of 1988 has highlighted disagreements among prominent figures of the Islamic Republic that arose from the decision by Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran’s 1979 revolution, to put thousands of political dissidents to death. […]... read more