Torture

July 13, 2016

70-Year-Old Man Sentenced to Flogging for Demanding Information on Missing Son

70-Year-Old Man Sentenced to Flogging for Demanding Information on Missing Son The wife of Hashem Zeinali, a 70-year-old man who was given a lashing and prison sentence after peacefully demanding information about his missing son while standing outside Evin Prison, is hoping that the Appeals Court will overturn the ruling. “My husband, who’s an old man, has been condemned to imprisonment and floggings for a charge […]... 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
June 24, 2016

Labor Rights Activist in Critical Condition After 50-Day Hunger Strike

Labor Rights Activist in Critical Condition After 50-Day Hunger Strike Prominent leftist scholar Noam Chomsky has called for Jafar Azimzadeh’s release Labor rights activist Jafar Azimzadeh is in critical condition in Evin Prison after enduring a wet hunger strike for more than 50 days, his wife, Akram Rahimpour, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  “I’m worried about him. His vision and hearing […]... read more
June 21, 2016

Commentary: Iran’s Foreign Minister Toes the Supreme Leader’s Line on Human Rights

Commentary: Iran’s Foreign Minister Toes the Supreme Leader’s Line on Human Rights ICHRI– When Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently tried to side-step questions about the country’s abysmal human rights record, he yet again exposed his government’s inability—or reluctance—to face the issue even though President Hassan Rouhani came to power in 2013 promising to improve it.  At a press conference in Norway on June 13, 2016, […]... read more
June 20, 2016

New Report: Inside the Women’s Ward: Mistreatment of Women Political Prisoners at Iran’s Evin Prison

New Report: Inside the Women’s Ward: Mistreatment of Women Political Prisoners at Iran’s Evin Prison Lack of Medical Care, Denied Family Visitation, Substandard Food, among Conditions in Ward June 20, 2016—Political prisoners held in the Women’s Ward at Iran’s Evin Prison are routinely denied medical care and hospitalization, face severely restricted or denied visitation rights even with their young children, are deprived of regular telephone contact with their families, and […]... read more
June 14, 2016

UN Body Calls for Immediate Release of Bahareh Hedayat

UN Body Calls for Immediate Release of Bahareh Hedayat Imprisonment of Prominent Women and Human Rights Defender Is Against International Law, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Rules June 14, 2016—The United Nation’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has issued an opinion on the case of the Iranian women’s rights activist and human rights defender, Bahareh Hedayat, demanding her immediate release. The opinion ruled […]... read more
June 7, 2016

Kurdish Political Prisoner Denied Urgent Medical Care

Kurdish Political Prisoner Denied Urgent Medical Care Prisoner of conscience Zeinab Jalalian, condemned to life in prison in northwestern Iran, needs urgent medical treatment for her eye and tongue infections and has not received adequate care inside prison. “Zeinab has been afflicted with pterygium of the eye [surfer’s eye] and its spread is causing problems with her sight,” one of her lawyers, […]... read more
May 31, 2016

Iranian Gold Miners Lashed for Protesting Layoffs

Iranian Gold Miners Lashed for Protesting Layoffs Seventeen miners in northwestern Iran have been lashed on orders of the Judiciary after their employer sued them for protesting the firing of hundreds of their colleagues, the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) reported on May 25, 2016.  In December 2014, miners at the Agh Darreh gold mine in West Azerbaijan Province protested in […]... read more
May 26, 2016

Activist Imprisoned and Tortured Without Access to a Lawyer for Shouting “Death to Khamenei”

Activist Imprisoned and Tortured Without Access to a Lawyer for Shouting “Death to Khamenei” Labor activist Mehdi Farahi Shandiz, imprisoned for shouting “death to [Ali] Khamenei,” Iran’s supreme leader, is being unlawfully held in Rajaee Shahr Prison’s Ward 10, where non-political prisoners are kept, and has been denied furlough as well as adequate medical care. He did not have access to a lawyer in any of his trials and […]... 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 2, 2016

Female Journalist, Sentenced to Ten Years, Beaten in Iran Prison

Female Journalist, Sentenced to Ten Years, Beaten in Iran Prison Mother of Afarin Chitsaz’s Describes Brutality Aimed at Forcing a “Confession” The mother of imprisoned newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz will make a judicial complaint to protest the beating of her daughter in prison. Maryam Azadpour, who recently broken her silence on Chitsaz’s case, described her daughter’s ordeal in an interview with the International Campaign for Human […]... read more
April 26, 2016

Prominent Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi Goes on Trial Behind Closed Doors

Prominent Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi Goes on Trial Behind Closed Doors The trial of human rights activist Narges Mohammadi, postponed four times since its original date of May 3, 2015, finally began on April 20, 2016 at Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court. Mohammadi, who was detained for her peaceful activism, has been charged with “collusion and assembly against national security” and “membership in the [now […]... read more