Torture

December 22, 2016

Rouhani Unveils Toothless Charter on Citizens’ Rights Without Path to Implementation

Rouhani Unveils Toothless Charter on Citizens’ Rights Without Path to Implementation Five months before his second term re-election bid, President Hassan Rouhani signed his government’s “Charter on Citizens’ Rights” on December 19, 2016. The announcement was touted as the fulfillment of a campaign pledge, but the document, which promises the “observance and advancement” of the rights afforded to Iranian citizens by the Constitution, is not legally binding […]... read more
December 16, 2016

Iran’s New Basij Militia Commander More Militaristic Than His Predecessor

Iran’s New Basij Militia Commander More Militaristic Than His Predecessor The appointment of ultra-conservative hardliner Gholam-Hossein Gheibparvar as the new commander of Iran’s Basij, a volunteer militia under the authority of the Revolutionary Guards, has raised fears of increased intimidation and repression of anyone deemed guilty of political dissent. Brigadier General Gheibparvar believes, in contrast to the Constitution, that the Revolutionary Guards holds the authority to […]... read more
December 10, 2016

Six Years Into Extrajudicial House Arrest, Mehdi Karroubi Repeats Request for First Trial

Six Years Into Extrajudicial House Arrest, Mehdi Karroubi Repeats Request for First Trial The Judiciary should carry out its latest “promise—or threat” to put former presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, who has been under extrajudicial house arrest since 2011, on trial, said his son Mohammad Taghi Karroubi. “I think my father has always wisely welcomed a trial because he wants history to record the fact that the leaders of […]... read more
December 5, 2016

Iranian Lawyer and Writers Beaten and Arrested at Commeration of Murders of Political Dissidents in 1990s

Iranian Lawyer and Writers Beaten and Arrested at Commeration of Murders of Political Dissidents in 1990s Police and plainclothes security agents arrested a prominent human rights lawyer and several members of the Writers Association of Iran at a commemoration event for victims of the “chain murders” of dissidents in the 1990s by agents of the Iranian government. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that Nasser Zarafshan, the […]... read more
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