Torture

January 13, 2016

Sunni Detainees Still Held a Year After Arrest, Reports of Torture and Forced Confessions

Sunni Detainees Still Held a Year After Arrest, Reports of Torture and Forced Confessions A year after the arrest of more than two dozen Sunni Muslim men in southeast Iran, some of them still remain in detention and have reportedly been subjected to torture aimed at eliciting confessions and the denial of access to lawyers, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. A relative of one […]... read more
January 6, 2016

Judiciary Claims No Knowledge of Student Not Heard from Since His Arrest Almost 17 Years Ago

Judiciary Claims No Knowledge of Student Not Heard from Since His Arrest Almost 17 Years Ago The mother of a student who has not been heard from since soon after his arrest in Tehran in 1999 has dismissed the Iranian Judiciary’s claim that there was no evidence he was ever arrested. Saeed Zeinali was last seen by his family in 1999 when he was arrested amidst widespread student protests in Iran that year, […]... read more
December 1, 2015

Five Prison Inmates on Hunger Strike to Protest Knife Attack against Two Political Prisoners

Five Prison Inmates on Hunger Strike to Protest Knife Attack against Two Political Prisoners Prison Officials Refuse to Remove Attackers from Ward Two political prisoners, Saeed Madani and Saeed Razavi Faghih, were attacked with knives by inmates with whom they are incarcerated at Rajaee Shahr Prison, and prison officials have neither removed the attackers from the ward nor addressed the attack. Pictures of Madani and Faghih with knife scars on […]... read more
November 30, 2015

Cartoon 130: Infiltration

Cartoon 130: Infiltration Hardliners in Iran’s Parliament, Judiciary, and Revolutionary Guards are intensifying a broad crackdown on supporters of human rights and free elections, in a campaign underpinned by supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s assertion that the US seeks to “infiltrate” and undermine the Islamic Republic. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the issue. Read more here and  […]... read more
November 17, 2015

Prisoner of Conscience on Hunger Strike Transferred to Clinic as His Condition Worsens

Prisoner of Conscience on Hunger Strike Transferred to Clinic as His Condition Worsens Fourteen days after prisoner of conscience Ali Shariati embarked on a hunger strike to protest the judicial process of his case, he remains on strike inside Evin Prison. His condition was defined as “very worrying” after he lost partial consciousness on the third day of his wet (refusing food and water) hunger strike, a source […]... read more
November 10, 2015

Sunni Kurd Faces Imminent Execution for His Activism

Sunni Kurd Faces Imminent Execution for His Activism Shahram Ahmadi has been sentenced to death in Iran due to his activism as a Sunni Muslim and a Kurd. Members of ethnic or religious minorities in Iran who engage in criticism of the government are singled out by authorities for particularly harsh treatment, and there is a well-documented history of the Judiciary disproportionately meting out […]... read more
October 30, 2015

Clerical Battles over Legally Sanctioned Retaliatory Killings and Stoning Continues in Iran

Clerical Battles over Legally Sanctioned Retaliatory Killings and Stoning Continues in Iran Controversy over Strict Adherence to Islamic Law Dates Back to 1979 Revolution A battle over the necessity of strict adherence to Islamic law, including Quranic punishments that in modern times have been designated by the UN as tantamount to torture, has been underway in Iran since the founding of the Islamic Republic in 1979. The […]... read more
October 29, 2015

Iran Should Allow UN Human Rights Expert into Country

Iran Should Allow UN Human Rights Expert into Country International Community Should Pursue Human Rights with Same Commitment as the Nuclear Deal October 29, 2015—The international community should urge Iranian authorities to allow the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, into the country, said the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and Impact Iran in a new […]... read more
October 27, 2015

Congressman Keith Ellison Calls for Immediate Release of Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian

Congressman Keith Ellison Calls for Immediate Release of Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian The US Congressional Representative from Minnesota, Keith Ellison, called today in a video message for the “unconditional release of Jason Rezaian.” “I call on the Iranian government to recognize that the truth should never be a crime, and Rezaian must be released immediately,” said Congressman Ellison, in an exclusive video by the International Campaign for Human […]... read more
October 19, 2015

Narges Mohammadi Should Be Released Immediately and Given Medical Treatment

Narges Mohammadi Should Be Released Immediately and Given Medical Treatment October 20, 2015—The health of imprisoned activist Narges Mohammadi has deteriorated, and the prominent human rights defender is now reportedly chained to a hospital bed, denied proper medical treatment for a worsening neurological condition, and prevented from normal family visitation. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran calls for the immediate release of Mohammadi, […]... read more
October 15, 2015

Imprisoned Spiritual Leader on Hunger Strike Has Become “Like a Skeleton”

Imprisoned Spiritual Leader on Hunger Strike Has Become “Like a Skeleton” The family of Mohammad Ali Taheri, the imprisoned leader of a peaceful spiritual group, is alarmed by his deteriorating health after his two month-long hunger strike. He began the hunger strike on August 13, 2015 to protest his unjust prosecution, imprisonment, and solitary confinement since 2011. “After Mohammad’s 58th day on hunger strike, his relatives visited […]... read more
October 14, 2015

Two Poets Sentenced to Flogging and Nine and Eleven Years in Prison

Two Poets Sentenced to Flogging and Nine and Eleven Years in Prison Forced Confessions Used as Primary Evidence in Convictions October 14, 2015—A Tehran Revolutionary Court has sentenced the poets Fatemeh Ekhtesari and Mehdi Moosavi to 9 years and 6 months and 99 lashes, and 11 years and 99 lashes, respectively, on charges of “insulting the sacred” for the social criticism expressed in their poetry. The flogging […]... read more