Torture

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
August 12, 2016

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Tries to Hide Evidence of Massacre of Thousands of Political Prisoners in 1988

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Tries to Hide Evidence of Massacre of Thousands of Political Prisoners in 1988 Recording of Ayatollah Montazeri’s Plea to Stop the Executions is Taken Off Website An audio file of Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri—the once successor to Iran’s first supreme leader—bitterly criticizing the Islamic Republic’s mass execution of political prisoners in 1988 and arguing for an end to the killings, has been removed from his official website upon […]... read more
August 10, 2016

Five Prisoners Hanged in Iran in Accelerating Rate of Executions

Five Prisoners Hanged in Iran in Accelerating Rate of Executions Hangings Follow Twenty Prisoners Executed Last Week Five prisoners were hanged inside Iran’s Orumiyeh Central Prison in West Azerbaijan Province on the morning of August 8, 2016, in what appears to be an accelerating pace of executions in the Islamic Republic. Last week 20 Sunni prisoners were killed in another mass execution in the city […]... read more
August 5, 2016

Names of Mass Execution Victims in Iran Still Not Released

Names of Mass Execution Victims in Iran Still Not Released Only 10 of the 20 Sunni Prisoners Killed Are Identified by Authorities Iran is withholding the names of ten of the twenty Sunni prisoners who were executed in Rajaee Shahr Prison in the city of Karaj on August 2, 2016 even though the prosecutor general and the Intelligence Ministry have made statements on the executions. […]... read more
August 2, 2016

Iran Executes Kurdish Prisoner despite Claim of Forced Confession

Iran Executes Kurdish Prisoner despite Claim of Forced Confession As Many As 20 Others May Have Been Executed Too Kurdish prisoner Shahram Ahmadi was hanged in the courtyard of Iran’s Rajaee Shahr Prison today, August 2, 2016, at 4:53 p.m., according to a member of his family. The execution took place despite the fact that the prisoner stated the entire case against him was […]... read more
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