Torture

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
October 9, 2015

One Year after Acid Attacks against Women in Isfahan, No Arrests

One Year after Acid Attacks against Women in Isfahan, No Arrests Families of Victims, Still Seeking Justice, Are Warned by Police Not to Speak to Foreign Media A year after a spate of acid throwing attacks on women in Isfahan, the police and security forces have not apprehended a single individual, despite their frequent pledges to arrest the culprits. The mother of one of the victims […]... read more
October 1, 2015

Sister of Saeed Malekpour Says Family Hopes for a Pardon for Imprisoned Web Developer

Sister of Saeed Malekpour Says Family Hopes for a Pardon for Imprisoned Web Developer Prisoner of Conscience, Serving Life Sentence, is Finally Allowed In-Person Family Visits after a Year Prisoner of conscience Saeed Malekpour, serving a life sentence for blasphemy, has been allowed monthly family visits at Evin Prison where he has been held for the last seven years, after a year in which prison authorities denied him in-person […]... read more
September 28, 2015

Cartoon 123: Jason Rezaian and Rouhani in New York

Cartoon 123: Jason Rezaian and Rouhani in New York In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran would be  willing to discuss release of American prisoners, such as Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, if the U.S. is willing to releases Iranians in its prisons. This is cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the story.... read more
September 23, 2015

Rouhani and Undelivered Promises (Video)

Rouhani and Undelivered Promises (Video) When Rouhani campaigned for the presidency in June 2013, he said he had “the key” to solve Iran’s problems. Those problems included hundreds of political prisoners in Iran, some dating back to the disputed 2009 presidential election. More than two years later, the prisoners remain behind bars, the three Green Movement opposition leaders begin their […]... read more
September 22, 2015

Message to Rouhani: Rights Crisis in Iran Must Finally Be Addressed

Message to Rouhani: Rights Crisis in Iran Must Finally Be Addressed September 22, 2015—When Iranian president Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2015, his third trip to the organization’s New York headquarters since his election in June 2013, he will stand on a record of great success in the nuclear negotiations—and abject failure in delivering on his pledges to defend basic […]... read more
September 18, 2015

Artist Goes on Hunger Strike to Protest Prison Staff Verbal Abuse

Artist Goes on Hunger Strike to Protest Prison Staff Verbal Abuse The artist and civil activist Atena Faraghdani, behind bars since January 10, 2015, went on a hunger strike in Evin Prison to protest continuous verbal abuse by prison staff, and she required urgent medical care when her blood pressure dropped, her mother Eshrat Ardestani told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Atena was […]... read more
September 15, 2015

Imprisoned Labor Activist Dies of Stroke after Being Denied Medical Care

Imprisoned Labor Activist Dies of Stroke after Being Denied Medical Care Authorities Routinely Refuse Medical Treatment to Political Prisoners September 16, 2015—Labor activist Shahrokh Zamani died of a stroke on September 13, 2015, at Rajaee Shahr Prison in the Iranian city of Karaj, days after prison authorities refused him medical treatment. Zamani had repeatedly gone to the prison infirmary during the previous days, reporting severe chest […]... read more
September 11, 2015

Imprisoned Leader of Spiritual Group on Hunger Strike

Imprisoned Leader of Spiritual Group on Hunger Strike Mohammad Ali Taheri, the leader of a spiritual group who has been behind bars since 2011 on charges of “corruption on earth” and “blasphemy,” has been on a hunger strike since August 13, 2015 to protest his sentence and prison conditions, a member of his family told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Before […]... read more