Unfair Trials

February 9, 2016

Iranian Judicial Officials Suggest Kurdish Prisoner Will Get Temporary Leave if She Agrees to Televised “Confession”

Iranian Judicial Officials Suggest Kurdish Prisoner Will Get Temporary Leave if She Agrees to Televised “Confession” Iran’s judicial authorities have hinted that Kurdish prisoner of conscience Zeinab Jalalian could go on furlough if she agreed to a televised confession, according to her lawyer, Mohammad Sharif. “They don’t want to let her out or if they do, it would be conditional,” Sharif told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Given […]... read more
February 5, 2016

Cartoon 137: “Remember the Spent Candle! Remember!”

Cartoon 137: “Remember the Spent Candle! Remember!” “Tell our friends for us, remember the spent candle! Remember!” Iranian cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on Zahra Rahnavard’s message to her family, after five years under house arrest. (The words are from a poem by Ali Akbar Dehkhoda.) Zahra Rahnavard, her husband Mir Hossein Mousavi, and Mehdi Karroubi, former presidential candidates, have been under house […]... read more
February 2, 2016

Two Dozen Iranian Baha’is Sentenced to Six to Eleven Years for Practicing Their Faith

Two Dozen Iranian Baha’is Sentenced to Six to Eleven Years for Practicing Their Faith Twenty-four Baha’is from northeastern Iran have been handed down sentences that range from six to eleven years “simply for being Baha’is,” according to Simin Fahandej, the faith’s spokesperson at the United Nations in New York. The Baha’i community is one of the most severely persecuted religious minorities in Iran. The faith is not recognized in […]... read more
February 2, 2016

Dispute between Judicial Officials on the Release of Kurdish Human Rights Activist Keeps Him in Prison

Dispute between Judicial Officials on the Release of Kurdish Human Rights Activist Keeps Him in Prison The prominent Kurdish human rights activist, Mohammad Sediq Kaboudvand, has been recommended for conditional release by the chief warden of the notorious Evin Prison, but the prosecutor in his case has so far refused to consent, according to Kaboudvand’s wife. Parinaz Baghban Hassani also told the Campaign that during the eight years her husband has […]... read more
February 2, 2016

Two Reformist Journalists Charged, after Three Months in Detention

Two Reformist Journalists Charged, after Three Months in Detention Three months after their arrests, journalists Issa Saharkhiz and Ehsan Mazandarani have been formally charged with “acting against national security” and “propaganda against the state,” their lawyer told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee added that it was not yet clear which branch of the Revolutionary Court system would take […]... read more
February 1, 2016

Call for Prime Minister Trudeau to Secure Release of Imprisoned Iranian-Canadian

Call for Prime Minister Trudeau to Secure Release of Imprisoned Iranian-Canadian February 1, 2016— Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should extend all efforts to obtain the release of Saeed Malekpour, a Canadian resident and web develop imprisoned in Iran since 2008 on false charges, three prominent human rights campaigners wrote in a letter to the Prime Minister on January 29, 2016. The letter was signed by […]... read more
January 29, 2016

Student of Imprisoned Iranian Spiritual Leader Facing Trial for Supporting Him

Student of Imprisoned Iranian Spiritual Leader Facing Trial for Supporting Him The student of a spiritual leader in Iran who has been imprisoned for his alternative beliefs, has been summoned to court for attending a gathering in support of his freedom. The trial of Sara Saei, a student of Mohammad Ali Taheri, will begin on February 9, 2016 at Branch 1060 of the Tehran Criminal Court, […]... read more
January 28, 2016

Family of Imprisoned Iranian Producer: Canada Must Do More

Family of Imprisoned Iranian Producer: Canada Must Do More The family of prisoner of conscience Mostafa Azizi is calling on Canada to exert more pressure on Iran to release him following the prisoner swap that led to the freedom of four Iranian-Americans held in Iran. “Just as the American government made an effort to free its prisoners, I expect the Canadian government to do […]... read more
January 28, 2016

Iranian Artists Call for Immediate Release of Music Distributors

Iranian Artists Call for Immediate Release of Music Distributors A coalition of Iranian artists have called for the immediate release of three music producers sentenced to six years in prison for promoting underground music in Iran. “This kind of sentencing by the Judiciary is more believable in dealing with murderers, not artists,” said a statement signed by 165 members of the Iranian artistic community […]... read more
January 25, 2016

US-Iran Prisoner Swap Raises Hopes for Iranian-Canadian Prisoners of Conscience in Iran

US-Iran Prisoner Swap Raises Hopes for Iranian-Canadian Prisoners of Conscience in Iran The release of Iranian-Americans in the recent prisoner exchange between Iran and the United States has given hope to the family of prisoner of conscience Saeed Malekpour that he too might also be freed.  “When I heard the news about the release of four Iranian-Americans it made me very happy. I think there’s room for […]... read more
January 25, 2016

Why are Iranian-American Prisoners Released, but Not Iranian Ones?” Father of Imprisoned Blogger Asks

Why are Iranian-American Prisoners Released, but Not Iranian Ones?” Father of Imprisoned Blogger Asks “Why has the Islamic Republic agreed to the release of Iranian-American prisoners but they won’t free our own prisoners who are the children of Iran?” asked Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki, whose son, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, has spent more than six years in prison for blogging.  Speaking to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Hossein Ronaghi […]... read more
January 21, 2016

Faraghdani’s Handshake with Her Lawyer is Not a Crime, Judge Rules

Faraghdani’s Handshake with Her Lawyer is Not a Crime, Judge Rules Prisoner of conscience Atena Faraghdani and her lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, have been acquitted of “illegitimate relations” for shaking hands during a prison visit.  “My daughter was mentally crushed by this accusation but she’s very happy since she heard about the acquittal,” Atena Faraghdani’s mother, Eshrat Ardestani, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. […]... read more