Unfair Trials

September 23, 2016

Reformist Editor Vows to Remain On Hunger Strike Until Released from Prison

Reformist Editor Vows to Remain On Hunger Strike Until Released from Prison Imprisoned newspaper editor Ehsan Mazandarani will be on hunger strike in Evin Prison until he is released based on Iran’s New Islamic Penal Code, which allows prisoners to apply for early conditional release after serving a third of their sentence.  In a letter he gave to his wife that was published online by Saham News on […]... 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 20, 2016

Ailing Reformist Journalist’s Prison Sentence Reduced

Ailing Reformist Journalist’s Prison Sentence Reduced Additional Charge Against Issa Saharkhiz Remains Pending Prominent reformist journalist Issa Saharkhiz’s prison sentence has been reduced based on Article 134 of the New Islamic Penal Code, his lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  “Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court changed its ruling against my client from three […]... read more
September 19, 2016

On Hunger Strike, Imprisoned Music Distributors’ Health Deteriorates

On Hunger Strike, Imprisoned Music Distributors’ Health Deteriorates Imprisoned music distributors Mehdi Rajabian and Hossein Rajabian are in poor health after starting a hunger strike on September 8, 2016 in Evin Prison. The brothers are protesting being held in separate wards and the denial of access to medical care. An informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that judicial […]... read more
September 14, 2016

Twenty-Year Old On Death Row After “Confessing” on Promise of Freedom

Twenty-Year Old On Death Row After “Confessing” on Promise of Freedom Death Sentence for Posting “Anti-Islamic” Content on Social Media Sina Dehghan was just 19-years-old when the Revolutionary Guards told him, while they were interrogating him, that if he confessed to the charge of “insulting” the Prophet Mohammad and signed a letter of repentance, he would be set free. Now he’s on death row while being […]... read more
September 13, 2016

Hospitalized Christian Convert Ordered Back to Prison

Hospitalized Christian Convert Ordered Back to Prison Imprisoned Christian convert Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, who has been hospitalized since August 21, 2016 for heart problems, has been denied an extension of her medical furlough (temporary leave), a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “After going through two hunger strikes in Evin Prison, prison officials and the prosecutor allowed […]... read more
September 12, 2016

Five-Year Prison Sentence for Dual National Casts Shadow Over Iran’s Opening to World

Five-Year Prison Sentence for Dual National Casts Shadow Over Iran’s Opening to World Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe’s Sentence Announced Two Weeks Before Rouhani Comes to NY September 12, 2016—The five-year prison sentence for Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, a dual citizen of Iran and the UK who has been inside Iranian prisons for the past five months, lacks any legal justification, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in […]... 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
September 5, 2016

Labor Activists Put on Trial After Hundreds of Workers Protest Unpaid Wages

Labor Activists Put on Trial After Hundreds of Workers Protest Unpaid Wages Labor activists Jafar Azimzadeh and Shapour Ehsani-Rad have been put on trial for allegedly inciting workers to strike. The first day of their trial was held on August 29, 2016 at Branch 101 of the Second Criminal Court in the city of Saveh, 76 miles southwest of Tehran.  “This case doesn’t have any legal foundation,” an […]... read more
September 1, 2016

Iran’s Security Establishment is Targeting the Students of an Imprisoned Spiritual Leader

Iran’s Security Establishment is Targeting the Students of an Imprisoned Spiritual Leader Vahid Pourtahmasb is the fifth student of Mohammad Ali Taheri to have been arrested since 2015. Another student of imprisoned spiritual group leader Mohammad Ali Taheri has been arrested, this time in northern Iran. Vahid Pourtahmasb was arrested on August 19, 2016 by the Sarallah Headquarters of the Revolutionary Guards in the city of Babol, 128 […]... read more
August 29, 2016

Unjustly Imprisoned Young Physicist Granted Conditional Release After Five Years

Unjustly Imprisoned Young Physicist Granted Conditional Release After Five Years Omid Kokabee’s Release Comes After Months Struggling with Kidney Cancer That Was Left Untreated in Prison August 29, 2016—Imprisoned Iranian scientist Omid Kokabee, who spent more than five years in Evin Prison for refusing to work on Iran’s military projects, was granted conditional release on August 29, 2016. Kokabee, currently on medical leave, was diagnosed […]... 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