Unfair Trials

December 2, 2016

Sister Breaks the Silence Over Iranian-American and Wife Held for Three Months Without Charge or Counsel

Sister Breaks the Silence Over Iranian-American and Wife Held for Three Months Without Charge or Counsel Case fabricated “for the purpose of extortion and property seizure” says US-based family member* December 2, 2016—Karan Vafadari, an Iranian-American national belonging to the Zoroastrian faith, and his wife Afarin Niasari, have been in detention in Tehran’s Evin Prison without public charge or access to counsel since their arrest by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) […]... read more
November 29, 2016

Sedigheh Moradi Freed from Prison after Serving Five Years “for Nothing”

Sedigheh Moradi Freed from Prison after Serving Five Years “for Nothing” Appeals Court Throws Away Conviction “The judge looked at my file and ordered my unconditional release. It didn’t even take 10 minutes,” said Sedigheh Moradi who was released from Evin Prison on November 23 after Branch 54 of the Appeals Court threw away her conviction. “I hadn’t done anything. I was held in prison for all […]... read more
November 29, 2016

Imprisoned Human Rights Activist to Sue IRGC Agents for Violent and Illegal Arrest

Imprisoned Human Rights Activist to Sue IRGC Agents for Violent and Illegal Arrest Atena Daemi Taken to Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward To Begin Seven-Year Sentence Human rights activist Atena Daemi, 29, was taken into custody from her home in Tehran by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) Intelligence Organization on November 26 and transferred to Evin Prison to begin a seven-year prison sentence. “After being taken […]... read more
November 28, 2016

Shocking Montazeri Sentence Reveals a Prosecution Lacking Legal or Moral Legitimacy

Shocking Montazeri Sentence Reveals a Prosecution Lacking Legal or Moral Legitimacy Ahmad Montazeri Will Appeal “Ugly” Six-Year Prison Sentence The six-year prison sentence handed down to Ahmad Montazeri for publishing an audio tape on the mass execution of political prisoners in the 1980s, by a clerical court whose Lead Prosecutor is one of the officials implicated in the tape, reflects a profound conflict of interest and […]... read more
November 23, 2016

Political Prisoner With Suspended Sentence Remains Detained While Same Judge Reviews Case

Political Prisoner With Suspended Sentence Remains Detained While Same Judge Reviews Case Iran’s Supreme Court has suspended the 15-year prison sentence of ailing political prisoner Hadi Ghaemi and referred it to the Appeals Court, but the 67-year-old will not be released despite posting bail while the same judge who sentenced him reviews his case. Ghaemi’s son Yousef Ghaemi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran […]... read more
November 21, 2016

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Must Stop Using Dual-Nationals as Hostages

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Must Stop Using Dual-Nationals as Hostages British Government Accused of Putting Business Interest Above Protecting Its Citizens November 21, 2016—Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei should put an immediate end to the practice of the Revolutionary Guard’s Intelligence Organization, which operates under his direct authority, of arresting dual nationals and using them as hostages to collect ransom money and demonstrate political muscle, […]... read more
November 21, 2016

Editor Says He Was Wrongly Sentenced to Prison for Posting MP’s Sexist Comments Online

Editor Says He Was Wrongly Sentenced to Prison for Posting MP’s Sexist Comments Online MP Nader Ghazipour Has Also Assaulted a Journalist Hamed Ataee, a news editor from northwestern Iran who has been sentenced to four months in prison for posting a rumor online, says he was actually convicted for posting a video of a member of Parliament (MP) disparaging the presence of women in politics. Ataee has denied […]... read more
November 18, 2016

Rouhani Has Done Nothing to Free Political Prisoners and Is Being Called out for It

Rouhani Has Done Nothing to Free Political Prisoners and Is Being Called out for It A prominent Iranian political analyst has criticized President Hassan Rouhani for reneging on his pledge to free political prisoners and opposition leaders. The centrist cleric’s record as president will be heavily scrutinized ahead of Iran’s May 2017 presidential election as he vies for a second term. During an interview, Tehran University Political Science Professor Sadegh […]... read more
November 18, 2016

Location of Imprisoned Spiritual Leader Unknown a Month After He Allegedly Fell Into a Coma

Location of Imprisoned Spiritual Leader Unknown a Month After He Allegedly Fell Into a Coma The family of imprisoned spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri has not been informed of his location since October 18, 2016, when he was allegedly hospitalized after falling into a coma due to a three-week hunger strike. “We don’t know if my brother is alive or dead,” Taheri’s sister, Azardokht Taheri, told the International Campaign for […]... read more
November 18, 2016

Political Prisoner Held in Ward With Violent Offenders Injured in Knife Attack

Political Prisoner Held in Ward With Violent Offenders Injured in Knife Attack Political prisoner Amir Amirgholi suffered injuries on his face from a knife attack by two non-political prisoners in Evin Prison on November 16, 2016, his father told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Despite being imprisoned for his peaceful activism, Amirgholi has been illegally incarcerated in a ward with dangerous offenders. “The incident […]... read more
November 17, 2016

Iran Draws “Red Lines” Before Talks With EU on Human Rights

Iran Draws “Red Lines” Before Talks With EU on Human Rights Ahead of high-level talks between Iran and the European Union on human rights, the Foreign Ministry in Tehran has declared certain topics, including the death penalty, off limits. The “red lines” were drawn shortly after a senior member of Iran’s Parliament said the Islamic Republic should accept legitimate criticisms on the issue.   “We have […]... read more
November 16, 2016

Authorities Punish Political Prisoner by Denying Medical Treatment, Visitation Rights

Authorities Punish Political Prisoner by Denying Medical Treatment, Visitation Rights Political prisoner Maryam Akbari-Monfared has been threatened with the revocation of her visitation rights and denied medical treatment in Evin Prison’s Women’s Ward for requesting an official inquiry into the execution of her siblings in the 1980s. In a letter addressed to Iran’s Judiciary, a copy of which was emailed on November 11, 2016 to […]... read more