Unfair Trials

August 22, 2016

Elderly Pro-Democracy Activist Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

Elderly Pro-Democracy Activist Sentenced to Four Years in Prison The four-year prison sentence handed down to imprisoned author and peaceful political activist Kourosh Zaim has no legal basis and the 77-year-old should be immediately released because of his advanced age, his lawyer Giti Pourfazel told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “This sentence, which was issued while he was imprisoned, seems to […]... read more
August 22, 2016

Prominent Labor Activist’s Wife Awaits Verdict for Alleged Facebook Post

Prominent Labor Activist’s Wife Awaits Verdict for Alleged Facebook Post Najibeh Salehzadeh was never shown the “evidence” Najibeh Salehzadeh, who says she was falsely charged for posting “insulting” material on Facebook, is awaiting a verdict following her trial at Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in the city of Saqqez in Iran’s Kurdistan Province. “On Monday [August 15] my son and I went to the […]... read more
August 18, 2016

Reformist Journalist’s Prison Sentence Reduced on Appeal

Reformist Journalist’s Prison Sentence Reduced on Appeal The prison sentence of reformist journalist Ehsan (Saman) Safarzaei has been reduced from five to two years, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. Safarzaei’s lawyer, Iman Mirzadeh, confirmed he received the ruling in writing from Branch 36 of Tehran’s Appeals Court on August 15, 2016. An informed source told the Campaign […]... read more
August 16, 2016

Imprisoned Epileptic Journalist Denied Request for Early Release

Imprisoned Epileptic Journalist Denied Request for Early Release Reformist Writer Has Not Had Access to His Lawyer Since 2014 Imprisoned reformist journalist Ahmad Asgari, who suffers from severe epilepsy, has been denied early conditional release and medical furlough (temporary leave), an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, despite doctors’ determination that he is medically unfit to continue serving […]... read more
August 16, 2016

Charges Against Iranian-American Reflect Iran’s Lasting Paranoia over Mass Protests of 2009

Charges Against Iranian-American Reflect Iran’s Lasting Paranoia over Mass Protests of 2009 Detained Iranian-American Robin (Reza) Shahini has been formally charged with “acting against national security,” “participating in protest gatherings in 2009,” “collaborating with Voice of America (VOA) television” and “insulting the sacred on Facebook,” but his lawyer has not been granted access to the evidence being used against Shahini, an informed source who requested anonymity told […]... read more
August 16, 2016

Rights groups condemn recent execution of Kurdish prisoners and call for an immediate moratorium on all executions in Iran

Rights groups condemn recent execution of Kurdish prisoners and call for an immediate moratorium on all executions in Iran Geneva – Iranian authorities must immediately put a halt to the execution of Kurdish political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, 22 human rights organizations stated. These organizations also urged for an immediate moratorium on the death penalty and a right to due process and fair and public retrials for all prisoners sentenced to death. Since […]... read more
August 16, 2016

Sunni Cleric Charged with Anti-State Activities for Criticizing Mass Execution

Sunni Cleric Charged with Anti-State Activities for Criticizing Mass Execution Hassan Amini, a Sunni cleric and Islamic judge based in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran’s Kurdistan Province, has been interrogated and charged for criticizing the recent mass execution of Sunni prisoners. “They summoned me [to the Intelligence Ministry’s office in Sanandaj] in connection with a statement I issued about the [executions] and because I had […]... read more
August 15, 2016

Rouhani Battles Religious Hardliners Over Concert Cancellations in Iran

Rouhani Battles Religious Hardliners Over Concert Cancellations in Iran A simmering battle between the government of President Hassan Rouhani and hardline religious figures over music concerts is playing out in northeastern Iran. Most recently, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli questioned the the announced suspension of all music concerts in Khorasan Razavi Province in a letter to the Judiciary. “We cannot prejudge the intentions [of […]... 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 12, 2016

Man Imprisoned for Facebook Posts Seeks Reduced Sentence

Man Imprisoned for Facebook Posts Seeks Reduced Sentence Soheil Arabi, whose death sentence for “insulting the prophet” was struck down by Iran’s Supreme Court in 2015 but remains imprisoned for posting comments critical of the Islamic Republic on social media, is seeking a reduced prison term. A source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that although the death sentence against […]... 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 8, 2016

Cartoon 152: Executions in Iran

Cartoon 152: Executions in Iran Iranian cartoonist Touka Neyestani’s take on the recent surge in prison executions in Iran.... read more