Women’s Rights

January 14, 2017

Woman Imprisoned in Iran for Facebook Posts Conditionally Released

Woman Imprisoned in Iran for Facebook Posts Conditionally Released Political prisoner Omolbanin (Nahid) Gorji was conditionally released from Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad, northeastern Iran, on January 9, 2017 after serving more than a third of her sentence, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. After being arrested on April 12, 2015, the 50-year-old woman was sentenced to three years in prison […]... read more
January 10, 2017

Wife of Imprisoned Activist Arash Sadeghi Resists Order to Return to Prison

Wife of Imprisoned Activist Arash Sadeghi Resists Order to Return to Prison UN Expert Urges Iran to Release All Political Prisoners Political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, who was released on January 3, 2017 after her imprisoned husband Arash Sadeghi’s 71-day hunger strike resulted in a promised case review for his wife, is refusing to obey an order to return to Evin Prison.  “By law, my prison term […]... read more
January 9, 2017

Reformist Journalist Convicted of “Propaganda Against the State” Completes One-Year Prison Sentence

Reformist Journalist Convicted of “Propaganda Against the State” Completes One-Year Prison Sentence Reformist journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaie was released from Evin Prison in Tehran on January 5, 2017 after serving a one-year sentence for interviewing Iranian Sunni leaders, posting critical commentary about conservative politicians on Facebook, and publicly supporting reformists. The ongoing campaign of intimidation and prosecution against journalists and other members of the media in Iran by hardliners—which has […]... read more
January 4, 2017

Arash Sadeghi’s 71-Day Hunger Strike Achieves Promise of Case Review for Imprisoned Wife

Arash Sadeghi’s 71-Day Hunger Strike Achieves Promise of Case Review for Imprisoned Wife Public Pressure Forces Iran’s Judiciary to Retreat From Hardline Stance “The [Tehran] Assistant Prosecutor Mr. Hajilou accepted that my case was wrongfully handled, but said it would take time for it to be reviewed,” Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran on the first day of her temporary leave from Evin […]... read more
December 23, 2016

Imprisoned Activist Faces New Charges After Filing Complaint About Revolutionary Guards

Imprisoned Activist Faces New Charges After Filing Complaint About Revolutionary Guards Iranian civil rights defender Atena Daemi, who is serving a seven-year prison sentence in Tehran’s Evin Prison for her peaceful activism, has been slapped with new charges after filing a complaint against the Revolutionary Guards for using excessive force. “After my daughter was detained [to start her prison term], she and her father filed separate complaints […]... read more
December 22, 2016

Rouhani Unveils Toothless Charter on Citizens’ Rights Without Path to Implementation

Rouhani Unveils Toothless Charter on Citizens’ Rights Without Path to Implementation Five months before his second term re-election bid, President Hassan Rouhani signed his government’s “Charter on Citizens’ Rights” on December 19, 2016. The announcement was touted as the fulfillment of a campaign pledge, but the document, which promises the “observance and advancement” of the rights afforded to Iranian citizens by the Constitution, is not legally binding […]... read more
December 13, 2016

Six Years into Extrajudicial House Arrest, Green Movement Leaders Still Asking for Trial

Six Years into Extrajudicial House Arrest, Green Movement Leaders Still Asking for Trial Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard Detained Since February 2011 December 13, 2016—The Judiciary should carry out its latest “promise—or threat” to put former presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, who has been under extrajudicial house arrest since 2011, on trial, said his son Mohammad Taghi Karroubi. “I think my father has always wisely welcomed […]... read more
December 12, 2016

Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi: Rouhani Directly Responsible for All Intelligence Ministry Abuses

Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi: Rouhani Directly Responsible for All Intelligence Ministry Abuses In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi held President Hassan Rouhani directly responsible for “every Intelligence Ministry violation” and criticized his failure to uphold the Constitution. “I warn Mr. Rouhani and hold him responsible for the unlawful actions taking place in the Intelligence Ministry because […]... read more
December 8, 2016

Briefing: Iran’s Fashion Industry is the Latest Victim of Khamenei’s War on Western Culture

Briefing: Iran’s Fashion Industry is the Latest Victim of Khamenei’s War on Western Culture   Iran’s Brain Drain Spreads to Fashion Sector as Professionals Emigrate to Escape Raids and Arrests In the latest attack on the Islamic Republic’s growing fashion sector, a court in Shiraz sentenced 12 industry professionals in December 2016 to prison terms ranging from five months to six years. An investigation by the International Campaign for Human […]... read more
December 8, 2016

Expelled Student Activist Reminds Rouhani of Unfulfilled Pledge to Let Her Resume Studies

Expelled Student Activist Reminds Rouhani of Unfulfilled Pledge to Let Her Resume Studies A women’s rights activist and former student who spent nearly two and a half years in prison for her peaceful activism has written an open letter to President Hassan Rouhani reminding him that he has still not fulfilled his campaign promise of allowing expelled political students to resume their studies. “I, Mahdieh Golroo, was accepted […]... read more
December 4, 2016

Rights Activist Files Complaint Against Revolutionary Guard Agents for Excessive Force

Rights Activist Files Complaint Against Revolutionary Guard Agents for Excessive Force Agents Attacked Atena Daemi and Her Sister and Used Pepper Spray When Taking Her into Custody The young human rights activist Atena Daemi has filed a formal complaint against agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) for using excessive force when transferring her to Evin Prison to begin her sentence, she said in a letter […]... read more
December 4, 2016

Iranian Official Arrested for Supporting Release of Imprisoned Human Rights Activist

Iranian Official Arrested for Supporting Release of Imprisoned Human Rights Activist Director in Qazvin Governor’s office asks friends online to support Narges Mohammadi Alireza Rahmani, the director of public relations for the governor’s office in Qazvin, 89 miles (143 kms) northwest of Tehran, was arrested on November 29 for inviting friends online to support the release of imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi. He was released […]... read more