Women’s Rights

February 20, 2017

Sisters of Imprisoned Activist Atena Daemi Cleared of Revenge Charges Filed by Revolutionary Guards

Sisters of Imprisoned Activist Atena Daemi Cleared of Revenge Charges Filed by Revolutionary Guards A court has rejected charges brought by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Courts (IRGC) against Onsieh Daemi and Hanieh Daemi, the sisters of imprisoned civil rights activist Atena Daemi, who had initially filed a complaint against the IRGC. The sisters had been accused of “insulting the supreme leader” and “deliberate assault” against IRGC agents, but a […]... read more
February 15, 2017

Revolutionary Guards Try to Silence US-Based Iranian Dissident by Arresting Her Sister

Revolutionary Guards Try to Silence US-Based Iranian Dissident by Arresting Her Sister Update: Leila Haghighatjou was released on February 19, 2017 on bail set at 220 million tomans ($68,000 USD). Leila Haghighatjou, the sister of Fatemeh Haghighatjou, an outspoken critic of the Islamic Republic, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards to intimidate the former member of Parliament, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. […]... read more
February 15, 2017

Opposition Leader’s Son: Khamenei and Rouhani Are Responsible for Extrajudicial House Arrests

Opposition Leader’s Son: Khamenei and Rouhani Are Responsible for Extrajudicial House Arrests The son of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, who has been detained under house arrest without trial since 2011, told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that ultimate responsibility for the situation lies with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, whose “personal decision” resulted in the extrajudicial act. Mohammad Taghi Karroubi, who spoke to the Campaign […]... read more
February 2, 2017

Editor Detained by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Pleads for Help From Evin Prison

Editor Detained by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Pleads for Help From Evin Prison Tahereh Riahi, the social affairs editor of the state-funded Borna News Agency, who has been detained by the Intelligence Ministry since late December 2016 without access to legal council, pleaded for help in her latest phone call to her family from Evin Prison, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Tahereh […]... read more
January 27, 2017

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Arrests Mother of Green Movement Gunshot Victim

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Arrests Mother of Green Movement Gunshot Victim Shahnaz Akmali, the mother of a well-known victim of the Islamic Republic’s violent crackdown on the Green Movement, which grew out of the widespread protests against the results of Iran’s 2009 presidential election, was arrested by the Intelligence Ministry on January 25, 2017. “Agents of the Intelligence Ministry searched Akmali’s house (in Tehran), confiscated some […]... read more
January 26, 2017

Prominent Iranian Directors Decry Censorship After Minister Bans Films From Tehran Fajr Festival

Prominent Iranian Directors Decry Censorship After Minister Bans Films From Tehran Fajr Festival Less than three months into his new post as culture and Islamic guidance minister, Reza Salehi Amiri boasted about banning ten films from entering the Tehran Fajr International Film Festival, “in line with the policies of the supreme leader,” on January 19, 2017. “For the first time, we cut out films with feminist and inappropriate […]... read more
January 25, 2017

Rouhani Must Act Against Imprisonment of Dual Nationals

Rouhani Must Act Against Imprisonment of Dual Nationals Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Husband Writes Direct Plea to Rouhani January 25, 2017–The Iranian Judiciary’s recent upholding of the indefensible five-year prison sentence against Iranian-British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, issued at a secret trial by a Revolutionary Court, reaffirms the collusion between the Judiciary and the country’s security and intelligence agencies that is undermining justice in Iran. The Campaign for […]... read more
January 19, 2017

Court Rejects Some New Charges by Revolutionary Guards Against Activist Sentenced to 7 Years In Prison

Court Rejects Some New Charges by Revolutionary Guards Against Activist Sentenced to 7 Years In Prison Atena Daemi and Family Still Face Legal Persecution Three of the five new charges brought against imprisoned civil rights advocate Atena Daemi by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) were dismissed after two policemen made official statements supporting her version of events, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Agents of the […]... read more
January 17, 2017

Revolutionary Guards Arrest Former Reformist MP’s Sister on Unspecified “Security Charges”

Revolutionary Guards Arrest Former Reformist MP’s Sister on Unspecified “Security Charges” Fatemeh Haghighatjou, a former reformist member of Iran’s Parliament currently living in the United States, is desperately seeking information about her sister, Leila Haghighatjou, who was arrested on December 19, 2016 in Tehran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and is being held without access to a lawyer. “The only thing the authorities have […]... read more
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 UPDATED on January 23, 2017:  While trying to visit her hospitalized husband, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was forced to return to Evin Prison by agents of the Revolutionary Guards Sarallah Headquarters on January 22, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The agents also arrested her friend, Saeed Eghbali, who was accompanying her, and took him to […]... 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