Women’s Rights

May 19, 2016

Leading Iranian Human Rights Activist to Serve Ten Years in Prison

Leading Iranian Human Rights Activist to Serve Ten Years in Prison Narges Mohammadi Sentenced for Her Peaceful Activism in Iran May 19, 2016—The prominent Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has been sentenced to serve ten years of a 16-year prison sentence, for her work defending human and women’s rights in Iran. Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Mohammadi to ten years in prison for […]... read more
May 19, 2016

Iran Judiciary Vows to Punish Former President’s Daughter for Upholding Baha’i Rights

Iran Judiciary Vows to Punish Former President’s Daughter for Upholding Baha’i Rights Faezeh Hashemi, Daughter of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Criticized for Meeting with Baha’i Leader A high-ranking member of the Iranian Judiciary has said that action will be taken against Faezeh Hashemi, the outspoken daughter of prominent former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, following her meeting with Baha’i leader Fariba Kamalabadi and other well-known civil rights activists […]... read more
May 17, 2016

Iran’s Fashion Industry under Assault; Details of Arrests of Models by Revolutionary Guards Surface

Iran’s Fashion Industry under Assault; Details of Arrests of Models by Revolutionary Guards Surface Eight Arrests and Scores Interrogated in “Project Spider 2” May 17, 2016—Eight people working in Iran’s fashion industry have been arrested and formally charged in an industry wide crackdown led by the Revolutionary Guards. Cases have also been opened on another 29 people, and most of the 170 fashion industry workers who have been targeted […]... read more
May 17, 2016

Women Prevented from Attending Iran’s Premier League Finale

Women Prevented from Attending Iran’s Premier League Finale Ban on Women in Stadiums Upheld Under President Rouhani Iranian women were once again blocked from attending a major public sports event alongside men as the police stopped women from entering Tehran’s Azadi Stadium for the finale of Iran’s Premier League soccer season on May 13, 2016. A 15-year-old girl who tried to get into […]... read more
May 16, 2016

French Foreign Ministry Staffer with Dual Citizenship Awaits Appeal on Prison Sentence in Iran

French Foreign Ministry Staffer with Dual Citizenship Awaits Appeal on Prison Sentence in Iran Nazak Afshar, an employee of France’s Foreign Ministry who holds Iranian and French citizenship, is awaiting a ruling on her appeal against a six-year prison sentence issued by Judge Abolqasem Salavati of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court on unspecified charges. Afshar is a former staff member of the French Embassy’s cultural section in Tehran. […]... read more
May 10, 2016

Husband of Iranian-British Citizen Held in Iran Calls Her Detainment “Outrageous” and “Cruel”

Husband of Iranian-British Citizen Held in Iran Calls Her Detainment “Outrageous” and “Cruel” “I have no idea how a young woman with a baby could be a danger to national security.” The husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian dual citizen who has been detained in Iran without legal representation for more than five weeks, has expressed dismay at his wife’s detainment and the authorities’ refusal to allow her […]... read more
May 9, 2016

Sexual Molestation Case Involving 9-Year-Old Exposes Iran’s Weak Child Protection Laws

Sexual Molestation Case Involving 9-Year-Old Exposes Iran’s Weak Child Protection Laws The family of a nine-year-old girl from a village in northwestern Iran has vowed to pursue legal action against the well-connected male teacher who sexually molested her. Despite evidence confirmed by the Medical Examiner that the child had been sexually molested by her 30-year-old teacher, the court refused to issue a verdict of rape, opting […]... read more
May 4, 2016

Young Artist Who Lampooned Iranian MPs Released From Prison

Young Artist Who Lampooned Iranian MPs Released From Prison Atena Faraghdani Served 18 Months for Her Facebook Cartoons Artist and civil rights activist Atena Faraghdani was released from Evin Prison on May 3, 2016, a week before the end of her 18-month prison term. Faraghdani was sentenced to 12 years and nine months in prison in June 2015 for drawing members of the Iranian […]... read more
April 28, 2016

Four Iranian Rights Activists Summoned to Appear Together at Appeals Court

Four Iranian Rights Activists Summoned to Appear Together at Appeals Court Rights activists Omid Alishenas, Atena Daemi, Ali Nouri and Aso Rostami have been summoned to appear together at an Appeals Court in Tehran on July 5, 2016 to appeal the prison sentences they received from a preliminary court. Alishenas’s mother, Simin Eyvazzadeh, who told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran about the summons, […]... read more
April 27, 2016

Journalists in Iran Slapped with Long Prison Sentences

Journalists in Iran Slapped with Long Prison Sentences Three journalists and the brother of a journalist have been given prison sentences ranging from five to ten years after spending months in detention, the lawyer representing two of the individuals told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz, who wrote for Iran, the official daily newspaper of the […]... read more
April 26, 2016

Public Outcry in Iran Over Plan for Increased Morality Police Prompts Review

Public Outcry in Iran Over Plan for Increased Morality Police Prompts Review Deploying 7,000 undercover morality police in Tehran contradicts the principle of the presumption of innocence, Iranian lawyer Ali Rambod told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “We should move towards interpreting laws on the basis of innocent until proven guilty,” he said. “It appears this principle has been overlooked in regards to the […]... read more
April 26, 2016

Revolutionary Guards’ Cyber Attacks Now Directed at Rouhani Cabinet Members

Revolutionary Guards’ Cyber Attacks Now Directed at Rouhani Cabinet Members IRGC Actively Recruiting Technical Experts to Staff New Hacking Team April 26, 2016—Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, who have long waged cyber attacks against the country’s activists and journalists, have extended their hacking attacks to Rouhani administration officials, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned, including close associates of President Hassan Rouhani and his […]... read more