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November 15, 2016

Baha’i Businesses Shuttered Across Iran in Ongoing Persecution Campaign

Baha’i Businesses Shuttered Across Iran in Ongoing Persecution Campaign Dozens of businesses in Iran owned by members of the Baha’i faith have been indefinitely shut down by the authorities after some owners closed their establishments to honor the birthdays of two of the faith’s holiest figures. “We have done nothing wrong, but we know that the closure of Baha’i businesses on this scale throughout […]... read more
November 15, 2016

Iranian Officials Ignore Demands of Eight Ailing Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike

Iranian Officials Ignore Demands of Eight Ailing Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike At least eight political prisoners are currently on life-threatening hunger strikes in Tehran and Karaj to demand better conditions and reviews of their unjust prison sentences. Even though at least one political prisoner in Iran has died as a result of his hunger strike, judicial officials have not only ignored the worsening conditions of the […]... read more
November 11, 2016

Trial of Seven Leading Members of Banned Reformist Party Postponed

Trial of Seven Leading Members of Banned Reformist Party Postponed Former Politicians Sent Letter to Parliament Criticizing Persecution of Oppositionists The trial of seven former reformist politicians who have been charged with “assembly and collusion against national security” and “membership in an illegal group” was postponed after Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court agreed to a request from their defense lawyers for more time to prepare. […]... read more
November 11, 2016

Pressured by Revolutionary Guards, Court Orders Iranian Teachers’ Rights Leader Back to Prison

Pressured by Revolutionary Guards, Court Orders Iranian Teachers’ Rights Leader Back to Prison Prominent labor union activist Esmail Abdi has been forced to continue serving the remainder of the six-year prison sentence handed down to him in 2015 for peacefully campaigning for teachers’ rights. He was briefly freed on bail in October after going on a long hunger strike. “On Wednesday morning, November 9, (2016), six agents entered the […]... read more
November 10, 2016

Supreme Court Agrees to Review Political Prisoner’s 10-Year Prison Sentence

Supreme Court Agrees to Review Political Prisoner’s 10-Year Prison Sentence The Supreme Court of Iran has agreed to review the 10-year prison sentence of Sedigheh Moradi, who was imprisoned in 2011 for being an alleged sympathizer of the Mojahedin-e Khalgh Organization (MKO or MEK), a banned Marxist-Islamist opposition group. Her husband told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he hoped an amendment […]... read more
November 8, 2016

Judiciary Chief Accuses Rouhani of Hypocrisy Amid Battle Over Freedom of Expression in Iran

Judiciary Chief Accuses Rouhani of Hypocrisy Amid Battle Over Freedom of Expression in Iran Shortly after criticizing attacks on freedom of expression in Iran, President Hassan Rouhani was accused of hypocrisy by Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani, who claimed he had been asked by Rouhani to shut down a newspaper. Speaking at the opening session of the Tehran Press Exhibition on November 5, 2016, Rouhani said news media can’t serve the […]... read more
November 8, 2016

Activist Imprisoned in Iran for Protesting Against Acid Attacks on Hunger Strike

Activist Imprisoned in Iran for Protesting Against Acid Attacks on Hunger Strike Ali Shariati, who was imprisoned in 2015 for participating in a demonstration in front of Parliament against acid attacks on women, has gone on hunger strike “in protest against his forced return to prison to serve a sentence that has no legal basis,” said his mother, Shayesteh-ol-Sadat Shahidi. “My son has always been a supporter of […]... read more
November 6, 2016

Ailing Music Distributor Refuses Hospital Treatment, Vows to Hunger Strike Until Demands Met

Ailing Music Distributor Refuses Hospital Treatment, Vows to Hunger Strike Until Demands Met Imprisoned music distributor Mehdi Rajabian, who is currently on hunger strike with his brother Hossein Rajabian, has refused hospital treatment for his deteriorating health. The Rajabians were previously tricked into ending their hunger strike before there demands were met. On November 2, 2016, five days after starting the hunger strike, “Mehdi got sick and went […]... read more
November 4, 2016

Baha’i Artist Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Teaching Art Classes in His Home Awaits Appeal Results

Baha’i Artist Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Teaching Art Classes in His Home Awaits Appeal Results Shahriar Siroos, an Iranian Baha’i artist who was sentenced to five years in prison for the charge of establishing a group to “perturb the security of the country” for teaching art classes in his home, is awaiting a decision on his appeal. A legal analyst, who asked not to be identified, told the International Campaign […]... read more
November 3, 2016

Prominent, Ailing Human Rights Lawyer Sees 64th Birthday Pass by in Evin Prison

Prominent, Ailing Human Rights Lawyer Sees 64th Birthday Pass by in Evin Prison “I hope my father will be freed soon and his next birthday will not be in Evin Prison,” said Maedeh Soltani, the daughter of imprisoned prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani, on Nov 1, 2016—his 64th birthday. “My father has served more than half of an unjust prison sentence and qualifies for conditional release, but […]... read more
November 3, 2016

Briefly Freed After Long Hunger Strikes, Three Teachers’ Rights Leaders Ordered Back to Prison

Briefly Freed After Long Hunger Strikes, Three Teachers’ Rights Leaders Ordered Back to Prison Prominent teachers’ rights leaders Jafar Azimzadeh, Esmail Abdi, and Mahmoud Beheshti-Langroudi—who had all been previously imprisoned for their peaceful activism and released in 2016 on bail after going on long hunger strikes—were summoned back to prison in October 2016. Abdi, secretary general of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, confirmed to the International Campaign for Human […]... read more
November 3, 2016

Elderly Baha’i Man Brutally Murdered Amid Islamic Republic’s “Systematic Hatred” of Baha’is

Elderly Baha’i Man Brutally Murdered Amid Islamic Republic’s “Systematic Hatred” of Baha’is Sixty-three-year old Farhang Amiri, a Baha’i man that was well-known in his community, was stabbed to death outside his home in the city of Yazd, 312 miles southeast of Tehran, on September 26, 2016, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. “The suspects have confessed that they killed Amiri because he was […]... read more