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October 18, 2016

Six-Year Prison Sentence Against Teachers Union Leader Upheld After Pressure by Revolutionary Guards

Six-Year Prison Sentence Against Teachers Union Leader Upheld After Pressure by Revolutionary Guards Branch 36 of the Tehran Appeals Court has upheld the six-year prison sentence against Esmail Abdi, the chairman of the Iranian Teachers’ Trade Association, confirmed Abdi in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Abdi said he believed the Appeals Court’s decision was influenced by several alleged violations added to the […]... read more
October 17, 2016

Revolutionary Guards Mark Anniversary of Dual National Siamak Namazi’s Arrest With Propaganda Video

Revolutionary Guards Mark Anniversary of Dual National Siamak Namazi’s Arrest With Propaganda Video One year after Iranian-American dual citizen Siamak Namazi was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards in Tehran, media outlets affiliated with the Guards and the Judiciary have released a propaganda video including purported scenes from Namazi’s arrest on October 15, 2015. The release of the video by sources close to the Revolutionary Guards’ Intelligence Organization strengthens the argument […]... read more
October 17, 2016

Cartoon 158: Football match goes ahead despite religious objections

Cartoon 158: Football match goes ahead despite religious objections The World Cup qualifying match between Iran and South Korea coincided with the Tasoua religious holiday in Iran, prompting some religious and military factions to demand the match be canceled. Four years ago FIFA had turned down Iran’s request to change the match date. With great popular support, the match went ahead despite efforts by […]... read more
October 17, 2016

Cartoon 157: Narges Mohammadi’s 16-year prison sentence upheld

Cartoon 157: Narges Mohammadi’s 16-year prison sentence upheld The Appeals Court has upheld the 16-year prison sentence against prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi. She was sentenced to 10 years for “membership in the [now banned] Defenders of Human Rights Center,” five years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the state.” She will become eligible for […]... read more
October 17, 2016

Cartoon 156: Former Tehran Prosecutor apologizes to family of Kahrizak victim

Cartoon 156: Former Tehran Prosecutor apologizes to family of Kahrizak victim “As the prosecutor at the time, I deeply apologize and seek forgiveness from the innocent martyrs [Amir] Javadifar, [Mohsen] Rouholamini and [Mohammad] Kamrani and I hope God Almighty will give them the highest rank,” Saeed Mortazavi said in a letter addressed to the Supreme Court  investigating the death of Mohsen Rouholamini, one of the protesters […]... read more
October 17, 2016

Muhammad Ali’s Widow Calls on Iran to Free Imprisoned Iranian-American Son and Father

Muhammad Ali’s Widow Calls on Iran to Free Imprisoned Iranian-American Son and Father Lonnie Ali says her husband promoted “good will and understanding between the people of Iran and the United States.” The widow of American boxing legend Muhammad Ali has called on Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, to free Iranian-Americans Siamak Namazi and his father Bagher Namazi. “I would like to request that your Excellency show Islamic mercy towards these two individuals who […]... read more
October 14, 2016

Prominent Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Rejects Prison Sentence in Stinging Open Letter

Prominent Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Rejects Prison Sentence in Stinging Open Letter In an open letter from Evin Prison prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has strongly rejected the Appeals Court’s decision upholding her harsh prison sentence, describing it as a “tyrannical” way to silence her activism. “I am a 44-year-old woman condemned to 22 years in prison by the Islamic Republic of Iran and I know […]... read more
October 14, 2016

Actions Speak Louder Than Words in Iran’s Death Penalty Debate, Says Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi

Actions Speak Louder Than Words in Iran’s Death Penalty Debate, Says Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi Despite statements from some Iranian officials doubting the value of capital punishment, no action has been taken to end or reduce the high number of executions in the country, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Unfortunately, for years Iran’s judicial officials have repeated statements in response to […]... read more
October 14, 2016

Attorney Arrested in Iran for Wearing Green Movement T-Shirt

Attorney Arrested in Iran for Wearing Green Movement T-Shirt An attorney has been arrested in western Iran for wearing a T-shirt honoring the Green Movement, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Mohammad Najafi was arrested on October 11 [2016] in Shazand, Markazi Province, by agents of the Intelligence Ministry for appearing in public with a T-shirt that had […]... read more
October 13, 2016

Ten Things You Should Know About Iran’s Multi-Billion Dollar National Internet Project

Ten Things You Should Know About Iran’s Multi-Billion Dollar National Internet Project “National Internet” Aims to Give State Control Over Iranians’ Access to Information A few months after the Iranian government launched the first phase of its “national information network” (NIN), many questions still surround Iran’s domestically hosted, state-controlled and censored internet. In this article, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran discusses ten critical questions […]... read more
October 13, 2016

Public Defender Challenges Execution Order Against Iranian Child Bride for Alleged Crime Committed as Juvenile

Public Defender Challenges Execution Order Against Iranian Child Bride for Alleged Crime Committed as Juvenile The execution order against Zeinab Sekaanvand Lankarani, who was married off at 15-years-old to the man she allegedly killed two years later, is being challenged by her public defender. Lankarani, imprisoned at Urmia Central Prison in northwestern Iran, is accused of killing her husband when she was 17 years old. “Zeinab admitted to the murder […]... read more
October 12, 2016

Seven Years Later No Official Held Accountable for 5 Deaths and Torture of Dozens at Kahrizak  

Seven Years Later No Official  Held Accountable for 5 Deaths and Torture of Dozens at Kahrizak   Families of the detainees who died after they were tortured in the Kahrizak Detention Center in 2009 and survivors have told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that their quest for justice has gotten nowhere. Some of the cases brought by the families resulted in the conviction of low-level agents while other cases […]... read more