News

February 5, 2010

A Ferdowsi University student is moved into criminal ward

The Ferdowsi University of Mashhad's student Eftekhar Barzegarian was transferred to Mashhad's Vakilabad Prison in the ward of hardened criminals and repeat offenders. Eftekhar Barzegarian, the deprived-of-education student from Ferdowsi University in Mashhad, and student campaigner for Mehdi Karroubi in the Province of Mashhad, after passage of 150 days from conversion of his temporary incarceration to the $10,000 bail, and despite bail by his friends, in a completely illegal manner is ... read more
February 4, 2010

Moharebeh and Corruption on Earth charges for student activist Amin Valian

Mohammad Amin Valian, a 20-year-old member of the Central Council of Islamic Association of Damghan Science University, was convicted on charges of heretics (moharebeh) and corruption on earth in a show trial. Amir Kabir Bulletin reports that during the Wednesday trial presided by Judge Salavati, this university student was charged with “moharebeh,” “corruption on earth,” […]... read more
February 4, 2010

Shiva Nazarahari’s Mother: “Release My Daughter, She is Innocent!”

Shiva Nazarahari’s Mother: “Release My Daughter, She is Innocent!” Shahrzad Kariman, mother of imprisoned human rights activist Shiva Nazarahari who was arrested on 20 December 2009, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that her daughter's activities with the Committee of Human Rights Reporters was completely legal and charges such as "association with MKO" are baseless. Referring to Shiva's ailing health she said: "Shiva continues to remain in solitary confinement since the day she was arrested. I have not heard ... read more
February 4, 2010

Arrests of online publication members Ardavan Torakemeh, Maziar Samiee, Yashar Darolshafa

Several individuals have been arrested in relation to Omid Montazeri's arrest and his show trial on Iranian state television. Yashar Darolshafa, Maziar Samiee, and Bahar Torakemeh were arrested on Wednesday night. Maziar Samiee had been arrested earlier. ... read more
February 4, 2010

Three Americans to call home and have meetings with attorney

Three Americans to call home and have meetings with attorney Massoud Shafiee, attorney of three Americans who crossed the Iranian border by accident and were arrested six months ago told the International Campaign for Human Rights that during a meeting he had with authorities in charge of the three Americans' case, he was promised a chance to meet with them over the coming days. Authorities in charge of the case have also said that over the next 72 hours the three individuals will be permitted to call home. During the past six months, the detainees read more
February 3, 2010

Ahmadinejad Reveals That Three Americans Are Hostages in Iran

Ahmadinejad Reveals That Three Americans Are Hostages in Iran Six months after the arrest of three Americans, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced in a television interview that Iran may be prepared to swap the three Americans with Iranians whom he says have been arrested by Americans in other countries. In an interview with Iranian state television, Ahmadinejad said: "There are many Iranians in American prisons. They were kidnapped by US in other countries or US has put pressure on other countries for their arrest." The Iranian authorities announced trials ... read more
February 3, 2010

New arrests: Sahar Ghassem Nejad, Nazanin Hassan Nia, and Alireza Saghafi

At 4 a.m. today, plainclothes officers stormed the homes of Sahar Ghassem Nejad and Nazanin Hassan Nia, who belong to families of those executed in the 1980’s, arresting both women. After searching the premises, the officers who had warrants from the Prosecutor’s office took computers and personal items of the two individuals and transferred the […]... read more
February 2, 2010

Complete shut down of Internet services for a day in Khorasan Provinces

Monday- Internet services in all the cities of Khorasan Razavi, South Khorasan, and North Khorsan provinces was cut off beginning on Monday morning. Several sources told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that while accessing Internet had come to a crawl on Sunday night in Mashad, starting on Monday morning, internet access was cut off completely in Mashad and all cities of Khorasan Razavi, North Khorasan, and South Khorasan provinces making all internet access from dial ... read more
February 2, 2010

Alleged protester abuse at Mashad Revolutionary Courts

Mashad has witnessed several weeks of attacks by Ansar and pro-government plainclothes forces on Mashad universities and Ayatollah Saneie's offices in the city, refusal to deal with known thugs, arrests of more than 300 students of Mashad University, prolonging detentions, scores of open case files for students in Revolutionary Courts, and very heavy bail orders. A Mashad University student who has requested anonymity has spoken about the Revolutionary Court's conduct with International ... read more
February 1, 2010

How Shirin Holy’s Confessions Led to a Death Penalty: “Description of pressures put on me during my arrest”

How Shirin Holy’s Confessions Led to a Death Penalty: “Description of pressures put on me during my arrest” Recently, Shirin Alam Holi, a Kurdish political activist was sentenced to death. In the indictment, her confession to having connections with the PJAK (Kurdish Independent Life Party), an illegal group in Iran, was the reason for her conviction. In a letter from prison, Ms. Alam Holi has described the condition in which she was forced to make such confessions. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran translated the text of this letter.... read more
February 1, 2010

Sadegh Larijani and the Pressure on the Judiciary to Execute Dissidents: Has Justice Given Way to Politics?

Sadegh Larijani and the Pressure on the Judiciary to Execute Dissidents: Has Justice Given Way to Politics? Sadegh Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary, said on Sunday that a group in Iran are demanding "accelerated" punishments for protesters arrested during the post-elections events in Iran. He has added that such demands are politically-motivated and illegal. Though Larijani's statement reveals immense political pressure for harsh handling of those arrested post-elections, it does not reveal who these groups and individuals are. More importantly, Larijani's words do not indicate how ... read more
February 1, 2010

Shokoufeh Montazeri: “My mother and brother are under physical and psychological pressure for confessions”

Shokoufeh Montazeri: “My mother and brother are under physical and psychological pressure for confessions” Shokoufeh Montazeri, sister of journalist Omid Montazeri and daughter of Mahin Fahimi, a member of Mothers for Peace, who were both arrested over a month ago, recently spoke with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Omid Montazeri and Mahin Fahimi were arrested following the third trial session of suspects arrested the day after Ashura in Tehran. Shokoufeh Montazeri says her brother and mother have not had access to lawyers. She says they are not members of any illegal ... read more