January 22, 2010

Problems, Fears, and Hopes of Iranian Asylum Seekers in Turkey (Part II)

Continuing our interview with Iranian asylum seekers who have left Iran over the past few months, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran talks to a long time journalist who has been waiting in Turkey for the past 4 months to receive asylum. He talks about different issues affecting the lives of the individuals who are going through their transition in Turkey.... read more
January 21, 2010

Arrest of Another Journalist, Lili Farhadpour

Lili Farhadpour, a journalist, was one of those arrested following post-Ashura mass detentions of political and social activists and journalists. According to various sources, Farhadpour was arrested by security forces on Thursday morning, 21 January at her home. Farhadpour is one of the journalists who was active in cultural and social issues. She is also the mother of Behrang Tonekaboni, Editor-in-Chief of Fahang va Ahang (Culture and Music) publication, who was previously arrested on 6 ... read more
January 20, 2010

A Month After Her Arrest, Ambiguity Surrounds Somayeh Rashidi’s Case

Authorities refuse to provide any information pertaining to the case of women's rights activist Somayeh Rashidi's. Over the past few days, her temporary detention orders have been extended and she continues to remain in solitary confinement.... read more
January 19, 2010

Ayatollah Khalaji’s son: ‘My father was arrested for expressing his opinions’

Mehdi Khalaji, son of Ayatollah Khalaji, a prominent Qum cleric who was arrested on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at his home in Qum, told International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he believes that the only reason for this theological teacher’s arrest is expressing his views and opinions. He said in the interview: “My […]... read more
January 16, 2010

Mohsen Safaee Farahani and Behzad Nabavi Each Receive Six-Year Prison Sentences

Mohsen Safaee Farahani and Behzad Nabavi, two prominent reformist political figures arrested after the 12 June 2009 presidential elections, have been sentenced to six-year prison terms. The court reviewing Safaee Farahani's charges issued its final verdict 37 days after the last court session and 200 days after his arrest and imprisonment. Former Deputy Parliament Speaker Behzad Nabavi received his sentence from Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court.... read more
January 15, 2010

Deprivation of Dezful Students, Threats Against Tehran Students

While the Iranian Constitution allows for peaceful congregations which are not disruptive to Islamic principles, in recent actions against students participating in protests, 18 Dezful Azad University students were handed heavy punishments of deprivation of education for half a year, deprivation of education for a full year, exile to another university in the region, or exile to another university outside the region.... read more
January 15, 2010

Death Sentence for Shirin Alam Holi, Kurdish political prisoner

The Kurdistan Human Rights News Agency has reported that Shirin Alam Holi, a Kurdish political prisoner who is in Tehran's Evin prison has been sentenced to death. This sentence has been issued on charges of "moharebeh" or warring against God. The Revolutionary Court's sentence has come as a result of Alam Holi's cooperation with an opposition group in Kurdistan. She was informed of the sentence last week. Shirin Alam Holi is 28 years old and was born in Makoo in West Azerbaijan Province in read more
January 14, 2010

Attorney for Three Detained Americans: “I am trying to meet my clients”

Massoud Shafiee, attorney for three Americans who entered Iran by mistake five months ago and were subsequently arrested and imprisoned, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he is trying to meet with his clients.... read more
January 14, 2010

Shirin Ebadi’s Sister Released After 17 Days

Shirin Ebadi's sister has been released after 17 days in detention. Dr. Nooshin Ebadi, sister of Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi, who was arrested by security authorities on 28 December without being charged, was released on Wednesday night.... read more
January 13, 2010

Another Suspicious Assassination and the Need for an Independent Fact-Finding Commission

Another Suspicious Assassination and the Need for an Independent Fact-Finding Commission The Iranian media's method of disseminating information about the assassination of a Tehran University physics professor has created serious concerns about the nature of this murder and the police's investigation of the case. From the very first hours that news of this incident was announced, state media outlets including Fars News Agency, IRNA, IRIB, ISNA, and Kayhan Newspaper have announced it as a crime committed by foreign countries and Iranian opposition groups, without the proper ... read more
January 13, 2010

Ebadi on Baha’is

Shirin Ebadi, head of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today that if the Iranian judiciary were to issue a verdict based on evidence in the case and not the Prosecutor's claims, the trial of the seven Baha'i leaders in Tehran should end with an acquittal of her clients, as there is no evidence to her clients' criminal behavior.... read more
January 13, 2010

Five Prison Terms Confirmed: One to Six Years for Participating in Protests, Running a Website

On Tuesday, ILNA News Agency announced that verdicts for five individuals convicted after the post-election protests have been forwarded for implementation. From descriptions of the sentences, it appears that most charges are "participation in public gatherings after the elections," and "publishing material on the internet." ... read more