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February 12, 2017

Report: Iranian Hackers Target Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

Report: Iranian Hackers Target Activists’ Mac Devices With Revamped Malware State-sponsored Iranian hackers, who had until now focused almost exclusively on civil and human rights-focused users of the Windows and Android operating systems, have for the first time developed malware (software that damages or disables computer systems) that targets users’ Apple devices, according to a new report by Internet security expert, Collin Anderson. “My fear […]... read more
February 9, 2017

Iranians Use Twitter to Oppose Flag-Burning and Thank Americans for Resisting Trump’s Travel Ban

Iranians Use Twitter to Oppose Flag-Burning and Thank Americans for Resisting Trump’s Travel Ban A few days before the 38th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 revolution—traditionally commemorated with hardliners burning U.S. flags and promoting other forms of anti-Americanism—thousands of people participated in a Twitter storm to express gratitude for the Americans who protested against President Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran. We thank Americans who stood […]... read more
February 6, 2017

Ailing Political Prisoner Imprisoned for Facebook Posts Denied Medical Care

Ailing Political Prisoner Imprisoned for Facebook Posts Denied Medical Care Soheil Arabi, who is currently serving a seven-and-a-half year prison sentence for the content of his social media posts, is being denied urgent medical care, his lawyer told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “My client has been having serious seizures and is in poor condition,” said Arabi’s lawyer, Amir Salar Davoudi. “My plea […]... read more
February 6, 2017

In Iran, From Prison to Exile for Posting Jokes on Facebook

In Iran, From Prison to Exile for Posting Jokes on Facebook After completing a five-year prison sentence in Iran for posting jokes about religion on Facebook, the Judiciary has sent Soheil Babadi into exile. The 39-year-old computer engineer must now spend the next two years in Beshagard, a remote community of 35,000 people in the southern coastal province of Hormozgan, a source told the Campaign for Human […]... read more
February 6, 2017

Intelligence Ministry Cracks Down on Alleged “Anti-Revolutionary” Telegram Channels

Intelligence Ministry Cracks Down on Alleged “Anti-Revolutionary” Telegram Channels In the latest crackdown by hardliners against popular social media applications in Iran, the Intelligence Ministry has detained several channel administrators of Telegram. Hardline domestic news outlets have subsequently aired admins’ alleged video “confessions.” Telegram is a mobile instant messaging application that also allows users to create membership-based online content channels and groups. The ultra-conservative […]... read more
February 6, 2017

Judge Salavati Threatens Iranian-Born Swedish Resident With Death Penalty On Day One of Trial

Judge Salavati Threatens Iranian-Born Swedish Resident With Death Penalty On Day One of Trial Iranian-born Swedish resident Ahmadreza Jalali, who has been detained in Tehran without due process since April 2016, was threatened with the death penalty on the first day of his trial by Judge Abolqasem Salavati of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court. “Ahmadreza made a short phone call to the family on Tuesday, January 31 [2017], […]... read more
February 2, 2017

Editor Detained by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Pleads for Help From Evin Prison

Editor Detained by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Pleads for Help From Evin Prison Tahereh Riahi, the social affairs editor of the state-funded Borna News Agency, who has been detained by the Intelligence Ministry since late December 2016 without access to legal council, pleaded for help in her latest phone call to her family from Evin Prison, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Tahereh […]... read more
February 1, 2017

Iranian-Dutch Dual National and Dissident Imprisoned in Tehran Denied Medical Care

Iranian-Dutch Dual National and Dissident Imprisoned in Tehran Denied Medical Care The officials of Evin Prison are denying Sabri Hassanpour, an Iranian-born citizen of the Netherlands and outspoken critic of the Islamic Republic who has been imprisoned in Iran since March 2016, open-heart surgery, according to an informed source. The source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that prison officials continue to refuse requests […]... read more
January 31, 2017

Trump’s travel ban is a gift to Iran’s rulers

Trump’s travel ban is a gift to Iran’s rulers by Hadi Ghaemi This op-ed was originally published in The Washington Post on January 29, 2017 President Trump’s travel ban on Iranians is a gift to the Islamic republic and its hard-line rulers. It will not deter terrorism on U.S. soil. Not a single terrorist involved in the 9/11 attacks or other fatal terrorist attacks in the […]... read more
January 30, 2017

Trump’s Travel Ban Grants Iran’s Government Veto Power Over US-Bound Nationals

Trump’s Travel Ban Grants Iran’s Government Veto Power Over US-Bound Nationals January 30, 2017—The executive order signed by President Donald Trump banning entry into the United States from nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, subjects all Iranians to collective punishment while doing nothing to enhance the security of the US homeland. Signed by Trump on January 27, 2017, the order prohibits the freedom of travel […]... read more
January 27, 2017

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Arrests Mother of Green Movement Gunshot Victim

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry Arrests Mother of Green Movement Gunshot Victim Shahnaz Akmali, the mother of a well-known victim of the Islamic Republic’s violent crackdown on the Green Movement, which grew out of the widespread protests against the results of Iran’s 2009 presidential election, was arrested by the Intelligence Ministry on January 25, 2017. “Agents of the Intelligence Ministry searched Akmali’s house (in Tehran), confiscated some […]... read more
January 26, 2017

Prominent Iranian Directors Decry Censorship After Minister Bans Films From Tehran Fajr Festival

Prominent Iranian Directors Decry Censorship After Minister Bans Films From Tehran Fajr Festival Less than three months into his new post as culture and Islamic guidance minister, Reza Salehi Amiri boasted about banning ten films from entering the Tehran Fajr International Film Festival, “in line with the policies of the supreme leader,” on January 19, 2017. “For the first time, we cut out films with feminist and inappropriate […]... read more