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July 8, 2016

Man Who Was Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook Denied Timely Appeal Verdict

Man Who Was Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook Denied Timely Appeal Verdict Soheil Babadi has written an open letter detailing the torture he experienced during interrogations. Computer engineer Soheil Babadi, who was imprisoned in Iran for posting jokes on a satirical Facebook page, has been waiting close to a year for a ruling on his appeal against his prison sentence. The authorities have meanwhile refused to release […]... read more
July 7, 2016

Prominent Political Prisoner Promised, Though Still Not Allowed, Phone Contact with Children

Prominent Political Prisoner Promised, Though Still Not Allowed, Phone Contact with Children Taghi Rahmani believes his wife Narges Mohammadi is being mistreated in prison because he fled the country years ago. Iran’s judicial authorities have promised to lift a ban on phone calls between prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi and her children, but she has still not been allowed to speak to her kids. Mohammadi, who […]... read more
July 7, 2016

Imprisoned Journalists Granted Brief Reprieve from Prison

Imprisoned Journalists Granted Brief Reprieve from Prison After eight months in detention, newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz was released from Evin Prison in Tehran on July 5, 2016 on 10 billion rials ($324,000 USD) bail until her appeal hearing, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. Two imprisoned reformist journalists who were apprehended on the same day as Chitsaz during […]... read more
July 6, 2016

Ailing Political Prisoner Temporarily Released and Promised Retrial Shortly After Judiciary’s Harsh Refusal

Ailing Political Prisoner Temporarily Released and Promised Retrial Shortly After Judiciary’s Harsh Refusal Imprisoned labor activist Jafar Azimzadeh was temporarily released on “extendable furlough” on June 30, 2016 and promised a retrial three days after judicial authorities publicly refused to look into his case following a debilitating hunger strike that left him hospitalized. “We will not do anything for Jafar Azimzadeh and whatever the hell happens to him, […]... read more
July 5, 2016

Teacher’s Rights Champion Beaten and Slapped with New Charge after He Attempts to Visit Political Prisoner

Teacher’s Rights Champion Beaten and Slapped with New Charge after He Attempts to Visit Political Prisoner A little over a week after teachers’ rights activist Rassoul Bodaghi was conditionally released from prison on April 29, 2016, he was charged with “insulting the supreme leader” and now faces up to three more years in jail. “Bodaghi had gone to the hospital to visit [current political prisoner] Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi [on May 8, […]... read more
July 5, 2016

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi on Hunger Strike to Maintain Contact with her Children

Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi on Hunger Strike to Maintain Contact with her Children In a desperate bid to gain permission to speak to her children on the phone, the prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi started a wet hunger strike on June 27, 2016. “I am asking for nothing other than being allowed to talk to my children on the phone. If this demand is too great, irrational, […]... read more
July 5, 2016

Teachers’ Rights Activist Could Face Three Years in Prison for Visiting Political Prisoner

Teachers’ Rights Activist Could Face Three Years in Prison for Visiting Political Prisoner A little over a week after teachers’ rights activist Rassoul Bodaghi was conditionally released from prison on April 29, 2016, he was charged with “insulting the supreme leader” and now faces up to three more years in jail. “Bodaghi had gone to the hospital to visit [current political prisoner] Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi [on May 8, […]... read more
June 27, 2016

Ailing Political Prisoner Denied Critically Needed Medical Care for Her Diabetes

Ailing Political Prisoner Denied Critically Needed Medical Care for Her Diabetes Held with Violent Criminals at Vakilabad Prison for Criticizing the Government on Facebook Political prisoner Nahid (Omolbanin) Gorji has been denied adequate medical care even though she is suffering from diabetes and heart disease, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  “Nahid used to take pills for her diabetes and heart […]... read more
June 24, 2016

Kurdish Political Prisoner Put in Solitary Confinement to Force Him to End Hunger Strike

Kurdish Political Prisoner Put in Solitary Confinement to Force Him to End Hunger Strike Prosecutor: “As long as he continues his hunger strike, he will stay in solitary confinement and will die there.” Kurdish political prisoner Ayoub Assadi has been placed in solitary confinement to force him to end his hunger strike even though medical staff at Kashmar Prison’s clinic in Iran’s Razavi Khorasan Province had recommended his immediate […]... read more
June 24, 2016

Labor Rights Activist in Critical Condition After 50-Day Hunger Strike

Labor Rights Activist in Critical Condition After 50-Day Hunger Strike Prominent leftist scholar Noam Chomsky has called for Jafar Azimzadeh’s release Labor rights activist Jafar Azimzadeh is in critical condition in Evin Prison after enduring a wet hunger strike for more than 50 days, his wife, Akram Rahimpour, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  “I’m worried about him. His vision and hearing […]... read more
June 24, 2016

Pro-Rouhani Newspaper Suspended in Hardline Campaign Against President

Pro-Rouhani Newspaper Suspended in Hardline Campaign Against President A week after Tehran’s hardline chief prosecutor announced he would be suing the editor-in-chief of the major reformist newspaper Ghanoon, the paper has been suspended. After receiving the order by Tehran Chief Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, Ghanoon announced on June 20, 2016 that it would be shutting down following a complaint by the Islamic Revolutionary […]... read more
June 24, 2016

Elderly Political Prisoner’s Early Release Blocked Despite Supreme Leader’s Decree

Elderly Political Prisoner’s Early Release Blocked Despite Supreme Leader’s Decree Seventy-two-year-old political prisoner Mohammad Hossein Rafiee has threatened to go on hunger strike if the authorities continue to block his pardon from prison, his daughter told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Sometimes we are told that the Intelligence Ministry is in charge of my father’s case and that they are against his […]... read more