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January 26, 2017

Iranian University Conceals Evidence of Expelling Baha’i Students for Religious Beliefs

Iranian University Conceals Evidence of Expelling Baha’i Students for Religious Beliefs Fifteen Baha’i Students Expelled in December and January At least 15 Baha’i students were expelled from Iranian universities between December 2016 and January 2017, with university officials trying to eliminate any trace of the ongoing discriminatory policy, which follows governmental policy. One of the six Baha’i students who were expelled from the Islamic Azad University […]... read more
January 25, 2017

Rouhani Must Act Against Imprisonment of Dual Nationals

Rouhani Must Act Against Imprisonment of Dual Nationals Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s Husband Writes Direct Plea to Rouhani January 25, 2017–The Iranian Judiciary’s recent upholding of the indefensible five-year prison sentence against Iranian-British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, issued at a secret trial by a Revolutionary Court, reaffirms the collusion between the Judiciary and the country’s security and intelligence agencies that is undermining justice in Iran. The Campaign for […]... read more
January 23, 2017

Ailing British-Iranian Grandpa Serving 7-Year Prison Sentence Denied Medical Leave

Ailing British-Iranian Grandpa Serving 7-Year Prison Sentence Denied Medical Leave Kamal Foroughi, a 77-year-old ailing British-Iranian dual citizen and former civil engineer incarcerated at Evin Prison in Tehran since May 2011, has been denied previously promised and urgently required extended medical leave, his son, Kamran Foroughi, told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.  “For the Iranian authorities we have a simple message: Please let […]... read more
January 23, 2017

Prominent Poet Charged With Spreading ‘Propaganda’ After Posting Photo of Beaten Colleague

Prominent Poet Charged With Spreading ‘Propaganda’ After Posting Photo of Beaten Colleague Well-known Iranian poet and filmmaker Baktash Abtin has been charged with “propaganda against the state” following his arrest on December 2, 2016 at a memorial event in Tehran marking the 18th anniversary of the “chain murders” of dissidents, including writers, in the 1990s by agents of the Islamic Republic. An informed source told the Campaign […]... read more
January 21, 2017

Poll: 70% of Iranians Dissatisfied With Rouhani on Democracy and Civil Rights

Poll: 70% of Iranians Dissatisfied With Rouhani on Democracy and Civil Rights A survey of public opinion in Iran conducted in the last quarter of 2016 shows that even though a large majority of Iranians (75%) rated advancing democracy and protecting personal and civil rights among their highest priorities in 2015, 70% of Iranians said they were “dissatisfied” with their government’s handling of these issues in 2016. The results […]... read more
January 21, 2017

Civil Rights Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison at 10-Minute Mass Trial Released

Civil Rights Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison at 10-Minute Mass Trial Released Revolutionary Guards Pressured Judiciary for Harsh Sentences Civil rights advocate Aso Rostami—whose initial mass trial with three other activists lasted “barely 10 minutes”—was released from Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj on January 15, 2017 at the end of his two-year prison sentence for engaging in peaceful activism. He was initially sentenced to seven years, but […]... read more
January 21, 2017

Hardliners Pressuring Rouhani to Ban Popular Telegram App, This Time for 2017 Election

Hardliners Pressuring Rouhani to Ban Popular Telegram App, This Time for 2017 Election   The Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has called on President Hassan Rouhani to block access to Telegram, Iran’s most widely used messaging application, ahead of the upcoming presidential election scheduled for May 19, 2017. Rouhani has yet to respond to the request, an informed source told the […]... read more
January 19, 2017

Award-Winning Kurdish Filmmaker Denied Urgent Hospitalization by Evin Prison Authorities

Award-Winning Kurdish Filmmaker Denied Urgent Hospitalization by Evin Prison Authorities The authorities of Evin Prison in Tehran are refusing to transfer imprisoned filmmaker Keyvan Karimi to a hospital outside the prison for urgent medical care, his lawyer, Amir Raeesian, told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “My client called me this morning (Wednesday, January 18, 2017) and said his pulmonary inflammation had worsened and he […]... read more
January 19, 2017

Court Rejects Some New Charges by Revolutionary Guards Against Activist Sentenced to 7 Years In Prison

Court Rejects Some New Charges by Revolutionary Guards Against Activist Sentenced to 7 Years In Prison Atena Daemi and Family Still Face Legal Persecution Three of the five new charges brought against imprisoned civil rights advocate Atena Daemi by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) were dismissed after two policemen made official statements supporting her version of events, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Agents of the […]... read more
January 19, 2017

Saeed Shirzad Ends Hunger Strike After Officials Pledge to End Rights Abuses at Rajaee Shahr Prison

Saeed Shirzad Ends Hunger Strike After Officials Pledge to End Rights Abuses at Rajaee Shahr Prison An informed source close to imprisoned civil rights activist Saeed Shirzad said Shirzad ended his hunger strike after 39 days when “Judiciary and Rajaee Shahr Prison officials met with him and gave assurances” about ending the abuse of prisoners—Shirzad’s main demand. “On Saturday (January 14, 2017), [Rajaee Shahr] Prison’s supervising judge and the prosecutor’s representative came […]... read more
January 19, 2017

Ailing Political Prisoner Issa Saharkhiz on Hunger Strike Against Additional Six-Month Sentence

Ailing Political Prisoner Issa Saharkhiz on Hunger Strike Against Additional Six-Month Sentence Imprisoned political commentator Issa Saharkhiz began a wet hunger strike on January 14, 2017 to protest a newly issued six-month prison sentence for allegedly “slandering the supreme leader.” Saharkhiz is also attempting to highlight the “repeated violations of the law by the Judiciary and security officials,” said his son, Mehdi Saharkhiz. “My father has announced […]... read more
January 18, 2017

Judiciary Cites “Lost” Case Files in Denying Man Imprisoned for 23 Years Medical Care

Judiciary Cites “Lost” Case Files in Denying Man Imprisoned for 23 Years Medical Care Political prisoner Mohammad Nazari, imprisoned in Tehran for the past 23 years, has told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that even though his prison warden sent a letter on his behalf, the Judiciary has denied his urgent request for medical furlough (temporary leave), claiming they have “lost” his case files. “I have spent […]... read more