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January 10, 2017

Iran’s Telegram Registration Requirement Widens Governmental Snooping Powers

Iran’s Telegram Registration Requirement Widens Governmental Snooping Powers In the latest attempt by Iran’s security and intelligence establishments to censor and control internet usage in Iran, administrators of popular Iranian-owned channels on the widely used Telegram application are now being required to register with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance or face prosecution.  Telegram is an instant messaging application that enables users […]... read more
January 9, 2017

Reformist Journalist Convicted of “Propaganda Against the State” Completes One-Year Prison Sentence

Reformist Journalist Convicted of “Propaganda Against the State” Completes One-Year Prison Sentence Reformist journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaie was released from Evin Prison in Tehran on January 5, 2017 after serving a one-year sentence for interviewing Iranian Sunni leaders, posting critical commentary about conservative politicians on Facebook, and publicly supporting reformists. The ongoing campaign of intimidation and prosecution against journalists and other members of the media in Iran by hardliners—which has […]... read more
January 6, 2017

Conservative Tehran MP to Judiciary: Review Case of Political Prisoner on Hunger Strike

Conservative Tehran MP to Judiciary: Review Case of Political Prisoner on Hunger Strike Wave of Hunger Strikes Highlights Prisoners’ Plights Conservative member of Parliament Ali Motahari has publicly asked the Judiciary to review the case of ailing political prisoner Ali Shariati, who has been on hunger strike for more than two months in Evin Prison. The Tehran MP made the call after a 71-day hunger strike by imprisoned […]... read more
January 6, 2017

Nobel Laureate’s Call for Resignation of Iran’s Judiciary Chief Puts Spotlight on Rampant Judicial Abuses

Nobel Laureate’s Call for Resignation of Iran’s Judiciary Chief Puts Spotlight on Rampant Judicial Abuses January 6, 2017—The call for the resignation of Iran’s top judicial official, Sadegh Larijani, by the prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, has brought renewed attention on the systematic abuses of rights committed by Iran’s Judiciary. Ebadi’s January 4 statement comes during a wave of life-threatening hunger strikes by political prisoners […]... read more
January 5, 2017

Iran’s First Female Judge and Nobel Laureate Calls for Resignation of Judiciary Chief

Iran’s First Female Judge and Nobel Laureate Calls for Resignation of Judiciary Chief Shirin Ebadi: Interrogators Make Decisions for the Judges Amid the ongoing wave of life-threatening hunger strikes by political prisoners in Iran, Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi has called on the chief of the country’s Judiciary, Sadegh Larijani, to resign.  “The system is broken and the final responsibility rests with its head,” Ebadi, who was […]... read more
January 4, 2017

Arash Sadeghi’s 71-Day Hunger Strike Achieves Promise of Case Review for Imprisoned Wife

Arash Sadeghi’s 71-Day Hunger Strike Achieves Promise of Case Review for Imprisoned Wife Public Pressure Forces Iran’s Judiciary to Retreat From Hardline Stance “The [Tehran] Assistant Prosecutor Mr. Hajilou accepted that my case was wrongfully handled, but said it would take time for it to be reviewed,” Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran on the first day of her temporary leave from Evin […]... read more
January 4, 2017

Persecution of Dual Nationals: Businessman Serving 10-Year Prison Sentence After Coerced Confession

Persecution of Dual Nationals: Businessman Serving 10-Year Prison Sentence After Coerced Confession Wife Used as “Bait” Iranian-Austrian dual citizen Kamran Ghaderi is entering the second year of his 10-year prison sentence in solitary confinement in Tehran after being coerced into confessing to espionage in 2016, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “They threatened him that if he didn’t cooperate, his wife would […]... read more
January 3, 2017

Imprisoned Civil Rights Activist Released After 65-Day Hunger Strike—With a Catch

Imprisoned Civil Rights Activist Released After 65-Day Hunger Strike—With a Catch Azeri rights advocate Morteza Moradpour has been hospitalized in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, while he recovers from the 65-day hunger strike that led to his conditional release from prison. However, his legal battle is far from over because his release order requires him to report back to prison every night. “The decision by the Tabriz judicial […]... read more
December 30, 2016

Huge Twitter Storm in Support of Imprisoned Iranian Activist on Hunger Strike

Huge Twitter Storm in Support of Imprisoned Iranian Activist on Hunger Strike Arash Sadeghi Is World’s Highest Trending Topic on Twitter on December 30 SaveArash# was for a time the highest trending topic on Twitter on Friday December 30, 2016, as social media users around the world expressed their support for imprisoned civil rights advocate Arash Sadeghi on the 68th day of his hunger strike in Evin Prison […]... read more
December 30, 2016

Hardline Tehran Prosecutor Advocates Harsher Penalty for Mixed-Gender Parties

Hardline Tehran Prosecutor Advocates Harsher Penalty for Mixed-Gender Parties Tehran’s hardline prosecutor general has announced that people caught at mixed-gender parties, especially celebrity artists and athletes, along with those caught consuming alcohol, or participating in other “indecent” activities should face stiffer penalties. “As role models you should be more careful because youths can pick up bad lessons from these actions,” said Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi […]... read more
December 29, 2016

Political Prisoner Banned from Visits After Sending Complaint to Warden

Political Prisoner Banned from Visits After Sending Complaint to Warden Imprisoned doctoral student Hamid Babaei has been banned from receiving visitations after the prison warden accused him of “insulting” Iran’s supreme leader during a discussion about a complaint Babaei had sent to the warden’s office. “Hamid had written to [Mohammad Mardani] the warden at Rajaee Shahr Prison [in Karaj] to complain about why his letters […]... read more
December 28, 2016

Revolutionary Court Sentences More Than 70 Iranians to Prison for Celebrating “Cyrus Day”

Revolutionary Court Sentences More Than 70 Iranians to Prison for Celebrating “Cyrus Day” Islamic Republic Represses Commemoration of Pre-Islamic Era History More than 70 people who were arrested in October 2016 at a peaceful gathering celebrating Cyrus the Great were tried in mid-December without legal council and sentenced to long prison terms by the Revolutionary Court in the city of Shiraz. “The exact number of those arrested is […]... read more