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January 25, 2016

US-Iran Prisoner Swap Raises Hopes for Iranian-Canadian Prisoners of Conscience in Iran

US-Iran Prisoner Swap Raises Hopes for Iranian-Canadian Prisoners of Conscience in Iran The release of Iranian-Americans in the recent prisoner exchange between Iran and the United States has given hope to the family of prisoner of conscience Saeed Malekpour that he too might also be freed.  “When I heard the news about the release of four Iranian-Americans it made me very happy. I think there’s room for […]... read more
January 25, 2016

Why are Iranian-American Prisoners Released, but Not Iranian Ones?” Father of Imprisoned Blogger Asks

Why are Iranian-American Prisoners Released, but Not Iranian Ones?” Father of Imprisoned Blogger Asks “Why has the Islamic Republic agreed to the release of Iranian-American prisoners but they won’t free our own prisoners who are the children of Iran?” asked Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki, whose son, Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, has spent more than six years in prison for blogging.  Speaking to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Hossein Ronaghi […]... read more
January 22, 2016

Nobel Peace Laureate Asks Iranian Government to “Make Peace with Its Own People”

Nobel Peace Laureate Asks Iranian Government to “Make Peace with Its Own People” While expressing joy at Iran’s recent release of four imprisoned Iranian-Americans, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi has called on the Iranian government to “make peace with its own people,” now that it has shown the ability to negotiate and compromise with its adversary, the United States.  “The Iranian government has made peace with a country […]... read more
January 21, 2016

Faraghdani’s Handshake with Her Lawyer is Not a Crime, Judge Rules

Faraghdani’s Handshake with Her Lawyer is Not a Crime, Judge Rules Prisoner of conscience Atena Faraghdani and her lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, have been acquitted of “illegitimate relations” for shaking hands during a prison visit.  “My daughter was mentally crushed by this accusation but she’s very happy since she heard about the acquittal,” Atena Faraghdani’s mother, Eshrat Ardestani, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. […]... read more
January 20, 2016

Hardliners in Iran Moving to Shut Pro-Rouhani Forces Out of Upcoming Parliamentary Elections

Hardliners in Iran Moving to Shut Pro-Rouhani Forces Out of Upcoming Parliamentary Elections One percent of Reformist Applicants Approved as Candidates by Guardian Council January 20, 2016—Hopes that pro-Rouhani and reformist candidates would be able to participate in Iran’s upcoming Parliamentary elections are dwindling fast, as the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, proclaimed vocal support today, January 20, 2016, for a vetting process that has seen all but […]... read more
January 20, 2016

Ageing Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer Should Be Released on Medical Grounds, Wife Says

Ageing Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer Should Be Released on Medical Grounds, Wife Says The wife of the prominent lawyer Mohammad Seifzadeh, who has been imprisoned since April 2011 for his work defending human rights and political prisoners in Iran, is hoping the appeal for his release from Rajaee Shahr Prison on humanitarian grounds will be heeded by the authorities, given his extremely poor health. “With the approval of the […]... read more
January 19, 2016

Ailing Imprisoned Journalist Could Face New Charges for Speaking Out against Prison Conditions

Ailing Imprisoned Journalist Could Face New Charges for Speaking Out against Prison Conditions Imprisoned journalist Saeed Razavi Faghih has been threatened with retribution for writing letters complaining about abuse inside Rajaee Shahr Prison and could be facing new trumped-up charges. “About a month ago one of the prison authorities threatened my brother and some other prisoners that he would teach them a good lesson for writing letters of […]... read more
January 16, 2016

Release of Iranian Americans Welcomed, Time to Release All Political Prisoners

Release of Iranian Americans Welcomed, Time to Release All Political Prisoners   Steps Towards Reconciliation with the West Are Good but Iran Needs National Reconciliation As Well January 16, 2016—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran welcomes the long-overdue release today of four Iranian Americans, including Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was arrested in Tehran and imprisoned for the past 18 months in […]... read more
January 15, 2016

Call on Iranian authorities to drop charges on two musicians and a filmmaker

Call on Iranian authorities to drop charges on two musicians and a filmmaker UPDATE: This post was updated on January 19, 2016, to reflect that additional organizations have signed the letter. A total of 16 organizations have now signed the letter. Human rights organisations Freemuse and the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, along with eight other organisations, protest the 2013 imprisonment and 2015 sentencing of musicians […]... read more
January 15, 2016

Telegram CEO Rejects Iranian Government’s Claims of Censorship-on-Demand

Telegram CEO Rejects Iranian Government’s Claims of Censorship-on-Demand The head of Telegram, the most popular social media network in Iran, has again categorically denied making any concessions to Tehran regarding censorship. On January 13, 2016, the Iranian media widely reported a statement  by Iran’s Communications and Information Technology Minister Mahmoud Vaezi that the instant messaging service Telegram “has agreed to block any channel reported […]... read more
January 15, 2016

Teachers Union Chief to Go on Trial for Peaceful Labor Activities

Teachers Union Chief to Go on Trial for Peaceful Labor Activities No Access to Counsel or Family Visits during 7-Month “Temporary Detention” After nearly seven months of “temporary detention” without access to his lawyer or family visits, Esmail Abdi, Secretary General of the Teachers Association of Iran, will go on trial on January 30, 2016. He will be tried for “propaganda against the state” and “assembly […]... read more
January 13, 2016

Reformist Journalist Begins Serving Prison Sentence for Her Writings on Facebook

Reformist Journalist Begins Serving Prison Sentence for Her Writings on Facebook The well-known reformist journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaie surrendered herself to Evin Prison authorities on January 12, 2016, to serve a one-year prison sentence.  Tabatabaie’s imprisonment follows a string of arrests of journalists and reformists, as hardliners in Iran move to silence moderate and independent voices ahead of critical Parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections in February 2016. […]... read more