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February 24, 2016

Prominent Reformist Journalist Protests Solitary Confinement with Third Hunger Strike

Prominent Reformist Journalist Protests Solitary Confinement with Third Hunger Strike The imprisoned political journalist Issa Saharkhiz has resumed his hunger strike after being placed in solitary confinement on February 21, 2016 despite having lost an alarming amount of weight. He has also not been allowed to meet with his lawyer, according to his son. “My father has lost more than 20 kilos (44 lbs.). When […]... read more
February 24, 2016

Watchmen or Yes-Men: Competing Views on the Assembly of Experts Elections

Watchmen or Yes-Men: Competing Views on the Assembly of Experts Elections Oversight and accountability…or a bunch of yes-men fawning over the Supreme Leader? This new Campaign video takes a look at two competing views on the role of the Assembly of Experts which cut to the core of the choice Iran faces as it approaches elections to this clerical body on February 26.... read more
February 23, 2016

Iran to Spend $36 Million on Internet “Smart Filtering,” to No Avail

Iran to Spend $36 Million on Internet “Smart Filtering,” to No Avail The Iranian government, in a joint project with several domestic universities, is spending $36 million to develop what it calls “smart filtering” in order to strengthen its Internet censorship capabilities. Smart filtering refers to the selective blocking of content within a website, as opposed to the complete blocking or shutting down of an entire website. […]... read more
February 23, 2016

Father of Missing Student Sentenced to Jail and Lashes for Pursuing Son’s Case

Father of Missing Student Sentenced to Jail and Lashes for Pursuing Son’s Case The 70-year-old father of a student who has not been heard from for 17 years since his arrest has been sentenced to 91 days in prison and 74 lashes for “disturbing public order” by allegedly participating in a gathering in support of an imprisoned spiritual leader. But Hashem Zeinali was only there to demand answers […]... read more
February 23, 2016

Imprisoned Iranian-American Siamak Namazi Held Incommunicado without Access to Lawyer

Imprisoned Iranian-American Siamak Namazi Held Incommunicado without Access to Lawyer Namazi Reportedly on Hunger Strike at Evin Now Siamak Namazi, the Iranian-American businessman who was arrested in October while visiting family in Tehran, is being held incommunicado in Evin Prison and denied access to his lawyer and visits by family members. Namazi’s family has reported that the imprisoned dual national has gone on a hunger […]... read more
February 22, 2016

Iranian Kurdish Filmmaker Sentenced to 223 Lashes and One Year in Prison

Iranian Kurdish Filmmaker Sentenced to 223 Lashes and One Year in Prison Keyvan Karimi, an Iranian Kurdish documentary filmmaker, has been sentenced to 223 lashes and one year in prison for “insulting the sacred.” Karimi’s initial six-year prison sentence by Judge Mohammad Moghisseh in October 2015 has been reduced by an Appeals Court to 12 months in prison and a five-year suspended prison term. Karimi, 30, was […]... read more
February 19, 2016

What If Iran’s Guardian Council Managed U.S. Elections?

What If Iran’s Guardian Council Managed U.S. Elections? Political satire by Ebrahim Nabavi Elections will be held in Iran in a few days and in the U.S. in a few months. Here’s what the Guardian Council, the clerical body charged with vetting all candidates in the Islamic Republic, would do if it was in charge of the American elections: Declare Bernie Sanders a […]... read more
February 18, 2016

Technology Website Staffers Rushed to Prison Before Appeals Court Verdict

Technology Website Staffers Rushed to Prison Before Appeals Court Verdict Four convicted staff members of a leading Iranian technology website who were free on bail while awaiting an Appeals Court verdict on their cases were taken to a prison in Kerman Province on February 17, 2016, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “After explaining everything in front of the Appeals […]... read more
February 18, 2016

Iran’s Ban on Women at Volleyball Championship Continues with FIVB’s Nod

Iran’s Ban on Women at Volleyball Championship Continues with FIVB’s Nod Security guards have prevented women from watching the Beach Volleyball World Championship on Iran’s Kish Island for a third consecutive day with the international governing body claiming “misunderstandings.” The ban has continued despite initial assurances by Iranian authorities that women would be allowed to attend the events. The International Volleyball Federation (FIBV) only agreed with […]... read more
February 17, 2016

Cartoon 139: Forget About Valentine!

Cartoon 139: Forget About Valentine! On Valentine’s Day this year, shops were prohibited from displaying any signs or selling any products associated with the “decadent Western cultural phenomenon known as Valentine’s Day,” Iran’s police force announced on February 10. “Young men and women should not gather in shops and exchange gifts such as dolls, flowers and chocolate… or else the individuals […]... read more
February 17, 2016

Prisoner of Conscience Atena Daemi Released on Bail

Prisoner of Conscience Atena Daemi Released on Bail The civil and children’s rights activist, Atena Daemi, has been released on bail until an Appeals Court hears the objections to her prison sentence.  Daemi, 28, was suffering from severe headaches and weakening eyesight in Evin Prison where she was being held since her arrest on October 21, 2014 by the hardline Intelligence Organization of Iran’s […]... read more
February 16, 2016

Local Authorities Defy Iran’s Commitment to Federation and Refuse to Allow Women at Volleyball Match

Local Authorities Defy Iran’s Commitment to Federation and Refuse to Allow Women at Volleyball Match Despite assurances by Iranian authorities that they would comply with international rules and allow women to attend the Beach Volleyball World Championship on Kish Island, women are being turned away. Following refusal of authorities to allow female spectators to attend the Championship matches in Kish Island in southern Iran, a source at the Iranian Volleyball Federation […]... read more