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January 17, 2017

Political Prisoners on Death Row in Iran Fear Reinstatement of Long-Term Visitations Ban

Political Prisoners on Death Row in Iran Fear Reinstatement of Long-Term Visitations Ban Political prisoners Zanyar Moradi and Loghman Moradi, both ethnic Kurds on death row in Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj, have been denied visitations since mid-December 2016 without reason and worry a previous ban that lasted for years has been reinstated.  “I don’t have a good feeling about this visitation ban,” Loghman Moradi told the Campaign […]... read more
January 17, 2017

Khatami, Former Political Prisoners and Ailing Mother Convince Ali Shariati to End 75-Day Hunger Strike

Khatami, Former Political Prisoners and Ailing Mother Convince Ali Shariati to End 75-Day Hunger Strike Requests by prominent reformist leader Mohammad Khatami, political prisoners, and his ailing mother ultimately convinced imprisoned civil rights activist Ali Shariati to halt his hunger strike, after 75 days, on January 14, 2017. “Ali ended the hunger strike because of my health problems and after requests from a group of political prisoners and (former president) […]... read more
January 17, 2017

Revolutionary Guards Arrest Former Reformist MP’s Sister on Unspecified “Security Charges”

Revolutionary Guards Arrest Former Reformist MP’s Sister on Unspecified “Security Charges” Fatemeh Haghighatjou, a former reformist member of Iran’s Parliament currently living in the United States, is desperately seeking information about her sister, Leila Haghighatjou, who was arrested on December 19, 2016 in Tehran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and is being held without access to a lawyer. “The only thing the authorities have […]... read more
January 14, 2017

Listen to Ailing Political Prisoner Saeed Shirzad “Before It’s Too Late,” Warns Lawyer

Listen to Ailing Political Prisoner Saeed Shirzad “Before It’s Too Late,” Warns Lawyer The lawyer of political prisoner Saeed Shirzad, who was hospitalized on January 12, 2017 after more than one month on hunger strike with his lips sewn shut, has warned that his client won’t give up until his demands are met. “Saeed Shirzad is in a dangerous and worrying condition,” Amirsalar Davoodi told the Campaign for […]... read more
January 14, 2017

U.S. Resident Imprisoned in Iran “Punished” for Going on Hunger Strike

U.S. Resident Imprisoned in Iran “Punished” for Going on Hunger Strike Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese-born U.S. permanent resident on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin Prison since December 8, 2016, has been moved to a ward for common criminals to force him to stop, his American lawyer told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Jason Poblete added that his client meanwhile continues to be denied medical […]... read more
January 13, 2017

Revolutionary Guards Blocking Temporary Release of Canadian Resident Imprisoned in Iran

Revolutionary Guards Blocking Temporary Release of Canadian Resident Imprisoned in Iran Iran’s Revolutionary Guards are blocking the granted furlough (temporary release) request of Saeed Malekpour, an Iranian-born Canadian resident who has been in imprisoned in Tehran since 2008, his sister told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Maryam Malekpour, who lives in Canada, also criticized the Canadian government for failing to bring her brother back […]... read more
January 13, 2017

Tehran Prosecutor Goes on the Defensive Over Hunger-Striking Political Prisoners

Tehran Prosecutor Goes on the Defensive Over Hunger-Striking Political Prisoners In an apparent response to growing pressure to resolve the issue, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has criticized media coverage of a wave of hunger strikes in Iran by political prisoners, as well as the request by a conservative member of Parliament for the Judiciary to review the case of Ali Shariati. “Some in the […]... read more
January 13, 2017

Supporter of Persecuted Spiritual Leader Arrested at Tehran International Airport

Supporter of Persecuted Spiritual Leader Arrested at Tehran International Airport Masoumeh (Pegah) Zia, a follower of imprisoned spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri, was arrested on January 6, 2017 at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport by an unknown security agency after returning to Iran from a trip to Turkey. She is currently being held in Evin Prison, but her family has been struggling to confirm who abducted […]... read more
January 12, 2017

Activist Saeed Shirzad on Hunger Strike Against Poor Prison Conditions Hospitalized

Activist Saeed Shirzad on Hunger Strike Against Poor Prison Conditions Hospitalized Imprisoned civil rights activist Saeed Shirzad, who was on hunger strike for more than a month at Rajaee Shahr Prison, was rushed to Imam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran on January 12, 2017 after his blood pressure dropped to dangerously low levels, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. On January 10 […]... read more
January 12, 2017

Tehran University Invite Lands Iranian-Swedish Disaster Medicine Expert in Jail

Tehran University Invite Lands Iranian-Swedish Disaster Medicine Expert in Jail Ahmadreza Jalali, an Iranian-born Swedish resident and expert in emergency disaster medicine who has been detained in Evin Prison without trial since April 24, 2016, is prepared to “die” on hunger strike rather than be executed, his wife told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Jalali was arrested by the Intelligence Ministry while visiting the […]... read more
January 12, 2017

Iranian-Swedish Disaster Medicine Expert Held in Iran Jail for Nine Months, on Hunger Strike Since Dec. 25

Iranian-Swedish Disaster Medicine Expert Held in Iran Jail for Nine Months, on Hunger Strike Since Dec. 25 Case Continues Pattern of Dual Nationals Snatched and Held Without Due Process January 12, 2017—In yet another case of a foreign resident or dual national from a western country grabbed and imprisoned in Iran without access to a lawyer or any other aspect of due process, Iranian-born Swedish resident and expert in emergency disaster medicine Ahmadreza Jalali […]... read more
January 12, 2017

Civil Rights Activist Imprisoned for Social Media Postings Released on Bail

Civil Rights Activist Imprisoned for Social Media Postings Released on Bail Civil rights activist Esmail “Zartosht” Ahmadi-Ragheb—detained in Evin Prison since January 2016 for criticizing Iranian politics on social media—was released on January 8, 2017 until his trial. While imprisoned, the 52-year-old endured a two-week hunger strike to convince the authorities to transfer him from solitary confinement to a public ward, he told the Campaign for […]... read more