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December 12, 2016

Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi: Rouhani Directly Responsible for All Intelligence Ministry Abuses

Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi: Rouhani Directly Responsible for All Intelligence Ministry Abuses In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi held President Hassan Rouhani directly responsible for “every Intelligence Ministry violation” and criticized his failure to uphold the Constitution. “I warn Mr. Rouhani and hold him responsible for the unlawful actions taking place in the Intelligence Ministry because […]... read more
December 10, 2016

Six Years Into Extrajudicial House Arrest, Mehdi Karroubi Repeats Request for First Trial

Six Years Into Extrajudicial House Arrest, Mehdi Karroubi Repeats Request for First Trial The Judiciary should carry out its latest “promise—or threat” to put former presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, who has been under extrajudicial house arrest since 2011, on trial, said his son Mohammad Taghi Karroubi. “I think my father has always wisely welcomed a trial because he wants history to record the fact that the leaders of […]... read more
December 9, 2016

Iran’s Cyber Police Tries to Control Popular Social Media App Telegram with Hacking, Permits

Iran’s Cyber Police Tries to Control Popular Social Media App Telegram with Hacking, Permits A state crackdown on social media ahead of Iran’s 2017 presidential election has resulted in the Cyber Police (FATA) requiring Iranian-owned channels with more than 5,000 followers on the country’s most popular messaging application, Telegram, to seek official permits. Meanwhile, several Iranian-owned Telegram channels have been hacked by state agents, according to an investigation by […]... read more
December 8, 2016

Briefing: Iran’s Fashion Industry is the Latest Victim of Khamenei’s War on Western Culture

Briefing: Iran’s Fashion Industry is the Latest Victim of Khamenei’s War on Western Culture   Iran’s Brain Drain Spreads to Fashion Sector as Professionals Emigrate to Escape Raids and Arrests In the latest attack on the Islamic Republic’s growing fashion sector, a court in Shiraz sentenced 12 industry professionals in December 2016 to prison terms ranging from five months to six years. An investigation by the International Campaign for Human […]... read more
December 8, 2016

Expelled Student Activist Reminds Rouhani of Unfulfilled Pledge to Let Her Resume Studies

Expelled Student Activist Reminds Rouhani of Unfulfilled Pledge to Let Her Resume Studies A women’s rights activist and former student who spent nearly two and a half years in prison for her peaceful activism has written an open letter to President Hassan Rouhani reminding him that he has still not fulfilled his campaign promise of allowing expelled political students to resume their studies. “I, Mahdieh Golroo, was accepted […]... read more
December 8, 2016

Rights Activist Sentenced to 15 Years Imprisonment in Critical Condition After 45-Day Hunger Strike

Rights Activist Sentenced to 15 Years Imprisonment in Critical Condition After 45-Day Hunger Strike Civil rights defender Arash Sadeghi, who is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for his peaceful activism, is in “critical and worrying” condition after 45 days on hunger strike in Tehran’s Evin Prison, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “Arash has lost a lot of weight and he’s suffering […]... read more
December 8, 2016

Iranian Government Subdues Politically Charged Student Day With “Happy Shows”

Iranian Government Subdues Politically Charged Student Day With “Happy Shows” Since its 1979 revolution, Iran’s Student Day has been marked with passionate speeches given in a less restrained political atmosphere on university campuses. But this year the government has tried to extinguish displays of political dissent by cancelling speeches that had permits while issuing them for “happy shows,” including musical concerts and stand-up comedy. On […]... read more
December 7, 2016

Former Italian Ambassador to Iran Denounces Detention of Iranian-American Dual National and Wife

Former Italian Ambassador to Iran Denounces Detention of Iranian-American Dual National and Wife “Much more is at stake than the personal freedom of two outstanding, patriotic Iranian citizens,” says Ambassador In a public letter the former Italian Ambassador to Iran, Roberto Toscano, condemned the arrest and now three-month detention of dual Iranian-American citizen Karan Vafadari and his wife, Afarin Niasari, whom he called among “the most dignified people […]... read more
December 6, 2016

Anti-Riot Forces Violently Attack Peacefully Protesting Tehran Bus Union Members

Anti-Riot Forces Violently Attack Peacefully Protesting Tehran Bus Union Members Members of one of Iran’s oldest unions who were peacefully demanding their past due housing allowances and other benefits in front of the Tehran Municipality building were violently attacked by anti-riot police on December 4, 2016. “Four months ago these same people (bus drivers) gathered here and shouted the same slogans and resolved their issue […]... read more
December 5, 2016

Iranian Lawyer and Writers Beaten and Arrested at Commeration of Murders of Political Dissidents in 1990s

Iranian Lawyer and Writers Beaten and Arrested at Commeration of Murders of Political Dissidents in 1990s Police and plainclothes security agents arrested a prominent human rights lawyer and several members of the Writers Association of Iran at a commemoration event for victims of the “chain murders” of dissidents in the 1990s by agents of the Iranian government. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that Nasser Zarafshan, the […]... read more
December 4, 2016

Rights Activist Files Complaint Against Revolutionary Guard Agents for Excessive Force

Rights Activist Files Complaint Against Revolutionary Guard Agents for Excessive Force Agents Attacked Atena Daemi and Her Sister and Used Pepper Spray When Taking Her into Custody The young human rights activist Atena Daemi has filed a formal complaint against agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) for using excessive force when transferring her to Evin Prison to begin her sentence, she said in a letter […]... read more
December 4, 2016

Iranian Official Arrested for Supporting Release of Imprisoned Human Rights Activist

Iranian Official Arrested for Supporting Release of Imprisoned Human Rights Activist Director in Qazvin Governor’s office asks friends online to support Narges Mohammadi Alireza Rahmani, the director of public relations for the governor’s office in Qazvin, 89 miles (143 kms) northwest of Tehran, was arrested on November 29 for inviting friends online to support the release of imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi. He was released […]... read more