Press releases

May 19, 2016

Leading Iranian Human Rights Activist to Serve Ten Years in Prison

Leading Iranian Human Rights Activist to Serve Ten Years in Prison Narges Mohammadi Sentenced for Her Peaceful Activism in Iran May 19, 2016—The prominent Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has been sentenced to serve ten years of a 16-year prison sentence, for her work defending human and women’s rights in Iran. Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Mohammadi to ten years in prison for […]... read more
May 17, 2016

Iran’s Fashion Industry under Assault; Details of Arrests of Models by Revolutionary Guards Surface

Iran’s Fashion Industry under Assault; Details of Arrests of Models by Revolutionary Guards Surface Eight Arrests and Scores Interrogated in “Project Spider 2” May 17, 2016—Eight people working in Iran’s fashion industry have been arrested and formally charged in an industry wide crackdown led by the Revolutionary Guards. Cases have also been opened on another 29 people, and most of the 170 fashion industry workers who have been targeted […]... read more
April 26, 2016

Revolutionary Guards’ Cyber Attacks Now Directed at Rouhani Cabinet Members

Revolutionary Guards’ Cyber Attacks Now Directed at Rouhani Cabinet Members IRGC Actively Recruiting Technical Experts to Staff New Hacking Team April 26, 2016—Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, who have long waged cyber attacks against the country’s activists and journalists, have extended their hacking attacks to Rouhani administration officials, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned, including close associates of President Hassan Rouhani and his […]... read more
April 21, 2016

Imprisoned Physicist Loses Kidney to Cancer, Must Be Released Permanently

Imprisoned Physicist Loses Kidney to Cancer, Must Be Released Permanently Omid Kokabee’s Life Endangered by Years of Denied Medical Care in Iran Prison April 21, 2016—Omid Kokabee, the young physicist who has been imprisoned in Iran for over 5 years for his refusal to work on military research, underwent surgery on April 20, 2016 to completely remove his right kidney, which was in an advanced […]... read more
April 18, 2016

Imprisoned Young Physicist Stricken with Cancer after Years of Denied Medical Care

Imprisoned Young Physicist  Stricken with Cancer after Years of Denied Medical Care April 18, 2016—Prisoner of conscience Omid Kokabee, the young physicist who has been imprisoned in Iran for over five years for his refusal to work on military research for the Islamic Republic, has been diagnosed with kidney cancer after years in which prison authorities denied him treatment for his kidney illness. Kokabee should be released […]... read more
April 14, 2016

Lawyer Released from Prison in Iran Describes Grim Conditions for Political Prisoners

Lawyer Released from Prison in Iran Describes Grim Conditions for Political Prisoners Prisoners Face Denial of Medical Care, Refusal to Transfer Inmates to Hospital despite Life Threatening Illness, Solitary Confinement Aimed at Extracting False Confessions, Poor Nutrition, Denial of Family Visits April 14, 2016—Mohammad Seifzadeh, the prominent Iranian human rights lawyer who for years defended political prisoners in Iran and railed against the inhumane conditions of their […]... read more
March 1, 2016

Iran Vote: Political Freedoms Must Be Rouhani’s Top Priority

Iran Vote: Political Freedoms Must Be Rouhani’s Top Priority Electorate Wants Human Rights and Rouhani Must Deliver March 1, 2016—In the elections for Parliament and the Assembly of Experts held across Iran on February 26, the Iranian electorate handed the country’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and the hardline candidates he openly supported, a significant setback, voting in moderate candidates in many cities and provinces […]... read more
February 9, 2016

Hardliners Handpick Candidates to Block Moderates and Rig Elections

Hardliners Handpick Candidates to Block Moderates and Rig Elections 3000 reformist applicants (99%) disqualified for Parliament in first vetting. 63% of all applicants disqualified in first vetting, reduced to 40% in second round. Prominent ayatollahs excluded from Assembly of experts for their moderate affiliations. In most of Iran’s provinces, the Council handpicked the only candidates that could run for Assembly of Experts seats. None […]... 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 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 8, 2016

Young Poet Hila Sedighi Arrested at Airport in Tehran, Latest in String of Arrests

Young Poet Hila Sedighi Arrested at Airport in Tehran, Latest in String of Arrests Freedom of Artistic Expression Under Assault in Iran Update: Hila Sedighi was released on bail on the evening of Saturday, January 9 in Tehran. The authorities did not provide any details regarding the reason for her January 7 arrest. Further updates regarding her developing prosecution will be provided as they become available. January 8, 2016—The […]... read more
November 19, 2015

Largest Wave of Arrests by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Since 2009

Largest Wave of Arrests by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Since 2009 Judiciary Denies Knowledge of 170 Recent Arrests November 19, 2015—The recently announced arrests of 170 people in Qazvin Province, a number of others in Gilan Province, and five journalists in Tehran, all by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, amounts to the largest crackdown since the violent state suppression of the protests that followed the disputed 2009 presidential […]... read more