Press releases

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
November 9, 2015

Arrests Gather Pace in Iran after Khamenei Gives Green Light for Crackdown

Arrests Gather Pace in Iran after Khamenei Gives Green Light for Crackdown Fear of Post-Nuclear Deal Rapprochement with West Drives Intensified Repression November 9, 2015—Several journalists were arrested in Iran over the past week in an intensifying campaign of repression that is based on the belief, spearheaded by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei, that the US intends to use any post-nuclear deal opening in Iran to “infiltrate” […]... read more
October 29, 2015

Iran Should Allow UN Human Rights Expert into Country

Iran Should Allow UN Human Rights Expert into Country International Community Should Pursue Human Rights with Same Commitment as the Nuclear Deal October 29, 2015—The international community should urge Iranian authorities to allow the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, into the country, said the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran and Impact Iran in a new […]... read more
October 21, 2015

Telegram Reveals Iranian Government’s Request to Spy on Its Citizens

Telegram Reveals Iranian Government’s Request to Spy on Its Citizens October 21, 2015— The CEO of the instant messaging service Telegram, Pavel Durov, announced in a tweet on October 20, 2015, that the Iranian government had asked the company to spy on its users in Iran. The development is a dramatic twist in a six-month struggle by Iranian authorities to monitor the popular mobile phone application […]... read more
October 19, 2015

Narges Mohammadi Should Be Released Immediately and Given Medical Treatment

Narges Mohammadi Should Be Released Immediately and Given Medical Treatment October 20, 2015—The health of imprisoned activist Narges Mohammadi has deteriorated, and the prominent human rights defender is now reportedly chained to a hospital bed, denied proper medical treatment for a worsening neurological condition, and prevented from normal family visitation. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran calls for the immediate release of Mohammadi, […]... read more
October 14, 2015

Two Poets Sentenced to Flogging and Nine and Eleven Years in Prison

Two Poets Sentenced to Flogging and Nine and Eleven Years in Prison Forced Confessions Used as Primary Evidence in Convictions October 14, 2015—A Tehran Revolutionary Court has sentenced the poets Fatemeh Ekhtesari and Mehdi Moosavi to 9 years and 6 months and 99 lashes, and 11 years and 99 lashes, respectively, on charges of “insulting the sacred” for the social criticism expressed in their poetry. The flogging […]... read more
October 12, 2015

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Convicted on Baseless Charges

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian Convicted on Baseless Charges October 12, 2015—Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post correspondent imprisoned in Iran since July 22, 2014, has been convicted by a Tehran court in a prosecution and trial marked by the blatant denial of due process at every stage. “In Jason’s conviction the judge delivered the will and demand of the intelligence services.” said Hadi Ghaemi, […]... read more
October 6, 2015

Case against Rezaian Will Be Built on Little More than Forced “Confession”

Case against Rezaian Will Be Built on Little More than Forced “Confession” Iranian Judiciary Has Long History of Relying on False “Confessions” Extracted Under Duress October 6, 2015—Two months after the end of the trial of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, imprisoned in Iran since July 2014, it is increasingly apparent that the Iranian Judiciary’s prosecution of Rezaian will rely on little more than a forced false […]... read more