Press releases

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 6, 2017

Nobel Laureate’s Call for Resignation of Iran’s Judiciary Chief Puts Spotlight on Rampant Judicial Abuses

Nobel Laureate’s Call for Resignation of Iran’s Judiciary Chief Puts Spotlight on Rampant Judicial Abuses January 6, 2017—The call for the resignation of Iran’s top judicial official, Sadegh Larijani, by the prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi, has brought renewed attention on the systematic abuses of rights committed by Iran’s Judiciary. Ebadi’s January 4 statement comes during a wave of life-threatening hunger strikes by political prisoners […]... read more
January 3, 2017

Imprisoned Civil Rights Activist Released After 65-Day Hunger Strike—With a Catch

Imprisoned Civil Rights Activist Released After 65-Day Hunger Strike—With a Catch Azeri rights advocate Morteza Moradpour has been hospitalized in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, while he recovers from the 65-day hunger strike that led to his conditional release from prison. However, his legal battle is far from over because his release order requires him to report back to prison every night. “The decision by the Tabriz judicial […]... read more
December 13, 2016

Six Years into Extrajudicial House Arrest, Green Movement Leaders Still Asking for Trial

Six Years into Extrajudicial House Arrest, Green Movement Leaders Still Asking for Trial Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard Detained Since February 2011 December 13, 2016—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 […]... read more
December 2, 2016

Sister Breaks the Silence Over Iranian-American and Wife Held for Three Months Without Charge or Counsel

Sister Breaks the Silence Over Iranian-American and Wife Held for Three Months Without Charge or Counsel Case fabricated “for the purpose of extortion and property seizure” says US-based family member* December 2, 2016—Karan Vafadari, an Iranian-American national belonging to the Zoroastrian faith, and his wife Afarin Niasari, have been in detention in Tehran’s Evin Prison without public charge or access to counsel since their arrest by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ (IRGC) […]... read more
November 28, 2016

Shocking Montazeri Sentence Reveals a Prosecution Lacking Legal or Moral Legitimacy

Shocking Montazeri Sentence Reveals a Prosecution Lacking Legal or Moral Legitimacy Ahmad Montazeri Will Appeal “Ugly” Six-Year Prison Sentence The six-year prison sentence handed down to Ahmad Montazeri for publishing an audio tape on the mass execution of political prisoners in the 1980s, by a clerical court whose Lead Prosecutor is one of the officials implicated in the tape, reflects a profound conflict of interest and […]... read more
November 21, 2016

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Must Stop Using Dual-Nationals as Hostages

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Must Stop Using Dual-Nationals as Hostages British Government Accused of Putting Business Interest Above Protecting Its Citizens November 21, 2016—Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei should put an immediate end to the practice of the Revolutionary Guard’s Intelligence Organization, which operates under his direct authority, of arresting dual nationals and using them as hostages to collect ransom money and demonstrate political muscle, […]... read more
November 16, 2016

85 UN Member States Say Iran Must Improve Its Human Rights

85 UN Member States Say Iran Must Improve Its Human Rights Resolution Passes UN General Assembly Third Committee November 16, 2016—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran welcomes the United Nations’ adoption of a resolution expressing serious concern over numerous human rights violations in Iran, including the systematic use of arbitrary detention and discrimination against women and minorities, as well as the “alarmingly high” frequency and […]... read more
October 24, 2016

Iran’s Judiciary Should Release Siamak and Baquer Namazi and Allow Them Full Defense in Appeals Court

Iran’s Judiciary Should Release Siamak and Baquer Namazi and Allow Them Full Defense in Appeals Court October 25, 2016—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran calls on Iran’s Judiciary to immediately release on bail the unjustly imprisoned Iranian-American dual citizens Siamak Namazi and his father, Bagher Namazi, and allow them to prepare for the Appeals Court with legal counsel and full due process. Without providing further details, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas […]... read more
September 28, 2016

Iran Appeals Court Upholds 16-Year Prison Sentence Against Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi

Iran Appeals Court Upholds 16-Year Prison Sentence Against Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Mother of Two Young Children Will Be Eligible for Release Only After 10 Years An Appeals Court has upheld the 16-year prison sentence issued against prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi. She will become eligible for release after serving 10 years in prison, according to a statement by the Defenders of Human Rights Center. On […]... read more
September 12, 2016

Five-Year Prison Sentence for Dual National Casts Shadow Over Iran’s Opening to World

Five-Year Prison Sentence for Dual National Casts Shadow Over Iran’s Opening to World Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe’s Sentence Announced Two Weeks Before Rouhani Comes to NY September 12, 2016—The five-year prison sentence for Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, a dual citizen of Iran and the UK who has been inside Iranian prisons for the past five months, lacks any legal justification, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in […]... read more
September 9, 2016

Iranian Judiciary Must Stop Punishing Media for Reporting Officials’ Corruption

Iranian Judiciary Must Stop Punishing Media for Reporting Officials’ Corruption September 9, 2016—Iran’s Judiciary must halt the prosecution of media outlets which carried out their journalist duty in publishing reports on alleged corruption in the Tehran Municipality and City Council, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in a statement today. Unless they are found guilty of a crime in court, the websites […]... read more