Press releases

April 16, 2009

Persecution of Women’s Rights Campaigners Intensifies

Persecution of Women’s Rights Campaigners Intensifies (16 April 2009) A new report by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran documents that the persecution of women’s rights advocates has intensified in the past year. For the first time, a women’s rights advocate, Alieh Eghdamdoust, has been jailed for three years solely for participating in a peaceful demonstration on behalf of equal rights for women in 2006, in which 70 others were also arrested. “Publicly expressing support for women’s rights has ... read more
April 14, 2009

Students Beaten and Prevented from Entering Noushirvan University in Babol

Students Beaten and Prevented from Entering Noushirvan University in Babol (14 April 2009) Twenty students at Noushirvan University in Babol were prevented from entering the campus, insulted, and beaten by the University Guards and plainclothes security officers who met them in front of the campus on 13 April 2009, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said. Students at Noushirvan University started an unlimited sit in on 11 April 2009, after they were threatened by university authorities in response to their legitimate requests.... read more
April 13, 2009

International Organizations Call on Iran to End Persecution and Prosecution of Women’s Rights Activists

International Organizations Call on Iran to End Persecution and Prosecution of Women’s Rights Activists In a letter to President Ahmadinejad the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, together with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, called on Iran to release Alieh Eghdamdoust and stop its increasing persecution and prosecution of women human rights defenders. We, the undersigned members of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, submit this statement to express our deepest concerns...... read more
April 9, 2009

Arbitrary Detention of Trade Unionists Continues

Arbitrary Detention of Trade Unionists Continues (9 April 2009) The month-long detention and solitary confinement of Ali Nejati, President of the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Union, is without legal justification, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. Nejati’s whereabouts were finally revealed after his wife visited him at the Intelligence Detention Center in Ahwaz on 6 April 2009. She was allowed to see him for only a few minutes. Ali Nejati was arrested by Intelligence officials at his home on 8 read more
April 8, 2009

UPDATE: Khadijeh Moghadam Released after Fourteen Days of Detention

UPDATE: Khadijeh Moghadam Released after Fourteen Days of Detention (8 April 2009) Prominent women’s rights activist Khadijeh Moghadam, who has been in detention since 26 March 2009, was released from Tehran’s Evin Prison on bail at 8:15 pm, local time. Moghadam and eleven other members of Mothers for Peace and the One Million Signatures Campaign were detained on 26 March 2009 as they sat in their cars at a street corner in Tehran. They were planning to make New Year visits to families of prisoners of conscience. Ten activists were ... read more
April 6, 2009

Women’s Rights Activists Remain in Prison without Justification

Women’s Rights Activists Remain in Prison without Justification (6 April 2009) Two women’s rights activists, imprisoned since 26 March 2009 after being arrested on the street as they embarked on making New Year visits, are being held without any legal justification and despite promises by judicial officials that they will be released. Khadijeh Moghadam and Mahboubeh Karami are held in Tehran’s Evin Prison without having been arraigned. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran called on the Judiciary head, Ayatollah Mahmoud ... read more
April 4, 2009

Students Held in Incommunicado Detention Are At Risk of Torture

Students Held in Incommunicado Detention Are At Risk of Torture (4 April 2009) The Iranian government should immediately and unconditionally release all detained students the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The students are being held in incommunicado detention in Tehran, Rejaee Shahr and Isfahan. The Campaign is seriously concerned for their safety and high risk of torture. On 23 February 2009, the Amir Kabir University campus was violently attacked by government forces. Students were protesting the ... read more
April 2, 2009

Release Members of Al-Yasin Society

Release Members of Al-Yasin Society (1 April 2009) The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran called on the Iranian Judiciary to immediately release five members of the Al-Yasin Society who have been detained without explanation or justification during the past few months. The detainees are Peyman Fatahi, Nazi Hesami, Morteza Rasoolian, Mitra Haji Najafi, and Aliyar Nik-Farman. They are reportedly held in section 209 of Evin prison, which is under the control of the Intelligence Ministry. According to ... read more
March 26, 2009

(UPDATE) Women’s Rights Activists Arbitrarily Detained, Preventing New Year Visits

(UPDATE) Women’s Rights Activists Arbitrarily Detained, Preventing New Year Visits (26 March 2009) Iranian authorities should immediately release a dozen women’s rights activists detained arbitrarily in Tehran today, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said. Security forces detained 12 members of the One Million Signatures Campaign and Mothers for Peace at a street corner as the group met to make private New Year visits to families of several prisoners of conscience. With the Persian New Year holidays underway, it is ... read more
March 17, 2009

Young Blogger Dies in Prison

Young Blogger Dies in Prison (19 March 2009) The death of an imprisoned blogger inside Evin Prison on 18 March, following the recent death of another prisoner of conscience, demonstrates that Iranian authorities are seriously neglecting the health of prisoners the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The Campaign called on the Iranian Judiciary to immediately investigate and prosecute prison officials for their neglect and responsibility in these deaths. The Campaign read more
March 17, 2009

Trade Unionist Held in Unknown Location Should Be Released

Trade Unionist Held in Unknown Location Should Be Released (17 March 2009) The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today called upon the Iranian Judiciary to immediately release Ali Nejati, a trade union leader, and end its persecution and prosecution of labor activists. Intelligence agents detained Nejati at his home on 8 March. He is currently being held in incommunicado detention at an undisclosed location. The authorities have not provided any information to Nejati’s family about the charges against him or where he is ... read more
February 25, 2009

University Campus Violently Attacked

University Campus Violently Attacked (25 February 2009) Government forces violently attacked hundreds of protesting students at Amir Kabir University in Tehran and arrested dozens of students on 23 February 2009, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. The Campaign expressed its serious concerns for the health of the detainees and fears that they may be subjected to torture and ill-treatment. It called on the Iranian government to immediately release all Amir Kabir students and to ... read more