Press releases

March 15, 2008

Police Attack Shiraz University Seminar after Days of Student Protests

Police Attack Shiraz University Seminar after Days of Student Protests UPDATE: (15 March 2008) On March 11, Iranian authorities released four students detained on the previous Sunday during the violent police attack. The detainees were held at the Intelligence Ministry’s detention center in Shiraz. Special Forces beat the students as they detained them, but during the detention they were not subjected to physical abuse.... read more
March 7, 2008

International Support for Persecuted Women’s Rights Campaigners in Iran

(7 March 2008) In a strong show of international support for the Iranian women’s rights movement, over 280 leading women’s right advocates and organizations from around the world including six Nobel Peace Laureates have expressed their serious concern about the persecution and prosecution of their Iranian colleagues.... read more
March 5, 2008

Launch of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

(5 March 2008) Independent human rights activists are today launching an international campaign to address egregious human rights violations and the repression of human rights activists and social movements in Iran.... read more
February 29, 2008

New Wave of Detentions, Summons, and Trials Targets Women’s Rights Activists

(29 February 2008) The Iranian government has intensified its prosecution of women’s rights activists. During the past week, two activists were detained, two summoned to court, and two others put on trial.... read more
February 26, 2008

Death Sentence Issued for Baluchi Activist

Death Sentence Issued for Baluchi Activist (26 February 2008) The Judiciary's spokesman, Alireza Jamshidi, confirmed that the Revolutionary Court in the southeastern city of Zahedan issued a death sentence for Yaghoob Mehrnehad, a social activist, on 7 February 2008.... read more
February 26, 2008

Workers Flogged for Celebrating May Day

Workers Flogged for Celebrating May Day (26 February 2008) An appeals court in city of Sanandaj has sentenced 11 workers to flogging and financial fines for participating in an event celebrating May Day 2007.... read more
February 24, 2008

Novelist Sentenced to One Year Imprisonment for His Fictional Writings

Novelist Sentenced to One Year Imprisonment for His Fictional Writings (24 February 2008) In an unprecedented ruling, an Iranian appeals court revised a suspended sentence against Yaghoob Yadali, a novelist, to actual imprisonment. His lawyer said the court is not legally empowered to issue such a ruling.... read more
February 5, 2008

Appeal to End Juvenile Executions in Iran

Send an appeal to Iranian leaders to end the repugnant practice of executing juvenile offenders.... read more