Press releases

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
September 22, 2015

Message to Rouhani: Rights Crisis in Iran Must Finally Be Addressed

Message to Rouhani: Rights Crisis in Iran Must Finally Be Addressed September 22, 2015—When Iranian president Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2015, his third trip to the organization’s New York headquarters since his election in June 2013, he will stand on a record of great success in the nuclear negotiations—and abject failure in delivering on his pledges to defend basic […]... read more
September 15, 2015

Imprisoned Labor Activist Dies of Stroke after Being Denied Medical Care

Imprisoned Labor Activist Dies of Stroke after Being Denied Medical Care Authorities Routinely Refuse Medical Treatment to Political Prisoners September 16, 2015—Labor activist Shahrokh Zamani died of a stroke on September 13, 2015, at Rajaee Shahr Prison in the Iranian city of Karaj, days after prison authorities refused him medical treatment. Zamani had repeatedly gone to the prison infirmary during the previous days, reporting severe chest […]... read more
September 14, 2015

Khamenei Consolidates Power over Internet Policy in Hard Line Council He Controls

Khamenei Consolidates Power over Internet Policy in Hard Line Council He Controls Move Cuts Rouhani Administration Out of Decisions on Internet Access September 14, 2015—Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has announced that authority for Internet policy will be exclusively centered in the country’s Supreme Cyberspace Council, a move that will consolidate decision-making power over the Internet into an organization the hardline cleric controls. Previously there were multiple […]... read more
August 28, 2015

Prominent Women’s Rights Activist Held Illegally after Completion of Sentence

Prominent Women’s Rights Activist Held Illegally after Completion of Sentence Bahareh Hedayat Given Two Additional Years in Prison after She Was Due for Release August 28, 2015—The student and women’s rights activist Bahareh Hedayat, imprisoned for over five years in Iran, has been given an additional two-year prison sentence, days after receiving release orders from an Appeals Court in Tehran. The sentence, which dates from […]... read more
August 10, 2015

Rezaian and Other Iranian-American Prisoners Held on Sham Charges Should be Released

Rezaian and Other Iranian-American Prisoners Held on Sham Charges Should be Released August 10, 2015— The Rouhani administration should immediately secure the release of three Iranian-American prisoners, Jason Rezaian, Saeed Abedini, and Amir Mirzaei Hekmati who are being held on politically motived charges, said the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today. “The Iranian government wants the world to look the other way while these individuals, […]... read more
August 5, 2015

Rouhani Government Suppresses Nuclear Deal’s Critics

Rouhani Government  Suppresses Nuclear Deal’s Critics August 5, 2015–Authorities in Iran have warned several conservative publications and banned one other, after these publications criticized aspects of the recently concluded nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers last month. This recent move, undertaken by Iran’s Press Oversight Committee, a body comprised of officials from different government branches that monitors the media and […]... read more
July 14, 2015

Nuclear Accord with Iran is a Victory for Diplomacy and Peace

Nuclear Accord with Iran is a Victory for Diplomacy and Peace Human Rights Must Be Pursued with the Same Vigor July 14, 2015—The agreement between Iran and the P5+1 world powers on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities, reached on July 14, 2015 after many months of arduous negotiation, is a major achievement, to be welcomed by all who are committed to the maintenance of international peace. “With […]... read more
June 23, 2015

Campaign’s Five in the Afternoon Wins Major International Radio Award

Campaign’s Five in the Afternoon Wins Major International Radio Award Human Rights Show Takes Silver Trophy at Prestigious NY Festival’s World’s Best Radio Programs Awards June 23, 2015—The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran’s weekly radio show, Five in the Afternoon, won a Silver Medal at the celebrated New York Festival International Radio Program Awards on June 22, 2015. The award was given jointly to the […]... read more
June 21, 2015

High Hopes, Tempered Expectations: Views from Iran on the Nuclear Negotiations

High Hopes, Tempered Expectations: Views from Iran on the Nuclear Negotiations Campaign Releases New Study on the Views of Civil Society in Iran June 22, 2015—Civil society in Iran remains steadfast and unequivocal in its support for the nuclear negotiations, and its members hope for an agreement that will end years of sanctions and isolation, according to a new study by the International Campaign for Human […]... read more
April 29, 2015

Labor Leaders Detained in Iran as International Workers’ Day Approaches

Labor Leaders Detained in Iran as International Workers’ Day Approaches April 29, 2015—On the eve of International Workers’ Day on May 1, Iranian authorities have arrested at least five labor leaders. The arrests have taken place in the context of intensifying labor protests, strikes, and arrests of individuals organizing or participating in labor protests. “The Government views any labor mobilization as a national security threat,” […]... read more