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More Than 15,000 Petition Iran's Judiciary to Free Prominent Teachers' Rights Activist

- An online petition signed by more than 15,000 people calling for the release of imprisoned teachers' rights leader Esmail Abdi has been delivered to the judiciary and the office of the president. "Mr. Abdi is not a thief, murderer, drug dealer, embezzler, foreign spy or traitor to his country," said the petition addressed to Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani. "He is a trade union activist elected by the teachers of Tehran according to the laws and regulations of the Islamic Republic of Iran." - 5/26/17

Iran: Newly Elected Reformist Council Member Arrested For Calling Prophet Mohammad "Secular"

- Javad Giahshenas, a newly elected reformist member of the city council in Hamadan, northwestern Iran, was arrested for allegedly insulting the Prophet Mohammad. "The merciful prophet was secular and Islam is the same as liberalism," Giahshenas was quoted saying during a presidential campaign event at the Islamic Azad University of Hamadan, where he works as an academic staffer at the political science department. - 5/26/17

Trump's Alignment with Sunni Autocrats Masks Shallow Understanding of Region

- President Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia has engendered endless press reporting and analysis. Two key points stand out in the media coverage. First, the trip was mostly show than action. Second, the Saudis played up to Trump's craving for adulation and narcissism. They knew he was a fickle showman and acted accordingly. He of course loved it, and they proved that rich princely Bedouins could capture the world stage, at least for a fleeting moment. -Emile Nakhleh - 5/25/17

IRAN: Newly Reelected Rouhani Abandons Promise to End Six-Year House Arrest of Opposition Leaders

- In his first press conference after being declared the winner of Iran's May 19, 2017 election, President Hassan Rouhani refused to commit to ending the more than six-year extrajudicial house arrests of three opposition leaders, a pledge he made during his first presidential campaign. - 5/25/17

Arms Deal Stories Omit War Crimes Arms Will Be Used For

- The Trump administration wrapped up a weapons deal with the Saudi Arabian government this week that will be worth up to $350 billion over the next ten years. News of the deal came as Trump visited Riyadh and paid fealty to one of the United States' most enduring allies in the Middle East. -Adam Johnson, LobeLog - 5/25/17

Iranian Activists Acquitted of National Security Charges for Peaceful Defense of Labor Rights

- Trade union activists Jafar Azimzadeh and Shapour Ehsani-Rad have been acquitted of the charge of 'acting against national security' for peacefully advocating for labor rights. Azimzadeh, chairman of the Free Workers Union of Iran (FWUI) and his colleague Ehsani-Rad, were taken to court by the Safa Rolling and Pipe Mills Company and accused of provoking its workers to go on strike in April 2015 to demand several months of unpaid wages and benefits. - 5/25/17

Five Killed, Hundreds Arrested In Bahrain At Shi'ite Protest; Iran Blames Trump

- At least five people were killed and hundreds arrested in Bahrain on May 23 after police stormed a sit-in by protesters supporting the Sunni-ruled kingdom's top Shi'ite cleric, Bahrain's Interior Ministry said. Human Rights Watch called the Diraz raid a crackdown on free expression and said there was no coincidence it occurred two days after a "convivial" meeting between Trump and King Hamad. - 5/24/17

10 ways Iran is more democratic and modern than Saudi Arabia

- Though both Iran and Saudi Arabia define themselves Islamic states, in almost every respect Iran is a far more modern and democratic country and society than Saudi Arabia is or can ever be. -Alexander Mercouris, The Duran - 5/22/17

Most Yarsani Religious Minority Candidates Disqualified From Iran's 2017 Councils Elections

- The majority of Yarsani candidates seeking seats in Iran's May 2017 elections for local councils have been disqualified, the faith's spokesman, Siavash Hayati, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). The Yarsan spokesman told CHRI that in Hashtgerd, northeast of Tehran in Alborz Province, 28 of the faith's 30 candidates were rejected by the local election monitoring committee. - 5/19/17

Iranian Judiciary Forbids Campaigners From Printing Rouhani's Criticism of Revolutionary Guard

- Since reformist leader Mohammad Khatami endorsed incumbent President Hassan Rouhani's second-term election campaign, hardliners have been working to suppress the message, as well as Rouhani's criticism of his powerful, hardline opponents, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 5/18/17

Iranian Women's Rights Activists Use Elections as "Opportunities" to Put Forth Demands

- A member of the Women's Citizenship Center, a non-governmental organization in Tehran, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that women's rights activists are increasingly using their leverage as an important voting block to put forth their demands during elections. - 5/17/17

Iran Bans already Vetted Reformist Candidates from Running

- As the elections draw near, Iran's Supreme Leader warned that any "rebellion" in the course of the elections would provoke a "slap" from state security forces. Meanwhile 37 candidates who had been previously vetted by Iran's Election Committee have been banned from running for City and Village Councils Election in Iran. - 5/17/17

Tehran City Council Candidate Says "Military Organizations" Intervened to Disqualify Reformist Candidates

- Ali Tajernia, a reformist politician and former member of Iran's Parliament, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that his last-minute disqualification from the Tehran City Council election, following pressure by "military organizations," is "illegal" and he will file a formal complaint. - 5/16/17

I live in Irvine but my congresswoman seems to be the representative from Trump Nation

- I live in Irvine with my family and thousands of other American citizens of Iranian descent. I came to this country as an immigrant and a refugee of war, and I have never taken for granted the opportunities America represents. All across the country, Iranian Americans have worked to better their communities, participating in all walks of civic life. But because Iran is one of the countries targeted by Trump's ban, we now face persecution and separation from family and friends in our native country. -Farshad Farahat, Los Angeles Times - 5/16/17

U.S. Calls On Iran To Free Jailed Baha'i Leaders

- The United States has condemned Iran's imprisonment of leaders of the Baha'i religious minority and called on Tehran to release them and other prisoners of conscience. Seven Baha'i leaders were arrested by Iranian authorities nine years ago and convicted of espionage and spreading propaganda against the clerical establishment. They were reportedly sentenced to 20 years in prison. Their sentences were later reduced to 10 years. - 5/15/17

29 Members of EU Parliament Urge Iran to Release Detained Journalists and Activists Ahead of 2017 Elections

- Ahead of Iran's elections on May 19 for president and local councils, 29 members of the European Parliament have written a letter to Federica Mogherini, the representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy and vice-president of the European Commission, urging the EU to call on the Iranian government to stop the pre-election intimidation campaign against journalists and activists and ensure a free and fair vote. - 5/13/17

Iranian Local Teacher's Union Leader Exiled for Singing Popular Ballad to Students

- A teacher in a port city in northern Iran has been exiled for singing to his students. Aziz Ghasemzadeh has been ordered by the Gilan Education Department to move to Roudbar, 65 miles south of Anzali, for one year, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 5/13/17

U.S. District Court Judge "Inclined to Agree" That Muslim Ban Unconstitutional

- On Thursday, Judge Tanya Sue Chutkan a judge at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order staying the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) motion for a nationwide freeze on President Trump's Muslim travel ban, indicating that she is "inclined to agree with Plaintiffs that they are likely to succeed on the merits of their claims with respect to Sections 2 and 6 of the Second Executive Order." - 5/12/17

Several Reformist Candidates Disqualified at Last Minute From Tehran City Council Election

- A number of prominent reformist politicians have been disqualified from running in Tehran's City Council election despite being previously approved by the election monitoring committee. - 5/12/17

Iran's Supreme Leader Issues Familiar Anti-Protest Warning Ahead of 2017 Elections

- Any citizen or candidate who attempts to disrupt the upcoming elections will receive a "hard slap in the face," warned Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, in a recent speech reminiscent of one he gave in June 2009 amidst the widespread, peaceful protests against the vote count that year. - 5/12/17

Iranian Authorities Block Attempts by Gold Medalist's Husband to Stop Her From Competing Abroad

- For the second time, Iranian authorities have allowed two-time Iranian Paralympic gold medalist archer Zahra Nemati to travel abroad to compete despite her estranged husband's attempts to force her to stay home. According to Article 18 of Iran's Passport Law, a married woman needs her husband's permission to travel abroad. - 5/11/17

Reformist Iranian Journalist: Hardliners Working to Sabotage Rouhani Campaign With Intimidation Tactics

- By preventing speeches in favor of President Hassan Rouhani and blocking his campaigners from reaching voters, hardliners are trying to weaken the incumbent president ahead of the May 19, 2017 election, Mohammad Sadegh Javadi-Hessar, a reformist journalist told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) - 5/11/17

IRAN: Rohani Chides 'Executioners And Jailers' In 'Risky' Campaign Gambit

- Less than two weeks before voting in Iran's presidential election, incumbent Hassan Rohani has risked crossing the political establishment's "red lines" in an unusually blunt attack against two conservative rivals. In a campaign speech in the western city of Hamedan, Rohani said on May 8 that voters did not want someone who in the four decades since Iran's revolution has only known how to "execute and jail." - 5/10/17

Reformist Iranian Journalist Tortured Under Ghalibaf's Police Command Demands Accountability

- A reformist journalist who was detained and tortured in a secret detention center under the supervision of current Iranian presidential candidate Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf in 2004, when Ghalibaf was the commander of police forces, is demanding accountability. - 5/10/17

Court Judges Focus On Whether Trump Travel Order Targets Muslims

- U.S. appeals court judges asked tough questions about President Donald Trump's temporary ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries, with several voicing skepticism that national security was the measure's true goal. - 5/9/17

Student Imprisoned For Refusing to Collaborate With Iran's Intelligence Ministry Denied Medical Care

- Political prisoner Hamid Babaei is being refused hospital treatment by the authorities of Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj, west of Tehran, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 5/9/17

Rouhani Staff Repeatedly Blocked From Campaigning in North Tehran Weeks Before 2017 Elections

- For the second week in a row, the staff at the campaign headquarters of incumbent President Hassan Rouhani in north Tehran has been prevented from campaigning in the run-up to Iran's May 19, 2017 elections for president and local councils. - 5/9/17

Prominent Iranian Political Activist Faezeh Hashemi Barred From Speaking at Rouhani Campaign Event

- Speeches by reformist politicians and supporters of incumbent president Hassan Rouhani have been cancelled ahead of the May 19, 2017 presidential election, including two by former member of Parliament Faezeh Hashemi. Hashemi, an outspoken political activist and the daughter of the late former President Akbar Hashemi Rafasanjani, was prevented from speaking at the opening of Rouhani's campaign office in Arak, 148 miles south of Tehran, on April 30. - 5/6/17

New Trump's "Extreme Vetting" Proposal Raises Alarm Bells

- The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is profoundly concerned by the Trump administration's newly released proposal for "extreme vetting" interview questions. "Donald Trump's Muslim ban has been blocked by multiple courts so now he is attempting to circumvent the judiciary and impose a Muslim ban through new measures," said Shayan Modarres, Legal Counsel for NIAC. "This proposal makes America less safe and would do further damage to the values and protections that are fundamental to this country." - 5/5/17

An Interview with Scholar and Historian Ervand Abrahamian on the Islamic Republic's "Greatest Crime"

- The executions of thousands of political prisoners in Iran in 1988 has received renewed attention due to the presidential election coming up on May 19, in which one of the candidates-Ebrahim Raisi-was a member of the committee that ordered the killings. - 5/5/17

Shirin Ebadi: Iran's 2017 Presidential Hopefuls Have Unacceptable Human Rights Records

- Not one of the candidates running for Iran's presidency has an acceptable human rights record, Iranian Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) in a recent interview. Ebadi said she was especially appalled by the candidacy of Ebrahim Raisi, who served on a committee that implemented the executions of thousands of political prisoners in 1988. - 5/4/17

Judiciary Shuts Down Reformists' Campaign Headquarters in Iran's Second Largest City

- The campaign headquarters of reformists in Khorasan Razavi Province, northeastern Iran, was shuttered on May 2, 2017-three weeks before the country's presidential and local council elections on May 19, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 5/3/17

The Art Theater takes a Stand

- Since the presidential election in November, a number of Champaign-Urbana organizations have hosted events and protests to take a stand against the conservative policies being rolled out by the Trump administration and to foster discussion about social justice issues that affect the community. In May, the Art Theater will participate in an international film series called The Seventh Art Stand, a cinematic act of solidarity against Islamophobia and the travel ban. -Smile Politely - 5/3/17

Videos Appear Defending Iranian Presidential Hopeful's Role in 1988 Prisoners Massacre

- Since Ebrahim Raisi announced his candidacy for Iran's presidency, videos have been appearing online defending the 1988 massacre of thousands of political prisoners, which Raisi implemented as part of a special committee. - 5/1/17

Iranian Filmmaker Keyvan Karimi Released From Prison Early

- An Iranian filmmaker has been released from prison early after serving around five months based on his conviction on charges of "insulting sanctities" and "spreading propaganda." Keywan Karimi, a 31-year-old Iranian Kurd, was released on April 19, the global rights watchdog Amnesty International said in a statement late last week. - 5/1/17

Iran's Judiciary Blocks Instagram's Live Video Service Weeks Before May 2017 Elections

- Instagram's live video feature has been blocked in Tehran by several internet and mobile phone providers since the early afternoon of April 27, 2017, according to investigations by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 4/29/17

Three Young Iranian Men to Serve 12 Years in Prison For "Insulting" Social Media Posts

- Three 24-year-olds have been sentenced to 12 years in prison each in Iran for posting critical commentary about politics and religion on the Telegram messaging network and on Facebook. - 4/28/17

Trump Unites Iranian Americans

- Generations of Iranians like my parents have admired the United States for almost everything. They wanted their children to attend American universities, promoted America as the land of great opportunities, and proudly sent invitations to friends for their U.S. citizenship ceremonies. But many Iranian Americans today are confused and frightened by the wave of unjust immigration policies targeting Iranians. -Leila Mansouri - 4/27/17

Iran's Other Elections: Local Council Applicants Subjected to Arbitrary Vetting

- In a surprising development, a few outspoken and prominent political activists have been approved to run in Iran's elections for city and village councils on May 19, 2017. However, many well-known activists and reformists have been arbitrarily disqualified. - 4/27/17

Zogby Denounces Panel on Religious Freedom

- James Zogby, the founder and president of the Arab American Institute, is about to wrap up his tenure on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). He is not leaving quietly. Zogby, who was appointed to two terms on the commission by former President Barack Obama, sent a stunning letter to the commission, expressing his dissent from the latest report as well as his dissatisfaction with the way the commission goes about its business. -Mitchell Plitnick, LobeLog - 4/27/17

Family Urges Trump To Work For Release Of Jailed Americans In Iran

- A relative of two Iranian-Americans imprisoned in Iran has said their health is deteriorating in Tehran's Evin prison and urged U.S. President Donald Trump to take "personal responsibility" for freeing them. Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, were sentenced to 10-year prison terms last year for "collusion with an enemy state" -- the United States. Babak Namazi has been seeking the release of his father and brother since then. - 4/26/17

Dual National's Husband Urges UK to Secure Her Release From Iran

- The husband of Nazanin-Zaghari Ratcliffe, an Iranian-British citizen imprisoned in Iran since April 2016, is urging the British government to secure her release now that Iran's Supreme Court has rejected the second appeal of her five-year prison sentence. - 4/26/17

Former Iranian MP: Guardian Council Has "No Legal Authority" to Exclude Religious Minorities From Elections

- The Guardian Council's attempt to ban religious minorities from running in Iran's nationwide local council elections on May 19, 2017 is unlawful and infringes on their constitutional rights, a former reformist member of Parliament told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 4/26/17

Iranian Awarded 32K Pounds In Compensation For Account Closure By British Bank

- A UK law firm has announced that one of its Iranian clients has managed to obtain nearly 32,000 pounds in compensation for mistaken closure of his bank account form the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) last year. - 4/26/17

IRAN: President Rohani's Campaign Suffers As Pro-Administration Journalists Are Detained

- The recent arrest of a number of administrators of Telegram social networking Channels continues to fuel tensions between Iran's administration and the judiciary. Telegram is a cloud-based instant messaging application popular in Iran in which Channels are used as a group platform where members can receive content from. - 4/25/17

University Student Groups In Iran Decry Security Climate On Campus, Rising Costs And Gender Segregation

- Seventy-two student organizations from universities throughout Iran have issued a joint statement asking President Hassan Rouhani to end the security climate on campuses, halt the rising cost of education, and stop discriminatory practices against female students. - 4/25/17

Iran Tries To Abolish Death Penalty For Trafficking As It Wrestles With Rising Drug Charges

- Iranian parliament's Judicial Commission spokesperson has announced that this commission has agreed with a proposal to reduce death penalty to 30 years in prison for a number of drug-related offences. Meanwhile the number of arrests for drug related charges are increasing in the country. - 4/24/17

Eight Baha'is Arrested Without a Warrant by Iran's Intelligence Ministry and Denied Legal Council

- Seven Baha'i citizens were arrested by the Intelligence Ministry in Bandar Abbas and Qeshm Island, southern Iran, on April 18, 2017, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Despite President Hassan Rouhani's expressed support for religious freedom, dozens of Baha'is have been arrested or their businesses shuttered under his watch for their faith. - 4/24/17

Low Female Participation Rate in Iranian Elections Symptom of Gender Inequality

- The low number of female participants in Iranian elections is an indicator of inequality in the political, social and cultural fabric of the country, women's rights advocate Nahid Tavasoli told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Speaking from Tehran, the editor-in-chief of Nafe, an academic women's periodical, said Iranian women are denied many rights as citizens that affect their participation rate in politics. - 4/21/17

Lawmakers Say Iran's Larijani Rejects Call To Bar Religious Minorities From Elections

- Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani has dismissed a call by the head of the powerful Guardians Council to prevent members of religious minorities from running in city council elections in May, according to two lawmakers. - 4/20/17

No Woman Has Ever Run For Iranian President. Will Azam Taleghani Be The First?

- On April 14, a tiny, frail-looking woman wearing a chador and using a walker made her way slowly up the stairs of Iran's Interior Ministry in Tehran. Seventy-three-year-old Azam Taleghani was there to register as a candidate in the May 19 vote for Iran's presidency. She's hoping the third time is the charm -Golnaz Esfandiari - 4/20/17

Iran's Judiciary Blocks Voice Calls On Telegram Messaging App

- Iran's judiciary has blocked newly introduced call features on a highly popular messaging app called Telegram. It was not immediately clear whether the reason for the blocking of voice calls, introduced last week, was a political move ahead of the country's May presidential election or an attempt to protect the commercial interests of Iranian telecom companies. - 4/20/17

Prominent Political Activist Continues Fight for Gender Equality in Iran's 2017 Presidential Election

- Despite being repeatedly disqualified in the past, one of Iran's top political activists, Azam Taleghani, has registered to run in the country's May 19, 2017 presidential election. The daughter of a moderate leader of Iran's 1979 revolution, Ayatollah Mahmoud Taleghani (1911-1979), Azam Taleghani told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that she registered to "clear the confusion" over male interpretations of the Constitution that have blocked women from running for the presidency. - 4/19/17

Nasrin Sotoudeh: Investigate Iranian Presidential Hopeful Ebrahim Raisi for 1988 Mass Executions

- Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and former political prisoner Nasrin Sotoudeh has strongly criticized the candidacy of Ebrahim Raisi in Iran's May 19, 2017 presidential election. "The competency of this candidate should not be approved for any reason until the events of 1988 are investigated and it is proven that he was not an accomplice," she told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "In the meantime, we do have an audio file... that shows he did have a hand in those events." - 4/19/17

Conflict and Famine in Yemen

- Yemenis are starving because of war. No natural disaster is responsible. No amount of humanitarian aid can solve the underlying problem. Without an immediate, significant course change, portions of the country, in the 21st century and under the watch of the Security Council, will likely tip into famine. -International Crisis Group, LobeLog - 4/19/17

Iranian Couple Reunited In Colorado After Travel Ban Scares

- An experience that both called "a nightmare" turned into a dream come true for an Iranian family reunited at Denver International Airport Tuesday night. "I saw her on May 5, one year ago," Zoheir Khademian said. -CBS, Denver - 4/19/17

International Law Expert Denounces Iranian Presidential Bid of Rights Violator Ebrahim Raisi

- The candidacy of Ebrahim Raisi in Iran's May 19 presidential election "shows great contempt for human rights, the rights of the Iranian people, and the families of those killed in the 1980s," international law expert Shadi Sadr told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 4/18/17

IRAN: Reformists Barred From Isfahan's May 19 By-Election for Parliament

- After disqualifying the initial reformist winner, Iran's conservative Guardian Council has now barred most reformist candidates from running in the second-round election for Isfahan's vacant parliamentary seat. The vote will occur when Iranians head to the polls on May 19, 2017 to elect their new president and city and village councils. - 4/18/17

Iranian Americans, livid over Trump visa ban, to get their day in court

- President Donald Trump's attempts to impose a visa ban on a set of majority-Muslim countries has sparked unusual anger and activism among a wealthy, highly educated group that generally avoids U.S. politics: Iranian Americans. Now, they're about to get their day in court, winning the first chance to present in-person testimony against the travel ban. -Politico - 4/17/17

Iranian Azeri Rights Activist on Trial for Advocating Mother Language

- Abbas Lesani, an Azeri ethnic rights activist, is being tried for advocating for state recognition of his mother tongue and making a speech at his friend's wedding calling for an end to the discrimination of Azeris in Iran. - 4/15/17

U.S. Sanctions Tehran Prison Organization, Official For Abuses

- The United States says it has sanctioned the Tehran Prisons Organization and a top official in connection with "serious human rights abuses" in Iran. The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on April 13 said it was sanctioning Sohrab Soleimani and the prison organization, an action it said reflects "deep concern" regarding the human rights situation in the country. - 4/14/17

Iranian Political Prisoner Narges Mohammadi Offered Furlough in Exchange for Silence

- Imprisoned human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has been offered temporary release if she promises to be silent about her unjust sentence, her husband told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "The authorities have told Narges that they would grant her furlough on the condition that she not talk to or meet anyone," said Taghi Rahmani, who lives with the couple's two children in Paris. "No interviews, no phone calls, no visits." - 4/13/17

EU extends sanctions on Iran over human rights claims

- The European Union has extended by another year sanctions against Iran over alleged claims of "human rights violations" despite the fledgling rapprochement between Tehran and the bloc since the 2015 landmark nuclear agreement. - 4/12/17

IRAN: Son of Grand Ayatollah Blasts Presidential Bid of Human Rights Violator Ebrahim Raisi

- The son of late Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who publicly condemned the mass executions of political prisoners in 1988, has criticized the newly announced presidential candidacy of Ebrahim Raisi. In an interview with the Center for Human Rights in Iran, Ahmed Montazeri noted that Raisi, who was part of the four-man special tribunal that ordered the mass executions, "does not have a day of experience in government." - 4/11/17

Iranians Express Solidarity With Victims Of Alleged Chemical Attack In Syria

- Iranians have demonstrated at the location of a decades-old chemical attack to condemn a suspected gas attack on a Syrian town last week that killed dozens of civilians, and to call for an end to the use of such weapons. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 4/11/17

Iran's Judiciary Chief Forbids Election Protests Ahead of May Vote

- A little over a month before Iranians head to the polls on May 19, 2017, Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani has warned that a repeat of the protests against the disputed result of the 2009 presidential election would not be tolerated. - 4/9/17

Iranian Music Producers Returned to Evin Prison After Request for Extended Medical Furlough Denied

- Music producers Mehdi and Hossein Rajabian returned to Evin Prison in Tehran on April 4, 2017 after their request for an extension of their seven-day temporary leave was denied by the judiciary, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 4/9/17

Iranian Political Prisoner Serving Seven Years Gets Additional 91 Days for IRGC Charges

- An additional 91 days were added to civil rights activist Atena Daemi's seven-year prison sentence for her peaceful activism. The sentence was issued to Daemi and her two sisters after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) responded to her complaint about their use of excessive force with a complaint of their own. - 4/7/17

Joint Statement of Iranian-American Organizations on Detentions of Iranians

- As organizations that represent the Iranian-American community, we are deeply concerned by recent arrests of Iranians visiting and studying in the United States. At least two Iranians are currently being held in custody by U.S. immigration authorities: Alia Ghandi and Mohammad Salar Fard-Hajian. We implore authorities to ensure these individuals have ready access to legal counsel and insist they be promptly released from custody. - 4/6/17

Five Iranian Baha'is Arrested in Isfahan Without Warrant on Unknown Charges

- Five Baha'is were arrested at their homes in the city of Isfahan on March 28, 2017, Simin Fahandej, the faith's spokesperson at the United Nations in Geneva confirmed to the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 4/5/17

IRAN: Rough Body Searches on Visiting Children Prompts Hunger Strike by Political Prisoner in Rajaee Shahr Prison

- Political activist Jafar (Shahin) Eghdami shaved his head and went on a three-day hunger strike on March 30, 2017 to protest "children being bothered during body searches in the visitation halls" of Rajaee Shahr Prison, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 4/5/17

Hunger-Striking Political Activist Detained Without Charge Writes Will in Tehran's Evin Prison

- After 24 days on hunger strike in Evin Prison in Tehran, reformist political activist Hengameh Shahidi, detained without charge and denied legal counsel since March 9, 2017, has written a will, her mother told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 4/4/17

Supporters Mark One-Year Anniversary of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's Imprisonment in Iran

- Iranian-British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe never thought she would be detained by the Revolutionary Guards' Intelligence Organization when she and her 22-month-old daughter arrived at Tehran's international airport, on their way back home to the UK on April 3, 2016. One year later, the 38-year-old employee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation is in Evin Prison's Women's Ward in Tehran serving a five-year sentence for unspecified "national security charges." - 4/4/17

Iranian-American Sentenced To 18 Years For Espionage Released On Bail

- A dual Iranian-American citizen sentenced to 18 years in prison for insulting the Islamic republic and engaging in espionage for the United States has been released on bail, two U.S. human rights groups said. Both groups said it was not immediately clear if Shahini could leave the country. - 4/4/17

Iran Bans Female Billiards Players For Violating Islamic Codes Of Conduct

- Iranian sports authorities say they have banned five female billiards players from competing for a year for allegedly violating Islamic codes of conduct during a tournament in China. The Iranian Billiards and Bowling Federation did not reveal the specific allegations, saying only that they would be announced at a later date. - 4/1/17



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