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Iran Must Confront Its Child Protection Crisis

- On the International Day of the Girl Child, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) urges the authorities in Iran to confront its child protection crisis, and fulfill the mandate of the day, which the UN states is to "address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights." -CHRI - 10/14/19

Iranian Women Football Fans Decry Restrictions: "Why Didn't They Let Us All In?"

- The soccer match between Iran and Cambodia on October 10, 2019, in Tehran's Azadi Stadium included the historic presence of thousands of women. However, although the stadium was more than half empty, the authorities capped the number of tickets sold to women and denied female photographers press access. -CHRI - 10/13/19

PHOTOS: Thousands Of Women Attend World Cup Qualifier In Tehran

- Thousands of Iranian female fans have attended their national team's soccer World Cup qualifier against Cambodia at Tehran's Azadi Stadium. The October 10 match was the first time since shortly after Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979 that women were allowed to watch a men's game without needing special, rare invitations or being forced to sneak in disguised as men. - 10/11/19

Iranian Women Attend Football Match in Major Challenge to Stadium Ban, But Discriminatory Restrictions Persist

- Nearly four decades after women were banned from sports stadiums in Iran, a few thousand tickets were sold to female fans ahead of an October 10, 2019, World Cup qualifier match between the Iranian and Cambodian national teams. - 10/10/19

US sanctions impeding treatment of Iranian victims of Saddam's chemical attacks: OPCW envoy

- Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says unilateral US sanctions have prevented the country's access to medical and health services required to treat victims of chemical attacks carried out by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the 1980s. - 10/10/19

IRAN: Appeals Court to Rule on Satirist's Case Without Hearing His Defense

- Iran's Appeals Court, which met last week to review satirist Keyomars Marzban's appeal against a preliminary court's harsh sentence against him, is expected to issue a ruling next week without hearing his defense, a source with detailed knowledge of his case told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on October 9, 2019. -CHRI - 10/10/19

Iran Frees Russian Journalist Yuzik

- Iran has released Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik after detaining her for a week, according to the Russian Embassy in Tehran. The reason for Yuzik's arrest in Tehran remains unclear. "As a result of joint efforts by the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Embassy in Tehran, the Iranian side resolved to release Russian citizen Yulia Yuzik," the embassy said in a statement on October 10. -RFE/RL - 10/10/19

Iran Blocks Domestic Hosting Companies From Servicing Banned Websites

- Internet hosting companies in Iran must cease providing services to filtered websites based in the country, according to an order issued by the deputy prosecutor general in charge of cyberspace, Javad Javidnia, on August 31, 2019. The Iranian government had previously turned a blind eye to hosting companies that were servicing blocked websites in Iran; people based in the country accessed them using online censorship circumvention tools. -CHRI - 10/9/19

Iranian American Coalition Requests Information on Student Visa Denials for Iranian Nationals

- A coalition of Iranian American organizations, including the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), and Pars Equality Center released the following statement after sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan requesting clarity regarding recent en masse visa cancellations and entry denials of students of Iranian nationality - 10/8/19

IRAN: Children Born to Non-Iranian Fathers Win Right to File for Citizenship -- With a Catch

- Legislation granting a citizenship application option to Iranian children born to foreign fathers was approved by the country's legislative watchdog, the Guardian Council, on October 2, 2019. Four years in the making, the long-awaited approval came after Parliament agreed to incorporate amendments granting the Intelligence Ministry and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) Intelligence Organization the authority to carry out background checks on applicants' parents. -CHRI - 10/8/19

Iran Says Russian Journalist Yulia Yuzik Held In Visa-Violation Case

- Iran says Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik was detained in Tehran last week "due to visa issues." Yuzik's case is not related to matters concerning the "counterespionage" department, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei told reporters on October 7, adding that the case was under "quick review" by the authorities. -RFE/RL - 10/8/19

Australians Back Home After Likely Prisoner Swap With Iran

- Australian travel bloggers Jolie King and Mark Firkin arrived back at their home in Perth after months in an Iranian jail following what appears to have been a likely prisoner swap with Tehran. Australian authorities confirmed on October 6 that, on the same day Tehran freed the couple from detention, they released an Iranian academic who had been held for more than a year in Queensland. -RFE/RL - 10/7/19

Iranian Women buy all allocated tickets for Iran's soccer match against Cambodia

- A total of 3,500 tickets have been sold to the Iranian women for the match between Iran and Cambodia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier in Group C. Team Melli will host Cambodia on Oct. 10 in Tehran's Azadi Stadium and the Iranian women are allowed to attend the match. - 10/4/19

Mother of Slain Son to Serve One Year in Prison for Seeking Justice

- Shahnaz Akmali, the mother of a protester who was killed in a pro-democracy rally, must serve a year in prison, an Appeals Court in Iran has decided, for her attempts to seek justice for her son. "My mother's sentence was upheld by the Appeals Court while my brother's murder case is gathering dust in the same court that convicted my mother," tweeted Maryam Karim Beigi on September 30th, 2019. "It's not too much to expect his killer to be in prison, instead of my mother for seeking justice." -CHRI - 10/4/19

Iran Adopts Amendment Allowing Women To Pass Citizenship To Children

- Iran's Guardians Council has adopted a legal amendment allowing Iranian women married to foreigners to pass on their nationality to their offspring. Human rights activists have long called for the reform of Iran's "discriminatory" citizenship law, saying it could help thousands of children living in legal limbo in the country. -RFE/RL - 10/3/19

Children With Disabilities in Iran Denied Access to Inclusive Education

- Children with disabilities face discrimination and significant barriers in getting an education in Iran, Human Rights Watch and the Center for Human Rights in Iran said in a joint report issued today as the school year begins. The 52-page report "'Just Like Other Kids': Lack of Access to Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities in Iran" documents discrimination and barriers to education in the country's public school system for most children with disabilities. -CHRI - 10/2/19

U.S. Refuses To Allow Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif To Visit Cancer-Stricken UN Ambassador In New York Hospital

- Following a diplomatic deadlock between the United States and Iran this week, both sides confirmed that the State Department refused to allow foreign minister Javad Zarif to visit Iran's ambassador to the UN, who is receiving treatment in a NY hospital. Reuters quoted a U.S. State Department spokesperson who said Zarif's request would be granted if Iran released one of several American citizens it had detained. - 9/28/19

Striking Iranian Sugar Plant Workers Add Colleagues' Freedom to List of Demands

- Hundreds of workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro-industrial Complex in the city of Shush, southwestern Iran, attended a fifth consecutive day of demonstrations on September 27, 2019, to protest the expulsion of about 20 of their colleagues and imprisonment of seven others under lengthy sentences. -CHRI - 9/28/19

Facebook And The Fake Iranian Opposition

- The campaign of silencing the true opposition has now spread to Facebook. Coordinated attacks are waged against any Facebook page that espouses opposition to the policies of the Trump administration, Saudi Arabia, and Israel toward Iran, including economic sanctions and war, as well as military intervention in other countries. In addition, the Facebook pages of anyone who counters the efforts by pro-monarchist groups promoting Reza Pahlavi are also attacked. -Muhammad Sahimi - 9/27/19

U.S. court orders release of jailed Iranian woman after 27 months behind bars in Australia, U.S.

- A US federal court has ruled that an Iranian woman held in Australia for two years without trial over alleged violation of US sanctions is free to go. Negar Ghodskani, 40, was pregnant when Australian Federal Police arrested her on behalf of US authorities in 2017 over what Washington claimed was flouting US sanctions on Iran by purchasing US electronics components and products. She gave birth to a boy in custody in Adelaide, South Australia, while fighting extradition to the US. -Press TV - 9/27/19

Authorities Deny Prisoner of Conscience Saeed Shirzad Eye Operation, Access to Mother's Funeral

- Behind bars for over five years, prisoner of conscience Saeed Shirzad has been denied an operation to treat his vision problems as well as blocked from attending his mother's funeral, the Center for Human rights in Iran (CHRI) has been informed. -CHRI - 9/26/19

New Trump Iran Designation Threatens Humanitarian Goods

- In July 2019, Brian Hook-the U.S. Special Representative on Iran-released a video addressing the purported "myth" that the U.S. sanctions humanitarian trade with Iran. That wasn't a "myth" at the time, as the U.S. had historically circumscribed how humanitarian trade with Iran may take place. But now more recent events indicate that sanctioning humanitarian trade is not only a reality but increasingly appears to be a hallmark feature of current U.S. sanctions policy towards Iran. -Tyler Cullis - 9/25/19

Audio Message From Gharchak Prison Reveals Intense Pressure on Iranian Labor Activist Sepideh Qoliyan

- On September 14, 2019, the BBC aired an audio file containing the voice of labor activist Sepideh Qoliyan saying that she was pressured to make a false confession by agents while held in Gharchak Prison in Varamin, south of Tehran, where she is currently awaiting the outcome of her appeal. -CHRI - 9/23/19

No Budget or Implementation: Rouhani Government Fails to Implement Disability Rights Law in Iran

- "By failing to allocate sufficient funds to implement Iran's new disabilities law, the government has shown its disregard for its domestic and international obligations to the country's disabilities community," an Iranian disability rights activist who spoke on the condition of anonymity told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). -CHRI - 9/19/19

Detained Iranian-British Anthropologist Says Charges Based on Government-Approved Research

- Held in solitary confinement since being arrested in Tehran on August 11, 2019, Iranian-British anthropologist Kameel Ahmady will remain in detention for a minimum of several more weeks, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 9/18/19

Iranian Stadium Ban Activists Honored in Wake of "Blue Girl" Tragedy

- A minute of silence was observed for Sahar Khodayari, a young Iranian woman who self-immolated after reportedly hearing she would have to serve jail time after being arrested for trying to watch her favorite men's soccer team play at Tehran's Azadi Stadium. -CHRI - 9/16/19

Iran says 'masters of sanction' killing innocent people

- Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the UN office in Geneva has lashed out at the US for imposing cruel sanctions against Iran, warning that the negative consequences of such measures turn it into a "crime against humanity." -Press TV - 9/13/19

FIFA Officials To Visit Iran After Death Of Stadium-Ban Protester

- FIFA will visit Iran to review preparations for allowing women to attend men's soccer games, a spokesman for the world soccer governing body told Reuters and AFP on September 11. The announcement of FIFA's visit, expected in the next two weeks, follows the death of a 29-year-old woman who set herself on fire after being charged for attempting to attend a men's soccer match disguised as a male. - 9/12/19

Top Iran cultural body slams US protracted detention of stem-cell scientist

- A leading Iranian cultural organization has slammed the United States for its protracted detainment of an Iranian stem-cell scientist on "hollow" grounds, calling on advocates of human rights worldwide to help end the "arbitrary detention." - 9/11/19

Death of Iran's "Blue Girl" Spotlights Senseless Ban on Women in Stadiums

- The death of Sahar Khodayari, a woman who set herself on fire in Tehran because she thought she would have to serve jail time for trying to watch a soccer match, has put the spotlight on the costs of a discriminatory state policy that Iranian women have been protesting for decades. -CHRI - 9/11/19

IRAN: Mass Sentencing of Labor Activists, Journalists Prelude to Reign of Repression Under New Judiciary Chief

- Less than a year after workers' rights activists in southwestern Iran publicized evidence that Intelligence Ministry agents had tortured detainees, those same activists and four independent journalists who covered their cases have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms. "The sentences are an indicator that newly appointed Judiciary Chief Ehrabim Raisi intends to prolong his predecessor's reign of repression by punishing peaceful activism through arbitrary arrests and kangaroo courts," said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/10/19

IRAN: Female Political Prisoners To Serve Additional Two Years For "Insulting" Supreme Leader

- Imprisoned civil rights activist Atena Daemi and recently released political prisoner Golrokh Iraee Ebrahimi were informed that they must serve an additional 2.1 years in prison now that the Tehran Appeals Court upheld a joint sentence against them under the charges of "insulting the supreme leader" and "propaganda against the state." -CHRI - 9/9/19

15 Iran MPs Urge New Judiciary Chief to Stop Renewed Crackdown on Freedom of Speech

- During a speech addressing Iran's legislature, member of Parliament (MP) Parvaneh Salahshouri strongly criticized the recent crackdown on journalists and workers' rights advocates and called on recently appointed Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi to uphold the rule of law. -CHRI - 9/6/19

Bill on protection of animals brought before Iran's Parliament

- A long-awaited bill on protection of animals which had been proposed over 3 years ago was finally brought to the Majlis (Iranian Parliament), ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday. Since 2016, some animal cruelty cases have been spotted in the country which mounted public criticism and pushed the Majlis to pass a law against cruelty to animals. - 9/5/19

Public Outcry Leads Officials To Void The Marriage Of Underage Girl In Iran

- A videotape widely circulated on social media showing the wedding party of an under-thirteen year old girl and a 22-year-old man has forced a local judicial official in Iran to declare the marriage null and void until further notice. -Radio Farda - 9/4/19

Iran Lawmakers Protest Arrest And Harsh Sentences Against Labor Activists

- In a letter to the head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary, sixteen Iranian legislators have protested the imprisonment of a young photographer, Nooshin Ja'fari, and harsh verdicts issued against labor rights activists. Four female members of Majles (parliament) are among the signatories of the letter. -Radio Farda - 9/4/19

Thousands Of Children Forced To Work, Beg In The Streets In Iran

- Beggars in the Iranian capital city Tehran earn more than $350,000 a month, says the deputy of the Islamic Republic's Welfare Organization, Mohammad Reza Fazelinejad. Speaking to the state-run Iran Students News Agency (ISNA), Fazelinejad said on Sunday, September 1, "By direct handouts to street urchins, child workers, and beggars, citizens of Tehran increase the number of vagrants, while their payments ultimately are taken away from the paupers." -Radio Farda - 9/3/19

No Family Visits or Lawyer Allowed for Detained Iranian-British Anthropologist Kameel Ahmady Two Weeks Into Detention

- After more than two weeks in detention, Iranian-British social anthropologist Kameel Ahmady has not had any contact with his family except three phone calls, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. His wife, Shafagh Rahmani, told CHRI on August 28 that she has not been given permission to visit him in Tehran's Evin Prison and that the authorities have refused to answer any questions about his health and why he is being held. -CHRI - 8/30/19

Iranian Journalist Marzieh Amiri Sentenced to 10.5 Years Imprisonment for Covering Labor Day Rally

- Four months after being arrested while covering a Labor Day protest, Journalist Marzieh Amiri has been sentenced to 10.5 years in prison and 148 lashes by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Mohammad Moghiseh. If upheld upon appeal, Amiri, a reporter for the reformist Shargh newspaper in Tehran, would have to serve at least six years in prison before becoming eligible for parole. -CHRI - 8/29/19

Mohammad Ali Najafi, Former Mayor Of Tehran, Released After Conviction For Wife's Murder

- The former mayor of Tehran, who was sentenced to death for murdering his second wife, was freed on Wednesday, August 28, after being pardoned by the victim's family. Mohammad Ali Najafi was released on an approximately $240,000 bail, local news outlets cited his attorney, Hamid Reza Goudarzi, as saying. -Radio Farda - 8/29/19

Iranian Authorities Force Detained Photographer to Threaten Activist With Eerie Voice Message

- A tearful audio message containing the voice of Nooshin Jafari, a photographer held under close supervision in an undisclosed section of Tehran's Evin Prison, has raised alarms over her safety amid fears that she was forced to send the message under extreme duress. -CHRI - 8/28/19

Iran Sentences Satirist Keyomars Marzban to 23 Years Imprisonment

- Satirist Keyomars Marzban has been sentenced to 23.3 years in prison in Iran for working for foreign media outlets, his lawyer Mohammad Hossein Aghasi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on August 25, 2019. "My client is a satirist and author who wrote for some media outlets outside the country and the charges were based on the content of those writings," Aghasi told CHRI. - 8/27/19

Iran To Let Women Attend Men's World Cup Qualifier In October

- Women in Iran will be allowed into a Tehran stadium to attend a men's football World Cup qualifier later this year, a Sports Ministry official has said. "The women can go in the Asadi Stadium for the qualification match against Cambodia on October 10," Deputy Sports Minister Jamshid Taghizadeh said on August 25, according to state news agency IRNA. - 8/26/19

Iranian Political Prisoner Arash Sadeghi Denied Hospitalization Despite Loss of Arm Motion

- Political prisoner Arash Sadeghi's loss of motion in his right arm hasn't persuaded the authorities of Evin Prison to allow him to receive proper medical treatment in a hospital outside the prison, his wife Golrokh Iraee Ebrahimi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). -CHRI - 8/23/19

Security Forces In Iran Arrest 12 of 14 Activists Demanding Khamenei's Resignation

- The provincial intelligence department in Mashhad in north-eastern Iran says 14 activists who had called on Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to resign are advocates of regime change and wanted to bring about insecurity. According to the latest report from Mashhad, 12 of the 14 political activists who demanded Khamenei's resignation in July have been arrested. -Radio Farda - 8/23/19

Iran Releases Detained Stadium Ban Protesters as Hardliners Cheer on Discriminatory Policy

- Four women arrested by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on August 17, 2019, for trying to enter Azadi Stadium in Tehran to watch a men's soccer game were released on bail from Gharchak Prison, south of the capital, two days later. -CHRI - 8/22/19

Six-Year Prison Sentence Upheld Against Iranian Journalist Who Was Denied Right to Fair Trial

- An Appeals Court in Tehran has upheld a six-year prison sentence against political journalist Hamed Aynehvand without holding a hearing, his lawyer, Hossein Bayat, informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on August 13, 2019. - 8/21/19

Sanctions hindering pharma raw materials import: Iranian Red Crescent

- Problems in transferring money from foreign banks and using foreign exchange has been hindering the import of pharmaceutical raw materials into the country for a long time, announced the director of medical supply department at the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS). - 8/20/19

Iran Cracks Down on Instagram Celebrities as It Tightens Noose on Freedom of Speech and Expression

- Investigations by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) indicate that dozens of Iranians with large followings on Instagram-including athletes, fashion models and actors-were summoned by security officials in 2019 and in some cases charged with crimes for the content of their posts. - 8/20/19

"Why Should We Be Silent?": Colleagues Condemn Iranian Photographer's Unjust Detention

- Several members of Iran's film industry have spoken out against the detention of Nooshin Jafari, a film and theater photographer, who has been detained at an undisclosed location in Tehran since August 4, 2019. The authorities have meanwhile refused to provide information about her to her family since she was arrested, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 8/16/19

Iranian Superstar Banned From State TV For What Could Prove To Be Suppression Of Dissent

- An award-winning Iranian movie superstar has been banned from appearing on the Islamic Republic's monopolized TV networks, apparently for protesting the arrest of a female photojournalist. Hanieh Tavassoli and several other famous actors have made public statements condemning the detention of Noushin Jafari, who is a photojournalist focusing on movie stars and celebrities. -Radio Farda - 8/15/19

British-Iranian Scholar Kameel Ahmady Arrested In Tehran On Unspecified Charges

- The wife of British-Iranian anthropologist Kameel Ahmady says her husband has been arrested at his home in Iran on unknown charges. Shafagh Rahmani told RFE/RL's Radio Farda on August 14 that her husband was arrested on August 11, and that authorities told her he faces "unspecified charges in connection with his activities." - 8/14/19

Female Plaintiff's Battle to Get a Motorcycle License Exposes Arbitrary Restrictions on Women in Iran

- In response to a complaint by a woman from the city of Isfahan, Branch 1 of Iran's Administrative Justice Court ruled that the traffic police's refusal to issue motorcycle driving licenses to women is unlawful. However, due to Article 60 of the Administrative Justice Court's Organizational and Regulatory Procedures Law, the ruling, which could be reversed, only applies to the individual plaintiff and not all women in the country. -CHRI - 8/14/19

Thousands In Iran Sign Petition To End House Arrest Of Opposition Leaders

- In a letter to President Hassan Rouhani, 8,700 Iranian citizens have called for lifting the house arrest of Iran's Green Movement leaders, confined to their homes since 2011 without trial. Twice speaker of Majles (Islamic Republic's parliament), mid-ranking cleric Mehdi Karroubi, ex-Prime minister Mir Hossein Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard have been under house arrest since February 2011. - 8/12/19

Disability Rights Activists Urge Apple to Allow Persian Speakers to Access VoiceOver Screen Reader

- More than 1,300 people had signed a petition as of August 9, 2019, by Persian-speaking disability rights activists calling on Apple to make its VoiceOver technology available to Persian-speaking users. "Excluding a number of people with disabilities from using new technologies is against the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990... which emphasize identifying and eliminating barriers to access to information, communications and electronic services," said the petition. -CHRI - 8/12/19

Detained Iranian Conservationists Niloufar Bayani and Sepideh Kashani on Hunger Strike

- Niloufar Bayani and Sepideh Kashani, two of the eight wildlife conservationists detained in Iran since January 2018, began a hunger strike on August 3, 2019, a source with knowledge of their cases told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "After more than 560 days in detention, the people accused in this case, and their families, are still unaware of the alleged crimes they committed and they continue to be denied transfers to public wards in prison despite the completion of the preliminary investigations," said the source who spoke to CHRI on the condition of anonymity on August 8, 2019. -CHRI - 8/11/19

Prominent Writer in Iran Sentenced To Prison, Female Journalist Arrested

- An Appeals Court has upheld an eight-month sentence for a renowned Iranian author, poet, and member of Iran Writers Association (IWA). "The verdict against the Iranian poet and writer, Nima Saffar, is unfair," IWA said in a statement Wednesday, August 7, adding, "The ruling, as well as all other similar decisions, should be repealed." - 8/9/19

More Iranians Forced to Rely on Unsafe Online Hosting After Blocked by Amazon

- Amazon has become the latest major American technology company to block Iranians from accessing its products and services due to U.S. government sanctions that prohibit companies from providing products or services to people based in Iran. -CHRI - 8/8/19

Iran Prosecutor Defies FIFA On Stadium Entrance Ban For Women

- Iran's ban on women entering stadiums is not the business of world soccer governing body FIFA, the country's prosecutor-general said on August 7. "That is certainly not the concern of FIFA -- whether women are among the football fans in the stadiums or not," Mohammad Montazeri said, according to the semiofficial ISNA news agency. -RFE/RL - 8/8/19

In Iran, Court Rules In Favor Of Female Motorcyclist, And It Gets Motors Running

- An Iranian lawmaker has welcomed a court ruling stating that police should issue an unidentified woman in the central city of Isfahan a motorcycle license. The Court of Administrative Justice handed down the ruling following a lawsuit by a female resident of Isfahan who had complained that traffic police had refused to issue her a motorcycle license, Iranian media reported on August 4. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 8/6/19

Blood Money Paid for a Woman in Iran Is Still Half That Paid for a Man, Despite New Ruling

- Following news in Iran on July 2, 2019, declaring equality between men and women in blood money (financial compensation paid to the family of someone who has been killed or to the victim who has been injured), many people incorrectly assumed that the existing discriminatory law, which assigns blood money ("diya") to a woman victim at half the amount of that of a man, had been abolished. -CHRI - 8/6/19

IRAN: Detained Independent News Editor in "Terrible Shape" After One-Month Hunger Strike

- The health of Amirhossein Mohammadifar, the detained editor-in-chief of the independent "Gam" Telegram app news channel, has severely deteriorated since he has been on hunger strike for nearly a month in Tehran's Evin Prison, his mother-in-law Golkhanom Norouzi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on August 1, 2019. -CHRI - 8/4/19

Iranian Heavy Metal Band Members Escape to Norway After Receiving Prison Sentences

- Nikan Khosravi and Arash Ilkhani, members of the Iranian heavy metal band Confess, have left Iran to escape prosecution and prison for their art. "We took a risk and left the country so that we could continue our work," Khosravi said in an interview with the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on July 27, 2019. -CHRI - 7/31/19

Detained Iranian Activist Sepideh Qoliyan Loses Consciousness During Hunger Strike

- Hunger striking activist and freelance journalist Sepideh Qoliyan (also known as Gholian) lost consciousness in her cell on July 27, 2019, and was rushed to the clinic in Gharchak Prison, south of Tehran, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 7/30/19

Cannes Film Festival, Iranian Filmmakers Condemn Sentence Against Colleague Mohammad Rasoulof

- International film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, as well as two prominent Iranian directors, have condemned the prison sentence issued in Tehran against acclaimed filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof. "Today, we wish to reiterate our deep commitment to freedom of expression and our immense respect for Mohammad Rasoulof, to whom we offer our fullest support," said an unsigned statement published on the Cannes' website on July 25, 2019. "We ask for the immediate and unconditional release of Mohammad Rasoulof and call on festivals around the world, cinemas and all artists to do the same." -CHRI - 7/29/19

Iran Prevents Public Commemoration At Grave Of Celebrated Poet Ahmad Shamlou

- Iranian security forces have prevented devotees of fans of late poet Ahmad Shamlou, who pushed for greater freedoms and had some of his work banned under successive governments, from marking the 18th anniversary of his death. - 7/26/19

Mohammad Rasoulof's Films Were Banned in Iran, Now He's Been Sentenced to Prison

- The sentencing of award-winning filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof to one year in prison for the content of his films has highlighted the perilous political landscape independent artists must navigate in Iran. "Iranian cinema has won international acclaim despite stifling censorship and the ongoing persecution of artists," said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). -CHRI - 7/24/19

Iran: Release Four Women Detained at Labor Day Protest

- Four women arrested on May 1, 2019, after attending a Labor Day rally in Tehran should be allowed unrestricted access to counsel and released, said the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). The women-journalist Marzieh Amiri and activists Neda Naji, Atefeh Rangriz, Anisha Asadollahi-were all charged with national security crimes after peacefully attending the protest and then denied bail. -CHRI - 7/23/19

Two Iranian Political Prisoners Sentenced to 3.7 More Years in Jail for Protesting Death Penalty

- Political prisoners Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee Ebrahimi have been told they must serve an additional 3.7 years in prison for the charges of "insulting the supreme leader" and "propaganda against the state," Daemi's mother informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on July 15, 2019. -CHRI - 7/22/19

May The Force Be With You, Ilhan

- I definitely understand what the young Somali emigre, now a congresswoman from Minnesota, Ilhan Omar, has been going through. I understand how it feels to be told "Why don't you go back to where you came from." Or, "If you don't like it here, you can just leave!" I got used to being called a damn "furner" by my supervisor, a semi-literate redneck from Alabama, who was the "Party Chief" of a seismic exploration crew where I worked fresh out of college. -Kambiz Zarrabi - 7/19/19

Mass Hunger Strike Launched in Evin Prison Against Unlawful Treatment of Political Prisoners

- In an open letter calling on the people of Iran to support their demands, six political prisoners in Ward 4 of Tehran's Evin Prison have announced that they've gone on hunger strike to protest the judiciary's treatment of political prisoners. The undated letter was posted July 14, 2019, on the official Facebook page of imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. -CHRI - 7/19/19

U.S. travel restrictions on Iranian diplomats inhuman: Foreign Minister Zarif

- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US travel restrictions imposed on Iranian diplomats and their families living in New York are "basically inhuman." "It is certainly not a friendly action. It puts the members of the mission and their families under basically inhuman conditions," Zarif told reporters at the United Nations on Wednesday. The United States has restricted their travel to between the United Nations, the Iranian UN mission, the Iranian UN ambassador's residence and John F. Kennedy airport. - 7/18/19

Husband and Wife Iranian Journalists Hunger Strike to Break "Limbo" of Six-Month Detention

- Imprisoned journalists Amirhossein Mohammadifar and Sanaz Allahyari, a married couple, have been on a wet hunger strike since July 4, 2019, in Tehran's Evin Prison to convince the authorities to allow them to post bail. -CHRI - 7/16/19

Iran Judiciary Confirms Arrest Of French-Iranian Academic Fariba Adelkhah

- Iran's Judiciary has confirmed the arrest of French-Iranian academic Fariba Adelkhah, a day after French President Emmanuel Macron said he had raised the issue with Tehran. Macron demanded an explanation on July 15 from Iran after the arrest last month of Adelkhah, a researcher with the prestigious Paris Institute of Political Studies, who is believed to have been arrested by the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on suspicion of spying. -RFE/RL - 7/16/19

Iran Jails Mohammad Nourizad, The Outspoken Critic Of Supreme Leader Khamenei

- The Iranian Human Rights News Agency, HRANA, reported on Wednesday July 10 that outspoken political activist Mohammad Nourizad, has been jailed. Nourizad was one of the signatories of a statement by 14 Iranian activists who called on Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to resign in order to end the country's political deadlock. -Radio Farda - 7/12/19

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