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Arrested Iranian-American from San Diego Held Incommunicado and without Access to Lawyer

- Iranian-American Robin (Reza) Shahini, the latest victim of a string of arrests and prolonged detainments of dual nationals who have travelled to Iran, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards' Intelligence Organization in the city of Gorgan, 255 miles east of Tehran, and has been held without access to a lawyer, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. - 7/26/16

Tehran Confirms Arrest Of Iranian-American

- Iran has confirmed the arrest of an Iranian-American who was visiting family in the country, the latest in a series of arrests of dual nationals by the Islamic republic over the past year. - 7/25/16

More than 50 Iranian youth arrested in mixed gender party

- The head of the judiciary for Damavand municipality has announced that more than 50 young Iranian women and men have been arrested in raiding of a mixed-gender party in Ab-e Sard region. Damavand is a rural mountainous area northeast of the Iranian capital, Tehran, where Tehranians go to relax, hike or rent a cottage and party. - 7/23/16

Another Iranian-American Detained In Iran, Family Says

- The U.S. State Department said on July 21 that it is looking into reports that another Iranian-American has been detained in Iran. Family members said Iranian authorities took Robin Shahini, 46, of San Diego, California, into custody on July 11 while he was visiting his sick mother in Iran and he has not been heard from since. - 7/22/16

Iran's Conservatives Lash Out at New Female Fashion Trends

- Iran's anti-vice squads, also referred to as the morality police, are particularly busy in the hot summer months when Iranian women wear lighter clothes and are less observant of the mandatory hijab. But this year the squads are focusing on a new "threat:" women wearing clothes with large English words on them. - 7/22/16

Atena Farghadani: Iranian cartoonist opens up about her captivity

- In her first interview to Western media since winning her release, Atena Farghadani talks about the horrific conditions behind bars in Iran and how she plans to continue producing political art, even if that means going to prison again -Independent - 7/21/16

Tots Caught: Tehran Kindergarten Shut Down Over Mixed-Gender Swimming Pool

- An Iranian official says a kindergarten has been shut down in the capital over a mixed-gender swimming pool. Tasnim had reported disapprovingly that the pool belonged to a kindergarten on Africa Street in an affluent neighborhood of the capital that had allowed mixed swimming and "proudly" posted the pictures on its official website. - 7/20/16

Iran is 'toying with lives' of political prisoners by denying them medical care: Amnesty International

- The Iranian authorities are callously toying with the lives of political prisoners by denying them adequate medical care - putting them at risk of irreversible damage to their health or even death - according to a new report by Amnesty International today. - 7/19/16

Exploitation of prisoners' labour in Iranian jails

- Prison work for inmates in Iran is a chance to briefly escape the inexorable walls that prescribe their daily lives for years on end or perhaps for the rest of their lives. However, prison workers have become slaves in ventures solely aimed at replenishing the pockets of prison officials. - 7/19/16

New Law Reduces Employment Prospects for Women in Iran

- Iran's Parliament has ratified an amended law that reduces the working hours of female employees with certain family obligations by eight hours per week. Although the law requires employers to pay these women full-time wages, rights advocates say the law will harm the employment prospects of women entering the job market and reduce the job security of those already employed, as employers balk at the costs the legislation will incur upon them. - 7/15/16

NIAC Action Welcomes EU Decision Not to Reciprocate on American Travelers

- NIAC Action Executive Director Jamal Abdi released the following statement after the European Commission indicated it would intensify efforts to achieve visa waiver reciprocity, foregoing a potential suspension of the Visa Waiver Program in reaction to restrictions on European travelers: - 7/15/16

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Quits after Years of State Harassment and Threats

- Constant pressure and harassment by Iran's Judiciary and security establishment have forced a human rights lawyer to leave her profession. Giti Pourfazel-who spent nearly 10 years representing political prisoners and their families, usually for free-has submitted her resignation to Iran's Bar Association. - 7/15/16

70-Year-Old Man Sentenced to Flogging for Demanding Information on Missing Son

- The wife of Hashem Zeinali, a 70-year-old man who was given a lashing and prison sentence after peacefully demanding information about his missing son while standing outside Evin Prison, is hoping that the Appeals Court will overturn the ruling. - 7/14/16

Legal Expert Expresses Outrage over Charges against Renowned Iranian Artist Parviz Tanavoli

- Charging the prominent Iranian artist Parviz Tanavoli, who also holds Canadian citizenship, with "disturbing public opinion and spreading falsehoods" is "shocking," an expert on the Iranian legal system told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 7/14/16

Commentary: Iran's Hard-Liners Crack Down as Their Base of Support Narrows

- There is a crackdown underway in Iran. But it is no longer just a crackdown on dissent. Rather it is an attempt to crush views or expressions that depart from the insular and rigid worldview of an increasingly small band of hard-liners. - 7/13/16

Jailed Iranian Human Rights Defender's Mother Calls On Rohani To Intervene

- The mother of jailed Iranian human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has called on President Hassan Rohani to intervene in the case of her daughter, who has been on hunger strike for two weeks. Mohammadi, one of Iran's top rights activists, has reportedly refused to eat since June 27 to protest a refusal by prison officials to allow her to speak to her Paris-based children on the phone. - 7/12/16

Prominent Iranian Sculptor Accused Of 'Disturbing Public Peace'

- Prominent Iranian sculptor Parviz Tanavoli, who was recently banned from leaving the country, says he's been accused by the police of "disturbing public peace" and "spreading lies." Tanavoli spoke to the semiofficial ILNA news agency after visiting Iran's special court for culture and media. "They told me my sculptures are examples of disturbing the public peace and spreading lies," Tanavoli said on July 10. - 7/11/16

Iran Announces Indictments for 3 Dual Nationals, Foreigner

- Iran announced Monday that three dual nationals and a foreigner held in the country have been indicted on unknown charges, part of a series of detentions in the wake of last year's nuclear deal with world powers. The four, who have ties to Britain, Canada and the U.S., all are believed to have been detained by hard-liners in Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard. -AP - 7/11/16

Labor Rights Activists Detained Incommunicado in Iranian Kurdish City of Sanandaj

- Labor rights activists Hashem Rostami and Mozaffar Salehinia have been imprisoned in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran's Kordestan Province, for more than two weeks without charge or access to a lawyer, informed sources told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 7/11/16

Man Who Was Imprisoned in Iran for Posting Jokes on Facebook Denied Timely Appeal Verdict

- Computer engineer Soheil Babadi, who was imprisoned in Iran for posting jokes on a satirical Facebook page, has been waiting close to a year for a ruling on his appeal against his prison sentence. The authorities have meanwhile refused to release him on bail or allow him to receive medical treatment outside of Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj (west of Tehran) where he has been held in Ward 12-where political prisoners are kept-since October 1, 2014. - 7/9/16

Iranian Women Sports Spectators: In or Out?

- Images of spectators participating in the third week of the world volleyball championships in Tehran revealed a number of women inside the stadium. In the past years Islamic Republic official have barred Iranian women from entering stadiums to watch sports events. - 7/8/16

Imprisoned Iranian Journalists Granted Brief Reprieve from Prison

- After eight months in detention, newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz was released from Evin Prison in Tehran on July 5, 2016 on 10 billion rials ($324,000 USD) bail until her appeal hearing, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. Two imprisoned reformist journalists who were apprehended on the same day as Chitsaz during a wave of arrests by the Revolutionary Guards were meanwhile temporarily released. - 7/8/16

In Support Of The Imprisoned Iranian-American Father And Son, Baquer And Siamak Namazi

- Iranian-American organizations NIAC Action and PAAIA have issued press releases in support of a resolution introduced in the U.S. Congress demanding that Iran release two imprisoned Iranian-Americans, father and son Baquer and Siamak Namazi. No charges have been filed against either Siamak, held since October 2015, or his father, held since February 2016. - 7/7/16

Ailing Iranian Political Prisoner Temporarily Released and Promised Retrial Shortly After Judiciary's Harsh Refusal

- Imprisoned labor activist Jafar Azimzadeh was temporarily released on "extendable furlough" on June 30, 2016 and promised a retrial three days after judicial authorities publicly refused to look into his case following a debilitating hunger strike that left him hospitalized. - 7/7/16

U.S. legislators to call for release of Americans held by Iran

- The resolution will call for Iran to immediately and unconditionally release businessman Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, 80, both of whom have dual citizenship. The text of the resolution was seen by Reuters. - 7/6/16

Decades On, Land Mines Shatter Young Lives in Iran

- Remnants of a war fought decades ago continue to devastate innocent lives in Iran. During the conflict with Iraq in the 1980s, millions of land mines were buried throughout Iran's western border provinces. Despite efforts by government demining programs, an unknown amount of undetonated ordnance still litters the countryside. -John Otis, NY Times - 7/6/16

Iran Leader: I am sensitive towards 2009 "events"

- Ali Khamenei, the leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) has said that he is sensitive towards the year 2009 events. He used the term events to avoid using the term protests. Khamenei's comments about the 2009 elections were in response to a student who stood up and raised his voice about Khamenei's stance towards the leaders of the Green Movement, who have been in house arrest for the past 8 years. - 7/5/16

Iranian-Canadian sculptor says he's been barred from leaving Iran

- A renowned Iranian-Canadian sculptor who is considered a rock star among his peers says he has been barred from leaving Iran. Parviz Tanavoli, who divides his time between B.C.'s Horseshoe Bay and Tehran, said he was about to board a flight to London from Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport on Saturday when he had his passport confiscated and was told he could not leave.-Globe and Mail - 7/5/16

Journalists in Iran Warned Via Text Message About 'Hostile' Groups

- Hundreds of journalists in Iran have received an anonymous text message warning them not to have contact with "hostile" organizations outside the country. Iranian media say some 700 journalists and public figures received the text message Friday. - 7/3/16

Plight of Jailed Iranian Activist on Hunger Strike Raised in Social Media

- Over sixty days into a hunger strike, jailed labour activist Jafar Azimzadeh is reportedly in grave health condition and Iranian judiciary's lack of attention to his situation has triggered a wave of concern in social media. - 6/30/16

What Donald Trump Teaches Us About How We Become Americans

- Grammar made the news this month, pushed into the spotlight by Donald Trump's renewed campaign to limit the terms of American citizenship. In the wake of the Orlando shooting Trump reaffirmed his pledge to stand strong against "the Muslims," promising not only to keep out those seeking refuge from distant shores but, more ominously, to monitor Muslim families already living in the United States. -Shervin Malekzadeh, Huffington Post - 6/30/16

Ailing Iranian Political Prisoner Denied Critically Needed Medical Care for Her Diabetes

- Political prisoner Nahid (Omolbanin) Gorji has been denied adequate medical care even though she is suffering from diabetes and heart disease, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/28/16

Undercover informants to prevent women from using Caspian Sea beaches

- Undercover morality police will be engaged in Gilan-Iran for the "establishment of a more spiritual atmosphere in the province's beaches and preservation of moral values" under a new plan called "Pure Gilan", officials of the northern Iranian province announced. - 6/28/16

Two organisers arrested in Mashhad, Iran for arranging a youth gathering

- Two generation Z Iranians have been arrested in the northeastern city of Mashhad for organising a youth gathering near a shopping centre. The call for a meeting was organised using Telegram, a cloud-based instant messaging service that has become popular in Iran in the past two years. - 6/27/16

Kurdish Political Prisoner Put in Solitary Confinement to Force Him to End Hunger Strike

- Kurdish political prisoner Ayoub Assadi has been placed in solitary confinement to force him to end his hunger strike even though medical staff at Kashmar Prison's clinic in Iran's Razavi Khorasan Province had recommended his immediate hospitalization. - 6/27/16

Iranian Labor Rights Activist in Critical Condition After 50-Day Hunger Strike

- Labor rights activist Jafar Azimzadeh is in critical condition in Evin Prison after enduring a wet hunger strike for more than 50 days, his wife, Akram Rahimpour, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/25/16

Protecting the World's Shia: Where's the International Community?

- Only a few short months ago, Saudi Arabia executed the Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Al Nimr, and the Nigerian military killed hundreds of the country's Shia and severely wounded their leader Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub Zakzaki. Now, Bahraini authorities have stripped one of the principal leaders of the Bahraini Shia, Sheikh Isa Qasim, of his citizenship. -Shireen T. Hunter - 6/23/16

Imprisoned Iranian Journalist Who Sent Letter to Supreme Leader Saying He Was Tortured is Hospitalized

- A little over a month after he sent a letter to Iran's supreme leader stating that he had been tortured, imprisoned reformist newspaper editor Ehsan Mazandarani was rushed from Evin Prison to a hospital in Tehran after suffering a heart attack following his hunger strike. - 6/23/16

Bahrain's Unending Repression: Enough Already!

- The al-Khalifa ruling regime's decision to strip Sheikh Isa Qasim of his Bahraini citizenship on a trumped-up and patently false charge is yet another example of the ruling family's deepening repression. This respected Shia cleric has always called for non-violent resistance and has abhorred the confrontational tactics that some hotheaded protesters have employed in the past. -Emile Nakhleh - 6/23/16

Iranian Authorities Reverse Decision to Release Detained Dual National Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe

- Richard Ratcliffe's hopes were dashed when he found out that his wife Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian dual national who has been detained in Iran without legal representation since April 3, 2016, wasn't going to be released after all. - 6/22/16

Students suspended for dancing at University event in Iran

- Dancing at a university event precipitated the suspension of a group of students at University of Sistan and Baluchistan last week. A video circulated social media and various sites last week showing a number of students dancing on stage at a University of Sistan and Baluchistan event. The clip also showed some people among the audience joining in the dance. - 6/22/16

Commentary: Iran's Foreign Minister Toes the Supreme Leader's Line on Human Rights

- When Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif recently tried to side-step questions about the country's abysmal human rights record, he yet again exposed his government's inability-or reluctance-to face the issue even though President Hassan Rouhani came to power in 2013 promising to improve it. - 6/22/16

New Report: Inside the Women's Ward: Mistreatment of Women Political Prisoners at Iran's Evin Prison

- Political prisoners held in the Women's Ward at Iran's Evin Prison are routinely denied medical care and hospitalization, face severely restricted or denied visitation rights even with their young children, are deprived of regular telephone contact with their families, and are not provided adequate nutrition, according to a report released today by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/21/16

Iran Shuts Down Ghanoon Newspaper Following Critical Reporting

- Iranian newspaper Ghanoon says it has been closed by the judiciary following complaints from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). The paper said on its website on June 20 that it has been accused of "libel and publishing falsehoods to create public anxiety." It didn't elaborate. - 6/21/16

Iran Warns Bahrain Over Top Shi'ite Cleric

- In a statement carried by Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency, the commander of the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, Qasem Soleimani, warned Bahrain's government that it faces "dire repercussions" for its action against Qassem. Soleimani said the response may include "armed resistance" and the "overthrow"of the ruling dynasty. - 6/21/16

New Rules at Rajaee Shahr Prison Target Iranian Political Prisoners for Harsh Treatment

- Rajaee Shahr is one of Iran's most notorious prisons. Most of its inmates are considered dangerous criminals, but Ward 12 holds more than 60 political prisoners who have been tried and convicted by Iran's Revolutionary Courts in prosecutions completely lacking in due process. - 6/21/16

UN Refugee Chief Says Displaced Afghans 'Forgotten'

- The UN's refugee chief has said displaced Afghans had already been "forgotten" by the international community before they began arriving in Europe in large numbers last year. On a visit to Iran on June 18, Filippo Grandia said his first regional tour as the new UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was focused on Afghan refugees. - 6/20/16

Religious Minority in Iran Asks Khamenei for Constitutional Protection

- The leadership of the Yarsan faith in northwestern Iran has written to Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, seeking his blessing for a constitutional amendment that would end discrimination against the faith's followers and recognize their religious beliefs. - 6/20/16

Iran's Judiciary Evades Responsibility for Lashing Sentences against Striking Miners

- After a month-long silence amid widespread condemnation of the decision by Iran's Judiciary to intervene in a local labor dispute and punish 17 protesting mine workers with lashing sentences, the Judiciary's spokesperson has finally spoken out by evading responsibility for the ruling. - 6/18/16

Iran's President Rouhani raps UN for delisting of Saudis, deplores regional conditions

- The Iranian president has leveled heavy criticism at the United Nations for delisting Saudi Arabia from its child perpetrators report, lamenting that international organizations are growingly losing their credibility. - 6/16/16

No Time for Goodbyes: Political Prisoner Forced to Begin Harsh Prison Sentence Without Summons

- Former student activist Arash Sadeghi unexpectedly began serving his 19-year prison sentence in Tehran's Evin Prison on June 7, 2016 when he visited the jail to inquire about the official start date of his sentence. - 6/16/16

Iranian Daily Ghanoon Targeted Over Article Critical Of Tehran Detention Facility

- An Iranian newspaper is facing legal action over an article critical of detention conditions at a penitentiary facility in Tehran, with a senior prosecutor blaming such writings for public feelings of "hopelessness." - 6/15/16

Iran Accuses British-Iranian Woman Of Seeking To Overthrow Government

- Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has accused a British-Iranian woman arrested in April of seeking to "overthrow" the clerical establishment. The IRGC made the accusation in a June 14 statement published by Iranian news sites. - 6/15/16

UN Body Calls for Immediate Release of Bahareh Hedayat

- The United Nation's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has issued an opinion on the case of the Iranian women's rights activist and human rights defender, Bahareh Hedayat, demanding her immediate release. The opinion ruled Hedayat's imprisonment since 2009 is arbitrary and against international law. - 6/15/16

Human Rights Double Standard: Iran and Saudi Arabia

- The question of how to help promote human rights globally has always had a political dimension. States often press these issues in the case of those countries of which they disapprove and ignore or downplay transgressions by friendly countries. In the last decade or so, the use of human rights as a policy tool, and hence the politicization of the human rights issue, has attained new heights, particularly at the United Nations and its Human Rights Commission. -Shireen T. Hunter - 6/13/16

Birthday Celebrated Via Skype for 2-year-old Stranded in Iran

- Relatives of a British-Iranian mother detained without charge in Iran have celebrated her 2-year-old daughter's birthday with a party outside the Iranian Embassy in London. Nazanin Ratcliffe was arrested April 3 at Tehran airport by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as she tried to return to Britain with her daughter, Gabriella, after visiting family in Iran. Officials also confiscated Gabriella's passport, so she is stuck in the country and being cared for by her grandparents. -Henry Ridgwell, VOA - 6/12/16

Saudi-UN Dispute Grows

- diplomatic feud between Saudi Arabia and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is escalating. The U.N. chief says the kingdom pressured him into removing the Saudi coalition in Yemen from a blacklist of entitites that harm children during conflicts. -Margaret Besheer, VOA - 6/12/16

Guard Assaults Ailing Iranian Political Prisoner in Hospital

- Imprisoned newspaper editor Ehsan Mazandarani, who has been hospitalized in Tehran since May 31, 2016 due to his life-threatening hunger strike, was attacked by a prison guard in his hospital room during a family visit. - 6/12/16

Christian Convert Repeatedly Imprisoned for his Faith Denied Timely Adjudication

- A Christian convert's appeal against his five-year prison sentence has not been adjudicated more than a year after his third conviction on repeated charges related to his new faith, a source knowledgeable about the case told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/10/16

Father's birthday plea for daughter stuck in Iran

- The father of a toddler stuck in Iran without either of her parents nearby plans to sing Happy Birthday to her via Skype at a campaign event later. Richard Ratcliffe will celebrate Gabriella's second birthday near the Iranian embassy in London's Hyde Park. -BBC - 6/10/16

Iranian-Canadian Academic Detained During Visit to Iran

- Iranian-Canadian woman Homa Hoodfar, a scholar and expert on gender and development in Islam, was arrested on June 6, 2016 during a visit to Iran after being summoned to Evin Prison in Tehran. - 6/9/16

Red Card For Yellow Pants: SpongeBob Gets Iran Soccer Player In Hot Water

- An Iranian soccer player has been banned from domestic matches for six months over "inappropriate" behavior that included the wearing of SpongeBob SquarePants trousers. Iranian media reported on June 7 that the morality committee of the Iranian Football Federation based its decision on goalkeeper Sosha Makani's "unconventional attire." - 6/9/16

PhD Student Imprisoned for Refusing to Work for Iran's Intelligence Ministry Denied Rights

- Hamid Babaei, a PhD student incarcerated for nearly three years in Rajaee Shahr Prison following a trial that lasted less than 10 minutes, has been denied his rights to conditional release and furlough (temporary leave granted to most of Iran's inmates). Babaei has also been suffering from severe gum disease and other dental problems in prison, but the authorities have ignored his need for proper medical treatment... - 6/9/16

Negligence by Major Tech Companies like Google and Telegram Aiding Iran's Cyber Army

- Large technology firms are failing to provide sophisticated and country-specific user security measures, and as a result, are helping Iran's state agencies target Iranian citizens online, an investigation by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has found. - 6/6/16

Hardline Council Fires New Shot against Rouhani Administration in Battle Over Social Media in Iran

- The directive by Iran's Supreme Cyberspace Council to require social messaging apps to start storing user data in Iran within a year was the result of a majority vote by people directly appointed to the body by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/5/16

Kaboovand, Jailed Iranian Rights Activist On Hunger Strike, Close To Death

- Mohammad Sedigh Kaboodvand jailed Iranian journalist and activist is approaching 30 days on hunger strike and doctors have been trying to prevent him from going into cardiac arrest. His potassium levels dropping to dangerously low levels. - 6/5/16

Iranian Music Distributors Summoned to Prison: Don't Forget Us

- Mehdi Rajabian, Hossein Rajabian and Yousef Emadi, all managers of BargMusic-one of the main producers and distributors of underground music in Iran since its launch in 2009-have been summoned to Evin Prison in Tehran to begin serving their prison sentences next week, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/3/16

Khomeini Grandson Defends Decades-Old Mass Political Executions

- Ali Khomeini, a grandson of revolutionary leader and Islamic Republic of Iran founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, has defended thousands of summary executions of political prisoners in 1988 following a fatwa by his grandfather. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 6/3/16

Iran: Women Prisoners Collectively Punished For Baha'i Leader's Meeting with Activist during Her Furlough

- Inmates at the Women's Ward in Evin Prison have been told that their furloughs (temporary leave) have been canceled and that they will no longer be able to send letters to relatives, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 6/2/16

Iranian Gold Miners Lashed for Protesting Layoffs

- Seventeen miners in northwestern Iran have been lashed on orders of the Judiciary after their employer sued them for protesting the firing of hundreds of their colleagues, the semi-official Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) reported on May 25, 2016. - 6/1/16

Tehran Orders Foreign Social Media To Move Data Of Iranian Users Into Iran

- Tehran has given foreign social media messaging applications one year to move the data they hold about Iranian users onto servers inside Iran. The declaration on May 29 by Iran's Supreme Council of Cyberspace has prompted privacy and security concerns from Iranians who use social media. - 5/30/16

Iran Arrests 8 Over 'Obscene' Music Videos

- Iranian authorities have arrested eight people involved in allegedly producing "obscene" music videos. Mizan Online, a news agency controlled by Iran's powerful judiciary, quoted Tehran prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi on May 28 as saying that the eight were arrested last week in Tehran. They were not identified by name. - 5/29/16

More Than 30 Iranian Students Lashed 99 Times Over Party

- Iran's judiciary says more than 30 students have received 99 lashes each for violating the Islamic republic's morality code. Mizan, a news agency affiliated with the judiciary, on May 27 quoted the prosecutor in Qazvin as saying the punishments were meted out in the northwestern city. No date was given. - 5/28/16

Discriminatory 'VISA Act' Moves Forward

- Legislation targeting Iranian and other visa seekers for enhanced security measures moved forward in the House today after a contentious committee debate. The bill, which would also subject visa applicants and their American family petitioners to DNA testing, was advanced by the House Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote, setting up a potential final vote before the full House within weeks. -NIAC - 5/28/16

Imprisoned Iranian Physicist Given Two-Week Medical Furlough After Losing Cancerous Kidney

- Imprisoned physicist Omid Kokabee has been granted a two-week medical furlough upon payment of five billion rials ($164,000 USD) bail, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 5/26/16
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