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Islamophobia in the Age of Trump

- The frequency of anti-Muslim behavior in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate. A study released earlier this year by California State University-San Bernardino's Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism found that incidents of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab violence increased drastically from 2014 to 2015, by 78.2% and 219% respectively, reaching levels that haven't been seen since the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. -Derek Davison, LobeLog - 10/24/16

Ayatollah Montazeri's Son Legally Defends Releasing Audio File of Father Denouncing 1988 Mass Execution of Prisoners

- Ahmad Montazeri, the son of late Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri-the once successor to Iran's first supreme leader-has been charged with "acting against national security" and "revealing state secrets" for publishing an audio recording of his father denouncing the Islamic Republic's mass execution of prisoners in 1988. - 10/22/16

Wife Of Iranian-Austrian Jailed In Iran Proclaims His Innocence

- The wife of an Iranian-Austrian man sentenced recently by an Iranian court to 10 years in prison on spying charges has told RFE/RL's Radio Farda that her husband is a "simple businessman" unjustly imprisoned. - 10/21/16

Azeri Rights Activist in Critical Condition After Starting Second Hunger Strike in Tabriz Prison

- Imprisoned Azeri rights activist Rasoul Razavi has received emergency medical treatment on several occasions since he started a hunger strike in Tabriz Prison on October 3, 2016, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 10/21/16

Two Iranian Labor Rights Activist Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Peaceful Activism

- Labor rights activists Jafar Azimzadeh and Shapour Ehsani-Rad were sentenced to 11 years in prison each for their peaceful activism on October 15, 2016 by Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in the city of Saveh, 76 miles southwest of Tehran. - 10/20/16

Iran Rejects U.S. Interference Over Jailed Dual Nationals

- Iran says it won't accept any U.S. "interference" after Washington demanded the release of an Iranian-American businessman and his 80-year-old father. Iranian officials announced on October 18 that Siamak and Baquer Namazi had been jailed for 10 years for "espionage and collaboration with the American government." - 10/19/16

Six-Year Prison Sentence Against Teachers Union Leader Upheld After Pressure by Revolutionary Guards

- Branch 36 of the Tehran Appeals Court has upheld the six-year prison sentence against Esmail Abdi, the chairman of the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association, confirmed Abdi in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 10/19/16

A political prisoner is challenging Iranian state impunity while serving a 15 year sentence

- Maryam Akbari Monfared is a political prisoner in Iran serving a 15 year sentence and is now taking the state judiciary to court for the unlawful execution of four of her siblings and the imprisonment of her mother, all of whom were political prisoners in the 1980s in Iran. Akbari Monfared, a mother of three, has another brother alive and he is also a political prisoner currently serving a 17-year sentence in Iran. - 10/19/16

NIAC Strongly Condemns Iran's Sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi, Urges Their Release

- NIAC President Trita Parsi released the following statement after Siamak and Baquer Namazi were reportedly sentenced to ten-year terms in prison: "The sentencing of Siamak and Baquer Namazi to ten-year prison terms is a gross injustice that should deeply embarrass the Iranian government. We urge Iran to immediately release the Namazis - as well as all dual nationals unjustly detained in Iran on spurious charges - so that they can reunite with their families. - 10/19/16

Iran Sentences Iranian-American Businessman, His Father Each To 10 Years

- An Iranian-American businessman and his 80-year-old father have reportedly been given 10 years in prison each for cooperation with the United States. Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, were jailed for "collaborating with the hostile American government," the Mizan news agency reported on October 18. - 10/18/16

Muhammad Ali's Widow Calls on Iran to Free Imprisoned Iranian-American Son and Father

- The widow of American boxing legend Muhammad Ali has called on Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, to free Iranian-Americans Siamak Namazi and his father Bagher Namazi. "I would like to request that your Excellency show Islamic mercy towards these two individuals who are pure-hearted citizens of our world, and allow these Muslims to be reunited with their family in this holy month (Muharram, marking the anniversary of the Battle of Karbala on the first month of the Islamic calendar)," wrote Lonnie Ali in a letter to Khamenei. - 10/18/16

Letter From Political Prisoners: Prison conditions in Iran cause slow death of prisoners

- In a letter addressed to Asma Jahangir, the Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on Iran, Amnesty International and Human rights Watch, a group of political prisoners in Rejaishahr Prison in Karaj protest against the violation of their basic rights as prisoners. - 10/18/16

Iran Hard-Liners Release Video Showing Detained Iranian-American Businessman

- Iranian hard-line media have released a video showing detained Iranian-American businessman Siamak Namazi. Iran's judiciary news agency posted a minute-long video on October 17 showing a montage of clips including Namazi in a conference room, his arms raised at his sides, and his U.S. passport. - 10/17/16

Iran Detains 11 Involved In Online Modeling Network

- Iranian authorities say they have detained 11 members of a modeling network. The semi-official Tasnim news agency said the network was involved in producing and publishing pornographic pictures and spreading "depravity" in society. - 10/17/16

Iranian Lawmakers Call For Release Of Activist Narges Mohammadi

- A group of Iranian lawmakers have written an open letter to the head of the judiciary calling for the release of Narges Mohammadi, a journalist and activist who is serving a lengthy prison sentence. Mohammadi was arrested last year after launching a campaign to end the death penalty in Iran. She was sentenced to 16 years in prison in May for founding the movement, which was deemed to be an illegal splinter group. - 10/17/16

Actions Speak Louder Than Words in Iran's Death Penalty Debate, Says Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi

- Despite statements from some Iranian officials doubting the value of capital punishment, no action has been taken to end or reduce the high number of executions in the country, Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 10/16/16

Prominent Iranian Rights Activist Narges Mohammadi Rejects Prison Sentence in Stinging Open Letter

- In an open letter from Evin Prison prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has strongly rejected the Appeals Court's decision upholding her harsh prison sentence, describing it as a "tyrannical" way to silence her activism. - 10/15/16

Attorney Arrested in Iran for Wearing Green Movement Shirt

- An attorney has been arrested in western Iran for wearing a shirt honoring the Green Movement, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. "Mohammad Najafi was arrested on October 11 [2016] in Shazand, Markazi Province, by agents of the Intelligence Ministry - 10/15/16

Ten Things You Should Know About Iran's Multi-Billion Dollar National Internet Project

- A few months after the Iranian government launched the first phase of its "national information network" (NIN), many questions still surround Iran's domestically hosted, state-controlled and censored internet. In this article, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran discusses ten critical questions about NIN, the country's most expensive internet-related project. - 10/14/16

Seven Years Later No Iranian Official Held Accountable for 5 Deaths and Torture of Dozens at Kahrizak

- Families of the detainees who died after they were tortured in the Kahrizak Detention Center in 2009 and survivors have told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that their quest for justice has gotten nowhere. Some of the cases brought by the families resulted in the conviction of low-level agents while other cases were closed with an acquittal or no ruling, but no high-level official has been held accountable for the deaths of the detainees. The mysterious death of the doctor who exposed the abuses at Kahrizak, Ramin Pourandarjani, was never investigated. - 10/13/16

Iran: Overturn Stadium Restrictions for Women

- The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) should cease awarding Iran the right to host FIVB international tournaments until the country ensures that female spectators can freely attend volleyball matches in the country, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Ary Graca, the sports federation's leader. Graca was re-elected as the FIVB's president at the sports federation's 35th World Congress this week in Buenos Aires. - 10/13/16

Iranian Child Bride Faces Death Penalty

- Human rights activists say an Iranian former child bride, whose execution was delayed while she was pregnant, could be executed in the coming days. Zeinab Sekaanvand, a 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish woman, was convicted of killing her husband, whom she says beat her for months. - 10/12/16

Report Cites Child Marriage For Girls As Major Problem

- A new report using UN statistics estimates there are about 700 million girls around the world who were forced to get married before the age of 18. The Save the Children report -- issued on October 11 to mark International Day Of The Girl Child -- said a girl under 15 is forced into marriage every seven seconds and that many girls only 10 years of age are being forced to marry. - 10/11/16

IRAN: Former Political Prisoner Transported from Workplace to Prison Without Summons

- Former political prisoner Navid Kamran has been transported to Evin Prison in Tehran to begin serving a one-year prison sentence for "propaganda against the state" without a summons, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Kamran previously told the Campaign that he had been convicted on recycled charges. - 10/11/16

Iran Rights Champion's Latest Prison Term Aimed At 'Instilling Fear,' Says Exiled Husband

- When Narges Mohammadi's activist husband resolved in 2012 to leave Iran to escape yet another jail sentence connected to his political activities, she stayed behind with their two children. "She believed she could be more effective inside the country," Taghi Rahmani, a political activist who had been in and out of Iranian prisons for two decades and had a conviction hanging over his head, said of his wife recently from Paris, where he has since been joined by their 9-year-old twins. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 10/10/16

Iran Temporarily Releases Hunger-Striking Journalist Ehsan Mazandarani

- Iran has temporarily released a journalist for medical treatment after he suffered from health problems following a hunger strike. Ehsan Mazandarani, editor in chief of the reformist Farhikhtegan daily, was arrested in November 2015 and sentenced in April to seven years in prison after being convicted of charges that included "acting against national security." His prison sentence was reportedly later reduced to two years. - 10/10/16

Iran Cultural Official Resigns Over Concert In Holy City Of Qom

- A senior cultural official has resigned after protests by conservative religious authorities over a concert in Iran's holy Shi'ite city of Qom where many of Iran's senior ayatollahs are based. Iranian media report that Abbas Daneshi, head of the department of culture in Qom, resigned due to discontent among senior theologians over the event held last month. - 10/10/16

Iran says may limit death penalty for traffickers to drug lords

- The secretary of Iran's Human Rights Council has said Tehran may reconsider capital punishment for drug smugglers, limiting it to drug lords only, seemingly a setback from a tougher stance taken previously. "Capital punishment should be limited to drug lords. This will cut the number of executions (in Iran) immediately," said Mohammad Javad Larijani in an interview with O Estadao, a daily published in Sao Paulo, Brazil. - 10/9/16

Iran Refuses to Release Prisoner of Conscience Mohammad Ali Taheri

- When Iranian officials come to the United Nations, they are usually met with questions about their human rights practices, particularly the arrest of dual nationals. This year was no different as interlocutors brought up the cases of Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer; another Iranian-American, Robin Shahini; a British-Iranian mother, Nazenin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was seized while visiting her parents with her toddler daughter and Homa Hoodfar, an academic and specialist on women's issues from Canada. -Barbara Slavin - 10/6/16

Iran Says It Released Homa Hoodfar for "Humanitarian" Reasons

- "I didn't feel I would be released until I was on the jet. In Iran, nothing is complete until it is complete," said Iranian-Canadian dual national and academic Homa Hoodfar on September 26, 2016 after landing at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport following her release from Evin Prison where she was held since June 2016. "As they say in Iran, nothing is possible and everything is possible." - 10/6/16

President Rouhani Press Bills Would Further Erode Press Freedom in Iran

- The government of President Hassan Rouhani is preparing to introduce two bills to Parliament that media experts and journalists say could further erode press freedom and freedom of expression in Iran. The first bill is designed to replace the current Press Law and the second would create a state organization to rival independent journalism groups. - 10/5/16

More Than 150 Members of Iran's Parliament Call for Ending Execution of Petty Drug Traffickers

- The majority of Iran's MPs have signed a proposal to amend a current law that would make it harder to condemn drug-related criminals to death, according to Jalil Rahimi Jahanabadi, a member of Parliament's Legal and Judicial Committee. He told the state ISNA news agency on October 4 that the amendment, signed by more than 150 MPs, was ready to be handed to the full Parliament for deliberation. - 10/5/16

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Push Harsh Prison Sentences for Activists

- In another example of the Iranian Judiciary's lack of independence, an Appeals Court has upheld disproportionate prison sentences against four civil rights activists following pressure by the Revolutionary Guards, the activists told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Fatemeh (Atena) Daemi and Omid Alishenas have each been sentenced to seven years in prison while Aso Rostami and Ali Nouri have each been sentenced to two years in prison. - 10/4/16

My wife, imprisoned in Iran for six months and counting

- Today marks six months since my wife, Nazanin, was taken and put in an Iranian prison. It marks six months since Gabriella, our two-year-old daughter, had her passport confiscated so that she would be kept in Iran. Nazanin is a charity worker in the UK. Nazanin and Gabriella were in Iran on holiday, visiting Nazanin's parents. On April 3, while on their way home, Nazanin was arrested at the airport check-in desk. Since then it has been another world. -Richard Ratcliffe - 10/4/16

US Journalist Sues Iran, Says He Was Tortured

- A U.S. journalist who was jailed in Iran for 18 months has filed a federal lawsuit against the Iranian government, claiming he was taken hostage and tortured in an attempt to extract concessions from the U.S. government. Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian said in the suit that he was targeted for arrest so Iran could gain negotiating leverage with the United States and to ultimately exchange him "for something of value to Iran." - 10/4/16

U.S., EU Call On Iran To Free Jailed Death Penalty Activist

- The United States and European Union on September 30 called on Iran to free Narges Mohammadi, a journalist and activist whose 16-year prison sentence was recently upheld by Iranian courts. - 10/1/16

Imprisoned Iranian Journalist Denied Knee Operation

- Imprisoned newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz urgently needs a knee operation, but the authorities have refused to allow her to be transferred to a hospital, according to her lawyer. - 10/1/16

Iranian Union Leader: Less Pressure on Teachers Thanks to Rights Activists

- The leader of Iran's largest teachers' rights organization has said that due to pressure from civil rights activists, the government of President Hassan Rouhani has been less repressive towards teachers' rights activists since the signing of the nuclear deal in July 2015. - 9/30/16

Upholding 16-Year Prison Sentence of Iranian Political Prisoner Narges Mohammadi is Indefensible

- The upholding of the 16-year prison sentence against human rights defender Narges Mohammadi by Iran's Appeals Court for her peaceful work is cruel and indefensible, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in a statement today. Mohammadi, winner of the 2011 Per Anger Prize for her activism in human rights, was arrested in 2009 - 9/29/16

'It's wonderful to be home,' Homa Hoodfar says after landing in Montreal

- Homa Hoodfar arrived in Montreal this morning to hugs and cheers after being detained in an Iranian prison since June. "It's wonderful to be home and united with family and friends again," Hoodfar said at a news conference at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport, as she smiled and clutched the hand of her niece, Amanda Ghahremani. -CBC/Radio-Canada - 9/29/16

Baha'i Student Expelled and Banned from University for His Faith

- Iranian authorities have ignored requests to reinstate a student expelled from a university because of his faith. Nineteen-year-old Faraz Karin-Kani Sisan was expelled from Ghiyaseddin Jamshid Kashani Institute for Higher Education (GJKI) in Abyek, Alborz Province, 62 miles northwest of Tehran, after completing his second term in development studies. - 9/28/16

Iran Releases Canadian-Iranian Professor Detained on 'Security Charges'

- Iran says it has released a retired Canadian-Iranian professor, who had been detained on "security charges." A foreign ministry spokesman, quoted by the official IRNA news agency, said Homa Hoodfar was released on humanitarian grounds. - 9/26/16

Director of "Kami's Party" asks Iranians to download his banned film and donate to charity

- Protesting against the banning Ali Ahmadzadeh put a copy of his film on the internet for free download and asked those who downloaded it and were eager to pay, to donate the money to the Children's Charity Refaah. According to the director, Kami's Party attempts to depict the relationships between young members of today's Iranian upper class which, for reasons unknown, have never been depicted in any other Iranian film. - 9/24/16

Kahrizak Torture Victim Rejects Former Tehran Prosecutor's Apology for Detainees' Deaths

- Reza Zoghi, who was tortured at the Kahrizak Detention Center in south Tehran where three young men died as a result of the torture, has rejected an apology from then-Tehran Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi. "His apology is an insult," Zoghi told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 9/23/16

Iran: Ailing Reformist Journalist's Prison Sentence Reduced

- Prominent reformist journalist Issa Saharkhiz's prison sentence has been reduced based on Article 134 of the New Islamic Penal Code, his lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 9/22/16

Women in Iran defy fatwa by riding bikes in public

- Women in Iran have been posting photos on social media of themselves riding bicycles, defying a fatwa forbidding them from cycling in public. It had been understood women that could cycle as long as religious concerns were respected. But when asked recently, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, said women were not allowed to cycle in public or in the presence of strangers. -BBC - 9/22/16

Reformist Editor Arrested Ahead of President Rouhani's Trip to the United Nations

- Sadra Mohaghegh, the social affairs editor of the reformist Shargh newspaper, was arrested on September 19, 2016, but the circumstances surrounding his arrest and the charges against him are unclear, according to his lawyer. - 9/21/16

IRAN: On Hunger Strike, Imprisoned Music Distributors' Health Deteriorates

- Imprisoned music distributors Mehdi Rajabian and Hossein Rajabian are in poor health after starting a hunger strike on September 8, 2016 in Tehran's Evin Prison. The brothers are protesting being held in separate wards and the denial of access to medical care. - 9/20/16

Journalist With Reformist Daily Arrested In Iran

- A journalist with Iran's reformist Sharq daily has been arrested in Tehran. Sadra Mohaqeq was arrested on September 19 at his home in the Iranian capital, reports said. The reason for his arrest is not clear. - 9/20/16

Remembering Akbar: Inside The Iranian Revolution

- Nearly 40 years ago, a major revolution took place in Iran to overthrow the Western backed-Shah. The Iranian revolution was a pivotal moment in world history that continues to have repercussions today. A legacy of the late 1970s that remains intact in today's Iran, is the imprisonment of dissidents. Iran's infamous practice of incarcerating people for political reasons forms the basis of a beautifully written story by Behrooz Ghamari called Remembering Akbar: Inside the Iranian Revolution. - 9/16/16

Iran rejects UN rights chief statements as 'untrue'

- Iran has dismissed as "untrue" a recent statement by the UN human rights chief, in which he has criticized what is said to be Tehran's lack of interactions with his office in recent years. - 9/16/16

Notorious former Tehran prosecutor issues public apology for prisoner killings

- Former Tehran Prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, accused of orchestrating the abuse and death of political detainees during the election protests of 2009 in Iran, has issued a public letter addressed to the judge apologizing to the survivors and families of the victims. - 9/14/16

Iranian Translator in Prison for One Year Without Knowing Charges; Her Lawyer Denied Access to Case File

- Translator Marjan Davari has been held in Evin Prison's Women's Ward for almost a year without knowing the formal charges against her and while being denied proper legal counsel and medical treatment, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. - 9/14/16

Five-Year Prison Sentence for Dual National Woman Casts Shadow Over Iran's Opening to World

- The five-year prison sentence for Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe, a dual citizen of Iran and the UK who has been inside Iranian prisons for the past five months, lacks any legal justification, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in a statement today. The Campaign asked the Iranian government to immediately release Ms. Zaghari, as well as the other dual citizens imprisoned in similarly politicized cases. - 9/13/16

Iranian Journalist's Prison Sentence Reduced to Two Years, with Two-Year Ban on Reporting

- The 10-year prison sentence of newspaper columnist Afarin Chitsaz has been reduced to two years on appeal and she has been banned from practicing journalism for two years according to the ruling issued by Branch 36 of the Appeals Court on September 5, 2016, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. - 9/11/16

UK-Iranian mother Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe 'jailed on secret charges'

- A British-Iranian mother has been jailed for five years in Iran on "secret charges", her husband says. Richard Ratcliffe said charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who was arrested in April, had called him from prison and said: "I can't bear to be in this place any longer." -BBC - 9/10/16

Iranian Judiciary Must Stop Punishing Media for Reporting Officials' Corruption

- Iran's Judiciary must halt the prosecution of media outlets which carried out their journalist duty in publishing reports on alleged corruption in the Tehran Municipality and City Council, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said in a statement today. Unless they are found guilty of a crime in court, the websites of these news organizations should be unblocked, the statement added. - 9/10/16

Arrested Afghans Put On Display By Police In Iran, Sparking Anger

- Some Iranians and Afghans have taken to social media to condemn authorities in the Iranian city of Shiraz for putting arrested, blindfolded Afghan refugees on display. The criticism came after Iranian media, including the semi-official ISNA news agency, published a series of photographs of Afghans -- who had been detained on suspicion of illegally entering the country -- sitting behind barricade fences wearing white blindfolds. - 9/10/16

Montazeri Comes Back To Haunt Tehran Over Mass Killings

- Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, once in line to become Iran's supreme leader, has come back from the grave to haunt the Islamic establishment that punished him for openly criticizing the regime's mass killing of political opponents in the late 1980s. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 9/9/16

100 Prominent Iranians Ask UN to Declare 1988 Massacre "Crime Against Humanity"

- In a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council and the International Criminal Court, one hundred Iranians living outside Iran, including several prominent civil, academic, and human rights figures, have asked for the recognition of the Islamic Republic of Iran's prison massacre of 1988 as a crime against humanity. - 9/8/16

Iranian Women's Cycling Barred by Law or Sharia?

- Tehran police forcefully dispersed a crowd of cyclists who had gathered in Tehran's Laleh park for a weekly gathering of the Tuesdays: No Car Day. On 6 Sept, Tehran police prevented green campaigners from holding a group ride in Tehran. Javad Heydariyan, reporting from Tehran says that the police's action were despite the fact that some government officials were also among the mixed gender crowd. - 9/8/16

Montreal academics push for release of prof detained in Iran

- The colleagues of a Canadian-Iranian university professor jailed in Iran are urging governments to apply pressure as her detention enters a third month with no end in sight. Homa Hoodfar, who taught at Concordia University, has been held at Tehran's notorious Evin prison since June 6 and recent reports suggest her health is deteriorating. -CP24 - 9/8/16

Iranian Labor Activists Put on Trial After Hundreds of Workers Protest Unpaid Wages

- Labor activists Jafar Azimzadeh and Shapour Ehsani-Rad have been put on trial for allegedly inciting workers to strike. The first day of their trial was held on August 29, 2016 at Branch 101 of the Second Criminal Court in the city of Saveh, 76 miles southwest of Tehran. - 9/6/16

Iranian Police Shut Down 800 Stores Selling 'Inappropriate' Clothing

- Iranian media reported that police have shut down more than 800 clothing stores across the country for selling "unconventional and inappropriate" attire -- believed to mean Western-style outfits and women's clothing that doesn't meet strict Islamic requirements. - 9/6/16

Prominent Activist Bahareh Hedayat Freed In Iran

- Prominent student activist and women's rights advocate Bahareh Hedayat has been released in Iran after spending more than six years in jail, her husband says. Amin Ahmadian, announced Hedayat's release in a post on Instagram where he said he couldn't believe that she was finally free. - 9/5/16

No human rights rapporteur warranted on Iran: Official

- The Iranian official made the remarks after the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, said in his twitter account on Wednesday that Pakistani human rights activist Asma Jahangir will replace him. Shaheed also expressed his congratulations to Jahangir and said she will start her work in November. - 9/3/16

Christians, Including Pastor's Son, Arrested at Picnic Near Tehran

- "The five individuals and their wives were having a picnic in Firoozkooh [90 miles east of Tehran] when Intelligence Ministry agents entered the private garden. The arrested individuals were not conducting a religious meeting and had gathered only for a good time. Three copies of the Bible were confiscated from them," Mansour Borji, the spokesman for the Council of United Iranian Churches (HAMGAAM), told the Campaign. - 9/2/16

British grandfather in Iranian prison breaks record no one wants to break

- Despite being 76 and in poor health, Kamal Foroughi has spent more than five years in Iran's notorious Evin Prison. His 1,948 days in captivity - on an eight year espionage charge - have just made him the longest serving EU prisoner in an Iranian jail. -Metro, UK - 9/2/16

Hackers Exploit Android Phone Security Flaw to Target Iranian Activists

- Suspected state-sponsored hackers have intensified their attempts to break into the online accounts of Iranian rights activists in recent weeks by exploiting security vulnerabilities in Android smartphones, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. - 8/31/16

Jailed Canadian prof in Iran can 'hardly walk or talk,' say relatives

- After three months in solitary detention, the Canadian-Iranian university professor Homa Hoodfar's health has declined to the point that she can barely walk or talk, her relatives say. In a statement released Tuesday, the family of Prof. Hoodfar said the 65-year-old Concordia University anthropologist had to be hospitalized as her condition worsened since being held after June 6 at Tehran's Evin Prison. -Globe & Mail - 8/31/16

Iranian Judiciary Blocking Compensation for False Arrests

- More than a year after Iran's new Code of Criminal Procedure went into effect, the Judiciary is resisting implementing Article 255, which grants individuals the right to sue the government and seek damages for false arrests. - 8/31/16

Unjustly Imprisoned Young Iranian Physicist Granted Conditional Release After Five Years

- August 29, 2016-Imprisoned Iranian scientist Omid Kokabee, who spent more than five years in Evin Prison for refusing to work on Iran's military projects, was granted conditional release on August 29, 2016. Kokabee, currently on medical leave, was diagnosed with kidney cancer this past April after years of being denied proper medical treatment by prison authorities. - 8/30/16

Recording on 1988 Prison Massacre Exposes Early Fissure in the Islamic Republic of Iran

- The recently released audio recording of Grand Ayatollah Hosseinali Montazeri sharply denouncing the mass execution of political prisoners in the summer of 1988 has highlighted disagreements among prominent figures of the Islamic Republic that arose from the decision by Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran's 1979 revolution, to put thousands of political dissidents to death. - 8/30/16

House of Khomeini and Mass Executions of 88

- Figures at various levels of the Islamic Republic continue to react to the release of audio files involving conversations between the late dissident cleric Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri and top government figures regarding the "death committee" in charge of the mass execution of political prisoners in Iran in 1988. - 8/29/16

Iranian Official Admits Executions Haven't Slowed Drug Trafficking

- A top Iranian judiciary official says the death penalty hasn't deterred drug trafficking, which is in fact on the rise. "The truth is, the execution of drug smugglers has had no deterrent effect," Mohammad Baqer Olfat, deputy head of judiciary for social affairs, was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency on August 27. - 8/28/16
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