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Eighteen Nobel Laureates Call for Immediate Release of Iranian Physicist

- The Iranian Judiciary should immediately release the Iranian physicist and prisoner of conscience, Omid Kokabee, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran said today. On September 26, 2014, in an open letter to Iran's Leader, Ali Khamenei, eighteen physics Nobel laureates called for the "immediate and unconditional" release of Kokabee. The letter was published in the leading scientific journal Nature. - 9/30/14

Iranian facebook users call for mercy in appeals court

- The lawyer for a number of Facebook users who were arrested by Iranian authorities for their cyber activities reported on Monday September 29 that his clients have "accepted some of their mistakes and expressed remorse" in the appeals court. - 9/30/14

Iran: Woman arrested at volleyball game now charged

- Ghoncheh Qavami, the Iranian woman who was detained three months ago for trying to enter a stadium to watch a volleyball game, has been charged with "propaganda against the regime." Qavami's lawyer told Iranian media that his client has pleaded not guilty and will present her defence at trial. - 9/30/14

Documentary film charts Iranian Baha'is' peaceful response to oppression

- A powerful new documentary film, telling the story of the Baha'is of Iran and their peaceful response to decades of state-sponsored persecution, had its UK premiere on 12 September. The film has been made by acclaimed journalist and filmmaker Maziar Bahari. He was Newsweek's Iran reporter from 1998 to 2011 and has produced a number of other documentary films about Iran. - 9/29/14

Idaho Cities, Towns Hold Vigil For Pastor Jailed In Iran

- The small Idaho town of Meridian was one of several municipalities in the U.S. state that held a vigil to pray for the safe return of Christian pastor Saeed Abedini who is in an Iranian jail. - 9/28/14

Viber Company Refutes Tapping Claims by Iranian Officials

- Following statements by Iran's Cyber Police Chief about his force's ability to monitor messages on Viber, the instant messaging service for cellphones, a Viber Company representative told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that the application's communications are encrypted and as such it is not possible for third parties to monitor messages. - 9/26/14

Iranian opposition leader Karroubi in hospital for latest health problem

- Mehdi Karroubi, who has been under house arrest since February 2011, has been hospitalized due to gastrointestinal complications. Fatemeh Karroubi reported that her husband's physical health have been seriously compromised by the house arrest; however, she added that his spirits remain strong. - 9/25/14

Iranian activists rally around jailed female volleyball fan

- Three hundred Iranian political and cultural activists have written to President Hassan Rohani, drawing attention to the dismal situation of Ghoncheh Qavami in Evin Prison and urging the government to respect her citizen's rights and facilitate her release. - 9/24/14

Iran Police Chief says Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber inevitable in information era

- Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi Moqaddam said on Tuesday that in the age of information making proper use of communications technologies is unavoidable and a must for progress. - 9/24/14

Hijab patrols on Tehran streets quashed by officials

- The 4,000-member Ansar-e Hezbollah patrols, which had announced their intention to confront any public noncompliance with Hijab (the Islamic dress code), will no longer hit the streets of Tehran due to resistance from the Security Forces. - 9/24/14

How Iran sanctions nearly sank Phoenix woman's condo deal

- A Phoenix woman's home purchase nearly was derailed after Wells Fargo froze her checking account and stopped her down payment from being delivered to an escrow account. The reason for Wells Fargo's actions last month? U.S. trade sanctions with Iran. -Robert Anglen, AZ Central - 9/24/14

Washington Post Reporter Jason Rezaian, Imprisoned in Iran, Suffers Severe Weight Loss

- Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi have lost a "shocking" amount of weight in prison, an informed source has told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. According to this source, the family of the imprisoned Iranian journalist Yeganeh Salehi was allowed to have their first visit with her and her Washington Post reporter husband Jason Rezaian on September 7, and they were astonished at the couple's appearance. - 9/23/14

Family's Video Appeals to Iran for Release of American

- Anticipating the arrival of Iran's president in New York on Monday for the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, the family of Amir Hekmati, a former United States Marine incarcerated in Tehran for three years, has called attention to the case by releasing a video in which his father, who has terminal brain cancer, appeals to Iranian leaders for Mr. Hekmati's freedom. -Rick Gladstone, NY Times - 9/23/14

Explore Iran's UPR: In 2010, Iran accepted 126 recommendations on human rights

- During its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR), Iran received 212 recommendations from 51 countries and accepted 126. Ahead of Iran's second UPR in October 2014, we took a look at Iran's implementations of these 126 recommendations. Has Iran's government done what it promised? - 9/23/14

Iranians Arrested Over Khomeini-Insult Texts

- Eleven people have reportedly been arrested in the southern Iranian province of Shiraz after allegedly sending insulting SMS text messages about Islamic republic founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. - 9/23/14

Iranian Security Forces Injure, Arrest Protesting Dervishes

- A second day of protest by Gonabadi dervishes in front of the Tehran Prosecutor's office was met violently by security forces, who attacked and arrested a number of protesters. Majzooban-e Noor reported earlier that more than 800 dervishes were held overnight. - 9/22/14

Iranian Judiciary Gives Deadline For Blocking Sites Like Whatapp

- The Iranian judiciary has given the administration one month to block mobile social networking sites such as Whatapp, Viber and Tango. The Rohani administration has not yet reacted to the judiciary's demand, but President Hassan Rohani has already expressed opposition to blocking mobile phone social networking sites such as Whatsapp. - 9/22/14

Iran's Jila Baniyaghoob on journalism, prison and Rouhani

- Jila Baniyaghoob, a prominent Iranian journalist and women's rights activist, has a charisma that comes through even on an online chat. In fact, she seems untainted by the many hardships she and her husband, Bahman Ahmadi Amouei, also a journalist, have endured to practice their profession in Iran. -Guardian - 9/20/14

Women's right to attend sports events at centre of Iran's culture wars

- A British-Iranian woman imprisoned In Tehran for attempting to watch a men's volleyball match is at the centre of Iran's cultural wars that constitute the backdrop to efforts to resolve problems with Iran's nuclear program and a struggle between reformists and conservatives in advance of parliamentary elections 18 months from now. -James M. Dorsey - 9/19/14

As Rouhani Comes to NY, Domestic Repression in Iran Remains Unabated

- Ahead of President Rouhani's visit to New York next week, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran released a video today, bringing into sharp focus the disconnect between Rouhani's rhetoric on domestic affairs and the reality on the ground. - 9/18/14

Iran: Sentences for "Happy" video may not have to be served

- The young Iranians who were arrested for making a music video for the Pharrel Williams song "Happy" have been sentenced to jail terms and lashes. The defence attorney told Iran Wire that he has finally received the sentences, adding that the sentences have been suspended for three years. - 9/18/14

Yahoo! to Offer Iranians Email Services Again

- One year after Yahoo! decided to exclude Iran from the list of countries that can access some of its services, the company has resumed providing access to Iranian users to open accounts and use the company's Yahoo Messenger services. - 9/18/14

Iranian Interior Ministry objects to patrols enforcing hijab

- Extremist groups such as Ansar-e Hezbollah and Basij forces have become more vocal and active about enforcing hijab in public. This appears to be a backlash against the more progressive policies of the Rohani administration and President Rohani's call for moderation. - 9/17/14

New report on Iran's failed promises on human rights

- Titled "Unfulfilled Promises", and launched on Monday at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, the report discusses 34 specific pledges made by Iran in February 2010 at the UN Human Rights Council that in some way could address human rights violations faced by members of Iran's Baha'i community. - 9/17/14

Iran FM criticizes Norway's expulsion of Iranian students

- "The expulsion of Iranian students has had adverse consequences on our public opinion and academic circles and this is detrimental to Norway," Zarif said in a Monday meeting with new Norwegian Ambassador to Tehran Aud Lise Norheim. - 9/16/14

Iran: Plainclothes forces to patrol for hijab violations

- The head of Ansar-e Hezbollah, the paramilitary group usually referred to as "plainclothes" forces by the Iranian public, has announced that it will put 4,000 of its forces on the street next week to confront violations of hijab, the Islamic public dress code. - 9/16/14

Iranian MP renews call for release of opposition figures

- Conservative Iranian MP Ali Motahari has once again urged the Islamic Republic government to release MirHosein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard, the opposition leaders who have been under house arrest since February 2011 for challenging the legitimacy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory in the 2009 election. - 9/14/14

More Than Two Months in Solitary Confinement for Protesting Exclusion of Women in Stadium

- A young woman's detention in solitary confinement continues after her June 30, 2014 arrest, following her earlier arrest and release outside a Tehran sports stadium when she tried to attend a volleyball game. Ghoncheh Ghavami's lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that he is unaware of his client's charges despite the fact that Ghavami has been in solitary confinement at Evin Prison for more than two months and her "temporary detention" orders have been extended twice. - 9/13/14

"Happy" Youths Go on Trial in Tehran

- The Iranian youths who produced the dance video "Happy in Tehran" set to the Pharrell Williams hit song "Happy" were put on trial in Tehran on September 9, 2014, where they were charged with "participation in producing a vulgar video clip" and conducting "illicit relations" with one another, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 9/12/14

British-Iranian woman Ghonche Ghavami imprisoned for two months for trying to watch men's volleyball game in Tehran

- Ghoncheh Ghavami, 25, was arrested along with more than a dozen women as they tried to enter a stadium where the Iranian national men's team was playing Italy on 20 June. -Independent - 9/11/14

Banned Iranian author Hossein Abkenar takes up at Black Mountain Institute

- Most of us take our freedoms for granted because that's how freedom works: You use it; you don't think about it. The City of Asylum program at the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV supports writers whose freedoms have been stripped by censorship and whose lives may be in danger. -Las Vegas Weekly - 9/11/14

Jailed Iranian dervishes set terms for ending hunger strike

- The nine jailed Gonabadi dervishes who have begun a hunger strike have issued a statement to announce their demands. The imprisoned dervishes write that they have already written their wills and are prepared to die for their cause. - 9/11/14

69 Percent Of Young Iranians Use Software To Get Around Internet Filtering: Survey

- Some 67.4 percent of Iranian young people (between the ages of 15-29) use the internet, according to a survey conducted by the Iranian Center for Research and Strategic Studies. 69.3% of Iranian young people reported using anti-internet filter software to be able to surf through blocked websites. - 9/9/14

Meet the Iranian woman who risked everything to save her brother from a death sentence

- If a woman in Iran can have it all, Maryam Malekpour came close. At 27, the striking, dark-haired mechanical engineer had a university degree, a reliable job at a Tehran oil and gas company, a husband, a devoted family and a lively circle of friends. Days were a mellow round of work, swimming, tennis and hanging out in the city. -Olivia Ward, Toronto Star - 9/9/14

Dozens arrested at "immoral party" in Khezershahr, Iran

- Forty-three young men and women were arrested at a party in the coastal city of Khezershahr in Mazandaran. The Shahrvand daily reported on Sunday September 7 that the 27 women and 16 men had "met through Facebook" and arrived at Khezershahr from various Iranian cities to celebrate a birthday in one of the villas. - 9/8/14

Gender Segregation Gains Momentum in Iran: Women Prohibited from More Jobs

- Shargh Daily reported on September 2, 2014, that women are now banned from appearing on stage at musical performances in 13 provinces across the country. Only bands without any female members will be granted the required performance license, according to the report. - 9/7/14

Gender Segregation Violates the Rights of Women in Iran

- The recent sharp exchange during a press conference between Morteza Talai, Deputy Chairperson of the Tehran City Council, and a female journalist from Sharq newspapers over Talai's support of a recent gender-segregation initiative in the Municipality of Tehran, reflects the intensifying struggle between hardliners intent on controlling the domestic sphere and more moderate elements of Iranian society who resist relinquishing their basic rights. -Leila Mouri - 9/5/14

Khawaja Arrest Exposes Bahrain's Rights Abuses, US Hypocrisy

- If actions speak louder than words, then Bahrain's decision to arrest the prominent human rights activist, Maryam al-Khawaja, on Aug. 29 demonstrates that, despite promises to the contrary, the island kingdom has no real intention of cleaning up its poor human rights record. -Derek Davison, LobeLog - 9/5/14

Iranian reformist journalist, activist blogger released after 5 years

- Mehdi Mahmoudian, a reformist journalist, was released from Karaj's Rejaishahr Prison at the end of his sentence. Also, ossein Ronaghi Maleki, the Iranian blogger who was arrested following the 2009 election protests and jailed ever since, has been released. - 9/4/14

Iran's President Tells Clerics Internet Vital

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani said Iran "cannot close the gates of the world for the younger generation." Iranian President Hassan Rohani has urged the country's clerics to be more tolerant of the Internet and new technologies. - 9/2/14

An American Jailes in Iran: Hekmati Family Hopes for His Release, Three Years after Arrest

- Three years after his arrest in Tehran, US-born Amir Mirzaei Hekmati remains in prison. His family continues to hope that he will be released in time to see his father, who suffers from a terminal illness in the US. Hekmati's earlier charges of espionage have been changed to "cooperating with a hostile government," and his death sentence has been overturned, according to his lawyer, Seyed Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaee. - 9/2/14

Iranian Women's Monthly Under Pressure From Hard-Liners

- A newly launched women's monthly run by a prominent female editor has irked Iranian hard-liners, who have accused her of promoting "obsolete" feminist views and ideas that are un-Islamic. Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported last week that Shahla Sherkat , editor of "Zanan-e Emruz," will be put on trial by Iran's Press Court on September 7. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 9/1/14

Iran Police Chief Stirs Controversy Over Women Working In Coffee Shops

- Islamic Republic Police Chief Khalil Helali told reporters on Sunday that women are prohibited from working in coffee shops and traditional cafes. Helali's statements are being challenged by legal experts, who maintain that there is no legislation banning women from employment in coffee shops. - 9/1/14

Iranian activist lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh wins right to resume her law practice

- Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh says an order issued by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal gives her permission to resume practicing law. Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested in 2010 and sentenced to a 20-year ban from practicing law. - 9/1/14

Iranian Director Rakhshan Bani-Etemad Criticizes West's Sanctions On Iran At Venice Film Festival

- Acclaimed Iranian filmmaker Rakhshan Bani-Etemad criticized the U.S. and EU sanctions against Iran during a press conference for her latest film "Tales" at the 71st International Venice Film Festival on Thursday. She said that the embargos "actually penalized the people in the country," AP reported. - 8/30/14

Iran Bolsters Surveillance of Phones, Internet

- One year after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani assumed the office of President, the regime in Tehran is apparently stepping up surveillance of its citizens' online and telephone activities, threatening some with punishment for "seditious" activities. -Doug Bernard, VOA - 8/30/14

Five Thousand Iranian Mine Workers Strike in Protest against Arrest of Strikers

- In an increasingly tense and prolonged stand-off between striking miners, the Bafgh Iron Ore Mines, and judicial officials, which originally began in May 2014 over plans to privatize the mine, a new round of strikes at the mines began on August 19 over the arrests of some of the strikers, reportedly involving some 5000 miners... - 8/29/14

Families of striking Iranian miners angered by bail

- While the court has issued bail for workers detained during the labour protests in Bafgh, their families protest that the accused "have not committed any crime and should not be required to put up bail for their release." - 8/28/14

Tehran police renew satellite crackdown

- Tehran police have once again started a campaign of confiscating satellite dishes from people's homes. The Etemad daily reported on Thursday that some people have described officers arriving at residential buildings with warrants to enter and confiscate satellite dishes. - 8/28/14

Political Prisoners at Evin Transferred into Quarantine without Explanation

- Twenty-seven political prisoners have been transferred from Evin Prison's Ward 350 to quarantine, where they are now being held in conditions tantamount to clear and serious ill treatment. - 8/23/14

Learn about the role of UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran

- Dr. Ahmed Shaheed is the current Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. How do UN human rights mechanisms encourage all countries, including Iran, to uphold human rights? - 8/23/14

Iran: Riot police arrest protesting mine workers

- Riot police were deployed at the Bafgh Iron Ore Mine on Wednesday August 20 in response to miner protests. According to ILNA, one of the protesting workers reported that police tried to break up the demonstrations and arrested 16 workers. - 8/23/14

Female Iranian-American photojournalist freed on bail

- The Washington Post reports that its female photojournalist who was detained by Iranian authorities a month ago has now been released on bail. The daily has refrained from releasing the name of the photojournalist upon the request of her family; however, it has indicated that she holds dual Iranian-U.S. citizenship. - 8/22/14

Jailed Iranian journalist out on bail after two months

- Jailed Iranian journalist Saba Azarpeyk has been released on bail after two months in custody. Azarpeyk's lawyer told ISNA that Azarpeyk's family posted bail of 200 million toumans for her release, which occurred at 2 PM. Azarpeyk was arrested in May and charged with propaganda activities against the regime. - 8/21/14

Paying the price for sanctions: The customers with Iranian links being ditched by British banks

- HSBC and others deny discrimination, but have hefty fines led to some banks being far too cautious? -Maria Tadeo, Independent - 8/20/14

Iran: Dozens Unlawfully Held in City's Prisons

- Several dozen prisoners in a northern city are serving prison terms for exercising their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Iranian authorities should immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners, Human Rights Watch said. - 8/19/14

Iranian journalist's arrest extended despite lack of trial

- The arrest warrant for jailed journalist Saba Azarpeyk has been renewed again for another month despite Azarpeyk's objections and her demand for due process. In a report by the Etemad daily, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabayi, Azarpeyk's lawyer, said the investigation is now complete and his client should be given a chance to face her charges. - 8/19/14

Iranian photographers face the lash after criticising official's book

- Two photographers in Iran have been sentenced to a total of 75 lashes after criticising an illustrated book published by a local official. Both men, who are from Qazvin province, were put on trial when Mohammad-Ali Hazrati, the head of the local cultural heritage organisation, felt insulted by the negative reviews the pair had written in separate posts online about his photography book, "Qazvin, the Land of Times Past". -Saeed Kamali Dehghan - 8/19/14

Iranian-Arab activists draw harsh sentences

- Preliminary court has sentenced four Iranian-Arab activists in Ahwaz to heavy prison terms after they had already spent more than two and a half years in jail. Hassan Abiyat was sentenced to life imprisonment, Aidan Beyt was sentenced to 10 years and Khaled Obeydavi and Jasem Soadi were each sentenced to five years in prison. - 8/16/14

Iran: Head Of Judiciary Reappointed Despite Controversies

- The Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has renewed Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani's term as head of judiciary for another five years. At a ceremony, Ayatollah Khamenei called on the judiciary to focus on policies to reduce case-processing times, fight corruption, and establish social security and prevent crime. - 8/15/14

Judge Ashley Tabaddor Files Suit against Department of Justice for Violating First Amendment and Civil Rights Act of 1964

- The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) was today informed of a suit filed against the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) by Judge Ashley Tabaddor, an immigration judge for the U.S. Immigration Court. In this suit, Judge Tabaddor challenges an order that indefinitely recuses her from hearing cases involving Iranian nationals, citing that the order violates her First Amendment rights of free speech and association. - 8/13/14

Iran: Centre urges rethink of ban on satellite programming

- The Iranian Parliament's research centre reports that government policies on satellite usage in the country have not succeeded and need to be reconsidered. In a report released on Tuesday August 12, the centre says the ban on satellite equipment and usage has not been an effective policy. - 8/13/14

A Maple Syrup Mecca for Iran's Gays

- With generous social benefits, a welcoming attitude, and a thriving support community, Toronto has emerged as the unofficial capital for gay Iranian refugees.-Nina Strochlic, Daily Beast - 8/13/14

Iranian MPs Vote To Ban Vasectomies, Punish Contraception Advocates

- Iran's parliament has voted to ban vasectomies and other permanent forms of birth control in an attempt to increase the country's birthrate. The legislation would ban vasectomies and impose punishments for encouraging contraceptive services and abortions. - 8/12/14

Iranian government opposes concert gender segregation

- Iranian police closed down a concert of pop singer Mohsen Yeganeh in Urmia, West Azerbaijan Province last week and announced that concerts in Iranian cities except Tehran would be held for males and females separately. - 8/11/14

Iran lightens punishment for birth control procedures

- The Iranian Parliament says the Health Commission has amended the new fertility bill, eliminating prison sentences for vasectomies and tubectomies. Abdolrahman Rostamian reports that physicians who perform these procedures will not face imprisonment but in the new draft of the bill they first would be given oral and then written warning and would finally face the closure of their practice. - 8/11/14

A U.S. Journalist's Arrest Points to a Power Struggle in the Leadership of Iran

- Jason Rezaian knew he was being watched. A man on a motorcycle had been following him and his wife for weeks, his colleagues said. The tail was so blatant that Mr. Rezaian, The Washington Post's correspondent in Tehran, had even managed to take a picture of the license plate. -Thomas Erdbring, NY Times - 8/8/14

Iranian cyber police officer sentenced for death of blogger

- A court in Tehran has sentenced the accused in the death of jailed blogger Sattar Beheshti to three years in jail and 74 lashes. According to the Beheshti family attorney, the accused has also been ordered to have an obligatory transfer for two years. - 8/8/14

While Officials Maintain Silence, Hardliners Make Baseless Accusations Against Jason Rezaian

- After two weeks of silence by Iranian officials on the reason for the detention of husband-and-wife journalists Jason Rezaian and Yegabeh Salehi and their whereabouts, media with ties to security and intelligence organs believed to be holding them have begun leveling baseless charges of spying against them, revealing the intentions of interrogators to fabricate a case in order to justify their actions. - 8/7/14

Rohani deputy slams Tehran's gender segregation plan

- The presidential deputy for Women and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, says the Rohani administration does not approve of gender segregation in the workplace. This comes after the head of Iran's judiciary commended the mayor of Tehran for implementing a plan to separate male and female public employees in municipal offices. - 8/7/14

Prominent Iranian activist found dead in Turkey

- Jamal Hosseiny, the editor-in-chief of the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), was found dead at his home in Turkey. HRANA reports that on Tuesday August 5, Turkish police discovered Hosseiny's lifeless body behind his desk at his home with drops of blood on his face and other parts of the house. - 8/7/14

Iran awards first annual human rights prize

- Iran has awarded its first annual prize for human rights activism to the head of the Al-Nasr Children's Hospital in Gaza. The 30,000-euro prize was awarded for the first time on the sidelines of the Islamic Human Rights Ceremony in Tehran. - 8/6/14

At least 11 Killed By Fire At Iranian Prison

- Reports from central Iran say at least 11 inmates at a prison have been killed in a fire. Abdullah Mousavi, a local judiciary official, said on August 5 that the prisoners died from suffocation when the fire broke out at the Shahr-e-Kord prison in the Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province on August 4. - 8/6/14

Persian daily "Qanoun" to return to newsstands

- A court in Tehran revoked a ban on the Persian daily Qanoun (Law). In a hearing on Monday, the paper was punished by a fine of 50 million rials (about $1,650) after it was found guilty on charges of making 'false accusations', disturbing public opinion and publishing articles against public decency. - 8/5/14

27 Journalists Now Detained in Iran, says IFJ

- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has issued a renewed appeal for the government of Iran to show its commitment to press freedom and human rights by releasing the ever increasing number of journalists being held in the country. - 8/2/14
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