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Iranians Push Back as Officials Threaten to Block Instagram in Retaliation for Banned IRGC Accounts

- Some Iranian officials have responded to Instagram's decision to remove accounts it has associated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by pushing for a nationwide ban on the popular social media app. Many Iranians have responded by calling not only for Instagram to remain unblocked but also for the government to rescind bans on other widely used apps. -CHRI - 4/19/19

12 Conservationists Detained Without Counsel in Iran's Kurdistan Province

- Twelve of the 20 environmental conservationists arrested in Iran's Kurdistan Province in January and February 2019 remain in detention centers run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Ministry of Intelligence in the city of Sanandaj, the provincial capital, without access to legal counsel. - 4/19/19

Iranian Hijab Protester Vida Movahedi Remains Detained Despite Eligibility for Release

- Vida Movahedi, the woman whose public display of peaceful protest against Iran's compulsory hijab law was captured in a viral photo, remains detained in Gharchak Prison for women south of Tehran despite being eligible for release. On April 14, 2019, her attorney, Payam Derafshan, told the state-owned Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) that Branch 1091 of the Guidance Court in Tehran on March 2, 2019, had sentenced Movahedi to a year in prison for that action under the charge of "encouraging people to corruption and prostitution." -CHRI - 4/17/19

Second Iranian Councilman Persecuted for Speaking up for Baha'i Rights

- A member of the Isfahan City Council, Mehdi Moghaddari, has been suspended from his seat for six months in part for supporting a fellow councilman who had sought the release of detained followers of the Baha'i faith and was consequently detained himself. -CHRI - 4/16/19

Iranian University Student to be Flogged, Imprisoned for Insulting Supreme Leader

- Iranian university student Mojtaba Dadashi, 23, has been sentenced to three years in prison and 74 lashes for sharing a video on social media criticizing the Islamic Republic as "un-Islamic," the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 4/12/19

Four Iranian Labor Affairs Reporters Remain Detained Three Months After Arrests

- Four staff members of Gam news, an independent Persian-language news channel on the Telegram messaging app, remain in detention three months after being arrested in connection with the channel's coverage of workers' rights protests in the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan. - 4/11/19

Leonardo DiCaprio Again Appeals For Release Of Iranian Ecologists

- Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has once again defended eight Iranian environmentalists who have been in detention for more than a year, charged with vague accusations. Last February, DiCaprio called for international support and circulated a petition for the release of the Iranian environmentalists who were arrested by the intelligence organization of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, IRGC. -Radio Farda - 4/11/19

Just Released From Prison, Iranian Civil Rights Activist Golrokh Iraee Ebrahimi Faces More Time Behind Bars

- Newly released from prison, civil rights activist Golrokh Iraee Ebrahimi may have to serve more time behind bars depending on the outcome of another case against her, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 4/10/19

Female Activist in "Very Poor" Health after Nine Months and Counting of Solitary Confinement in Iran

- Political activist Hengameh Shahidi is in poor health after a nine-month stint in solitary confinement, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has been informed. Arrested on June 26, 2018, Shahidi has since been held in isolation in Ward 241 under the control of the judiciary's Security and Intelligence Center in Tehran's Evin Prison. -CHRI - 4/8/19

The immorality of America's silence towards Iran

- On March 21, Iran faced its most devastating natural disaster since an earthquake that killed more than 500 people in November 2017. Flash floods caused by torrential downpours and overflowing rivers throughout the country have killed at least 24 people and left hundreds injured... Yet, reminiscent of the United States' response to the 2017 earthquake, in America we hear nothing of this humanitarian and natural catastrophe falling upon the Iranian people. -Kaveh Badrei, Daily Princetonian - 4/4/19

US, Iran and EU Must All Take Steps to Ensure International Aid Reaches Iran Floods Victims

- The US and EU should immediately take steps to ensure that Iran receives humanitarian aid to assist disaster relief efforts in the wake of devastating floods that have killed dozens and caused millions of dollars of damage to homes and infrastructure, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. - 4/4/19

US blocking humanitarian aid to flood-hit Iranians: FM Spokesman

- Tehran says the United States has frozen the accounts of the Iranian Red Crescent Society as part of its cruel sanctions against the Iranian people, thus preventing other countries from sending humanitarian aid to people in Iran's flood-stricken areas. - 4/3/19

Iranian Official: State Bans on Social Media Apps Have Slowed Flood Relief

- State filters on social media apps have reduced the efficiency of relief operations in flood-hit regions of Iran, according to an official working for a state agency that publishes public awareness statements. "If filtering was not an obstacle, the rescue operations would have been more effective," tweeted Alireza Moezi, the secretary of the government's Information Council, on March 24, 2019. "Let's learn from experiences." -CHRI - 4/3/19

Foreign Minister Zarif says US is waging 'economic terrorism' against Iran

- Iran's foreign minister says the US is waging "economic terrorism" against the Islamic Republic by employing restrictive measures that are troubling the relief efforts targeting flood-stricken people across the country. - 4/2/19

Peaceful Iranian Labor Activist Arasham Rezaee Sentenced to Prison Without Access to Counsel

- Labor activist Mahmoud Arasham Rezaee has been issued a lengthy prison sentence at a trial that unlawfully took place without prior notice or the presence of his lawyer, his mother Keshvar Rezaee informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on March 27, 2019. Rezaee was supporting his family at the time of his arrest and is now struggling to take on any job he can in the prison to continue supporting them. -CHRI - 3/29/19

Gender Equality Researcher Tried in Iran Under National Security Charge

- Gender equality advocate Rezvaneh Mohammadi was tried in absentia in Tehran under the unusual charge of "assembly and collusion against national security by seeking to normalize homosexual relations." "Rezvaneh's attendance at two conferences abroad on the subject of gender equality, as well as her studies for her thesis, which was also about gender equality, were included as evidence against her," the source said. -CHRI - 3/26/19

Mandate Of The Special Rapporteur On The Situation Of Human Rights In Iran Extended For 1 Year

- In a resolution on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, adopted by a vote of 22 in favour, seven against and 18 abstentions, the Council decides to extend the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran for a further period of one year, and requests the Special Rapporteur to submit a report on the implementation of the mandate to the Human Rights Council at its forty-third session and to the General Assembly at its seventy-fourth session. - 3/25/19

Peaceful Labor Activist Sentenced to Prison in 10-Minute Trial In Iran

- Labor activist As'ad Behnam Ebrahimzadeh has been sentenced to six years in prison (of which he must serve five, subject to appeal) and ordered to copy three books by hand for engaging in peaceful activities including attending protests by sugar mill workers in southwestern Iran. Ebrahimzadeh told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on March 16, 2019, that his trial lasted only 10 minutes, that he was not allowed time to prepare a defense and that he was denied access to a lawyer. -CHRI - 3/24/19

Muslims countries hold emergency meeting, urge fight on Islamophobia and slam West after carnage in New Zealand

- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says certain countries in the West must be held accountable for an attack on two mosques in New Zealand, which left at least 50 worshipers dead. "The terrorist attack in New Zealand represents a very dangerous tide in the West that is Islamophobia," he said in Istanbul where the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held an emergency meeting Friday. - 3/22/19

Iran: Harsh Sentence for Rights Lawyer Threatens Activism

- The prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh's draconian sentence for her peaceful activism shows the threat posed by Iran's revolutionary courts to human rights work, the Center for Human Rights in Iran and Human Rights Watch said today. Iran should immediately and unconditionally release Sotoudeh and other human rights defenders who are unjustly spending Nowruz, the Persian New Year, behind bars. -CHRI - 3/21/19

Sotoudeh's Case Is Iran's Own Goal

- Last week, the European Parliament joined the international outcry over the sentencing of Iranian human rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh to a long prison term by voting overwhelmingly for a resolution calling for her release... There are some flaws in the text too. No conversation on the topic is complete without acknowledging the devastating effects of U.S. economic sanctions, imposed in violation of the UN Security Council-endorsed resolution on the nuclear pact with Iran, on Iranian human rights. -Eldar Mamedov - 3/19/19

Iran To Drop Tattooed Players From National Football Team

- The Iranian tattooed players have reportedly no place in Iran national football team from now on. According to the reports, the Iranian football federation has been told it must prevent to invite the tattooed players to the national team. -Tehran Times - 3/19/19

U.S. Navy Veteran Sentenced By Iran To 10 Years In Prison, Lawyer Says

- The lawyer of a U.S. Navy veteran detained in Iran says his client has been given a 10-year prison sentence. Washington-based lawyer Mark Zaid told AP that Michael White was convicted of insulting Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and posting private information online. -RFE/RL - 3/17/19

Iran: UN expert concerned by crackdown on protests and strikes

- Worrying patterns of intimidation, arrest, prosecution, and ill-treatment of human rights defenders, lawyers, and labour rights activists in Iran signal an increasingly severe State response to protests and strikes in the country, a UN expert said today. Javaid Rehman, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, said rising inflation, difficult working conditions, late or unpaid wages, falling living standards, and increased challenges in accessing adequate work, food, health care, and water was making life harder for many Iranians. -OHCHR - 3/16/19

IRAN: Qoliyan and Bakhshi Held Without Bail or Access to Lawyers for Almost Two Months, Transferred to Prisons in Ahvaz

- Despite the apparent end of investigations by judicial authorities against labor activist Esmail Bakhshi and freelance reporter Sepideh Qoliyan, the two have not been offered bail and continue to be held, without access to a lawyer, for almost two months, awaiting trial. No date has been set for the trial. -CHRI - 3/15/19

Widow of Dual National Who Died in Iranian Custody Sues Judiciary for Banning Her from Travel

- Maryam Mombeini, the widow of Iranian Canadian academic Kavous Seyed-Emami who died under suspicious circumstances in Tehran's Evin Prison, has sued a judicial official for extending a travel ban imposed on her a year ago, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 3/14/19

Iranian Lawyers Join Global Backlash to Iran's Sentencing of Rights Defender

- A group of Iranian lawyers has added its voice to international criticism of Tehran for sentencing a female colleague to additional years in prison in relation to her work in defending Iranian rights activists. In an open letter to the Iranian people dated Tuesday and sent by one of the authors to VOA Persian, the group of 16 lawyers said the multiyear sentencing of lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, announced by Iranian state media Monday, violates the Iranian constitution's commitments to human rights and fair trials. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 3/13/19

Reformist Iranian Politician Abolfazl Ghadyani Ordered to Copy Out by Hand Supreme Leader's Book

- Veteran Iranian politician Abolfazl Ghadyani has been sentenced to two years in prison for the charge of "insulting the supreme leader" and one for the charge of "propaganda against the state," the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. Ghadyani has also been ordered to copy out by hand three books including "Doshmanshenasi" (Enemy-ology), a collection of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's political views about his enemies. -CHRI - 3/13/19

Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Says She Has Been Sentenced to 38 Years in Prison

- Iranian defense attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh told her husband she has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. Her statement follows media reports quoting the hardline judge overseeing her case who said she has been sentenced to seven years in prison. -CHRI - 3/12/19

Iran: Countering Extremism Through Inclusiveness

- The Iranian government has long accused some of its neighboring states of using terrorism and insurgency to destabilize the country. There may be some truth to these accusations. But Iran's treatment of minority groups has also contributed to the rise of militancy. -Fatemeh Aman - 3/12/19

Prisoners of Their Own Rebellion: The Cult-Like Group Fighting Iran

- Members of the Trump administration have been providing support to a political sect that aims to topple the Iranian regime in Tehran. Around 2,000 of its members live in a camp in Albania. Former members say it subjected followers to torture and psychological terror. -Luisa Hommerich, Spiegle - 3/11/19

Iranian Couple Arrested Over "Indecent" Shopping Mall Marriage Proposal

- Iranian police have arrested a couple for "outraging public decency" after they got engaged in front of a crowd at a shopping mall. Video of the public proposal in the western city of Arak appeared on social media on March 8, showing the pair standing amid rose petals in a heart shape on the floor. After the proposal, the woman can be seen hugging the man as the crowd cheers. -RFE/RL - 3/10/19

Outspoken Lawmaker Tells Iran Judiciary 'Stop Wrong Practices', As UN Issues Critical Report

- The outspoken Deputy Speaker of the Iranian Parliament Ali Motahari has called on Iran's new Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raeesi to "stop some wrong practices" in the judicial system. In a letter, Motahari, representing Tehran, has put forward five requests including one that calls on Raeesi (Raeisi) to stop limiting the number of defense lawyers political prisoners can choose from. -Radio Farda - 3/10/19

Iran medical societies write to UN in condemnation of US bans

- Sixty-six Iranian scientific medical societies have written to the UN chief in condemnation of the "inhumane and medieval" American sanctions targeting Iran's health sector. In a post on his Twitter account on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif released the letter, which had been written to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on February 23. -Press TV - 3/8/19

French President Invites Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council

- The husband of imprisoned human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has received a letter from French President Emmanuel Macron inviting Sotoudeh to be part of an advisory council created to advise the Group of 7 (G7) countries on gender equality issues. Sotoudeh's husband, Reza Khandan, received the letter the day after news spread that his wife, a prominent lawyer and human rights defender who is now in Iran's Evin Prison, had been convicted of "national security" charges in Iran. -CHRI - 3/8/19

US Lawmakers Renew Bipartisan Bid to Press Iran to Free Americans

- U.S. lawmakers are making a renewed bipartisan effort to pressure Iran into freeing at least four Americans and a U.S. permanent resident viewed by Washington as hostages of the Islamic Republic. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 3/8/19

Iranian Belgian Academic Arrested in Iran on Unspecified "Security Charges"

- A dual national academic who has taught at the University of Tehran and the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium was arrested on "security charges," a senior Iranian official revealed on March 4, 2019. "The University of Tehran has submitted a request to colleagues at the judiciary who are looking into whether he deserves to be given a break to avoid harming scientific ties between the University of Tehran and that university [in Belgium]," he told the state-funded Mehr News Agency. -CHRI - 3/7/19

US, Rights Activists Slam Iran's Appointment of New Judiciary Chief

- The United States and rights activists are criticizing Iran for selecting as its new judiciary chief a conservative cleric allegedly involved in mass executions of dissidents in the 1980s. An Iranian judiciary spokesman confirmed in a Sunday news conference that Ebrahim Raisi will succeed another conservative cleric, Sadeq Amoli Larijani, as judiciary chief on Friday. Iranian media had predicted the move since Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei promoted Larijani to the role of head of Iran's Expediency Council in December. -Michael Lipin and Ramin Haghjoo, VOA - 3/7/19

Nasrin Sotoudeh, Iranian Attorney Who Defended Hijab Protesters, Convicted of "National Security" Crimes

- One of Iran's most outspoken human rights defenders, Sotoudeh has been jailed since June 2018 when she was detained in part for representing women in a court of law who had been arrested for peacefully protesting the state's compulsory hijab law. She was convicted on the basis of several charges but has not received the verdict or her sentence in writing, her husband Reza Khandan told CHRI on March 5, 2019. -CHRI - 3/6/19

Autistic Children in Iran Segregated and Punished for Having Learning Disabilities

- Responding to news of an autistic child being treated inhumanely in a school, Iranian officials blamed the child and the parents for not putting their kids in a learning institute for "special" children. But according to the testimonies of dozens of parents of autistic children in Iran, the "special" schools are poorly equipped to care for and support their children's learning needs, due to employing poorly trained staff and lack of resources. - 3/6/19

US-Based Environmentalist Detained in Iran's Kurdistan Province

- Environmentalist Afshin Sheikholeslami Vatani, a US permanent resident, was arrested on February 17, 2019, at his father's home in the city of Sanandaj, the capital of Iran's Kurdistan Province, a month after returning to the country from the United States, his sister informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 3/5/19

New Photo Of Detained Iranian Opposition Figures Emerges On Social Media

- A new photo of prominent Iranian opposition figures Mir Hossein Musavi and his wife, Zahra Rahnavard -- who have been held under house arrest for the past eight years -- has emerged on social media in the country. The photo was reportedly first published on March 3 on the messaging app Telegram by the opposition Kalameh website. -RFE/RL - 3/4/19

Iran Ranks Near Bottom On World Bank's Index Of Women's Equality

- Women in Iran are paid less than three-quarters of the salaries paid to their male compatriots, the World Bank said in a study published February 28. In terms of economic equality for women, Iran ranks 185 out of 187 countries included in the study, behind only Saudi Arabia and Sudan. -Radio Farda - 3/4/19

Millions of iPhone Users Unable to Use Iranian Apps Due to Apple Certificate Revocation

- A new move by the Apple Corporation aimed at protecting user data has resulted in Iranian apps becoming unusable on the iOS mobile operating system as of February 27, 2019, for some 9 million users. -CHRI - 3/3/19

Iranian Political Prisoner Sews Lips Shut to Protest 13-Year Prison Sentence for Peaceful Online Activities

- Twenty-seven-year-old political prisoner Ali Bazazordeh has sewed his lips shut and started a hunger strike in Evin Prison's Ward 4 to protest an Iranian Appeals Court's decision to uphold a 13-year prison sentence against him for his peaceful online activities. -CHRI - 3/3/19

Families Denied Access to Secretive Trial of Iran's Detained Conservationists

- Detained conservationist Morad Tahbaz was summoned to two closed-door sessions February 24-25, 2019, in Tehran's Revolutionary Court system, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. A knowledgeable source told CHRI that the families are unlawfully being denied access to the trial. -CHRI - 2/28/19

New UN Report on Iran Notes Decline in Executions, Ongoing Executions of Child Offenders

- The report of the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran has now been made available on the documentation webpage of the 40th session of the Human Rights Council. - 2/28/19

Ahmadinejad Says There Was More Freedom In Iran During Monarchy

- In an unprecedented move, an ultra-conservative website run by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has published an interview with former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, marking the first time state media has given the former president a platform since his term ended in 2013 amid soured relations between him and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. -Radio Farda - 2/28/19

Iran's Intelligence Ministry Denies Labor Activists Qoliyan and Bakhshi Medical Treatment

- Labor activist Esmail Bakhshi and freelance reporter Sepideh Qoliyan are being denied medical treatment in the Intelligence Ministry's detention center in the Iranian city of Shush, Khuzestan Province, according to the Telegram app channel of the Haft Tappeh sugar mill workers' union. -CHRI - 2/27/19

26 European MPs Call on Iran's President Rouhani to Free Conservationists

- Twenty-six members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have urged Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to free eight conservationists who are currently being tried in the country's secretive revolutionary court system. The MEPs also reminded the president that 12 months after Iranian Canadian conservationist Kavous Seyed-Emami was found dead in Evin Prison where he was being held for interrogations, Iranian authorities have not conducted an impartial investigation into his death and have placed a travel ban on his wife, Maryam Mombeini. -CHRI - 2/26/19

Iranian Communications Minister Accused Of 'Internet Espionage'

- Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi was accused of not following judicial orders related to Iran's Internet controls, Javad Javidnia, the deputy for cyberspace affairs at the public prosecutor's office, was quoted as saying on February 24. Javidnia said the minister's actions left Iran's data vulnerable to access by the country's enemies, which he said amounted to "Internet espionage." -Radio Farda - 2/25/19

IRAN: Concert Cancellations Continue in Mashhad Due to Intolerance by Religious Conservatives

- A concert by the popular Persian pop band Hoorosh was canceled by judicial order an hour before show time on February 20, 2019, in the city of Firouzeh, northeastern Iran, after a powerful local ayatollah pressured the authorities. -CHRI - 2/24/19

Iran's Intelligence Ministry Threatens Families of Labor Activists Bakhsi, Qoliyan With Prosecution

- The Intelligence Ministry in the city of Shush, southwestern Iran, summoned the families of detained labor activist Esmail Bakhshi and freelance reporter Sepideh Qoliyan and warned them not to speak to the media, the worker's union of the nearby Haft Tappeh sugar mill reported on February 21, 2019. -CHRI - 2/24/19

Abuse of 11-Year-Old Child Bride in Iran Sees Some Lawmakers Calling for Reforms

- News of an 11-year-old girl in the Iranian city of Ilam being repeatedly raped after being illegally married off to a man four times her age has renewed protests by some members of Parliament against the law that allows child marriage. The child, referred to by the pseudo name of "Raha" by media outlets, was placed in the care of the State Welfare Organization (SWO) following the intervention of a provincial prosecutor because the marriage had taken place without the approval of a local court as required by civil law. -CHRI - 2/22/19

French Businesswoman Has Been In Iranian Custody Since October, Paris Confirms

- A French citizen has been in Iranian custody since October, France's foreign minister has confirmed. Jean-Yves Le Drian told lawmakers on February 20 that Nelly Erin-Cambervelle, a 59-year-old businesswoman from the French Caribbean island of Martinique, was arrested on the Iranian island of Kish on October 21 for allegedly "signing an illegal mining contract and carrying out an unauthorized trip." -RFE/RL - 2/21/19

The Dark Side Of The United Arab Emirates (UAE)

- In recent years, the human rights situation in the oil-rich monarchies of the Persian Gulf has finally received the scrutiny it deserves in the European Parliament. EU governments consider the countries in question as their strategic allies in terms of regional security, energy, trade, and, disturbingly, burgeoning arms exports. This geopolitical status, however, no longer shields them from public criticisms. -Eldar Mamedov, LobeLog - 2/21/19

Police In Tehran Fire In The Air To Disperse Protests Against Hijab Enforcement

- The Iranian government's official news agency (IRNA) has confirmed reports that police in a working-class neighborhood of Tehran fired shots in the air Friday February 15 evening after residents had a clash with morality enforcement agents. -Radio Farda - 2/17/19

Ten Detained Political Activists and Environmentalists Denied Counsel in Iran's Kurdistan Province

- Ten political activists and environmentalists arrested in Iran's Kurdistan Province between December 31, 2018, and January 6, 2019, are being held at the Intelligence Ministry's detention center in the city of Sanandaj while being denied access to legal counsel and contact with family members. -CHRI - 2/15/19

IRAN: Sugar Mill Workers Call for International Action to Free Detained Colleagues Esmail Bakhshi and Sepideh Qoliyan

- A union representing workers of the Haft Tappeh sugar mill in the Iranian city of Shush, Khuzestan Province, has called on individuals and international organizations to demand the release of union representative Esmail Bakshi and freelance reporter Sepideh Qoliyan from the Intelligence Ministry's detention center in Ahvaz. -CHRI - 2/15/19

Unable to Move His Arm, Iranian Political Prisoner Arash Sadeghi Denied Hospitalization for Infected Biopsy Wound

- Arash Sadeghi, a political prisoner in Iran, has lost the ability to move his right arm due to an infection on his shoulder that has been left untreated in Rajaee Shahr Prison, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. "After the biopsy, the assigned doctor prescribed monthly hospital visits to check his tumor and stop its growth," said the source who spoke on the condition of anonymity for security reasons. "But the head of Rajaee Shahr Prison always comes up with some excuse to prevent Sadeghi's transfer to the hospital. -CHRI - 2/14/19

Iran: Female Defendant Not in Court as Others Tried for Spying

- Iran says Niloufar Bayani, a female member of a group of eight conservationists on trial for spying, has been absent from the courtroom this week as a prosecutor continued reading charges that rights activists say are bogus. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 2/14/19

Iranian Agents Tried to Frame Detained Conservationists by Staging Scenes to Falsely Implicate Them

- Amid eight conservationists' closed-door trial in Iran's revolutionary court system, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has been informed that agents staged scenes around at least two of the detainees with the intent of implicating them in a false narrative. In one instance, plainclothes agents transported conservation scientist Niloufar Bayani out of Evin Prison in Tehran to several locations in an affluent town for a day and directed her to engage in specific acts while filming her without her consent. -CHRI - 2/12/19

IRAN: Grand Ayatollah Speaks Out Against Child Marriage

- The story of an 11-year-old girl, Raha, has once again set off another round of muscle flexing by ayatollahs and Shi'ite sources of emulation over the legal age for marriage. Raha, from the province of Ilam, western Iran, was recently forced to marry a 50-year-old man who already has a wife and seven children, Imam Ali Community reported on February 8, adding, "Raha was practically sold for 150 million rials (roughly $1,500)." -Radio Farda - 2/11/19

Family of Late Conservationist Kavous Seyed-Emami Petitions Iran to Respond to State TV Smears

- One year after his father's suspicious death in Tehran's Evin Prison, Ramin Seyed-Emami has filed a petition to respond to the unsubstantiated reports about his father broadcast by Iran's main state-run broadcasting organization. He is also calling on the judiciary to release his mother, who remains barred from leaving the Islamic Republic despite the expiration of the travel ban that was imposed on her in December 2018. -CHRI - 2/11/19

"Ten Years is Enough:" Mother of Canadian Resident Imprisoned in Iran Seeks Pardon

- The mother of Saeed Malekpour, a Canadian resident imprisoned in Iran since 2008, sent a letter to Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi on February 1, 2019, requesting that Malekpour be included in a mass pardon of prisoners that may happen in March. -CHRI - 2/11/19

Jason Rezaian's Prisoner Book Reviewed

- Beginning July 2014, the Iranians had a problem. For reasons known only to themselves, Revolutionary Guards Security Officers arrested Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and Yeganeh Salehi, his wife of 15 months, in the garage of their apartment building in Tehran. Now what were the Iranians going to do? They spent the next year-and-a-half climbing out of the hole they'd dug for themselves. -John Limbert - 2/7/19

Hollywood's Leonardo DiCaprio Comes To The Defense Of Detained Environmentalists In Iran

- Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has voiced his support for eight environmentalists jailed Iran for more than a year on ambiguous charges of "spying". In a tweet on February 6, DiCaprio calls for support for the detainees who went on trial last month, some facing serious charges, which could lead to death penalty. One of the conservationists died in suspicious circumstances in prison days after his arrest last in January 2018. -Radio Farda - 2/7/19

Iranian Lawyers Condemn Tehran's Jailing of Colleague, Demand Release

- A group of Iranian lawyers has condemned Iran's government for imprisoning a fellow lawyer convicted of slandering a former official and demanded that their colleague be released. In an open letter to the Iranian people dated Monday and shared with VOA Persian by lawyer Hossein Ahmadiniaz, he and 18 other lawyers said Sunday's jailing of their counterpart, Mostafa Tork Hamedani, at Tehran's Evin Prison violates Iran's international commitments to the principles of a fair trial. -Michael Lipin and Shahram Bahraminejad, VOA - 2/6/19

Iranian MPs Ask Rouhani To Pay Attention To Ecologists Facing Harsh Punishment

- Several members of the Iranian Parliament (Majles) have called on President Hassan Rouhani to pay attention to the situation of eight detained ecologists, the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) reported on Monday. The environmentalists have been under "temporary arrest" by the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) for longer than a year now. - 2/5/19

IRAN: President Rouhani's Former Deputy Says His Government Has Failed Women

- President Hassan Rouhani's former Deputy for Women and Family Affairs, Shahindokht Molaverdi, has admitted that the president who campaigned as a moderate and his team failed to address major problems confronting Iranian women. -Radio Farda - 2/4/19

Ex-Iranian Official Blasts World's Silence As Eight Conservationists Go On Trial In Iran

- A former Iranian deputy environment chief is criticizing the global environmental community's lack of public advocacy on behalf of eight jailed Iranian conservationists whose trial began in Tehran this week. Kaveh Madani, an American-educated water management expert, served as deputy head of Iran's Department of Environment from September 2017 until April 2018, when he fled the country under verbal attack from conservatives who accused him of spying under cover of environmental activism. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 2/3/19

Iranian Labor Activist Ali Nejati Denied Medical Treatment Against Doctor's Orders

- Detained labor rights activist Ali Nejati is being denied medical treatment for heart disease and kidney and prostate problems in Shush Prison in the city of Andimeshk, Khuzestan Province, against the prison clinic doctor's orders, according to a report posted on the Telegram app channel of the Haft Tappeh sugar mill worker's union on January 27, 2019. -CHRI - 2/1/19

Eight Conservationists Tried in Iran on Basis of Retracted False "Confessions"

- In their first trial session since being detained in Iran one year ago, eight conservationists learned today that the first half of their indictment is based on one detainee's retracted forced "confessions." Part of the 300-page indictment was read today to defendants Houman Jowkar, Taher Ghadirian, Morad Tahbaz, Sepideh Kashani, Niloufar Bayani, Amir Hossein Khaleghi, Sam Rajabi and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh in their closed-door trial on January 30, 2019, at Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Abolqasem Salavati. -CHRI - 1/31/19

Renewed Pressure in Iran to Block Instagram After Activist's Post About Torture Makes Headlines

- A labor activist's widely read Instagram post alleging he was tortured while in the custody of Iran's Intelligence Ministry was never fully investigated but one judicial official did respond by suggesting that the app should be blocked to prevent a "spotlight" from being put on the government. -CHRI - 1/31/19

US-Born Iranian Newscaster Marzieh Hashemi Arrives Back in Iran

- A journalist who works for Iran's state-run television station has returned to Tehran after being detained in the United States. Marzieh Hashemi, is a news anchor for Press TV, was arrested Jan. 13 when she arrived in St. Louis, Missouri, to visit family. She was held for 10 days. -VOA - 1/31/19

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