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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

Burkas, Burkinis, Veils and Women's Rights

- Symbolism matters. Especially when it comes to other people's cultures. Most recently we see the old/new issue about Muslim women's dress, especially now grabbing headlines in France where "Islamic beachwear" or the "burkini" (burka-bikini), has been banned in several Riviera beach towns. France of course leads the world in its militantly secular posture on cultural and civic affairs. As well as the symbol of the bikini itself. (Topless--I won't even go there.) -Graham E. Fuller, LobeLog - 8/28/16

Fans Take To Social Media To Demand Release Of Iranian Rapper Amir Tataloo

- Iranian fans have taken to Instagram and other social media to demand the release of Amir Tataloo, a popular and controversial rapper arrested on charges of spreading depravity among youth. "Free Tataloo!" and "He Is Not Guilty!" say dozens of comments posted on the Instagram account of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. -Farangis Najibullah and Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah - 8/26/16

Iranian Journalists Alarmed As Media Legislation Resurfaces

- Critics say proposed new legislation in Iran would mean an end to any form of independent journalism in the Islamic republic while playing into the hands of the country's security organs and hard-line conservative judiciary, who would like to see even tighter state control of the media. - 8/24/16

Iran Warns, Detains 450 Social-Media Users, Citing 'Immoral' Posts

- Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) said it has summoned, detained, and warned some 450 administrators of social-media groups in recent weeks. - 8/24/16

Elderly Pro-Democracy Iranian Activist Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

- The four-year prison sentence handed down to imprisoned author and peaceful political activist Kourosh Zaim has no legal basis and the 77-year-old should be immediately released because of his advanced age, his lawyer Giti Pourfazel told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 8/23/16

Iran Green Movement leaders under house arrest; more than 2000 days

- It has now been established that Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) Supreme Leader has absolute jurisdiction over the release of the three opposition leaders who have been under house arrest since February 2011. Mir Hossein Mousavi, Mehdi Karroubi and Zahra Rahnavard are the leader of the 2009 Green Movement in Iran and they are still being kept under house arrest without due processes. -Ehsan Mehrabi - 8/22/16

Reformist Iranian Journalist's Prison Sentence Reduced on Appeal

- The prison sentence of reformist journalist Ehsan (Saman) Safarzaei has been reduced from five to two years, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. Safarzaei's lawyer, Iman Mirzadeh, confirmed he received the ruling in writing from Branch 36 of Tehran's Appeals Court on August 15, 2016. - 8/19/16

Imprisoned Epileptic Iranian Journalist Denied Request for Early Release

- Imprisoned reformist journalist Ahmad Asgari, who suffers from severe epilepsy, has been denied early conditional release and medical furlough (temporary leave), an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, despite doctors' determination that he is medically unfit to continue serving his sentence. - 8/18/16

Iran Arrests Dual National on Security-related Charges

- Iran has detained an Iranian with citizenship in another country over allegations the person had links to British intelligence services, a prosecutor said Tuesday, the latest dual national arrested in the country. - 8/17/16

President Rouhani Battles Religious Hardliners Over Concert Cancellations in Iran

- A simmering battle between the government of President Hassan Rouhani and hardline religious figures over music concerts is playing out in northeastern Iran. Most recently, Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli questioned the the announced suspension of all music concerts in Khorasan Razavi Province in a letter to the Judiciary. - 8/16/16

Acceptable Losses: Aiding and abetting the Saudi slaughter in Yemen

- Just a few short years ago, Yemen was judged to be among the poorest countries in the world, ranking 154th out of the 187 nations on the U.N.'s Human Development Index. Such was the dire condition of the country before Saudi Arabia unleashed a bombing campaign in March 2015, which has destroyed warehouses, factories, power plants, ports, hospitals, water tanks, gas stations, and bridges, along with miscellaneous targets ranging from donkey carts to wedding parties to archaeological monuments. -Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine - 8/13/16

Five Prisoners Hanged in Iran in Accelerating Rate of Executions

- All of the prisoners except for Mohammad Abdollahi were sentenced to death on drug-related charges. The UN has stated that drug-related crimes do not meet the standard of the most serious crimes for which capital punishment may be applied. - 8/12/16

British Prime Minister Presses Rohani Over Detained British-Iranian Woman

- British Prime Minister Theresa May has urged the Iranian president to resolve the case of a British-Iranian aid worker who faces trial in Iran. May's office said on August 9 she had "raised concerns" about Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and other dual nationals during a telephone call with President Hassan Rohani. - 8/10/16

Anti-Pollution Initiative Stymied by Ban on Women Riding Bicycles in Public

- Women's rights activists and environmentalists joined forces in the city of Marivan, in Iran's Kurdistan Province, after a local anti-pollution initiative encouraging people to ride bikes or walk instead of using their cars ran aground when security agents objected to women riding bicycles in public. - 8/9/16

Iran Executes Nuclear Scientist For Spying For U.S.

- Shahram Amiri, the Iranian nuclear scientist who disappeared from Iran in 2009, later on claiming that he was kidnapped, tortured and bribed to cooperate with the CIA on revealing Iranian nuclear secrets was covertly executed in Iran. - 8/7/16

Names of Mass Execution Victims in Iran Still Not Released

- Iran is withholding the names of ten of the twenty Sunni prisoners who were executed in Rajaee Shahr Prison in the city of Karaj on August 2, 2016 even though the prosecutor general and the Intelligence Ministry have made statements on the executions. - 8/6/16

Rights Groups Condemn Iran's Executions of 20 Kurdish Prisoners

- Human rights groups on Thursday condemned the execution of at least 20 Kurdish activists in Iran who had been charged with links to terrorism. A statement by the Iranian intelligence ministry confirmed the Wednesday executions, saying the convicts were part of a terrorist cell that was responsible for armed attacks in Iran's western provinces. -VOA - 8/5/16

Iran offers human rights dialog with Europe

- Iran's Judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani has proposed that the Islamic Republic and Europe initiate a dialog on human rights. Human rights have long been a point of friction between Iran and the West, with Ayatollah Amoli-Larijani saying Europe and the US are making an "instrumental use" of the issue. - 8/5/16

Iran Executes Up To 20 Kurdish Militants, Drawing Human Rights Criticism

- Iran has executed up to 20 Kurdish Islamists suspected of attacks on security forces, drawing condemnation from rights groups who say the convictions may have been based on forced confessions. - 8/4/16

Head Of Tehran Think Tank Arrested For Criticizing Iran's Army

- Iranian authorities have arrested a hard-line theorist who heads a think tank in Tehran after he criticized the Iranian Army. In a video published on social media networks in Iran, Abbasi, criticized the army for inaction -- particularly on social and political issues. - 8/4/16

Lawyers Still Languishing in Jails in Iran for Defending Dissidents Under Rouhani's Watch

- Dozens of human rights lawyers who have been imprisoned for years in Iran for defending civil rights and political prisoners, remain behind bars three years after President Hassan Rouhani came to office, despite his campaign pledge to free political prisoners. - 8/3/16

Ninety-two Student Groups in Iran Criticize Rouhani for Unfulfilled Promises

- Ninety-two university student groups have issued a joint letter to President Hassan Rouhani criticizing the persistent "atmosphere of fear and intimidation" in Iran's universities following a spate of attacks and sabotage against peaceful student activities. - 8/3/16

British-Iranian Aid Worker Charged In Tehran's Revolutionary Court

- A British-Iranian aid worker detained since early April and accused of trying to overthrow Iran's government has appeared in Tehran's Revolutionary Court for the first time, her family said on August 2. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's husband, Richard Ratcliffe, dismissed accusations she sought a "soft toppling" of the government. - 8/3/16

30 Sunni prisoners on the death row transferred to an undisclosed location in Iran

- Riot control guards have raided prison ward 4 associated with Sunni prisoners on death row in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, Iran. The riot control police known as the Black Guards then cuffed 30 Sunni prisoners and transferred them to an undisclosed location. - 8/3/16

150 Boys and Girls Arrested in Crackdown on Co-ed Parties

- One hundred fifty young girls and boys were arrested for attending an "inappropriate mixed-gender" birthday party near the city of Tehran, according to an announcement by the police commander of western Tehran province. The arrests are the latest in an ongoing crackdown on mixed-gender parties that has resulted in the detainment of scores of young people in the past few months. - 7/31/16

Iran: Reformist Newspaper Editor's Prison Sentence Reduced on Appeal

- The seven-year prison sentence of reformist newspaper editor Ehsan Mazandarani has been reduced to two years on appeal, his brother-in-law Sam Hosseini told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 7/31/16

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

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

Tehran Confirms Arrest Of Iranian-American

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

More than 50 Iranian youth arrested in mixed gender party

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

Another Iranian-American Detained In Iran, Family Says

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

Iran's Conservatives Lash Out at New Female Fashion Trends

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

Atena Farghadani: Iranian cartoonist opens up about her captivity

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

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

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

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

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

Exploitation of prisoners' labour in Iranian jails

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

New Law Reduces Employment Prospects for Women in Iran

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

NIAC Action Welcomes EU Decision Not to Reciprocate on American Travelers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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