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Why Isn't Fugitive Ex-Prosecutor In Prison? Asks Iranian Lawmaker

- A reformist lawmaker in Iran has demanded answers over why a former prosecutor remains free, more than four months after he was sentenced to prison over the death of a protester. The member of parliament, Fateme Saidi, has submitted a request to question the interior and justice ministers to find out "quite simply whether any action has been taken to arrest Said Mortazavi," the semiofficial ILNA news agency reported on April 18. -RFE/RL - 4/19/18

Khamenei's Dropping of Telegram Channel Lays Groundwork for Banning Messaging App in Iran

- Two days after the secretary of Iran's Supreme Cyberspace Council (SCC) announced Telegram could be blocked "at any moment," a message was posted on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Telegram page announcing it was ending its activities. Khamenei's move has moved the country one step closer to the blocking of Telegram, the messaging app used by more than 40 million members in Iran. - 4/19/18

Senior Iranian Official: Telegram App Could Be Blocked "At Any Moment"

- On the same day the secretary of Iran's Supreme Cyberspace Council told a radio program that the widely used Telegram app could be blocked "at any moment," the Education Ministry banned the app on campuses nationwide. - 4/18/18

Iranian Rights NGO Approved For U.N Council

- The United Nations has approved the accreditation of a U.S. based NGO focusing on human rights issues in Iran. The Economic and Social Council of the U.N granted accreditation to the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center with a vote of 22-7. Belarus, China, Russia, South Africa, Venezuela, Vietnam and Iran voted against. - 4/18/18

Notorious Iranian Judge 'Disappears' Before Serving Sentence For Murder

- Iranian Judiciary's Spokesperson Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei says the country's most notorious judge, former Tehran prosecutor and Press Court Judge Saeed Mortazavi, has vanished into thin air before going to jail as "accomplice in murder." President Hassan Rouhani's media adviser Hesamoddin Ashna warned on April 13 that Mortazavi might flee in order to evade justice. Meanwhile, social media users commenting on the development have questioned the Judiciary's authority and the regime's integrity. - 4/16/18

Imprisoned Rights Defender Narges Mohammadi Gives Message of Hope and Strength in Accepting 2018 Andrei Sakharov Prize

- Prisoner of conscience Narges Mohammadi was unable to accept the 2018 Andrei Sakharov Prize in person in Columbus, Ohio where the American Physical Society (APS) awarded it to her but she sent a message of hope and strength in a powerful speech. - 4/16/18

Iran's Expediency Council Dragging Its Feet Over Fate of Religious Minority Candidates in Local Elections

- Six months have passed and the Iranian government has still not resolved the dispute over the suspension of a Yazd City Council member, Sepanta Niknam, due to his Zoroastrian faith. "I think they want this issue to go away and be forgotten with the passage of time," said his uncle, Kourosh Niknam-himself a former Zoroastrian member of the Iranian Parliament-in an interview with the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on April 5, 2018. - 4/14/18

Cannes Festival To Feature Films By Dissident Iranian, Russian Directors

- France's Cannes film festival has made a show of support for dissident directors in Iran and Russia in unveiling its selection of films to compete for the festival's Palme d'Or prize. Festival director Thierry Fremaux included films by Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who has been banned from leaving Iran, and Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov, who is under house arrest in Russia. - 4/13/18

Angry Farmers Chant 'America Is Not The Enemy - The Enemy Is Right Here'

- Reports received from Iran on social media say angry farmers again launched protests in Isfahan, central Iran on Friday, against "mismanagement of water resources". Hundreds of farmers from eastern parts of the province stormed the provincial capital, among them many women, chanting, "America is not our enemy, our enemy is right here". -Radio Farda - 4/13/18

Teachers' Rights Advocate Writes Scathing Letter From Prison on Revolutionary Iran's Failed Promises

- Prominent teachers' rights advocate Esmail Abdi has written a letter from Evin Prison strongly criticizing Iranian officials' for their failure to uphold the promises of the country's 1979 revolution. Noting that he will begin a hunger strike on April 18, 2018, Abdi also blasted the Iranian Judiciary's "arbitrary and illegal rulings" and "widespread violation of the rights of teachers and workers in Iran." - 4/13/18

Iranian messaging apps reportedly removed from Apple's App Store

- Two Iranian messaging applications have been reportedly removed from the Apple's iOS App Store from Monday, according to local media. However, Apple Inc. has not yet issued any statement about removing the messaging apps Soroush and Baleh. - 4/12/18

IRAN: Supreme Leader Uses Fatwa to Silence Widespread Distrust of Domestic Apps

- Following a recent flurry of public criticism of domestically made messaging apps, Iran's supreme leader has issued a fatwa calling on the government and the Judiciary to protect citizens' personal privacy rights. "Violating the people's security and domestic space is religiously haram [forbidden] and should not take place," said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a meeting with state officials on April 9, 2018. - 4/11/18

Iranian Political Prisoner Urges "Contentious People" To Be the Voice of His Imprisoned Wife

- Imprisoned civil rights activist Arash Sadeghi has urged "all contentious people" to call for the release of his ailing wife, Golrokh Iraee Ebrahimi, who according to informed sources is suffering serious health problems due to a two-month-long hunger strike. - 4/11/18

26 Million Iranians Suffer Absolute Poverty, Says Prominent Economist

- A prominent Iranian economist says 33 percent of the country's population live in absolute poverty, and six percent are starving. A family of four living in an urban area with a monthly income below forty million rials (roughly $1000) is living in poverty, Hossein Raghfar told state-run Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) April 7. - 4/11/18

Rouhani Admin Facing Backlash Over Plan to Give 100 Vetted Iranian Journalists Uncensored Internet Access

- Iranian journalists and editors working for various news publications in Iran have strongly criticized the government's decision to grant what has been described as uncensored internet access exclusively to 100 "approved" members of their profession. - 4/10/18

Tehran Mayor Resigns Again After Prosecutor's Open Threat

- Tehran's Mayor Mohammad Ali Najafi has once again resigned a few hours after Prosecutor-General Mohammad Jafar Montazeri threatened him to step down. Montazeri on April 9 called the city council's rejection of Najafi's first resignation "political" and told the Mayor to resign again. Montazeri's statement "Resign and you won't be prosecuted," is one of the most blatant interventions by a judiciary official in this matter. Referring to Montazeri's remark, Council member Zahar Sadrazam Nouri said, "Now pressures are being exerted on the mayor openly." - 4/10/18

Inaccessible Louvre Exhibit Highlights Ongoing Challenges For Persons Living With Disabilities in Iran

- A popular exhibition by the Louvre Museum in Paris at the National Museum of Iran has come under criticism because it is inaccessible to people living with disabilities. From March 2018 until June, works of art from the Louvre will be displayed in Tehran to mark the 80th anniversary of the Iranian museum. - 4/9/18

Iran's Categorization of Autism As a "Special Disease" Is a Double-Edged Sword for Persons With Disabilities

- The Iranian Parliament's recognition of autism as a "special disease" will have positive and negative consequences for persons living with the disability in Iran according to an Iranian disability rights advocate. - 4/4/18

Workers Demanding Overdue Wages Detained In Iran

- The Islamic Republic's security forces have reportedly arrested several workers on Saturday, March 31, at Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Mill in city of Ahvaz, capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province, southwestern Iran. Earlier on Thursday, five other workers were also detained. - 4/4/18

Iran's President Rouhani Speaks Out Against A Possible Ban on Telegram App

- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said on April 3 that Iran is not planning to ban popular messaging application Telegram. Reacting to reports about the possible banning of the application, Rouhani explained in a meeting with high-ranking state officials that introducing homegrown messaging applications is aimed at putting an end to Telegram's monopoly on messaging in Iran. - 4/3/18

43 People Charged in Iran's Kermanshah Province For Protesting Against the State

- Forty-three people have been charged for protesting against the government in Kermanshah, the capital of Kermanshah Province in western Iran, in early January 2018. The province's Chief Prosecutor Mohammad Hossein Sadeghi told reporters on March 28 that many of the protesters had acted "emotionally" and under the influence of social media when they expressed frustration with the country's economic problems. - 4/3/18

Prominent Iranian MP Brands Messaging App Telegram 'Security Threat'

- The chairman of the Iranian Parliament's national security and foreign policy committee, MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi, has branded the popular messaging application Telegram "a security threat" in an April 1 interview with the parliament's news agency, ICANA. Boroujerdi had said previously that the government would ban Telegram indefinitely before April 20, adding the decision was made at the "highest level" of the government, a likely allusion to the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. - 4/2/18

Metal Band Member Sentenced to Six Years Prison in Iran Accused of Creating "Satanic Music"

- Nikan Khosravi, a member of the Iranian metal band "Confession," left Iran for Turkey to avoid being imprisoned for six years for producing metal music, he told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on March 29, 2018. "The interrogators had translated my English lyrics [into Farsi] verse by verse and were asking questions about this and that word and told me I was a Satan worshipper and didn't believe in God," Khosravi told CHRI. - 4/2/18

Iranian-American Organizations File Amicus Brief In Supreme Court Travel Ban Case

- PARS Equality Center, The Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) have filed an amicus ('friend of the court") brief with the United States Supreme Court in support of the challenge to the Trump administration's third travel ban. - 3/31/18

Iranian Receives U.S. Visa To Help Brother With Cancer

- An Iranian man has been allowed to travel to the United States to donate bone marrow to his U.S. citizen brother with blood cancer, the family's lawyer says. Kamiar Hashemi was granted a visa by the U.S. State Department, obtaining a rare waiver to President Donald Trump's travel ban, Mahsa Khanbabai said on March 29. -Radio Farda - 3/30/18

Christian Property in Iran to Be Taken Over by Supreme Leader's Organization

- Sharon Gardens, a valuable property near Tehran confiscated from Iran's largest Christian Protestant organization by a group under the control of the country's supreme leader, was hit with an eviction order on March 7, 2018. - 3/30/18

Three Cases Provide Glimpse Into Ongoing Denial of Medical Care to Political Prisoners in Iran

- ozens of prisoners in Iran held on politically motivated charges are being denied medical treatmentand leave despite visible symptoms of their deteriorating health, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. Political prisoners in Iran, including elderly inmates, are singled out for harsh treatment, which often includes denial of medical care. The threat of withheld medical care has also been used as an intimidation tool against prisoners who have challenged the authorities or filed complaints. - 3/29/18

Attorney Blocked From Taking on Human Rights Cases in Iran Calls For Revision of "Flawed" Law

- A lawyer representing the family of an Iranian Canadian academic who recently died in an Iranian prison has joined the growing list of attorneys in Iran who have criticized the judiciary's decision to force citizens held on politically motivated charges to pick their lawyer from a list. - 3/28/18

Iranian Environmentalists Remain Detained Months After Arrests While Families Seek Answers

- Seven environmentalists who were arrested in Tehran nearly two months ago remain in detention with no or extremely limited access to legal counsel while their families are being kept in the dark about any charges against them. The detainees-Sam Rajabi, Niloufar Bayani, Morad Tahbaz (also holds American citizenship), Amir-Hossein Khaleghi, Taher Ghadirian, Houman Jowkar and Sepideh Kashani-are former and current staff members of the Persian Heritage Wildlife Foundation (PHWF). - 3/27/18

Official Suggests Iran May Soon Block Access to Widely Used Telegram Messaging App

- A provocative comment by a high-level official in Iran has resulted in renewed fears among the public that the government may soon block access to the country's most widely used private messaging app, Telegram. - 3/26/18

Iranian American Groups Urge Trump Admin to Investigate "Targeting" of Civil Servant Sahar Nowrouzzadeh

- Seven Iranian American organizations including the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) have called on the Trump administration to investigate credible allegations that career government employee Sahar Nowrouzzadeh was demoted from a top advisory position because "high level officials at the White House and State Department worked with a network of conservative activists to conduct a 'cleaning' of employees" including Nowrouzzadeh. - 3/23/18

Sixth Iranian Baha'i Faith Leader Completes 10-Year Prison Sentence

- Mr. Vahid Tizfahm completed his 10-year sentence yesterday. At 44, he is the youngest of the seven former Baha'i leaders in Iran who were unjustly imprisoned for their religious beliefs in 2008. Mr. Tizfahm is the sixth of the former group, known as the Yaran, to complete his sentence and be released. The Yaran was an ad-hoc group which tended to the basic spiritual and material needs of the Iranian Baha'i community. It was formed with the full knowledge and approval of Iranian authorities after formal Baha'i institutions were declared illegal in Iran in the 1980s. - 3/23/18

Iran's Conservatives Again Push To Block Telegram

- Once more, conservatives in Iran are ramping up pressure on President Hassan Rouhani's government to block the messaging app Telegram. In an Op-Ed published on the website KhabarOnline, Hassan Firouzabadi, head of Iran's High Council for Cyberspace, wrote that it was not in Iran's interest to continue to allow access to Telegram inside the country. - 3/19/18

Another Bite Of The Apple? Tech Giant's App Store Goes Dark For Iranians

- Iranians hungry for the latest in Western gadgetry got an abrupt shock on March 15 when they were unable to access a key distribution platform for Apple-friendly software. Famously tech-savvy through decades of government efforts to shield the citizenry from outside news and cultural influences, Iranians who tried to visit the App Store were greeted with the message: "The App Store is unavailable in the country or region you're in." Many users reported that the App Store was available again the next morning. - 3/18/18

Death of Man Accused of Filming Protests in Iran Marks Fifth Detainee Death in Two Months

- The death in custody of a nursing student arrested for allegedly filming anti-state protests in the Iranian Province of Ilam marks the fifth known death of a detainee in Iran within the course of two months. Officials claimed Taleb Basati, 26, died of a stroke but his death certificate only says "head injury and trauma" according to a friend. As in the other four cases, the authorities have told the victim's family to not ask questions about their loved ones' cause of death and to avoid speaking to media outlets. - 3/16/18

Iran's Growing Water Shortage Protests Spur Accusations of Mismanagement

- Escalating street protests by Iranians against water shortages in a rural part of central Iran have inspired more domestic criticism of the government's handling of the nation's water resources. Overseas-based human rights groups say the protests by farmers in Varzaneh in Isfahan province began last month and escalated into violent confrontations with security forces last week. -Michael Lipin and Mohammad Naficy, VOA - 3/15/18

Men Detained at Women's Rights Rally in Iran Remain Behind Bars After Female Detainees Released

- The women who were detained at a women's rights demonstration in front of the Iranian Labor Ministry in Tehran on March 8, 2018, have all been released but five male demonstrators remain behind bars. The last of the female detainees were freed from Gharchak Prison in the city of Varamin after posting bail on March 12, a source with knowledge about the cases told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 3/15/18

Iran: End Persecution of Families Seeking Truth and Justice For Detainees Who Died in Detention

- The Iranian authorities should end their cruel campaign of harassment and intimidation against the families of detainees who have died in detention under suspicious circumstances, Amnesty International, the Centre for Human Rights in Iran, Human Rights Watch and Justice for Iran said today. - 3/14/18

Outspoken Iranian Academic Sadegh Zibakalam Sentenced To Prison, Banned From Political Activities

- An outspoken pro-reformist Iranian political analyst says he has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after being convicted of "spreading propaganda" against the Iranian establishment. In a short video posted online, Sadegh Zibakalam, a professor of political science at the University of Tehran, said he planned to appeal the sentence. - 3/14/18

Prominent Iranian Human Rights Lawyer to Appeal Hijab Protester's Prison Sentence

- A woman who was sentenced to prison in Iran for removing her headscarf in public is being used as an example to dissuade others from repeating the peaceful protest against the compulsory hijab, according to prominent human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh. "What Narges did was appear in public without the hijab, that much is true," Sotoudeh told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on March 10, 2018. "But in court, she was tried for 'encouraging corruption,' as if she ran a house of prostitution." - 3/13/18

Iran Considers Lifting Its Nine-Year Ban on Twitter

- The Iranian government's top internet policy body is currently debating whether it should lift the state's nine-year ban on Twitter. "The issue regarding un-filtering Twitter is being followed up by the minister of telecommunications who has presented it to the SCC with a positive view," said Saeed Mahdiyoun, the deputy director in charge of drafting regulations for Iran's Supreme Cyberspace Council (SCC), on March 8, 2018. - 3/13/18

Three Iranian Students Arrested During Protests Sentenced To Prison

- Three Iranian students who were detained during the widespread protests earlier this year have been sentenced to nine years in prison by the Revolutionary Courts. The students were all charged with propaganda against the regime, acting against national security, and disturbing peace and public order through participation in unlawful assemblies. - 3/12/18

BBC UN appeal: Stop Iran harassing Persian service staff

- The BBC is making an unprecedented appeal to the UN to stop Iran from harassing its Persian service staff in London and their families in Iran. It says Iran has stepped up a campaign of intimidation, including threats, arrests of relatives and travel bans. Iran began targeting the BBC's Persian service after the disputed 2009 presidential election, when Tehran accused foreign powers of interference. -Kasra Naji, BBC Persian - 3/12/18

An Iranian judge who punishes minor crimes with tree planting not jail

- Mohammad Reza Amuzad is a judge in Galikesh, northern Golestan province, who punishes minor crimes with alternative sentences such as planting trees in the province. During the past one and a half year that he has judged in this rather small city, Amuzad has passed many cases of alternative sentences since he believes they are more preventive than jail, Khabaronline reported on Saturday. - 3/11/18

Iran Reportedly Blocks Women's Day Gathering, Detains Some Participants

- Several women who had attempted to gather in Tehran to mark International Women's Day have been detained, reports said. Women's rights activists had announced that they would stage a peaceful protest outside the Labor Ministry in the Iranian capital on March 8 to call for more rights. - 3/9/18

Supreme Leader Khamenei Claims Iran's 'Enemies' Behind Anti-Hijab Protests

- Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has accused foreign "enemies" of funding recent protests over the compulsory hijab. Khamenei's remarks in a March 8 speech were his most extensive public comments on a series of peaceful acts of protest in which dozens of women have removed their head scarves in public and waved them on sticks. "As a result, some girls were deceived and removed their veil here and there," Khamenei said. - 3/9/18

Seyed-Emami Family: Iran is "Trying to Prevent Us From Rebuilding Our Lives"

- Upon arriving in Vancouver, Canada, on March 8, 2018, the sons of Kavous Seyed-Emami-the Iranian-Canadian academic who died in Tehran's Evin Prison last month-issued a statement about the "chaotic ordeal" they have suffered at the hands of the Iranian Judiciary and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps since their father was pronounced dead on February 9. - 3/9/18

Iranian Woman Gets Two Years In Prison For Removing Head Scarf

- An Iranian woman who removed her Islamic head scarf on a Tehran street has been sentenced to two years in prison, local media report. The semiofficial Tasnim news agency on March 7 quoted prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi as saying that the woman was attempting to "encourage corruption through the removal of the hijab in public." - 3/8/18

Ongoing Harassment: Wife of Iranian-Canadian Who Died in Iran's Evin Prison "Banned" From Leaving Country

- The Iranian government should immediately allow the wife of Iranian-Canadian academic and environmentalist Kavous Seyed-Emami to leave Iran as she wishes and stop intimidating and harassing the Seyed-Emami family, said the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). In the early hours of March 8, 2018, the Seyed-Emami family-mother and two sons-were en route to Vancouver, Canada, from Tehran when the mother, Maryman Mombeini, was prevented from boarding the plane at the Imam Khomeini International Airport. Her passport was also briefly confiscated. - 3/8/18

Outspoken Iranian Professor Sadegh Zibakalam Fined as Noose Tightens Around Freedom of Speech in Universities

- Sadegh Zibakalam, a Tehran-based reformist political analyst and academic known for his criticisms of Iranian state policies, has been fined for telling a foreign newspaper that the majority of Iranians do not support the Islamic Republic. The Tehran University political science professor told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on February 28, 2018, that he was questioned at Branch 2 of the Culture and Media Court in Tehran after he made the comments in an interview with Deutsche Welle. - 3/8/18

The Non-Existent Waiver Process Under Trump's Muslim Ban

- The National Iranian American Council is appalled by the revelation that, despite the Trump Administration's claims that there is a "waiver" process to ensure his Muslim ban does not target family members of Americans, only two such waivers had been issued by Feb. 15 - out of 8,406 visa applications from "banned" countries. NIAC applauds the efforts of Senators Jeff Flake and Chris Van Hollen, who uncovered this information as part of an inquiry to the State Department. - 3/7/18

Four Deaths in State Custody in Iran in Two Months Heighten Grave Concerns for Detainees

- The recent death of a devotee of Iran's largest Sufi order in Tehran marks the fourth known death of a detainee in state custody in Iran in two months. "It's outrageous that detainees in Iran keep dying in state custody," said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "These people are arrested, they die, and nobody knows what happened," added Ghaemi. "This lack of transparency is unacceptable." - 3/7/18

Son Of Senior Iranian Cleric Arrested After Criticizing Islamic Establishment

- Iranian authorities have detained an Iranian cleric who recently accused the Iranian establishment of being repressive and unjust. The detained cleric, Hossein Shirazi, is the son of the 75-year-old Ayatollah Sadegh Shirazi -- a senior cleric who is said to have followers in Iran and Iraq. Both have been critical of the Iranian clerical establishment. - 3/7/18

41 Tehran University Students Facing Prosecution For Participating in December 2017 Protests

- The Iranian Judiciary has opened cases against 41 students of Tehran University who allegedly participated in protests in the capital city in January 2018, the university's Deputy Chancellor for Cultural Affairs Majid Sarsangi announced on March 1, 2018. "What we can do in terms of helping these students with their problem is to have talks with our dear colleagues in the Judiciary so that they may treat them with the highest degree of Islamic mercy, and that's what's being done right now," said Sarsangi. - 3/6/18

Iranian Environmentalists Detained in Crackdown Denied Legal Counsel Amid Claims Some Were "Jewish Spies"

- Several environmentalists who were arrested by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) Intelligence Organization in January 2018 continue to be denied access to legal counsel more than six weeks into their detention. "The families want to know what the charges are so that they can visit the detainees in prison and exercise their natural right to get a lawyer," a source with knowledge about the case told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on February 28, 2018. - 3/6/18

Iranian Baha'i Leader Spent 10 Years in Prison, Authorities Incapable of Producing Any Evidence of Wrongdoing Throughout

- The Islamic Republic of Iran has failed to suppress Baha'is by putting their leaders behind bars and denying them rights as equal citizens, according to a former leader of the persecuted community released after serving a 10-year sentence in prison. "When I was preparing to get released, one of the prison staff asked me whether I had stopped believing in my faith after 10 years. Then he answered his own question and said, 'No,'" Saeid Rezaie told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) in an interview on February 20, 2018. - 3/5/18

Iranian Journalist Confronts FIFA President Over Iran's Ban on Women in Stadiums: "It's Our Right"

- Thirty-five women who went to Tehran's Azadi Stadium to watch a match between two popular soccer teams were detained by police on March 1, 2018, and held for several hours, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. Female journalist Niloofar Hamedi, who was at the scene, directly confronted FIFA President Gianni Infantino outside the stadium as shown in a video posted on her Twitter account. "We need a guarantee. It's our right," Hamedi is heard saying as Infantino is whisked away. - 3/4/18

Iran: Guardian Council Rejects Bill That Could Protect Rights of People Living With Disabilities

- Iran's Guardian Council has rejected a proposed bill that would make it a legal right for people living with disabilities in the country to have a say about issues pertaining to their community. The body of six clerics and six jurists vets laws and elections for conformity with Islamic principles and its interpretation of the Constitution. - 3/4/18

Iranian Hijab Protester, Maryam Shariatmadari, Charged With "Acting Against National Security"

- An Iranian woman who was arrested in Tehran for peacefully protesting against Iran's compulsory hijab law has been formally charged, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. Maryam Shariatmadari, who is currently being held in Gharchak Prison in Varamin, south of Tehran, is facing the charges of "fostering bad hijab" and "acting against national security. - 3/2/18

Opposition Leader Under House Arrest and 68 Female Documentary Makers Lend Support to Iran's Hijab Protesters

- As people protesting against the Islamic Republic of Iran's mandatory hijab law continue to be arrested, an increasing number of political and cultural personalities inside the country are expressing support for the peaceful movement. In late February 2018, prominent opposition figure Zahra Rahnavard, who has been under house arrest for more than seven years, said for the first time that she opposed the compulsory hijab. - 3/2/18

Prominent Iranians Lifting The Veil On The Hijab Debate

- A small number of Iranian women, risking arrest to protest compulsory head scarves, have rekindled debate about Iran's so-called hijab rule. The Islamic scarf, or hijab, is one of the pillars of the Islamic republic and among its most visible symbols. It became compulsory after the 1979 revolution, after which Iranian women were required to cover their hair and body in public. Those who violate the rule face police harassment, fines, and even jail terms, and a number of the recent hijab protesters have already been taken into custody. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 3/2/18

Iran Banishes Women From Tehran Football Match Attended by FIFA Chief

- Iran has blocked several dozen women from attending a major Tehran football match witnessed by the head of FIFA, the sport's world governing body, prompting criticism from rights activists. Iranian state news agency ISNA said police "transferred" 35 women who had gone to Azadi Stadium on Thursday to try to watch the match between local rivals Esteghlal and Persepolis. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 3/2/18

45 European MPs Call on EU Foreign Policy Chief to Support Iranian Women's Anti-Compulsory-Hijab Protest

- Forty-five members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have sent an open letter to EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urging her to call on Iranian officials to immediately release the women who have been arrested for participating in the recent anti-compulsory-hijab protests in Iran. - 3/1/18

Uber CEO: Trump is ruining America's most valuable brand

- Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has lived the American Dream. Now he thinks President Trump is ruining it. "I'm incredibly lucky to have emigrated to the United States at a time when the US was welcoming," said Khosrowshahi, who came to the country as an Iranian refugee at the age of 9. -CNN - 3/1/18

Iranian Woman Injured During Compulsory Hijab Protest Denied Post-Surgery Care by Prison Officials

- A woman who was severely injured by a policeman in Tehran while she was peacefully protesting against Iran's compulsory hijab law has been denied post-surgery medical care and access to a lawyer. "Given her physical condition, Maryam Shariatmadari needs urgent medical attention but the prison authorities are denying her," tweeted journalists Jila Baniyaghoob on February 25, 2018. - 2/28/18

Iran Seals Its Egregious Rights Record With Toxic Pick For Top Spot on Human Rights Council

- The Iranian government's decision to name Minister of Justice Seyyed Alireza Avaei as its representative to the United Nations Human Rights Council-a man with an appalling human rights record that spans decades-reflects the Iranian government's complete disregard for human rights violations. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) urges the Member States of the Human Rights Council to register their profound concern at Iran's selection of an individual who is on the European Union's (EU) list of individuals sanctioned for gross violations of human rights. - 2/28/18

IAAB v. Trump Muslim Ban Plaintiffs File Petition with the United States Supreme Court

- On Friday, the plaintiffs in Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB) v. Trump joined plaintiffs in two other cases in filing a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. The parties have asked the Court to review their cases and are seeking an expedited briefing schedule so that the cases may be heard along with Hawaii v. Trump, another challenge to President Trump's Muslim ban, that is set for argument on April 25, 2018. - 2/27/18

Iranian Women Said At 'Risk Of Long Jail Terms' For Protesting Hijab

- Amnesty International says dozens of women are at risk of "long jail terms" for protesting against the compulsory hijab in Iran. Iranian authorities have arrested dozens of women who have protested against the hijab by removing their head scarves in public. - 2/27/18

15-Year-Old Illegally Held in Iranian Adult Prison After Pulling Down National Flag

- A 15-year-old boy is illegally being held in an Iranian prison for adults, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. The teenager, whose name has not been made public, was sentenced to five years in prison in Iran's Hamadan Province for pulling down the country's national flag during an anti-government protest in the city, according to a local member of Parliament (MP). - 2/27/18

Iran Arrests Three More Environmentalists For Spying

- Iran has arrested three more environmentalists on spying charges, the country's powerful judiciary has said. The arrests on February 25 came weeks after a wave of detentions and the death of a well-known Iranian-Canadian environmentalist who died in Iranian custody. Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency, said on February 25 that three people were recently arrested in the southern province of Hormozgan. - 2/26/18

"Identity" art exhibit in Tehran spotlights acid attacks

- A collection of woodworks created on the theme of acid attacks is currently on display during an exhibition in Tehran. The exhibition entitled "Identity" opened at Ashiane-ye Mehr Gallery on Friday during a special ceremony, which was attended by the artists and several victims of acid attacks. - 2/26/18

Woman Arrested For Peacefully Protesting Iran's Compulsory Hijab After Policeman Pushes Her Off Platform

- A woman who was pushed off a utility platform in Tehran by a policeman for peacefully protesting against Iran's compulsory hijab law was detained later that night on February 22, 2018. In a video posted on the Telegram messaging app on February 22, some bystanders shout words of support for the woman as the policeman confronts her. When the policeman pushes her down, he turns to the crowd and challenges them to "step forward if you've got balls." - 2/25/18

After 'Empty-Handed' State TV Smear, Dead Iranian Detainee's Family Fights On

- Critics have complained for years of the appearance of cooperation between Iran's state-controlled television and its hard-line security structures, citing smears against activists and the broadcast of prisoner confessions thought to have been extracted under duress. But lawyers for the family of a devoted Canadian-Iranian ecological activist and father who died in an Iranian jail recently are going a step further. They have vowed to file a formal judicial complaint against the producers of an "insulting" state TV show that "not only hurt the feelings of the grieving family but also the feelings of the great majority of the Iranian people." -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 2/25/18

UN Should Keep Engaging Iran on Its Human Rights Record by Renewing Special Rapporteur's Mandate

- Iran's deteriorating human rights record requires the UN Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the special rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic to maintain constructive pressure on the government and magnify the voices of activists inside the country. "Renewing the mandate of the special rapporteur will send a strong signal to the Islamic Republic that the international community is watching and expects the government to produce tangible improvements," said Hadi Ghaemi, the executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 2/23/18

Seven Rights Activists Denied Legal Counsel After Being Arrested by Iran's Intelligence Ministry

- Seven civil rights activists detained in Evin Prison since February 1, 2018, have been denied access to legal counsel, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. A source with firsthand knowledge of the cases identified the detainees as Behnam Mousivand, Shima Babaei, Dariush Zand, Saeed Eghbali, Saeed Seifijahan, Mahmoud Masoumi and Nader Afshari. - 2/22/18

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