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Student Activists Educate Iran's President About Political Repression at University Campuses

- Four months after 19 university students in Iran were issued harsh prison sentences for attending protests, the country's president declared that Iran's "universities are the freest in the world." "I don't think there's another country where students can express their opinions and criticisms so freely," President Hassan Rouhani boasted in the city of Semnan on December 5, 2018, during a speech marking Iran's Student Day, which was on December 7.-CHRI - 12/11/18

Students Tell President Rouhani 'Thunder Of Military Boots' Being Heard Across Iran

- In a letter to President Hassan Rouhani more than 500 student activists have condemned the expanding presence of security agencies and "the deepening atmosphere of repression" dominating universities in Iran. The students have also criticized what they say is "competition" between intelligence organs in suppressing Iranian students and others, including teachers, workers, and dervishes across the country. -Radio Farda - 12/10/18

Imprisoned Iranian Human Rights Lawyer Mohammad Najafi Slapped With Additional Charges

- Imprisoned human rights lawyer Mohammad Najafi appeared at Branch 1 of Iran's Revolutionary Court in Arak, Markazi Province, to face four additional charges that could keep him behind bars for many more years for attempting to peacefully seek justice for a now-deceased client. -CHRI - 12/10/18

Iran Conservatives Bent On Punishing Outspoken MP Mahmoud Sadeghi

- Iran's influential Guardian Council (GC) has pressed charges against Tehran's outspoken MP, Mahmoud Sadeghi, who has accused the council of "financial corruption", GC's spokesman disclosed on Friday, December 6. -Radio Farda - 12/8/18

Haft Tappeh Labor Activists Beaten at Khuzestan Intelligence Ministry Center, Say Relatives

- Detained labor activists Esmail Bakhshi and Sepideh Gholian were beaten during interrogations at the Intelligence Ministry's detention center in the Iranian city of Shush, Khuzestan Province, according to relatives who visited them on December 4, 2018. - 12/8/18

Imprisoned Iranian Activist Reza Khandan Defies Politically Motivated Charges, Demands Public Trial

- Detained civil rights activist Reza Khandan refused to appear at Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran on December 2, 2018, Mohammad Moghimi, who is trying to represent him, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on December 5. -CHRI - 12/7/18

Defending Child Marriage, Policy Maker Says It Saves Girls From Prostitution

- A prominent member of the Islamic Republic's Cultural and Social Council for Women is defending child marriage, arguing it protects girls from a life of prostitution and illegal abortions. Fereshteh Rouhafza said told ILNA in an interview published on December 4, that in light of the rapidly growing number of increasingly young girls undergoing illegal abortions and joining the sex trade, "opposition to child marriage is wrong." -Radio Farda - 12/5/18

Iran's Revolutionary Guards Have Detained Two Academics Who Held Postings in Australia

- Two Iranian demography experts who have held academic postings in Australia have been detained in Iran since being arrested by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in November 2018, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 12/5/18

Crackdown on Defense Lawyers in Iran: Amirsalar Davoudi Not Heard From Since Arrest

- Lawyer and civil rights activist Amirsalar Davoudi has not been heard from since his arrest by the judiciary's security agents on November 20, 2018, a source close to him informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on November 28th. - 12/5/18

World Day for Disabled People: Iranian minister calls on mayors to go to work on wheelchairs

- Iranian Welfare Minister Mohammad Shariatmadari has asked mayors to experience going to work on wheelchairs for a day to see whether the city is disability friendly for physically challenged people. "I ask [Pirouz] Hanachi [Tehran mayor] and mayors of other metropolises to go to work on wheelchair to see if it's possible or not. If not, they should start making cities accessible for such people," YJC quoted Shariatmadari as saying. - 12/4/18

IRGC-Affiliated Media Report Dual National Among Group of Population Researchers Arrested in Iran

- An unknown number of university academics, including a dual national, who allegedly researched state population policies have been arrested in Iran, according to state media outlets. The main reports about the arrests, which do not include the detainees' names, were published by the Fars News Agency and Mashregh-both of which maintain close ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). -CHRI - 12/4/18

Iranian Female Billiard Player Gets Snookered On 'Un-Islamic Conduct' Charges

- Akram Mohammadi Amini, the first Iranian female billiards player to win an international medal, has been banned from competition for two years for allegedly violating Islamic dress code and smoking during a recent tournament. The decision was issued by the Islamic Republic's Billiards, Bowling, and Boxing Federation, which has also barred Amini from entering sports arenas for two years. The federation says Ms. Amini has the right to appeal the decision. -Radio Farda - 12/4/18

Detained Protester Reportedly Tortured as Iranian Sugar Mill Workers Demand Unpaid Wages

- Detained labor activist Esmail Bakhshi was hospitalized after being tortured under interrogation, according to Iranian labor sources. Bakhshi's colleague Ali Nejati was also arrested by security forces on the 25th day of protests by hundreds of Haft Tappeh workers demanding months of unpaid wages in the southwestern Iranian city of Shush. -CHRI - 12/4/18

Open Letter by Six Families of Dual and Foreign Nationals Imprisoned in Iran

- An Open Letter to World Leaders, Rights Organizations and Media Outlets: We are the families of political hostages in Iran, and we ask for your urgent action. We come from many countries, with different backgrounds and different perspectives, but we have banded together now to come to you as one voice. We shall remain quiet no longer. -CHRI - 12/3/18

Iran Steel Workers Come Out Into The Streets in Ahvaz On Sunday

- Videos and images published on social media confirm that steel workers in Ahvaz, capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province staged a large protest on Sunday and marched in the main streets of the city. The steel workers have been on strike and holding protests for the past 23 days; almost as long as their peers at the Shush sugarcane mill' also in Khuzestan, are still protesting despite the appointment of a new director at the factory. -Radio Farda - 12/3/18

Iran Sentences Journalist Hengameh Shahidi To 12 Years In Prison

- An Iranian revolutionary court has sentenced a journalist to a nearly 13-year prison term over security charges, Iranian media report. Reformist journalist Hengameh Shahidi can appeal the verdict that sentenced her to 12 years and 9 months in jail. She has also been banned from joining political groups, media activity, and leaving the country. - 12/2/18

Prominent Iranian Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh Facing Additional Charge For Defending Human Rights

- Imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been slapped with an additional charge for allegedly receiving a cash prize from the European Parliament six years ago-a human rights award she never physically received, a source close to her told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 12/2/18

Fearing Punishment, Iran's Students Turn Away From Politics

- Nearly ten years after a harsh crackdown ended Iran's youth-driven Green Movement, sometimes called the "Persian Spring," it appears university students have lost their appetite for political activism amid ever tighter restrictions on freedom of speech. -Radio Farda - 11/30/18

Activists Welcome FIFA Deadline For Iran to Lift Discriminatory Ban on Women in Stadiums

- The Open Stadiums campaign, which describes itself as a "movement of Iranian women seeking to end discrimination and let women enter stadiums," welcomed the board's recommendations on Iran as a "Great achievement for Iranian female football fans who insisted for their right to enter to stadiums for more than 13 years." - 11/28/18

Iranian Doctors Protest Outside Parliament, Demand Hospitalization of Detained Colleague

- A group of Iranian doctors has staged a protest outside Iran's parliament to demand hospital treatment for a detained human rights activist Farhad Meysami who has been on a hunger strike for months. -Michael Lipin and Ramin Haghjoo, VOA - 11/28/18

Three Members of Persecuted Baha'i Faith Summoned to Prison in Iran While Five Others Arrested

- Dorri Amri (Esmailpour), 44, began serving her one-year prison sentence in Vakilabad Prison in the Iranian city of Mashhad on November 14, 2018, for allegedly propagating her Baha'i faith, a source with knowledge of the case told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on November 19. - 11/27/18

Second Peaceful Teachers' Strike in Iran Met With Arrests, Summons and Threats

- Iranian security and judicial authorities responded to the second round of peaceful teachers' rights strikes by arresting and summoning alleged participants in several cities across the nation. -CHRI - 11/23/18

Trump: US Interests Outweigh Harshly Punishing Saudis for Killing Journalist

- U.S. President Donald Trump says turning his back on Saudi Arabia, despite its responsibility for killing a U.S.-based journalist, "would be a terrible mistake." Any human rights concerns are outweighed by U.S. national security and economic interests, the president said. -Steve Herman, VOA - 11/21/18

85 Countries Vote to Pass UN Resolution Urging Iran to Halt Widespread Human Rights Violations

- With two more votes than the previous year, the UN General Assembly's Third Committee approved a resolution urging Iran to address a list of human rights violations including the widespread use of arbitrary detention. Eighty-five countries voted to adopt resolution A/C.3/73/L.42, which was presented on November 15, 2018, with 30 countries voting against and 68 abstaining. Last year, 83 countries had voted in favor of that year's resolution on Iran. -CHRI - 11/20/18

Steel and Sugarcane Workers Rally in Ahvaz, Iran to Demand Unpaid Wages

- Workers from the Iran National Steel Industrial Group (NSIG) in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, held rallies November 10-14, 2018, demanding two months of unpaid salaries and in protest against the unannounced and sudden halt of production at the plant. -CHRI - 11/20/18

US economic sanctions restrict Iran's access to medical, health services: IRIMC

- The Islamic Republic of Iran Medical Council (IRIMC) says illegal economic sanctions imposed by the United States against Tehran have negative impacts on the country's health sector, calling for an immediate and humanitarian solution to the issue. -Press TV - 11/19/18

Tensions Rise In Shush, Iran As Many Workers, Labor Leaders Arrested

- Following days of protests by workers in Shush, southwest Iran, the labor union at the Haft Tappeh sugar factory reports that up to 19 workers have been arrested by security forces. Earlier, the Governor-General of Khuzestan province had confirmed that four workers had been arrested during labor protests against long overdue wages. -Radio Farda - 11/19/18

Over 1,000 Iranian Activists Back Jailed Environmentalists in Letter to Judiciary

- More than 1,000 Iranian civil society activists have signed a letter to Iran's judiciary chief urging him to resolve the case of eight environmentalists jailed since January and February on suspicion of being spies. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 11/16/18

Iran's Execution of Two Traders Convicted in Iran's New Corruption Courts Is Unlawful

- The hanging today of two individuals who were convicted of economic crimes in Iran's new corruption courts is unlawful and inhumane, as these courts deny due process and do not allow for fair trials, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said on November 14. -CHRI - 11/15/18

Iran's Poorly Paid Teachers on Nationwide Strike for 2nd Day

- Iranian teachers have gone on a nationwide strike for a second consecutive day to demand better working conditions for their poorly paid profession, one month after their last mass protest. Photos posted on the Telegram channel of the Coordinating Council of Teachers Syndicates in Iran (CCTSI) showed elementary and high school teachers staging sit-ins and holding protest signs in and outside their offices in at least 27 Iranian cities Wednesday. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 11/15/18

Banning Imprisoned Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh From Seeing Her Children is Cruel and Unlawful

- Imprisoned defense attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has sued Iranian authorities for banning her from seeing her children and other family in Evin Prison for the past two months under the pretext of her alleged "improper hijab." "First the Iranian authorities imprisoned Sotoudeh for defending human rights and now they're harassing her in jail by taking away the few rights she has left, including visits with her children," said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 11/15/18

US genuinely wants to 'starve' Iranians: Ron Paul

- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent threat to "starve" Iranian people through economic pressure was a rare instance of truthfulness in America's foreign policy, prominent American thinker Ron Paul says. Last week, the US secretary of state told BBC Persian that Iranian officials must listen to Washington "if they want their people to eat." -Press TV - 11/13/18

40 Civil Society Organizations Urge UN to Support Resolution on Human Rights in Iran

- Forty civil society organizations including the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) have signed a letter urging UN member states to support Canada's resolution on human rights in Iran that will be presented to the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly on November 14, 2018. - 11/13/18

Iran Air, Lieutenant General Khademi, and a Murder That Was Forgotten

- In the 1970s, Iran Air had made a name for itself as "the fastest growing" of the world's airlines. This accomplishment is associated with the name Lt. General Ali-Mohammad Khademi (1913-1978), who managed Iran Air for sixteen years. His service ended few months before the Islamic Revolution with his sudden resignation. Gen. Khademi was killed forty years ago on November 7, 1978 in his home in Tehran. -Pejman Akbarzadeh - 11/13/18

Women Allowed To Attend Asian Champions League Soccer Final In Tehran

- Hundreds of Iranian women have been allowed to attend the Asia Champions League final in Tehran, local media report, in what was seen as a possible step toward ending their decades-old exclusion from top soccer matches. -RFE/RL - 11/12/18

Iranian Celebrities Launch Petition, Condemn U.S. Sanctions Against Iran

- A large number of Iranian celebrities has launched #SanctionsTargetMe, a movement that takes aim at the sanctions reimposed by the United States on Iran. The campaign also warns that Iranian people's access to life-saving medication and medical supplies has been seriously jeopardized, said the organizers among them are veteran actors Reza Kianian and Parviz Parastui. - 11/10/18

U.S., Iran Condemn Bahrain's Imprisonment Of Shi'ite Opposition Leader

- The United States has voiced concern over Bahrain's sentencing of the head of the country's Shi'ite opposition movement to life in prison, a move which was also condemned by Iran. "The United States is concerned by the verdict sentencing Ali Salman to life in prison," State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said on November 8. -RFE/RL - 11/9/18

Masoud Kazemi is the Second Iranian Journalist to Be Arrested in Tehran Within Two Weeks

- Unidentified security agents detained journalist Masoud Kazemi in Tehran on November 5, 2018, making him the second known case of a journalist being arrested in the Iranian capital within the last two weeks. Kazemi is the editor-in-chief of the monthly political magazine, Sedaye Parsi (Persian Voice) and has worked for several reformist newspapers including Ghanoon and Shargh. - 11/8/18

Iran's Corruption Courts Handing Out Death Sentences While Trampling on Rights to a Fair Trial

- Special courts set up by Iran's judiciary and approved by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in August 2018 to try individuals accused of economic corruption-and which have already sentenced five individuals to death-are gravely violating the right to due process and the right to a fair trial in Iran. -CHRI - 11/8/18

Isfahan Farmers Stage 40+ Day Protest Against Local Authorities' "Mismanagement" of Scarce Water Supplies

- Hundreds of farmers have been camped out on the eastern and western outskirts of the Iranian city of Isfahan for more than 40 days to protest the authorities' mismanagement of water resources in the drought-ridden province. -CHRI - 11/7/18

Forced Psychiatric Hospitalization Cannot Become New Means of Silencing Dissent in Iran

- The Iranian government should immediately release teachers' rights activist Hashem Khastar from the psychiatric facility where he has been forcibly and unlawfully held, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement on November 6, 2018. -CHRI - 11/7/18

People With Albinism Struggle to Access Crucial Treatment and Support in Iran

- A recent speech by a UN official calling on countries with hot climates to implement measures that would enable people with albinism to access skin cancer treatments has highlighted the lack of such a policy and accessible support for people living with albinism in Iran. -CHRI - 11/6/18

Children of Iranian mothers, foreign fathers to get Iranian citizenship

- The cabinet of ministers chaired by President Hassan Rouhani approved on Sunday a bill, according to which, children born to Iranian mothers and foreign fathers are permitted to receive Iranian citizenship. They are also allowed to get ID cards based on mother's request before the age of 18 and their own request after the age of 18, IRNA reported. - 11/6/18

"Cookie Distribution," Other Peaceful Activities Get Elderly Tehran Bus Driver 5+ Years in Prison

- Tehran bus union activist Ebrahim Madadi has lost his appeal against the five-year, three-month prison sentence he was issued for engaging in peaceful labor activism. Madadi, who is 60 and suffers from various health problems, was convicted of the charges of "assembly and collusion against national security" and lost his appeal against the preliminary sentence in October 2018. -CHRI - 11/6/18

Yemen: UN chief hails 'signs of hope' in world's worst man-made humanitarian disaster

- Welcoming recent indications that peace talks could resume soon to end Yemen's brutal civil conflict, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Friday there is "no room for complacency," and called on the warring parties and the international community to "halt the senseless cycle of violence" and "reach a political settlement". - 11/4/18

IRAN: Sufi Prisoners Illegally Being Held With Dangerous Inmates in Tehran Penitentiary, Say Families

- Dozens of Sufi prisoners are being illegally held in a ward for drug-addicted prisoners in the Great Tehran Penitentiary (GTP), one of their relatives told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). The source, who requested anonymity for security purposes, said a complaint by a group of the detainees' families remains unanswered more than two months after it was filed. -CHRI - 11/3/18

Mehdi Hajati Banned From Shiraz City Council For Seeking Release of Detained Baha'is

- Shiraz City Council member Mehdi Hajati made national news in Iran after he was arrested for seeking the release of two Baha'is who were arrested for their faith, which is severely persecuted against in Iran. Hajati, 39, has since been put on "surveillance" and banned from his seat on the council. - 11/2/18

15 HEPCO Workers in Iran Issued Suspended Prison, Lashing Sentences For Demanding Unpaid Wages

- Fifteen staff members of the HEPCO manufacturing company in Markazi Province, Iran, have been issued suspended prison and lashing sentences for striking for unpaid wages, reported the state-funded Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) on October 28, 2018. - 11/1/18

Iran Must Stop Imprisoning Lawyers for Defending Their Clients

- Iran's sentencing of attorney Mohammad Najafi to three years in prison and 74 lashes for "disturbing the state" and "publishing falsehoods" after he advocated for a young client who died under suspicious circumstances in an Iranian detention center is a flagrant violation of the right to counsel and a continuation of the unlawful assault on the legal profession in Iran that has left a half dozen attorneys behind bars for doing their job. -CHRI - 10/31/18

Iran: UN expert says human rights should be at the heart of the response to challenges faced

- Mounting challenges in Iran should be met by a constructive response which places international human rights law at its heart, said Javaid Rehman, the new Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran. While noting "potentially diverging views, including on the mandate itself", the Special Rapporteur said he hoped to "build on the cordial cooperation" extended to him thus far through "constructive engagement" with Iran, and hoped to visit the country. -United Nations - 10/31/18

City Council Member Arrests On The Rise In Iran

- A city council meeting in the southwestern city of Abadan came to an abrupt end October 29 when police stormed the meeting and arrested one of the council members. The Prosecutor-General of Abadan, a city in the oil-rich Khuzestan province, confirmed that the council member, whose identity he did not disclose, had been arrested in the middle of the session. While the arrests of city council members are fairly common in Iran, an arrest made during a council meeting is unprecedented. -Radio Farda - 10/31/18

Lawyer Who Sought Justice for Death of Detainee in Iranian Custody Sentenced to Three Years, 74 Lashes

- Less than a year ago, attorney Mohammad Najafi was advocating for a young client who died under suspicious circumstances in an Iranian detention center. Nine months later, he has been sentenced to three years in prison and 74 lashes for the charges of "disturbing the state" and "publishing falsehoods." -CHRI - 10/30/18

Iran's Judiciary Should Release Ailing Prisoner Saeed Malekpour on Medical Grounds

- Imprisoned in Iran's Evin Prison since 2008, Canadian permanent resident Saeed Malekpour was hospitalized for a "heart attack" at the age of 43, according to his sister. Peaceful Prisoner, Convicted Without Due Process, Has Been Denied Furlough for Past 10 Years -CHRI - 10/29/18

Lawyer Vows to Seek Justice After Prominent Iranian Activist's Corpse Found Burned in Car

- The lawyer representing the family of Farshid Hakki, a prominent activist and environmentalist whose burned corpse was found in the trunk of his car, has vowed to seek justice for the victim and refuted the unsubstantiated claims that the activist suffered from depression. -CHRI - 10/26/18

Iranian Faces Charges For Saying Shi'ite Imam 'Died'

- When journalist Pouyan Khoshhal penned an article about the potential health risks to Iranians of a major Shi'ite pilgrimage to neighboring Iraq, he might not have guessed that it could cost him his job and land him in jail. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 10/26/18

Missing Iranian Teacher And Regime Critic Held At Psychiatric Facility

- Prominent teachers' rights activist Hashem Khastar, who mysteriously disappeared October 23 in the city of Mashhad in northeast Iran, is being detained by the Islamic Republic's Intelligence Ministry at a psychiatric hospital, his wife disclosed in an exclusive interview with Radio Farda's Mahtab Vahidirad. -Radio Farda - 10/26/18

Iran Charges Environmentalists With National Security Crimes

- Nine months after a group of environmentalists were imprisoned in Iran without any evidence of wrongdoing and denied due process-and after the death of one them in state custody-five of them have been charged with a serious national security crime. -CHRI - 10/24/18

International Community Must Establish Mechanisms to Sell Humanitarian Goods to Iran, Iranian Government Must Ensure Affordability

- With the full reinstatement of US sanctions on Iran on November 5, which will make financial transactions between Iranians and major economies in the world difficult and in many cases impossible, people's access to humanitarian goods such as essential food items, medicine and medical supplies in Iran could be imperiled. The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) calls on the international community to institute transparent financial mechanisms that will ensure trade in medicines and other essential humanitarian items will continue unimpeded with Iran. - 10/23/18

Watered Down Domestic Violence Bill in Approval Stage Eight Years After Drafting in Iran

- A heavily revised Bill for the Protection of Women Against Violence has been sent to the Iranian city of Qom for review by Shia scholars, according to Vice President for Women and Family Affairs Masoumeh Ebtekar, who made the announcement on October 12, 2018. - 10/22/18

Four Teachers Detained in Iran and Several Others Summoned to Court After Peaceful Sit-In

- Two teachers who participated in a peaceful sit-in for teachers' and education rights in Iran this week remain behind bars five days after they were arrested. The Iranian Teachers' Trade Association (ITTA) reported on October 14 that the head of its secretariat, Mohammad Reza Ramezanzadeh, and a teacher, Mohammad Ghanbari, were arrested after the strike was launched on October 13, 2018. - 10/22/18

Imprisoned Iranian Activist Farhad Meysami "Kept Alive" With Serum Injections

- Farhad Meysami, an imprisoned civil rights activist, has lost "40 pounds" since beginning a wet hunger strike in Evin Prison on August 1, 2018, the day after he was arrested for peacefully advocating for women's rights in Iran. - 10/19/18

Iran's Prosecutor Says It's A Sin For Women To Watch Men Play Soccer. These Women Watched Anyway

- A decision by Iranian authorities to allow a small group of selected women to watch an October 16 soccer match between Iran and Bolivia at Tehran's Azadi (Freedom) Stadium was welcomed by the country's reformist press as a step forward and a victory for Iranian women, who have been banned from men's sports events. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 10/18/18

In Rare Move, Iran Lets Some Women Attend Men's Soccer in Tehran

- Iran has allowed an organized group of women to attend a men's soccer match at a Tehran stadium for the first time in decades, after years of campaigning by activists against a ban on female attendance. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 10/17/18

Khashoggi-Gate And U.S. Persian Gulf Strategy

- In U.S. assessments, which began well before the Trump administration, Saudi Arabia has been one of Washington's key pivots in the Middle East. Oil security? Check. Anti-Iran? Check. Moving toward Israel? Check. Given these three factors, the United States has been willing to turn a blind eye to other things that either Saudi Arabia or its citizens have done, especially rich supporters of Wahhabism who have bankrolled this extreme form of Islam and its malign behavior all over the Sunni world. -Robert E. Hunter - 10/17/18

Iran: Environmentalists Languish in Jail

- Eight environmental activists arbitrarily detained in Iran in January and February 2018 remain in detention eight months later without clear charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Iranian authorities should either immediately release them or charge them with recognizable crimes and produce evidence to justify their continued detention. -Human Rights Watch - 10/15/18

Kurdish Mechanic Sentenced to Death in Iran Despite Judge's Acknowledgement of His Innocence

- Hedayat Abdollahpour was arrested in late June 2016 following a clash between members of the banned, separatist Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (DPIK), based in Northern Iraq, and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) near the city of Oshnavieh, in Iran's West Azerbaijan Province, "even though he played no role in the clash and wasn't even there," said attorney Hossein Ahmadiniaz. -CHRI - 10/12/18

"Oppression Stops Life:" Iranian Political Prisoner Narges Mohammadi Recounts Returning to an Empty Home

- For the first time in more than three years, Iranian political prisoner Narges Mohammadi was allowed to go on a three-day furlough on September 26, 2018. But according to her letter, published on October 2 by the Defenders of Human Rights Center (where Mohammadi worked before the organization was banned in Iran), the experience was far from enjoyable. - 10/11/18

IRAN: Nasrin Sotoudeh's Husband Charged With National Security Crimes For Anti-Compulsory Hijab Activism

- Imprisoned Iranian attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh's husband, Reza Khandan, has been charged with national security crimes for peacefully supporting his wife and a woman's right to appear in public without a hijab. Khandan, who, like his wife is also a human rights activist, has been charged with "assembly and collusion against national security" and "promoting non-observance of the hijab," his lawyer, Mohammad Moghimi, stated in an Instagram post. - 10/10/18

Three People Sentenced to Death in Iran as 32 Others Issued Harsh Sentences For Alleged Currency Hoarding

- Unnamed "special courts for economic crimes" in Iran have sentenced three people to death and condemned 32 others to long prison sentences for allegedly manipulating Iran's gold and currency markets, Judiciary Spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei announced on October 1, 2018. - 10/10/18

Iranian-American Among Five Environmentalists Charged in Iran After Eight Months in Prison

- Five out of the eight environmentalists who have been detained in Iran since January 2018, including an Iranian-American dual national, have been issued preliminary indictments eight months into their imprisonment. - 10/9/18

These Four Educators Were Behind Bars in Iran on World Teachers' Day 2018

- Four teachers are currently behind bars in Iranian prisons for engaging in peaceful trade union activities, according to Rassoul Bodaghi, a formerly imprisoned labor activist and senior member of the Iranian Teachers' Trade Association (ITTA). - 10/9/18

Iran's Deaf Community Launches Campaign Urging Government to End Discrimination

- Members of Iran's deaf and hard of hearing community have launched a campaign urging the Iranian government to end systematic discrimination against their community by following steps that would fulfill Iran's domestic and international obligations. - 10/6/18

Man Serving Seven Years in an Iranian Prison For His Facebook Posts Slapped With An Additional Three

- Prisoner of conscience Soheil Arabi has been sentenced to three more years behind bars-increasing his total term to 10 years-for engaging in peaceful activism inside the Great Tehran Penitentiary (GTP) where he is being held. - 10/5/18

2018 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans: Survey Reveals Concern Over Discrimination and U.S. Policies

- Today, the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) released the findings of its 2018 National Public Opinion Survey of Iranian Americans, revealing concerns over increased discrimination and U.S. policy towards Iran. More than three-quarters of respondents are worried about increased discrimination against Iranian Americans, and nearly half (49%) report that they have personally experienced discrimination. - 10/4/18

Iranians Call For Freedom of Shiraz Councilman Who Tried to Secure Release of Detained Baha'is

- Iranians have taken to social media to call for the freedom of Mehdi Hajati, a member of the Shiraz City Council who was arrested on September 27, 2018, two days after tweeting about his efforts to free two detained members of the Baha'i faith. - 10/4/18



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