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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

Iran Should Immediately Free Political Prisoner Arash Sadeghi on Medical Grounds

- Iranian authorities should immediately free political prisoner Arash Sadeghi so he can receive medical care for serious health issues that require urgent and sustained care, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement on October 1st, 2018. - 10/3/18

Iranian Civil Rights Activist Farhad Meysami Barricades Himself in Evin Prison Clinic

- Imprisoned civil rights activist Farhad Meysami has resisted medical treatment in Evin Prison in Iran to bring attention to his hunger strike, at one point barricading himself inside the prison's clinic. "On Wednesday, September 26, representatives from the prosecutor's office and the prison administration... forcibly transferred our dear friend Farhad Meysami against his will to a room in the prison's clinic," wrote detained civil rights activist Reza Khandan in an open letter from Evin Prison on September 28. - 10/2/18

New UN Special Rapporteur Javaid Rehman Requests Entry to Iran

- The new special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Javaid Rehman, has requested that Iran break its 13-year ban on UN human rights experts visiting the country and allow him entry. The request was made in the advance unedited version of Rehman's first report on the human rights situation in Iran, which was transmitted to the UN General Assembly in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 37/30 following Rehman's appointment in July 2018. - 10/2/18

17 Baha'is Arrested in One Month in Iran

- Seventeen members of the Baha'i faith were arrested by agents of the Intelligence Ministry throughout Iran between August 23 and September 23, 2018, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 9/30/18

Fourth Women's Rights Activist Arrested in Iran in Less Than a Month

- Women's rights advocate Maryam Azad was arrested by security agents at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport on September 25, 2018, after boarding a plane scheduled to fly to Istanbul, a source close to the family informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/28/18

For the First Time in Three Years, Iranian Political Prisoner Narges Mohammadi Has Gone On Furlough

- For the first time in more than three years, imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi was granted furlough for three days to visit her severely ill father, according to her lawyer Mahmoud Behzadi. Mohammadi's mother, Ozra Bazargan, had written a letter to Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi on September 11 requesting permission for her daughter to go on temporary leave so she could visit her "worried, sick, old father for just an hour." - 9/28/18

IRAN: Shiraz Councilman Arrested For 'Protecting Baha'i Sect'

- A member of Shiraz city council has been arrested Thursday evening on charges of "protecting Baha'i sect". The official IRNA news agency quotes another member of the city council as saying that that reformist Mehdi Hajati was already under investigation by the city's Revolutionary Court. - 9/28/18

Hunger-Striking Iranian Activist Farhad Meysami Refuses To Be Hospitalized in Shackles

- Despite his worsening condition, hunger-striking detainee Farhad Meysami refused to be transferred to a hospital outside Tehran's Evin Prison unless he would be allowed to go without shackles, his mother told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/27/18

Families of Iran's Detained Environmentalists Urge Supreme Leader to Release Their Loved Ones

- The families of environmentalists who have been detained for nearly eight months in Iran on unsubstantiated accusations of espionage have sent a letter to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei calling for the detainees to be released. "We beseech you to immediately order the release of our loved ones and pave the way for a fair judicial process with access to legal counsel," said the letter, a copy of which was sent to the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on September 18, 2018. - 9/26/18

Iran Should Fulfill Its UN Commitments and Recognize Sign Language

- On the occasion of the International Day of Sign Languages and International Week of the Deaf, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) urges the Iranian government to officially recognize sign language and introduce legislation guaranteeing deaf and hard of hearing citizens access to professional sign language interpreters. - 9/26/18

In Just Six Months, Iranian Universities Expelled 50 Baha'i Students For Their Religious Beliefs

- Fifty Baha'i students have been expelled from Iranian universities in the current Iranian year (beginning March 21, 2018) because of their religious beliefs, according to Simin Fahandej, a representative of the Baha'i International Community's Office in Geneva to the United Nations. - 9/21/18

Satirist Keyomars Marzban Arrested by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, Held Incommunicado, No Access to Lawyer

- Keyomars Marzban, a 26-year-old satirist, has been held incommunicado in Tehran's Evin Prison and without access to counsel since the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) arrested him on August 26, 2018. - 9/20/18

IRAN: Nasrin Sotoudeh Sacrifices Family Visits To Protest Prosecutor's Demand She Wear Full Hijab

- Detained human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has given up her family visitation right in protest against a prosecutor's demand that she receive visitors fully draped in a hijab. "The prosecutor has sent a letter to me and my mother warning that if we don't observe the hijab, we won't be able to have visitation," Mehraveh Khandan told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) after attempting to visit her mother in Tehran's Evin Prison on September 16, 2018. - 9/18/18

Iranian Activist Hengameh Shahidi Refuses to Hire New Lawyer Against Judge's Orders

- Detained Iranian political activist and journalist Hengameh Shahidi has defied a judge's order by refusing to hire a new lawyer. "I have been trying to visit my client since her case was sent to court two months ago, but the judge has suddenly ruled against my qualification and demanded my resignation," attorney Mostafa Tork Hamadani tweeted on September 11, 2018. - 9/17/18

Tehran Accuses Twitter Of Closing Accounts Of 'Real' Iranians

- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has accused Twitter of closing accounts of "real" Iranians, while allowing antigovernment ones backed by the United States. "Hello @Jack. Twitter has shuttered accounts of real Iranians, (including) TV presenters & students, for supposedly being part of an 'influence op'," Zarif tweeted on September 16, addressing Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. - 9/17/18

Let My Daughter See Her Sick Father, Pleads Mother Of Jailed Iranian Activist Narges Mohammadi

- The mother of imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has urged Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi to allow the ailing political prisoner to go on furlough (temporary leave) so she can visit her ailing father and receive medical treatment. - 9/13/18

IRAN: Three Detained Women's Rights Activists Should be Immediately Released

- The three women's rights activists arrested by Iran's security forces since September 1-the lawyer Hoda Amid, the sociologist Najmeh Vahedi, and the gender studies student Rezvaneh Mohammadi-should be released immediately, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. - 9/12/18

Former Iranian Vice President Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei Sentenced To Prison For 'Threatening National Security'

- Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a vice president, chief of staff, and senior aide under former Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison after being convicted on charges including threatening national security, Iranian media report. - 9/12/18

From Evin Prison, Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh Condemns Iran's Execution of Three Kurdish Prisoners

- In a letter from Iran's Evin Prison, prominent human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has condemned the judiciary's execution of three Kurdish prisoners on September 8, 2018, despite serious concerns regarding the use of torture, forced confessions and denials of access to counsel in all their cases. - 9/12/18

Iran's Execution of Three Kurdish Prisoners is Unlawful and Unjust

- Iran's execution of three Kurdish prisoners, Ramin Hossein Panahi (22), Zanyar Moradi (29) and Loghman Moradi (31) at dawn on September 8, 2018, despite serious concerns regarding the use of torture, forced confessions and denials of access to counsel, represents a horrific violation of law and the right to life, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. - 9/11/18

Theater Artists Arrested In Iran Over Shakespeare Production

- Authorities in Iran have detained two artists in connection with a production of Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shahram Karami, an Iranian cultural official, told the state news agency IRNA on September 10 that the judiciary had ordered the director of the play, Maryam Kazemi, and the manager of the theater staging it, Saeed Assadi, to be taken into custody. - 9/10/18

IRAN: Welfare Reps Presence Required at Job Interviews for People with Disabilities

- In response to criticism that persons with disabilities are not getting three percent of jobs allocated to them by law, Iran's Administrative and Recruitment Organization (ARO) issued a directive on August 27 requiring state agencies to conduct interviews with applicants with disabilities only in the presence of a representative from Iran's State Welfare Organization (SWO). - 9/7/18

Iran's Assault on Legal Profession Intensifies with Three More Attorneys Arrested

- The arrest of three more lawyers in Iran, Payam Derafshan, Farrokh Forouzan and Hoda Amid, represents the continuing escalation of Iran's assault against its own legal profession and a flagrant violation of these individuals' basic rights to freedom of expression and due process, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. - 9/6/18

Outspoken MPs Demand Referendum To Counter Iran's Super-Challenges

- Two reformist members of the Iranian Parliament have called for putting major domestic and foreign policy issues to a public vote. In their speeches on September 4, Parvaneh Salahshouri and Gholamreza Heidari called for a referendum to solve problems regarding foreign policy, state TV, the Guardian Council's intervention in elections, and the Assembly of Experts' supervision of the supreme leader's behavior. - 9/6/18

IRAN: Women Activists Arrested for Trying to Raise Awareness of Women's Rights in Marriage and Divorce

- Women's rights activists Hoda Amid and Najmeh Vahedi were arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Intelligence Organization in Tehran on September 1, 2018 and taken to an unknown location, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 9/6/18

IRAN: Husband of Imprisoned Human Rights Lawyer, Arrested for Speaking Out, Must Be Released Immediately

- Reza Khandan, the husband of imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, should be immediately released from detention in Iran, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. Khandan was arrested by agents of Iran's intelligence ministry at his home on September 4 following his public support for his detained wife. "It is outrageous that Reza Khandran has been arrested simply for speaking out publicly on the unjust imprisonment of his wife," said Hadi Ghaemi, CHRI's executive director. - 9/5/18

IRAN: Detained Civil Rights Activist Refusing to Break Hunger Strike

- Farhad Meysami, the 48-year-old physician who has been detained in Iran's Evin Prison since his arrest on July 31, 2018, is physically deteriorating after being on hunger strike for over a month to protest his unlawful detainment. - 9/5/18

Opposition Leader Karrubi Calls On Iran's Assembly Of Experts To Hold Supreme Leader Accountable

- A leading Iranian reformist has called upon the panel of conservative clerics tasked with supervising the work of Iran's supreme leader to hold Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accountable instead of showering him with "praise." Reformist cleric Mehdi Karrubi, who's been under house arrest since 2011, said Iran's Assembly of Experts should hold Khamenei responsible for three decades of policies that he says have brought Iran to its current "regrettable" situation. - 9/4/18

Iran Arrests Two More Lawyers Bringing Intense Pressure On Defenders

- Iranian intelligence officers arrested two human rights lawyers Payam Dorfeshan and Farrokh Forouzan Friday August 31, reported lawyer Mohammad Najafi on his Facebook page. No reason has been given for the arrest of the two lawyers. The new arrests bring the number of Iranian human rights lawyers in jail in Tehran to more than ten. - 9/1/18

University Student Sentenced to Seven Years Imprisonment in Iran as Another is Ordered to Attend Friday Prayers

- As Iran continues to imprison university students for attending protests, a judge in the city of Semnan, 140 miles east of Tehran, has ordered one to attend Friday prayer sessions every other week for two years while another one in Tehran has sentenced a young woman to seven years in prison. - 8/31/18

Fighting Between IRGC and Kurdish Forces Results in More Deaths of Iran's Border Couriers

- At least one courier has been killed and five other people injured near Iran's border with Iraq since August 23, 2018, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. News of the casualties comes almost a year after Iran promised to implement reforms aimed at protecting the human rights of the cross-border couriers or "kulbars" in Farsi. - 8/31/18

If Iran Accepts 'Iran-U.S. Treaty of Amity' Then Namazis Should Be Released

- A prominent U.S. human rights activist and the international attorney of Iranian-U.S. dual citizens Baquer and Siamak Namazi has linked his clients' case to the Iran-U.S. Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights. -Radio Farda - 8/30/18

Four Christians in Iran Appeal Prison Sentences For Alleged Missionary Activities

- Four Christians in Iran, including two converts, have appealed their prison sentences for alleged missionary activities, arguing that they're innocent of the charges. "It is our expectation that the charges will be dropped and their sentences struck down because there is no evidence to prove the charges against them," Dabrina Bet Tamraz told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on August 27, 2018. - 8/30/18

Iranian American Prisoner in Iran, Baquer Namazi, On Medical Leave

- Baquer Namazi, an Iranian American dual national who was imprisoned in Iran in February 2016, has been on furlough "for a considerable length of time" to receive treatment for heart complications, his lawyer Mehrdad Ghorbani Saraei informed the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "He is currently with his family and undergoing treatment," Saraei told CHRI on August 27, 2018, without specifying exactly how long Namazi has been on medical leave. - 8/29/18

IRAN: Detained Human Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Refuses to Appear in Court, Begins Hunger Strike

- Prominent defense attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has gone on hunger strike and refused to appear in court to protest her unjust detainment in Iran's Evin Prison and the harassment of her family members and associates by security agents. - 8/28/18

Iranian Student Activist Sentenced To Seven Years

- A 21-year-old Iranian student and human rights activist, Parisa Rafiei, has been sentenced to seven years by Branch 26 of Tehran's Revolutionary Court, her lawyer has disclosed. Speaking with the state-run Iran Students News Agency (ISNA), Saeid Khalili said her client was tried for assembling and collusion intended to commit a crime against the country's security, propaganda against the regime, and disturbing public order. - 8/28/18

Iranian Journalist Recounts "Inhumane" Living Conditions at Great Tehran Penitentiary

- An Iranian journalist who was detained at Iran's Great Tehran Penitentiary (GTP) has written about the jail's "inhumane" conditions, stating in a Facebook post that day to day life there is "beyond the limits of human tolerance." - 8/27/18

Jailed Iranian Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh Starts Hunger Strike

- A prominent human rights lawyer in Iran says she has started a hunger strike while in jail on accusations of antigovernment activities. The hunger strike by Nasrin Sotoudeh was announced on August 25 on the Facebook page of her husband, Reza Khandan. - 8/25/18

Iranian Journalist Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison For Criticizing Ultra-Conservative Cleric in a Tweet

- Amir Mohammad Hossein Miresmaili, a former journalist and satirist for the Jahan Sana'at (Industry World) newspaper in Iran, has been sentenced to a decade in prison after allegedly disparaging a Shia imam in a tweet aimed at criticizing an ultra-conservative cleric in Iran. - 8/25/18

Fourth Human Rights Lawyer Slapped With National Security Charges in Iran

- Arash Keykhosravi, a lawyer representing the family of an Iranian Canadian man who recently died under suspicious circumstances in state custody, has been slapped with national security charges, making him the fourth defense attorney detained under this pretense in Iran in less than a year. - 8/25/18

Iranian Law Should Allow People With Disabilities to Make Their Own Legal Decisions

- Ten years after Iran's Parliament ratified the UN's Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), the government has failed to implement effective measures to enable individuals with disabilities to make their own decisions. - 8/24/18

Iranian Sunnis Say Police Blocked Eid Prayers in Four Tehran Districts

- Iran's minority Sunni Muslims say authorities of the Shiite-majority nation have prevented some Sunnis from holding communal prayers in the capital, Tehran, to mark the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 8/24/18

Too Little, Too Late: Iran Should Permanently Release Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcilffe

- The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) urges the Iranian Judiciary to turn the three-day furlough it has granted to Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe into permanent and unconditional release. "Three days of temporary release after almost three years behind bars under bogus charges is far too little and too late," said CHRI's Executive Director Hadi Ghaemi. - 8/23/18

60 European MPs Call on Iran's President Rouhani to Work For Nasrin Sotoudeh's Release

- On August 22, 2018, 60 members of the European Parliament (MEP) called on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to "do all within your power to ensure" the "unconditional release" of human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. A 2012 recipient of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, Sotoudeh has been detained since June 13, 2018. Having formerly served three years in prison for peacefully defending her clients in the Iranian judicial system, Sotoudeh is currently facing many more years behind prison under several national security charges. - 8/23/18

Unpaid Workers Arrested at Protests Against Iran's Biggest Sugar Production Company

- Haft Tappeh sugarcane company in southeastern Iran, at least five workers were charged with national security crimes, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. The independent "Iran Kargar" website identified the workers as: Karim Alekasir, Ali Alekasir, Hamzeh Alekasir, Yahya Sa'di and Fares Sa'di. - 8/23/18

Former Tehran Mayor Sentenced to Prison For Criticizing Iran's Involvement in Syrian War

- Former Mayor of Tehran Gholamhossein Karbaschi has been sentenced to one year in prison for publicly criticizing Iran's involvement in the Syrian civil war, an Appeals Court ruled on August 13, 2018. At an April 2017 rally in support of President Hassan Rouhani's election campaign, Karbaschi had questioned Iran's actions in Syria during a speech in Isfahan. - 8/22/18

Lawyer to Appeal Iranian Journalist's 10-year Sentence for Satirical Tweet

- A lawyer for an Iranian journalist sentenced in Iran to 10 years in prison for allegedly insulting a historic religious figure says the ruling will be appealed because it was not handled by the appropriate court. In the tweet, which he subsequently deleted, Miresmaili mocked the Friday prayer leader of the Iranian city of Mashhad, Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda, for suggesting that modern-day concerts are an insult to the teachings of Imam Reza. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 8/21/18

Mass Conviction of Sufi Protesters "Unprecedented in Iran's Judicial History"

- Twenty Sufi Muslims, all members of Iran's Gonabadi Order, have been issued heavy prison sentences by the Revolutionary Court in Tehran since July 2018 for allegedly attended protests that included violent clashes with police and security forces in Tehran in February. - 8/21/18

Prolonged Detention of Environmentalists "None of Your Business," Iran's Judiciary Tells Vice President

- The chief of Iran's Department of Environment, Vice President Isa Kalantari, has told state media that the judiciary has warned him to stop enquiring about environmentalists who have been detained for the past six months. - 8/18/18

19 University Students in Iran Issued Long Prison Sentences as One More is Tried in Tehran

- At least 17 students from universities in Tehran and two others from Tabriz have been issued harsh prison sentences ranging from one to 12 years in preliminary rulings by the Revolutionary Court system for attending protests earlier this year. - 8/17/18

Iranian Judicial Official Refuses to Lift Ban on Twitter Despite Growing Use by State Officials

- After several state officials called on President Hassan Rouhani to make Twitter accessible in Iran, a hardline judicial official has said doing so would be a "crime." In May 2018, Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi, Education Minister Mohammad Bathaei, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, Justice Minister Alireza Avaie, Science Minister Mansour Gholami, Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Abbas Salehi, as well as two Members of Parliament (MPs), Ramezanali Sobhanifar and Mohammad Kazemi, signed a letter urging Rouhani to lift the state's ban. - 8/17/18

Nasrin Sotoudeh's Lawyer: "They Came After Her From Three Directions"

- Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh once defended political prisoners but she is now trying to avoid becoming one herself as she wades through the complicated case Iran's judiciary has built against her. Sotoudeh was caught off guard when she was suddenly transported from her home to Evin Prison in Tehran on June 13, 2018. Later she was informed that she was detained due to a five-year prison sentence that was issued against her in absentia in 2015 by Revolutionary Court Judge Mohammad Moghiseh. - 8/16/18

As Currency Drops Iran Faces Shortages Of Medications

- Iran's health ministry spokesman has admitted that the country is currently suffering from shortages of foreign-made medications, but, insisted that "it can be overcome". Blaming chaotic fluctuations in Iranian forex market and nosediving national currency, Iraj Harirchi says, "Since forty-fifty types of foreign medications have recently become scarce in Iran, the government has allocated $3.5 billion to purchase drugs." - 8/15/18

Judiciary's Intensifying Crackdown on Defense Attorneys in Iran Must End

- An intensifying state crackdown on human rights defenders in Iran, in which the authorities have denied attorneys the ability to represent their clients and jailed them for attempting to do so, violates Iran's domestic laws and international obligations and must end, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. - 8/14/18

Trump's Sanctions Will Hurt The Wrong People In Iran

- In August 2013, a group of 466 Iranian dissidents, including dozens of political prisoners, wrote a letter to President Barack Obama chastising him for his Iran policy. The unprecedented sanctions Obama had mustered against Iran, they argued, were not only debilitating the Iranian economy but suffocating Iranian civil society and prospects for peaceful democratic change within the country. - Jamal Abdi and Sina Toossi, NIAC - 8/11/18

How US Sanctions Impede the Women's Movement in Iran

- While the world's attention was on US President Donald Trump's Twitter war with Tehran the other week, some good news in Iran escaped notice. A group of women's rights activists arrested in front of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs on International Women's Day were acquitted, after initially being charged for planning and participating in a protest on the economic situation of women. -Sussan Tahmasebi, Atlantic Council - 8/11/18

Iran's State TV Must End Its Use of Families to Discredit Journalists, Dissenters

- Iranian authorities should immediately stop harassing and threatening the families of activists and journalists as a means to silence dissent and criticism, Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and Justice for Iran (JFI) said in a joint statement today. - 8/10/18



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