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Three Young Iranian Men to Serve 12 Years in Prison For "Insulting" Social Media Posts

- Three 24-year-olds have been sentenced to 12 years in prison each in Iran for posting critical commentary about politics and religion on the Telegram messaging network and on Facebook. - 4/28/17

Trump Unites Iranian Americans

- Generations of Iranians like my parents have admired the United States for almost everything. They wanted their children to attend American universities, promoted America as the land of great opportunities, and proudly sent invitations to friends for their U.S. citizenship ceremonies. But many Iranian Americans today are confused and frightened by the wave of unjust immigration policies targeting Iranians. -Leila Mansouri - 4/27/17

Iran's Other Elections: Local Council Applicants Subjected to Arbitrary Vetting

- In a surprising development, a few outspoken and prominent political activists have been approved to run in Iran's elections for city and village councils on May 19, 2017. However, many well-known activists and reformists have been arbitrarily disqualified. - 4/27/17

Zogby Denounces Panel on Religious Freedom

- James Zogby, the founder and president of the Arab American Institute, is about to wrap up his tenure on the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). He is not leaving quietly. Zogby, who was appointed to two terms on the commission by former President Barack Obama, sent a stunning letter to the commission, expressing his dissent from the latest report as well as his dissatisfaction with the way the commission goes about its business. -Mitchell Plitnick, LobeLog - 4/27/17

Family Urges Trump To Work For Release Of Jailed Americans In Iran

- A relative of two Iranian-Americans imprisoned in Iran has said their health is deteriorating in Tehran's Evin prison and urged U.S. President Donald Trump to take "personal responsibility" for freeing them. Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, were sentenced to 10-year prison terms last year for "collusion with an enemy state" -- the United States. Babak Namazi has been seeking the release of his father and brother since then. - 4/26/17

Dual National's Husband Urges UK to Secure Her Release From Iran

- The husband of Nazanin-Zaghari Ratcliffe, an Iranian-British citizen imprisoned in Iran since April 2016, is urging the British government to secure her release now that Iran's Supreme Court has rejected the second appeal of her five-year prison sentence. - 4/26/17

Former Iranian MP: Guardian Council Has "No Legal Authority" to Exclude Religious Minorities From Elections

- The Guardian Council's attempt to ban religious minorities from running in Iran's nationwide local council elections on May 19, 2017 is unlawful and infringes on their constitutional rights, a former reformist member of Parliament told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 4/26/17

Iranian Awarded 32K Pounds In Compensation For Account Closure By British Bank

- A UK law firm has announced that one of its Iranian clients has managed to obtain nearly 32,000 pounds in compensation for mistaken closure of his bank account form the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) last year. - 4/26/17

IRAN: President Rohani's Campaign Suffers As Pro-Administration Journalists Are Detained

- The recent arrest of a number of administrators of Telegram social networking Channels continues to fuel tensions between Iran's administration and the judiciary. Telegram is a cloud-based instant messaging application popular in Iran in which Channels are used as a group platform where members can receive content from. - 4/25/17

University Student Groups In Iran Decry Security Climate On Campus, Rising Costs And Gender Segregation

- Seventy-two student organizations from universities throughout Iran have issued a joint statement asking President Hassan Rouhani to end the security climate on campuses, halt the rising cost of education, and stop discriminatory practices against female students. - 4/25/17

Iran Tries To Abolish Death Penalty For Trafficking As It Wrestles With Rising Drug Charges

- Iranian parliament's Judicial Commission spokesperson has announced that this commission has agreed with a proposal to reduce death penalty to 30 years in prison for a number of drug-related offences. Meanwhile the number of arrests for drug related charges are increasing in the country. - 4/24/17

Eight Baha'is Arrested Without a Warrant by Iran's Intelligence Ministry and Denied Legal Council

- Seven Baha'i citizens were arrested by the Intelligence Ministry in Bandar Abbas and Qeshm Island, southern Iran, on April 18, 2017, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Despite President Hassan Rouhani's expressed support for religious freedom, dozens of Baha'is have been arrested or their businesses shuttered under his watch for their faith. - 4/24/17

Low Female Participation Rate in Iranian Elections Symptom of Gender Inequality

- The low number of female participants in Iranian elections is an indicator of inequality in the political, social and cultural fabric of the country, women's rights advocate Nahid Tavasoli told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Speaking from Tehran, the editor-in-chief of Nafe, an academic women's periodical, said Iranian women are denied many rights as citizens that affect their participation rate in politics. - 4/21/17

Lawmakers Say Iran's Larijani Rejects Call To Bar Religious Minorities From Elections

- Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani has dismissed a call by the head of the powerful Guardians Council to prevent members of religious minorities from running in city council elections in May, according to two lawmakers. - 4/20/17

No Woman Has Ever Run For Iranian President. Will Azam Taleghani Be The First?

- On April 14, a tiny, frail-looking woman wearing a chador and using a walker made her way slowly up the stairs of Iran's Interior Ministry in Tehran. Seventy-three-year-old Azam Taleghani was there to register as a candidate in the May 19 vote for Iran's presidency. She's hoping the third time is the charm -Golnaz Esfandiari - 4/20/17

Iran's Judiciary Blocks Voice Calls On Telegram Messaging App

- Iran's judiciary has blocked newly introduced call features on a highly popular messaging app called Telegram. It was not immediately clear whether the reason for the blocking of voice calls, introduced last week, was a political move ahead of the country's May presidential election or an attempt to protect the commercial interests of Iranian telecom companies. - 4/20/17

Prominent Political Activist Continues Fight for Gender Equality in Iran's 2017 Presidential Election

- Despite being repeatedly disqualified in the past, one of Iran's top political activists, Azam Taleghani, has registered to run in the country's May 19, 2017 presidential election. The daughter of a moderate leader of Iran's 1979 revolution, Ayatollah Mahmoud Taleghani (1911-1979), Azam Taleghani told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that she registered to "clear the confusion" over male interpretations of the Constitution that have blocked women from running for the presidency. - 4/19/17

Nasrin Sotoudeh: Investigate Iranian Presidential Hopeful Ebrahim Raisi for 1988 Mass Executions

- Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and former political prisoner Nasrin Sotoudeh has strongly criticized the candidacy of Ebrahim Raisi in Iran's May 19, 2017 presidential election. "The competency of this candidate should not be approved for any reason until the events of 1988 are investigated and it is proven that he was not an accomplice," she told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "In the meantime, we do have an audio file... that shows he did have a hand in those events." - 4/19/17

Conflict and Famine in Yemen

- Yemenis are starving because of war. No natural disaster is responsible. No amount of humanitarian aid can solve the underlying problem. Without an immediate, significant course change, portions of the country, in the 21st century and under the watch of the Security Council, will likely tip into famine. -International Crisis Group, LobeLog - 4/19/17

Iranian Couple Reunited In Colorado After Travel Ban Scares

- An experience that both called "a nightmare" turned into a dream come true for an Iranian family reunited at Denver International Airport Tuesday night. "I saw her on May 5, one year ago," Zoheir Khademian said. -CBS, Denver - 4/19/17

International Law Expert Denounces Iranian Presidential Bid of Rights Violator Ebrahim Raisi

- The candidacy of Ebrahim Raisi in Iran's May 19 presidential election "shows great contempt for human rights, the rights of the Iranian people, and the families of those killed in the 1980s," international law expert Shadi Sadr told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 4/18/17

IRAN: Reformists Barred From Isfahan's May 19 By-Election for Parliament

- After disqualifying the initial reformist winner, Iran's conservative Guardian Council has now barred most reformist candidates from running in the second-round election for Isfahan's vacant parliamentary seat. The vote will occur when Iranians head to the polls on May 19, 2017 to elect their new president and city and village councils. - 4/18/17

Iranian Americans, livid over Trump visa ban, to get their day in court

- President Donald Trump's attempts to impose a visa ban on a set of majority-Muslim countries has sparked unusual anger and activism among a wealthy, highly educated group that generally avoids U.S. politics: Iranian Americans. Now, they're about to get their day in court, winning the first chance to present in-person testimony against the travel ban. -Politico - 4/17/17

Iranian Azeri Rights Activist on Trial for Advocating Mother Language

- Abbas Lesani, an Azeri ethnic rights activist, is being tried for advocating for state recognition of his mother tongue and making a speech at his friend's wedding calling for an end to the discrimination of Azeris in Iran. - 4/15/17

U.S. Sanctions Tehran Prison Organization, Official For Abuses

- The United States says it has sanctioned the Tehran Prisons Organization and a top official in connection with "serious human rights abuses" in Iran. The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on April 13 said it was sanctioning Sohrab Soleimani and the prison organization, an action it said reflects "deep concern" regarding the human rights situation in the country. - 4/14/17

Iranian Political Prisoner Narges Mohammadi Offered Furlough in Exchange for Silence

- Imprisoned human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has been offered temporary release if she promises to be silent about her unjust sentence, her husband told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "The authorities have told Narges that they would grant her furlough on the condition that she not talk to or meet anyone," said Taghi Rahmani, who lives with the couple's two children in Paris. "No interviews, no phone calls, no visits." - 4/13/17

EU extends sanctions on Iran over human rights claims

- The European Union has extended by another year sanctions against Iran over alleged claims of "human rights violations" despite the fledgling rapprochement between Tehran and the bloc since the 2015 landmark nuclear agreement. - 4/12/17

IRAN: Son of Grand Ayatollah Blasts Presidential Bid of Human Rights Violator Ebrahim Raisi

- The son of late Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, who publicly condemned the mass executions of political prisoners in 1988, has criticized the newly announced presidential candidacy of Ebrahim Raisi. In an interview with the Center for Human Rights in Iran, Ahmed Montazeri noted that Raisi, who was part of the four-man special tribunal that ordered the mass executions, "does not have a day of experience in government." - 4/11/17

Iranians Express Solidarity With Victims Of Alleged Chemical Attack In Syria

- Iranians have demonstrated at the location of a decades-old chemical attack to condemn a suspected gas attack on a Syrian town last week that killed dozens of civilians, and to call for an end to the use of such weapons. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 4/11/17

Iran's Judiciary Chief Forbids Election Protests Ahead of May Vote

- A little over a month before Iranians head to the polls on May 19, 2017, Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani has warned that a repeat of the protests against the disputed result of the 2009 presidential election would not be tolerated. - 4/9/17

Iranian Music Producers Returned to Evin Prison After Request for Extended Medical Furlough Denied

- Music producers Mehdi and Hossein Rajabian returned to Evin Prison in Tehran on April 4, 2017 after their request for an extension of their seven-day temporary leave was denied by the judiciary, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 4/9/17

Iranian Political Prisoner Serving Seven Years Gets Additional 91 Days for IRGC Charges

- An additional 91 days were added to civil rights activist Atena Daemi's seven-year prison sentence for her peaceful activism. The sentence was issued to Daemi and her two sisters after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) responded to her complaint about their use of excessive force with a complaint of their own. - 4/7/17

Joint Statement of Iranian-American Organizations on Detentions of Iranians

- As organizations that represent the Iranian-American community, we are deeply concerned by recent arrests of Iranians visiting and studying in the United States. At least two Iranians are currently being held in custody by U.S. immigration authorities: Alia Ghandi and Mohammad Salar Fard-Hajian. We implore authorities to ensure these individuals have ready access to legal counsel and insist they be promptly released from custody. - 4/6/17

Five Iranian Baha'is Arrested in Isfahan Without Warrant on Unknown Charges

- Five Baha'is were arrested at their homes in the city of Isfahan on March 28, 2017, Simin Fahandej, the faith's spokesperson at the United Nations in Geneva confirmed to the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 4/5/17

IRAN: Rough Body Searches on Visiting Children Prompts Hunger Strike by Political Prisoner in Rajaee Shahr Prison

- Political activist Jafar (Shahin) Eghdami shaved his head and went on a three-day hunger strike on March 30, 2017 to protest "children being bothered during body searches in the visitation halls" of Rajaee Shahr Prison, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 4/5/17

Hunger-Striking Political Activist Detained Without Charge Writes Will in Tehran's Evin Prison

- After 24 days on hunger strike in Evin Prison in Tehran, reformist political activist Hengameh Shahidi, detained without charge and denied legal counsel since March 9, 2017, has written a will, her mother told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 4/4/17

Supporters Mark One-Year Anniversary of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's Imprisonment in Iran

- Iranian-British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe never thought she would be detained by the Revolutionary Guards' Intelligence Organization when she and her 22-month-old daughter arrived at Tehran's international airport, on their way back home to the UK on April 3, 2016. One year later, the 38-year-old employee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation is in Evin Prison's Women's Ward in Tehran serving a five-year sentence for unspecified "national security charges." - 4/4/17

Iranian-American Sentenced To 18 Years For Espionage Released On Bail

- A dual Iranian-American citizen sentenced to 18 years in prison for insulting the Islamic republic and engaging in espionage for the United States has been released on bail, two U.S. human rights groups said. Both groups said it was not immediately clear if Shahini could leave the country. - 4/4/17

Iran Bans Female Billiards Players For Violating Islamic Codes Of Conduct

- Iranian sports authorities say they have banned five female billiards players from competing for a year for allegedly violating Islamic codes of conduct during a tournament in China. The Iranian Billiards and Bowling Federation did not reveal the specific allegations, saying only that they would be announced at a later date. - 4/1/17

NIAC Calls on Authorities to Release Detained Iranian Citizen Holding Valid Visa

- "The National Iranian American Council calls upon authorities to release and explain the arrest and detention of Alia Ghandi, an Iranian citizen who holds a valid U.S. visa. Ghandi's arrest raises a number of concerns that Iranians are still being unfairly targeted by immigration enforcement due to their national origin, in spite of court orders putting a hold on Trump's Muslim ban." - 3/31/17

Iran's President Rouhani Orders Investigation Into "Suspicious" Pre-Election Arrests After MPs Ask Him for Explanation

- A little over a week after reformist members of Parliament asked Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to attend to a spate of arrests ahead of the country's upcoming elections, the president asked for the same thing from his interior minister. - 3/31/17

IRAN: Faezeh Hashemi, Political Activist and Former Reformist MP, to be Tried on New and Undeclared Charges

- Outspoken political activist and former reformist member of Parliament Faezeh Hashemi will face a new trial in April 2017 on undeclared charges, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Hashemi served in Parliament from 1996 to 2000 as a reformist representative from Tehran, and published Zan, the first newspaper for Iranian women, in 1998 until it was banned a year later. - 3/30/17

Woman says Iranian sister detained at PDX; ACLU says she was taken to jail

- PORTLAND, Oregon - A local woman went to pick up her sister at the airport Tuesday afternoon, but told KATU News her sister was denied entry even though she had a tourist visa. "I'm in shock. How can they treat us like that?" Leila Ahranjani said. "Imagine you want to go visit a country, you get off the plane, you're excited to see your nieces after 5, 6 years and then they take her." -KATU - 3/29/17

Gender Justice: Equality vs Difference

- On 20th of March, the Iranian Supreme Leader condemned and criticized the notion of "Gender Justice" in his annual Iranian New Year's speech - just a day before this speech, the Presidential Deputy on Women and Family Affairs emphasized that the current government is seeking "Gender Justice". In this article, the notion of Gender Justice and its relation to Equality and Difference within the Iranian context is analyzed. -Somaye Dehban - 3/28/17

Iran's Supreme Leader Takes Fresh Shot At Gender Equality

- Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is no fan of gender equality, which he routinely decries as a Western concept that damages women and distracts them from their vital roles as wives and mothers. And again this week, at a speech on March 19 marking the birth of the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad, Fatima Zahra, Khamenei doubled down, suggesting that Westerners themselves are having second thoughts. -Golnaz Esfandiari - 3/27/17

Iran says renewal of UN special rapporteur's mandate lacks 'professional basis'

- Iran reacted strongly to a resolution by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday which extends the mission of its Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the country, saying the resolution lacks "professional basis" and is "confrontational." - 3/25/17

Baha'is Imprisoned in Iran for Religious Beliefs Singled Out for Cruel Treatment

- A member of Iran's perseacuted Baha'i faith has expressed serious concerns about two imprisoned ailing family members who are being denied early release despite being legally eligible. The Intelligence Ministry is refusing to send Jamaloddin Khanjani, an elderly former Baha'i community leader who has spent more than nine years in prison, to the hospital for long-term care, his nephew, Siavash Khanjani, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 3/25/17

Iranian MPs Demand Answers from Rouhani on Increasing Arrests Ahead of Elections

- President Hassan Rouhani has yet to respond to a letter from four reformist members of Parliament demanding an explanation for the spate of arrests of activists and journalists ahead of the May 2017 presidential election. - 3/24/17

Reformist Editor Arrested by Iran's Security Agents Amid Pre-Election Crackdown

- Amid a widening crackdown on journalists and activists in Iran ahead of the country's May 2017 presidential election, security agents arrested Morad Saghafi, the reformist editor-in-chief of Goftegoo (Conversation) magazine, on March 15, 2017. - 3/24/17

Prominent Lawyers: Judiciary Ad Announcing Prison Time for 10 Iranians in Absentia Unlawful

- A classified newspaper advertisement by the judiciary announcing prison sentences for 10 Iranian citizens currently outside the country has no legal merit, two prominent lawyers told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Nasrin Sotoudeh and Farideh Gheirat, both based in Iran, said a classified ad placed by the judiciary in its official newspaper, Hemayat, announcing the sentences is unlawful if it was not preceded by a proper summons. - 3/23/17

12 Reformist Telegram Channel Admins Arrested in Iran Ahead of May 2017 Election

- Iranian security forces arrested 12 administrators of reformist-aligned Telegram channels on March 14-16, 2017, deleted the channels' content and changed their names. Users are increasingly turning to the app before elections for uncensored news about moderate and reformist camps, which are usually drowned out or censored from appearing in traditional media. - 3/22/17

President Trump's travel ban disrupts family reunion in San Ramon

- President Trump's new travel ban may be on hold, but it's also putting travel plans on hold during what is usually a festive time especially for people from one of the countries targeted. These are busy days for Golnazar Gourmet Ice Cream. The San Ramon company is filling orders for their exotic flavors including saffron/pistachio -- desserts that will sweeten the 14 day celebration of Norooz, --the Persian New Year. -ABC News - 3/22/17

White House Appeals Court Decision Blocking Trump Travel Order

- The U.S. government on March 17 announced it is appealing a court decision blocking President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration from taking effect. The Justice Department said in a court filing it would appeal a ruling by a U.S. District Court in the state of Maryland that halted the part of Trump's March 6 order temporarily banning the entry of travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries. - 3/18/17

Faezeh Hashemi, Former Iranian Leader's Daughter, Jailed For 'Spreading Propaganda'

- Iran's hard-line judiciary has sentenced the daughter of late Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani to jail for "spreading propaganda against the regime," Iranian news media reported on March 17. It was the latest move against pro-reform opposition in the Islamic republic ahead of a presidential election on May 19, when hard-line rivals of pragmatist President Hassan Rohani hope to regain control of executive power. - 3/18/17

Memo to Tech and Social Media Companies: Allow Iranians Access to Online Tools

- Major technology and social media companies should stop barring Iranians from buying or accessing personal communications tools and services that are not banned by any sanctions, and make immediately available to Iranians the full range of permissible items, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and ASL19 said in a joint statement on March 15. - 3/18/17

NIAC Welcomes Court Order Halting Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0

- "The court's decision to issue a temporary restraining order barring the latest executive order imposing a Muslim ban is another triumph for American values over discrimination. The Trump administration has now had its attempt to impose a Muslim ban halted by the courts twice. Fortunately, Iranians will once again face a slight reprieve in that the ban will not go into effect tomorrow. Nevertheless, the back and forth struggle has already kept Iranian families apart and imposed turmoil on countless individuals, while doing untold damage to America's image abroad." - 3/17/17

Predicting Her Arrest, Reformist Activist Hengameh Shahihi Wrote Letters Criticizing Rouhani's Failure to Protect Citizens

- Hengameh Shahidi, a reformist senior member of the Etemad Melli (National Trust) opposition party, has decried her arrest as part of a crackdown by hardliners on reformists ahead of Iran's upcoming presidential election. In two open letters, she also criticized President Hassan Rouhani, who will be running for re-election on May 19, 2017, for failing to protect citizen's rights. - 3/17/17

Rouhani's Intelligence Ministry and Khamenei's IRGC Widen Crackdown Ahead of Election

- The number of arrests carried out by Iran's Intelligence Ministry, operating under the control of President Hassan Rouhani, increased in the last few months leading up to Iran's May 2017 presidential election. Research by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) indicates that since January 2017, the ministry has increasingly targeted civil and women's rights advocates, journalists, dual nationals, ethnic and religious minorities, environmentalists, the administrators of social media pages, and relatives of protesters killed during the state's crackdown on peaceful protestors following the disputed 2009 presidential election. - 3/17/17

Iranian-American Orgs File Federal Court Challenge To Trump Travel Ban 2.0

- On March 14th, four prominent Iranian-American organizations renewed their challenge to the Trump Administration's illegal and unconstitutional policies, filing papers to take on the President's revised "Travel Ban" Executive Order. The organizations, joined by over 20 individual plaintiffs, have updated their existing lawsuit against the January 27th Travel Ban Executive Order, Pars Equality, et al v. Trump, to take on the March 6th version. - 3/17/17

In Letter from Evin Prison, Dual National Speaks of Yearning for Family and Disillusionment with Iran

- Iranian-British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, imprisoned in Iran since April 2016, has written a letter to her UK-based husband about the pain of being separated from their infant daughter, Gabriella "Gisoo" Ratcliffe, and disillusionment with her birth country of Iran. "I turned 38 without you by my side and you turned 42 without me, while our dear Gisoo turned two-years-old without both of us," she wrote in a letter from Evin Prison in Tehran, published on March 10, 2017 by the Defenders of Human Rights Center. - 3/16/17

Federal judges block Trump's travel ban

- A federal judge in Maryland Thursday morning temporarily blocked the 90-day ban on immigration for citizens of six countries in President Donald Trump's executive order, dealing another blow to the President's revised travel ban. Wednesday afternoon, a federal judge in Hawaii issued a temporary restraining order nationwide over the ban, hours before it was set to go into effect. -CNN - 3/16/17

American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Gave $60K to Architect of Trump's Muslim Ban

- Newly released tax filings show that the country's biggest pro-Israel group financially contributed to the Center for Security Policy, the think-tank that played a pivotal role in engineering the Trump administration's efforts to impose a ban on Muslim immigration. -Eli Clifton - 3/16/17

Iranian Americans Afraid to Travel Under Trump Travel Order

- In the heart of Persian Square, in West Los Angeles, everyone is getting ready for Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, when family members visit each other.Normally it's the busy season for the travel agencies that cater to the Iranian community. But not this year. President Donald Trump's revised executive order banning travelers who do not currently have visas from six Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S. for three months is scheduled to take effect on March 16.Among the six countries on the travel order is Iran. -Elizabeth Lee, VOA - 3/15/17

Son of Iranian Dissident Karroubi Denounces Brother's Sentencing

- A son of a prominent Iranian opposition figure has accused Iran's leaders of persecuting his family by sentencing his brother to six months in prison for distributing propaganda against the government. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 3/15/17

IRAN: IRGC Violently Arrests Reformist Editor One Month After Release From Evin Prison

- Reformist editor Ehsan Mazandarani was shocked with a Taser stun gun while being returned to Evin Prison in Tehran by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) Intelligence Organization on March 11, 2017, less than a month after he was released. - 3/15/17

Iranian Opposition Leader Mehdi Karroubi Under Extrajudicial House Arrest for Six Years Denied Emergency Care

- An elderly opposition leader who has been kept under extrajudicial house arrest in Tehran since 2011 is being denied access to timely emergency medical services, his son told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 3/14/17

Iranian-American Robin Shahini Serving 18-Year Prison Sentence in Iran Proclaims Innocence in Letter

- Robin (Reza) Shahini, an Iranian-American dual national sentenced to 18 years in prison in October 2016 during a visit to Iran, has proclaimed his innocence in a letter urging human rights groups and international organizations to work for his release. - 3/14/17

UN Rights Monitor Highlights Political Repression, Abuse, Executions In Iran

- Reformists in Iran are under pressure, detainees face torture and abuse, and people are being executed at an "alarming" rate, a UN monitor studying human rights in the tightly controlled country says. The bleak picture presented to the UN Human Rights Council on March 13 comes ahead of a May 19 presidential election in Iran. - 3/14/17

Grave and Baseless New Charges Against Imprisoned Iranian-American and Wife

- Serious and baseless new charges have been brought against Karan Vafadari and Afarin Nayssari, the dual-national Iranian-American and his wife who have been imprisoned in Iran's Evin Prison without any evidence of wrong doing or due process for almost eight months. - 3/13/17

Iran UN Envoy: Israel behind assassinations of nuclear scientists

- The Iranian ambassador to the United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency said on Thursday that "Israel-hired terrorists" were behind the assassinations of several nuclear scientists in recent years. "While nuclear scientists across the entire Middle East have been assassinated by Israeli-hired terrorists, the regime's nuclear experts are allowed access to some countries' nuclear facilities," Reza Najafi said. - 3/11/17

Iran: Repression of those seeking truth and justice for 1980s killings needs to stop

- In a joint statement issued on March 8, 2017, 20 human rights organizations including the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) called on the Iranian authorities to stop the harassment, intimidation and prosecution of human rights defenders seeking truth and justice on behalf of individuals who were summarily executed or forcibly disappeared during the 1980s and their families. - 3/10/17

Iranian Catholic Converts Arrested in Northwestern Iran

- Two Iranian Catholic converts, Anoohe Rezabakhsh and her son Sohail (Augustin) Zargarzadeh, have been arrested in their home by the Revolutionary Guards in Oroumiyeh, West Azerbaijan Province, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. - 3/9/17

Hawaii First U.S. State To Challenge New Trump Travel Order In Court

- The U.S. state of Hawaii plans to file the first court challenge to President Donald Trump's new executive order temporarily barring visitors from six predominantly Muslim countries as well as all refugees. Hawaii said that it will seek to temporarily halt the order on March 8. - 3/8/17

Judiciary Refusing to Release Ailing Baha'i Leader Imprisoned in Iran for Nine Years

- Behrouz Tavakkoli, an elderly former Baha'i community leader who has spent nearly nine years in prison for his faith, is legally eligible for early release, but his requests for a case review are being ignored. His son, Naim Tavakkoli, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) that his father, a 64-year-old former member of the Baha'i leadership council in Iran, is also suffering from heart disease. - 3/8/17

Iranian celebrities, charity society save young man from hanging

- A group of Iranian celebrities in association with a charity society finally managed to commute the death sentence of a young man who had committed murder when he was a teenager, Khabaronline reported. A 15-year-old boy, who used the pseudonym "Soheil", had been convicted of murder and was sentenced to death. Soheil who waited on death row for five years committed a murder over a childish argument with another guy. - 3/8/17



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