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Legal Expert Says Sweden Has Authority to Prosecute Iranian Man Connected with 1988 Mass Executions

- Legal experts weighing in on the arrest in Sweden on November 9 of Hamid Nouri (also spelled Noury), who allegedly participated in the 1988 extrajudicial mass killings of prisoners in Iran, note that Swedish courts have the authority to investigate and prosecute individuals accused of crimes against humanity in other countries. - 11/17/19

Tehran prosecutor lifts ban on the film "The Paternal House"

- Mohammad-Mehdi Tabatabainejad, the director of the Culture Ministry's Supervision and Evaluation Office, announced on Wednesday that the Tehran prosecutor has overturned the Tehran Public and Revolutionary Court's October decision to ban the honor killing drama "The Paternal House". - 11/14/19

IRAN: Detained Kurdish Teacher Falsely Accused of Security Charges, Sister Says

- Kurdish language teacher Zahra Mohammadi has been in detention in Sanandaj, the capital of Iran's Kurdistan Province, since May 23, 2019, falsely accused of "propaganda against the state," and "acting against national security" because of alleged contacts with opposition parties, her sister told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). -CHRI - 11/14/19

IRAN: Man Imprisoned for Protesting Compulsory Hijab Punished by New Evin Prison Director

- Imprisoned civil rights activist Farhad Meysami was transferred from Evin Prison in Tehran to Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj (west of the capital) on November 9, 2019, as punishment for launching a peaceful protest, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. "After taking him away, Evin Prison officials gathered his personal belongings in Ward 4 and refused to answer his cellmates' questions," a source with contacts inside the prison told CHRI on the condition of anonymity. -CHRI - 11/13/19

IRAN: Kurdish Political Prisoner Held for 25+ Years Should be Freed Under Revised Penal Code, Says Lawyer

- One of the longest-serving political prisoners in Iran, Mohammad Nazari, is eligible for release but is being arbitrarily denied freedom, Mohammad Hossein Aghasi told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Nazari, who is of Kurdish descent, has been in prison for more than 25 years after being sentenced to life imprisonment in 1994 for allegedly being a member of the banned Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), a separatist opposition group that was based in northwestern Iran at the time. -CHRI - 11/13/19

200 Film Personalities Condemn Censorship in Iran: "Our Profession Has Been Under Attack"

- More than 200 members of Iran's film industry signed an open letter dated November 2, 2019, condemning state censorship and demanding "freedom of expression and thought" in the Islamic Republic. The letter was published by Persian-language websites after the judiciary banned director Kianoush Ayari's film "The Parental House" less than a week after it was first screened in Iran. -CHRI - 11/12/19

Missing American's Iran-Based Lawyer Reveals Previously Undisclosed Details in New Court Filing

- The Iran-based lawyer representing the family of missing American former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who was last seen in the Iranian resort island of Kish in 2007, has filed a complaint requesting more information about two issues that could shed light on Levinson's disappearance. -CHRI - 11/12/19

US sanctions on Iran killing children with EB: NGO

- Iranian children suffering from a rare skin condition known as EB are losing their lives as US economic sanctions hamper the flow of vital medical products, an NGO says. Hamid Reza Hashemi-Golayegani, the head of the NGO that helps such patients, said Sunday that at least 15 Iranian children with epidermolysis bullosa (EB) have died since the US launched its new sanctions on Iran in August. -Press TV - 11/11/19

Iran: Rule Allowing Appeals Hearings without Defendants Present is Blatant Violation of Law

- The decision by Iran's Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi, with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's blessing, to prevent the presence of the defendant, plaintiff or their legal representatives at appeal hearings is a violation of the Constitution and Criminal Procedures Regulations, Iranian human rights activists said in interviews with the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). -CHRI - 11/11/19

No Action Yet in Iran's Parliament on Bill to Ban Broadcast of Confessions During Investigations

- An Iranian parliamentary bill that aims to stop state-funded media outlets from airing forced "confessions" during the investigative phase appears at a standstill more than a month after it was introduced by Member of Parliament (MP) Mahmoud Sadeghi. -CHRI - 11/11/19

Iranian Conservationists Slapped with New Charge 22 Months After Being Arrested by Revolutionary Guards

- Nearly two years after they were first detained in Tehran, eight conservationists have been charged with "cooperation with U.S. and Israeli enemy states against the Islamic Republic of Iran for the purpose of espionage for the CIA and Mossad," the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 11/8/19

Former Iranian Political Prisoner Arrested at "Cyrus Day" Celebration

- Former political prisoner Heshmatollah Tabarzadi was among several people who were detained on October 29, 2019, for trying to enter the Pasargad archaeological site where the tomb of Cyrus the Great is located. Security forces had closed the road leading to the ancient Persian king's final resting place north of Shiraz, Fars Province, to prevent people from attending "Cyrus Day," an unofficial celebration by Iranian nationalists and monarchists to honor the pre-Islamic ruler's legacy. -CHRI - 11/7/19

Imprisoned Sufi Dervishes Launch Hunger Strike Demanding Freedom of Movement for Ailing Spiritual Leader

- More than 70 imprisoned members of the Sufi Gonabadi Order began a hunger strike in early November to honor their ailing spiritual leader Nour-Ali Tabandeh, who had been hospitalized due to complications from his own hunger strike, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 11/7/19

Iranian Film Artists Protest Censorship, Lack Of Protection And Suspicious Money

- In one of the most explicit attacks on film censorship in Iran, more than 200 Iranian film industry activists have protested obstacles in their profession, including tight censorship, and the government's inability to stand by its licensing rules in the face of intervention by non-government authorities. - 11/4/19

Prominent Labor Leader Esmail Bakhshi Freed From Iran Prison On Bail

- A prominent labor activist and leader has been released today from prison in Iran on bail after ten months of incarceration following strikes and protests last year in the factory where he worked. Esmail Bakhshi was the representative of workers at the Haft Tapeh Sugar Mill in the oil-rich province of Khuzestan, where workers began strikes last November in protest for their unpaid wages and other demands. -Radio Farda - 11/1/19

Health Official Confirms Widespread HIV Infection In Southwestern Iran

- More than three weeks after the enraged people of a village in southwest Iran poured into streets accusing medical authorities of infecting dozens with the HIV virus, the head of the Islamic Republic center for strategic medical sciences research has confirmed that the village and its nearby town are indeed a center of HIV infections. -Radio Farda - 10/31/19

Iran's Intelligence Ministry Pressures Family Members to Cut Ties with Religious Scholar Who Criticized Supreme Leader

- Relatives and associates of moderate opposition activist Ali Asghar Gharavi, a prominent religious scholar, have come under increasing intimidation tactics by Iran's Intelligence Ministry, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 10/30/19

"Maximum Pressure": U.S. Economic Sanctions Harm Iranians' Right to Health

- The Trump administration's broad sanctions on Iran have drastically constrained the ability of the country to finance humanitarian imports, including medicines, causing serious hardships for ordinary Iranians and threatening their right to health, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The administration in Washington should take immediate steps to ensure a viable channel exists for trade of humanitarian goods with Iran. - 10/29/19

Iran Releases Seven Political Prisoners on Bail Without Explanation

- A Christian convert, four journalists and two activists were released from prisons in Iran on October 26, 2019, without any public announcement as to who ordered their long-sought release or why others who'd been imprisoned under similar circumstances were kept behind bars. -CHRI - 10/29/19

Lawyer: No Evidence Against Two French Researchers Held In Iran

- An Iranian lawyer representing two French researchers in custody in Tehran says that prosecutors have given no evidence to support the spying and security charges against them. The semiofficial ISNA news agency quoted lawyer Saeid Dehghan on October 28 as saying that Roland Marchal, a researcher at Sciences Po in Paris, was detained on security charges in June while visiting Iran to see Fariba Adelkhah, an academic at the same university. - 10/29/19

Iran Releases Four Journalists, Two Labor Activists On Bail

- Iran has released four journalists and two activists on bail, including labor rights activist Sepideh Gholian nine months after she was arrested and a day following a call by Amnesty International for her release. The 24-year-old Gholian, who had recently ended a five-day hunger strike, was released after paying a reported bail equivalent to about $120,000. - 10/27/19

IRAN: Another Mother Denied Visits With Children Under Evin Prison's New Director

- Following additional restrictions imposed on political prisoners in Tehran's Evin Prison by its newly appointed Director Gholamreza Ziaei, Maryam Akbari-Monfared's visits with her family members have been canceled, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 10/25/19

Iranian Civil Rights Activist Arash Sadeghi Repeatedly Denied Medical Treatment for "Paralyzed" Arm

- olitical prisoner Arash Sadeghi is dangerously ill yet Iranian authorities continue to prevent his transfer to a hospital, his wife told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "Arash's right hand has gotten infected and become completely paralyzed and he needs to receive treatment from a doctor outside prison," said Golrokh Iraee Ebrahimi on October 18, 2019. -CHRI - 10/24/19

Iranian Actress Matin Sotudeh Summoned to Court for Red Carpet Attire: "The Reaction Shocked Me"

- Iranian actress Matin Sotudeh was summoned to the Guidance Court in Tehran for her attire at the premiere of "Maskharehbaz" (English title: "A Hairy Affair") in the capital city on October 10, 2019. Sotudeh's neck-covering hijab, with her hair showing around her face and a buttoned-up, long-sleeved tunic that was tucked into belted pants, resulted in the 34-year-old film star being ordered to appear in court... -CHRI - 10/22/19

Iranian Labor Activist Atefeh Rangriz Starts Hunger Strike

- Political prisoner Atefeh Rangriz, who is behind bars since attending a protest during the last International Labor Day (May 1) in Tehran, says that she has gone on hunger strike. Ms. Rangriz is protesting the illegal process of her trial, denying the right to be released on bail, and unfair verdicts. Ms. Rangriz started her hunger strike on Wednesday, October 16. -Radio Farda - 10/21/19

14 Women Activists To Be Prosecuted For Demanding Resignation Of Iran's Supreme Leader

- The prosecution of 14 women who signed a statement demanding the resignation of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei will begin on October 21, 2019, at Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court. They have been charged with "propaganda against the state" and "assembly and collusion against national security," Mohammad Hossein Aghasi, an attorney representing three of the defendants, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 10/20/19

South Korea urged to act on stalled pharmaceutical exports to Iran

- Iranian businesses and lawmakers are complaining that the South Korean government has not done enough to ensure that exports of pharmaceutical products to Iran continues despite American sanctions that have restricted banking transaction. "We expect that the (South) Korean government solves the banking problems with special care," said Pouya Firouzi, who serves as the secretary of Iran-South Korea joint chamber of commerce, on Saturday. -Press TV - 10/20/19

Reign of Evin Prison's New Director Begins with Denial of Iranian Political Prisoners' Rights

- The appointment of Gholamreza Ziaei, former director of two disreputable prisons in Iran, as the new chief of Evin Prison on July 27, 2019, has been followed by unlawful restrictions against political prisoners, according to investigations by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). Ziaei was in charge of the Kahrizak Detention Center where at least five detainees who had been arrested at Iran's 2009 mass street protests died after being tortured. -CHRI - 10/17/19

Judicial Order Seeks to Block Iranians' Access to Google Play App Store

- A judicial order to block Google Play in Iran, which would deny millions of Iranians access to the world's largest app store for Android devices, has been issued but not yet implemented, according to investigations by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). -CHRI - 10/17/19

Iranian President's Brother Begins Prison Term, Claims 'Illegal' Wiretap

- The brother of Iranian President Hassan Rohani has begun serving a five-year prison sentence for corruption claiming his case was based on an "illegal" wiretap. A lawyer for Hossein Fereidoun said his client entered Tehran's Evin prison on October 16 to serve his sentence, which was handed down 15 days earlier. -RFE/RL - 10/17/19

Tehran University Student Launches Campus Sit-In Against Being Blacklisted for Activism

- University of Tehran student activist Saha Mortezaei began a sit-in at her campus library on October 11, 2019, to protest being denied university enrollment for allegedly engaging in political activism. "I was 10th on the national exam for doctoral studies in political science but there is a problem with my case," the state-funded Islamic Republic News Agency quoted her saying on October 11. -CHRI - 10/16/19

President Rohani: U.S. committing crime against humanity by targeting Iranians' livelihood

- President Hassan Rohani said on Tuesday that the United States has committed "crime against humanity" by "economic terrorism" against the Iranians. "Undoubtedly, the United States' administration has committed a crime against humanity. The United States' action is economic terrorism," Rohani said during a speech at the 66th session of the WHP Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean. - 10/16/19

Hardliner Politician In Iran Off The Hook After Sexual Accusations And A Suspicious Death

- The Supreme Court of the Islamic Republic (SCI) has dismissed a lower court verdict against a conservative politician and former Islamic Revolution Guards Corps commander. Salman Khodadadi, 57, was sentenced to two years' exile, a two-year ban on serving in public office, and 99 lashes for having an illegitimate affair with a woman who killed herself while the court was trying the legislator. -Radio Farda - 10/16/19

IRAN: Death Penalty-Carrying Charge Dropped Against Four Conservationists After Supreme Leader Intervened

- The charge of "corruption on earth," which can lead to the death penalty under Iranian law, has been dropped against four detained conservationists following intervention by Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 10/15/19

Iran Minister Says More Stadiums Made Ready To Accept Women Fans

- Iran's minister of sports says that ten stadiums have been readied to accept female fans, after a 38-year ban was broken on October 10, when women were allowed to enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium to watch a soccer match. -Radio Farda - 10/15/19

Iran Must Confront Its Child Protection Crisis

- On the International Day of the Girl Child, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) urges the authorities in Iran to confront its child protection crisis, and fulfill the mandate of the day, which the UN states is to "address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights." -CHRI - 10/14/19

Iranian Women Football Fans Decry Restrictions: "Why Didn't They Let Us All In?"

- The soccer match between Iran and Cambodia on October 10, 2019, in Tehran's Azadi Stadium included the historic presence of thousands of women. However, although the stadium was more than half empty, the authorities capped the number of tickets sold to women and denied female photographers press access. -CHRI - 10/13/19

PHOTOS: Thousands Of Women Attend World Cup Qualifier In Tehran

- Thousands of Iranian female fans have attended their national team's soccer World Cup qualifier against Cambodia at Tehran's Azadi Stadium. The October 10 match was the first time since shortly after Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979 that women were allowed to watch a men's game without needing special, rare invitations or being forced to sneak in disguised as men. - 10/11/19

Iranian Women Attend Football Match in Major Challenge to Stadium Ban, But Discriminatory Restrictions Persist

- Nearly four decades after women were banned from sports stadiums in Iran, a few thousand tickets were sold to female fans ahead of an October 10, 2019, World Cup qualifier match between the Iranian and Cambodian national teams. - 10/10/19

US sanctions impeding treatment of Iranian victims of Saddam's chemical attacks: OPCW envoy

- Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says unilateral US sanctions have prevented the country's access to medical and health services required to treat victims of chemical attacks carried out by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the 1980s. - 10/10/19

IRAN: Appeals Court to Rule on Satirist's Case Without Hearing His Defense

- Iran's Appeals Court, which met last week to review satirist Keyomars Marzban's appeal against a preliminary court's harsh sentence against him, is expected to issue a ruling next week without hearing his defense, a source with detailed knowledge of his case told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on October 9, 2019. -CHRI - 10/10/19

Iran Frees Russian Journalist Yuzik

- Iran has released Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik after detaining her for a week, according to the Russian Embassy in Tehran. The reason for Yuzik's arrest in Tehran remains unclear. "As a result of joint efforts by the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Embassy in Tehran, the Iranian side resolved to release Russian citizen Yulia Yuzik," the embassy said in a statement on October 10. -RFE/RL - 10/10/19

Iran Blocks Domestic Hosting Companies From Servicing Banned Websites

- Internet hosting companies in Iran must cease providing services to filtered websites based in the country, according to an order issued by the deputy prosecutor general in charge of cyberspace, Javad Javidnia, on August 31, 2019. The Iranian government had previously turned a blind eye to hosting companies that were servicing blocked websites in Iran; people based in the country accessed them using online censorship circumvention tools. -CHRI - 10/9/19

Iranian American Coalition Requests Information on Student Visa Denials for Iranian Nationals

- A coalition of Iranian American organizations, including the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA), the Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), and Pars Equality Center released the following statement after sending a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan requesting clarity regarding recent en masse visa cancellations and entry denials of students of Iranian nationality - 10/8/19

IRAN: Children Born to Non-Iranian Fathers Win Right to File for Citizenship -- With a Catch

- Legislation granting a citizenship application option to Iranian children born to foreign fathers was approved by the country's legislative watchdog, the Guardian Council, on October 2, 2019. Four years in the making, the long-awaited approval came after Parliament agreed to incorporate amendments granting the Intelligence Ministry and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' (IRGC) Intelligence Organization the authority to carry out background checks on applicants' parents. -CHRI - 10/8/19

Iran Says Russian Journalist Yulia Yuzik Held In Visa-Violation Case

- Iran says Russian journalist Yulia Yuzik was detained in Tehran last week "due to visa issues." Yuzik's case is not related to matters concerning the "counterespionage" department, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei told reporters on October 7, adding that the case was under "quick review" by the authorities. -RFE/RL - 10/8/19

Australians Back Home After Likely Prisoner Swap With Iran

- Australian travel bloggers Jolie King and Mark Firkin arrived back at their home in Perth after months in an Iranian jail following what appears to have been a likely prisoner swap with Tehran. Australian authorities confirmed on October 6 that, on the same day Tehran freed the couple from detention, they released an Iranian academic who had been held for more than a year in Queensland. -RFE/RL - 10/7/19

Iranian Women buy all allocated tickets for Iran's soccer match against Cambodia

- A total of 3,500 tickets have been sold to the Iranian women for the match between Iran and Cambodia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier in Group C. Team Melli will host Cambodia on Oct. 10 in Tehran's Azadi Stadium and the Iranian women are allowed to attend the match. - 10/4/19

Mother of Slain Son to Serve One Year in Prison for Seeking Justice

- Shahnaz Akmali, the mother of a protester who was killed in a pro-democracy rally, must serve a year in prison, an Appeals Court in Iran has decided, for her attempts to seek justice for her son. "My mother's sentence was upheld by the Appeals Court while my brother's murder case is gathering dust in the same court that convicted my mother," tweeted Maryam Karim Beigi on September 30th, 2019. "It's not too much to expect his killer to be in prison, instead of my mother for seeking justice." -CHRI - 10/4/19

Iran Adopts Amendment Allowing Women To Pass Citizenship To Children

- Iran's Guardians Council has adopted a legal amendment allowing Iranian women married to foreigners to pass on their nationality to their offspring. Human rights activists have long called for the reform of Iran's "discriminatory" citizenship law, saying it could help thousands of children living in legal limbo in the country. -RFE/RL - 10/3/19

Children With Disabilities in Iran Denied Access to Inclusive Education

- Children with disabilities face discrimination and significant barriers in getting an education in Iran, Human Rights Watch and the Center for Human Rights in Iran said in a joint report issued today as the school year begins. The 52-page report "'Just Like Other Kids': Lack of Access to Inclusive Quality Education for Children with Disabilities in Iran" documents discrimination and barriers to education in the country's public school system for most children with disabilities. -CHRI - 10/2/19

U.S. Refuses To Allow Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif To Visit Cancer-Stricken UN Ambassador In New York Hospital

- Following a diplomatic deadlock between the United States and Iran this week, both sides confirmed that the State Department refused to allow foreign minister Javad Zarif to visit Iran's ambassador to the UN, who is receiving treatment in a NY hospital. Reuters quoted a U.S. State Department spokesperson who said Zarif's request would be granted if Iran released one of several American citizens it had detained. - 9/28/19

Striking Iranian Sugar Plant Workers Add Colleagues' Freedom to List of Demands

- Hundreds of workers of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro-industrial Complex in the city of Shush, southwestern Iran, attended a fifth consecutive day of demonstrations on September 27, 2019, to protest the expulsion of about 20 of their colleagues and imprisonment of seven others under lengthy sentences. -CHRI - 9/28/19

Facebook And The Fake Iranian Opposition

- The campaign of silencing the true opposition has now spread to Facebook. Coordinated attacks are waged against any Facebook page that espouses opposition to the policies of the Trump administration, Saudi Arabia, and Israel toward Iran, including economic sanctions and war, as well as military intervention in other countries. In addition, the Facebook pages of anyone who counters the efforts by pro-monarchist groups promoting Reza Pahlavi are also attacked. -Muhammad Sahimi - 9/27/19

U.S. court orders release of jailed Iranian woman after 27 months behind bars in Australia, U.S.

- A US federal court has ruled that an Iranian woman held in Australia for two years without trial over alleged violation of US sanctions is free to go. Negar Ghodskani, 40, was pregnant when Australian Federal Police arrested her on behalf of US authorities in 2017 over what Washington claimed was flouting US sanctions on Iran by purchasing US electronics components and products. She gave birth to a boy in custody in Adelaide, South Australia, while fighting extradition to the US. -Press TV - 9/27/19

Authorities Deny Prisoner of Conscience Saeed Shirzad Eye Operation, Access to Mother's Funeral

- Behind bars for over five years, prisoner of conscience Saeed Shirzad has been denied an operation to treat his vision problems as well as blocked from attending his mother's funeral, the Center for Human rights in Iran (CHRI) has been informed. -CHRI - 9/26/19

New Trump Iran Designation Threatens Humanitarian Goods

- In July 2019, Brian Hook-the U.S. Special Representative on Iran-released a video addressing the purported "myth" that the U.S. sanctions humanitarian trade with Iran. That wasn't a "myth" at the time, as the U.S. had historically circumscribed how humanitarian trade with Iran may take place. But now more recent events indicate that sanctioning humanitarian trade is not only a reality but increasingly appears to be a hallmark feature of current U.S. sanctions policy towards Iran. -Tyler Cullis - 9/25/19

Audio Message From Gharchak Prison Reveals Intense Pressure on Iranian Labor Activist Sepideh Qoliyan

- On September 14, 2019, the BBC aired an audio file containing the voice of labor activist Sepideh Qoliyan saying that she was pressured to make a false confession by agents while held in Gharchak Prison in Varamin, south of Tehran, where she is currently awaiting the outcome of her appeal. -CHRI - 9/23/19

No Budget or Implementation: Rouhani Government Fails to Implement Disability Rights Law in Iran

- "By failing to allocate sufficient funds to implement Iran's new disabilities law, the government has shown its disregard for its domestic and international obligations to the country's disabilities community," an Iranian disability rights activist who spoke on the condition of anonymity told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). -CHRI - 9/19/19

Detained Iranian-British Anthropologist Says Charges Based on Government-Approved Research

- Held in solitary confinement since being arrested in Tehran on August 11, 2019, Iranian-British anthropologist Kameel Ahmady will remain in detention for a minimum of several more weeks, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. -CHRI - 9/18/19

Iranian Stadium Ban Activists Honored in Wake of "Blue Girl" Tragedy

- A minute of silence was observed for Sahar Khodayari, a young Iranian woman who self-immolated after reportedly hearing she would have to serve jail time after being arrested for trying to watch her favorite men's soccer team play at Tehran's Azadi Stadium. -CHRI - 9/16/19

Iran says 'masters of sanction' killing innocent people

- Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to the UN office in Geneva has lashed out at the US for imposing cruel sanctions against Iran, warning that the negative consequences of such measures turn it into a "crime against humanity." -Press TV - 9/13/19

FIFA Officials To Visit Iran After Death Of Stadium-Ban Protester

- FIFA will visit Iran to review preparations for allowing women to attend men's soccer games, a spokesman for the world soccer governing body told Reuters and AFP on September 11. The announcement of FIFA's visit, expected in the next two weeks, follows the death of a 29-year-old woman who set herself on fire after being charged for attempting to attend a men's soccer match disguised as a male. - 9/12/19

Top Iran cultural body slams US protracted detention of stem-cell scientist

- A leading Iranian cultural organization has slammed the United States for its protracted detainment of an Iranian stem-cell scientist on "hollow" grounds, calling on advocates of human rights worldwide to help end the "arbitrary detention." - 9/11/19

Death of Iran's "Blue Girl" Spotlights Senseless Ban on Women in Stadiums

- The death of Sahar Khodayari, a woman who set herself on fire in Tehran because she thought she would have to serve jail time for trying to watch a soccer match, has put the spotlight on the costs of a discriminatory state policy that Iranian women have been protesting for decades. -CHRI - 9/11/19

IRAN: Mass Sentencing of Labor Activists, Journalists Prelude to Reign of Repression Under New Judiciary Chief

- Less than a year after workers' rights activists in southwestern Iran publicized evidence that Intelligence Ministry agents had tortured detainees, those same activists and four independent journalists who covered their cases have been sentenced to lengthy prison terms. "The sentences are an indicator that newly appointed Judiciary Chief Ehrabim Raisi intends to prolong his predecessor's reign of repression by punishing peaceful activism through arbitrary arrests and kangaroo courts," said Hadi Ghaemi, executive director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). - 9/10/19

IRAN: Female Political Prisoners To Serve Additional Two Years For "Insulting" Supreme Leader

- Imprisoned civil rights activist Atena Daemi and recently released political prisoner Golrokh Iraee Ebrahimi were informed that they must serve an additional 2.1 years in prison now that the Tehran Appeals Court upheld a joint sentence against them under the charges of "insulting the supreme leader" and "propaganda against the state." -CHRI - 9/9/19

15 Iran MPs Urge New Judiciary Chief to Stop Renewed Crackdown on Freedom of Speech

- During a speech addressing Iran's legislature, member of Parliament (MP) Parvaneh Salahshouri strongly criticized the recent crackdown on journalists and workers' rights advocates and called on recently appointed Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi to uphold the rule of law. -CHRI - 9/6/19

Bill on protection of animals brought before Iran's Parliament

- A long-awaited bill on protection of animals which had been proposed over 3 years ago was finally brought to the Majlis (Iranian Parliament), ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday. Since 2016, some animal cruelty cases have been spotted in the country which mounted public criticism and pushed the Majlis to pass a law against cruelty to animals. - 9/5/19

Public Outcry Leads Officials To Void The Marriage Of Underage Girl In Iran

- A videotape widely circulated on social media showing the wedding party of an under-thirteen year old girl and a 22-year-old man has forced a local judicial official in Iran to declare the marriage null and void until further notice. -Radio Farda - 9/4/19

Iran Lawmakers Protest Arrest And Harsh Sentences Against Labor Activists

- In a letter to the head of the Islamic Republic's judiciary, sixteen Iranian legislators have protested the imprisonment of a young photographer, Nooshin Ja'fari, and harsh verdicts issued against labor rights activists. Four female members of Majles (parliament) are among the signatories of the letter. -Radio Farda - 9/4/19

Thousands Of Children Forced To Work, Beg In The Streets In Iran

- Beggars in the Iranian capital city Tehran earn more than $350,000 a month, says the deputy of the Islamic Republic's Welfare Organization, Mohammad Reza Fazelinejad. Speaking to the state-run Iran Students News Agency (ISNA), Fazelinejad said on Sunday, September 1, "By direct handouts to street urchins, child workers, and beggars, citizens of Tehran increase the number of vagrants, while their payments ultimately are taken away from the paupers." -Radio Farda - 9/3/19

No Family Visits or Lawyer Allowed for Detained Iranian-British Anthropologist Kameel Ahmady Two Weeks Into Detention

- After more than two weeks in detention, Iranian-British social anthropologist Kameel Ahmady has not had any contact with his family except three phone calls, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned. His wife, Shafagh Rahmani, told CHRI on August 28 that she has not been given permission to visit him in Tehran's Evin Prison and that the authorities have refused to answer any questions about his health and why he is being held. -CHRI - 8/30/19

Iranian Journalist Marzieh Amiri Sentenced to 10.5 Years Imprisonment for Covering Labor Day Rally

- Four months after being arrested while covering a Labor Day protest, Journalist Marzieh Amiri has been sentenced to 10.5 years in prison and 148 lashes by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Mohammad Moghiseh. If upheld upon appeal, Amiri, a reporter for the reformist Shargh newspaper in Tehran, would have to serve at least six years in prison before becoming eligible for parole. -CHRI - 8/29/19

Mohammad Ali Najafi, Former Mayor Of Tehran, Released After Conviction For Wife's Murder

- The former mayor of Tehran, who was sentenced to death for murdering his second wife, was freed on Wednesday, August 28, after being pardoned by the victim's family. Mohammad Ali Najafi was released on an approximately $240,000 bail, local news outlets cited his attorney, Hamid Reza Goudarzi, as saying. -Radio Farda - 8/29/19

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