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Iran's Supreme Leader Cements Hardline Position by Rejecting Offer of National Reconciliation

- Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's refusal of an offer to achieve "national reconciliation" in Iran by ending the six-year extrajudicial house arrests of three opposition leaders has crushed hopes that the state's crackdown on dissidents, which intensified in response to the nationwide protests against the results of the disputed 2009 election, would finally end. - 2/18/17

Iran: Women Allowed to Attend Kish Island Open

- The apparent decision by Iranian authorities to allow women to attend the Kish Island Open volleyball tournament is a positive, if small, step in the right direction, Human Rights Watch said today. Recent media reports said that female spectators will be allowed to attend the four-day beach volleyball competition, from February 15 through 18, 2017. Women had been barred from attending volleyball tournaments under a 2012 decree, in violation of international rules. -HRW - 2/18/17

Trump Travel Ban Crashes Texas Wedding Plans

- President Donald Trump has repeatedly said his approach to preventing terrorist attacks on U.S. soil won't always be tidy. That's especially true when it affects things like the already delicate task of compiling a wedding guest list. Just ask Shervin Taheran. -John T. Bennett, Roll Call - 2/18/17

PHOTOS: Dust storm, public utility outage spark protests in Ahwaz, Iran

- Recurrent periods of suffocating dust storms, lately accompanied by crippling power and water supply cuts, have provoked public protests in the city of Ahvaz, southwestern province of Khuzestan. - 2/17/17

Revolutionary Guards Try to Silence US-Based Iranian Dissident by Arresting Her Sister

- Leila Haghighatjou, the sister of Fatemeh Haghighatjou, an outspoken critic of the Islamic Republic, was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards to intimidate the former member of Parliament, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 2/16/17

'Not Even Dogs Live Like This' -- Afghan Refugees Return Home To Find Squalid Conditions

- Standing in a battered tent flanked by mud and human waste, Sahibuddin Khan and his family of five are among the thousands of returning Afghan refugees seeking food and shelter in crowded, ramshackle camps that have sprung up on the outskirts of Kabul. -RFE/RL - 2/16/17

PHOTOS: Iranians Protest Air Pollution, Water Cuts In Ahvaz

- Demonstrators took the streets of the western Iranian city of Ahvaz on February 13 to protest against air pollution, water shortages, and power cuts. Amateur video obtained by RFE/RL's Radio Farda showed crowds chanting against what they called "injustice." They also condemned state television for its apparent lack of reporting on the condition of public utilities in city. - 2/15/17

Iran's Judiciary Commutes Death Sentences of Some Juvenile Offenders

- The Iranian judiciary has agreed to commute the death sentences of six people who were sentenced to death while they were juveniles while refusing the requests of four others, Tehran's Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi announced on February 8, 2017. - 2/14/17

Iranian Chicagoan Says Life Under Trump Reminds Him of Ahmadinejad

- Chicagoans from each of seven countries listed in President Trump's travel ban explain how the executive order has changed their lives. -Chicago Magazine - 2/13/17

Report: Iranian Hackers Target Activists' Mac Devices With Revamped Malware

- State-sponsored Iranian hackers, who had until now focused almost exclusively on civil and human rights-focused users of the Android operating systems, have for the first time developed malware (software that damages or disables computer systems) that targets users' Apple devices, according to a new report by Internet security expert, Collin Anderson. - 2/12/17

Iranian Baby Barred By Travel Ban Enters U.S. For Lifesaving Surgery

- An Iranian baby girl denied entry to the U.S. for lifesaving surgery under President Donald Trump's travel ban has arrived in America for treatment. Fatemeh Reshad was admitted at Oregon Health & Science University's Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland on Tuesday, doctors confirmed. -Huffington Post - 2/9/17

Iran's Intelligence Ministry Cracks Down on Alleged "Anti-Revolutionary" Telegram Channels

- In the latest crackdown by hardliners against popular social media applications in Iran, the Intelligence Ministry has detained several channel administrators of Telegram. Hardline domestic news outlets have subsequently aired admins' alleged video "confessions." - 2/9/17

Jailed Iranian Swedish Physician Sentenced to Death in Iran

- Iranian physician Ahmadreza Jalali, who was arrested in Iran ten months ago, has been reportedly sentenced to death. Although charges have not yet been announced publicly by Iranian Judiciary, Jalili's wife maintains that they are political and include the charge of "collaborations with enemy states". - 2/8/17

In Iran, From Prison to Exile for Posting Jokes on Facebook

- After completing a five-year prison sentence in Iran for posting jokes about religion on Facebook, the Judiciary has sent Soheil Babadi into exile. The 39-year-old computer engineer must now spend the next two years in Beshagard, a remote community of 35,000 people in the southern coastal province of Hormozgan, a source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 2/8/17

Editor Detained by Iran's Intelligence Ministry Pleads for Help From Evin Prison

- Tahereh Riahi, the social affairs editor of the state-funded Borna News Agency, who has been detained by the Intelligence Ministry since late December 2016 without access to legal council, pleaded for help in her latest phone call to her family from Evin Prison, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 2/6/17

Iranian-Americans feel stuck, confused, afraid of travel ban

- Iranian-American supermarket supervisor Alan Tahmasebi voted for Donald Trump last year, hoping a businessman would be more trustworthy than a politician. The 35-year-old now sorely regrets it, seeing the havoc wreaked upon his fellow countrymen - and his family - since the new president issued a temporary travel ban on refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, including his former home. -Chicago Tribune - 2/6/17

U.S. Travel Ban Stands Between Iranian Cancer Patient And Her Grandmother

- These are trying times for Negin Ghanei and her family. Doctors in the United States last year detected a return of her teenage daughter Kiana's lymphoma cancer, leaving the transplanted Iranians in what the U.S.-based chemical engineer calls a state of shock. Ghanei says the second shock came in late January when she learned that Kiana's 74-year-old grandmother couldn't travel to the United States to help care for Kiana and provide them all with much-needed moral support. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 2/3/17

Iranian-Dutch Dual National and Dissident Imprisoned in Tehran Denied Medical Care

- The officials of Evin Prison are denying Sabri Hassanpour, an Iranian-born citizen of the Netherlands and outspoken critic of the Islamic Republic who has been imprisoned in Iran since March 2016, open-heart surgery, according to an informed source. - 2/3/17

Iranian infant hoping for OHSU surgery banned from entering U.S.

- A 4-month-old Iranian girl in need of heart surgery has been unable to travel to Oregon for the procedure due to the immigration ban put in place by President Donald Trump last week barring immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, her uncle said. -Kale Williams, The Oregonian - 2/3/17

Iranian man barred from entering U.S. lands at LAX; first to return after court order

- The first time Ali Vayeghan tried to enter the United States, the Iranian man was met at Los Angeles International Airport by stern border control officials, who detained him in a sparse room overnight before forcing him back onto a plane. Six days and 15,000 miles of flying later, Vayeghan returned to LAX on Thursday and received a very different welcome. -Los Angeles Times - 2/3/17

In Love and in Limbo: Couple Stuck Between US and Iranian Immigration Orders

- Mohammad Mesbahi, 27, an Iranian-American from Fairfax, Virginia, crinkles his nose and laughs when asked why he loves his wife. "There's a lot of things!" he chuckles. "Every single little thing." Mesbahi and Iranian citizen Homa Esfandiari were married in Tehran in December 2014. -ABC News - 2/2/17

America Polarized and in Turmoil: United, we must take back our country from the ultra-supremacists in the White House

- Among the executive orders signed by President Donald J. Trump this past Friday, there is the enhancing "national security and border control," that has led to massive demonstrations and much controversy. No patriotic American, native or naturalized, could argue against the meritorious notion of enhancing our national security, immigration and border control. However, while most Americans are committed to inclusivity and blind justice, Trump and his dwindling number of supporters want to block Muslims by using a religious litmus test for entry and immigration to the US. -David N. Rahni - 2/1/17

Groom And Doom: Iranians' Wedding Visit Dashed By U.S. Travel Ban

- One Iranian family is just one of many whose plans have been severely disrupted by U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order barring them from entering the United States for at least 90 days. Sara had been preparing herself for a joyous family occasion. The 35-year-old mother from northern Iran had recently gotten her U.S. visa and booked flights to Dallas, Texas, for herself, her 1-year-old son, and her mother, who was equally excited about seeing her grown son after five long years. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 2/1/17

Iranian Government Dismisses Death Of Kurdish Porters Accusing Them Of Smuggling

- The plight of Kurdish porters in the Western border regions of Iran has been highlighted once more by human rights activists with more avalanche fatalities. Red Crescent officials explain that the porters' only means of making a living is through carrying commercial goods on their backs through the border which is a rough terrain often hit by avalanches in the winter. - 2/1/17

75-year-old grandmother from Iran tells the story of her detention at LAX

- Marzieh Moosavizadeh and her grandson follow a routine when she visits almost every year from Iran. The 75-year-old, who travels in a wheelchair and speaks little English, struggles to find direct flights to Phoenix, where he and his family live. So they meet in Los Angeles and he escorts her on the last leg of her trip. This time was different. -Alene Tchekmedyian, Los Angeles Times - 2/1/17

Build Bridges with Iran: 8 Surprises from the Iranian People

- I am deeply saddened by President Trump's executive order banning many Muslims from entering the United States. I also am sad to see the Iranian response: Iran To Ban U.S. Visitors In Retaliation To Trump Order. The U.S. and Iran, along with other Muslim-majority countries, will be much safer in the long term by building bridges of goodwill with one another instead of building walls of fear and mistrust. -Philip M. Hellmich, Director of Peace, The Shift Network - 2/1/17

Explainer: Who Is Affected By Trump's Entry Ban To U.S., And How?

- U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order of January 27 bans refugees from all countries from entering the United States for 120 days and bans Syrian refugees from entering indefinitely. At the same time, the executive order temporarily bans entry into the United States for people from seven predominantly Muslim countries -- Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen -- until more stringent vetting of visas is introduced. - 1/31/17

Trump's Travel Ban Grants Iran's Government Veto Power Over US-Bound Nationals

- The executive order signed by President Donald Trump banning entry into the United States from nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, subjects all Iranians to collective punishment while doing nothing to enhance the security of the US homeland. - 1/31/17

Iran Retaliates With Entry Ban on US Citizens as Controversy Swirls

- Iran says it will ban all U.S. citizens from entering the Islamic republic, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order limiting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. -In a statement Saturday, Iran's Foreign Ministry directly linked its ban to Trump's order, which Tehran called "an obvious insult to the Islamic world." The statement predicted that Trump's order "will be recorded in history as a big gift to extremists and their supporters." - 1/30/17

Internal memo: Expedia's CEO, a former Iranian refugee, slams Trump's 'reactionary' visa crackdown

- "I believe that with this Executive Order, our President has reverted to the short game," Dara Khosrowshahi told Expedia employees in the message. "The U.S. may be an ever so slightly less dangerous as a place to live, but it will certainly be seen as a smaller nation, one that is inward-looking versus forward thinking, reactionary versus visionary." - 1/30/17

Metro Vancouver Persian community reacts to new Trump travel ban

- Iranian-Canadians from Metro Vancouver's large Persian community reacted with dismay to an executive order issued by U.S. President Donald Trump Friday. There are 36,950 Iranians living in Canada who do not have Canadian citizenship, according to 2011 numbers from Statistics Canada.-CBC, Canada - 1/30/17

Crystal Lake doctor with American, Iranian citizenship held for questioning at O'Hare

- Even if Dr. Amir Heydari had been held longer at O'Hare International Airport on his way home to Crystal Lake from Iran on Sunday, he knew he'd be OK. He's a bariatric surgeon with a large network of colleagues, patients and friends; he's married to an American woman and together they're the parents of three American-born children; and above all, he himself has dual citizenship in Iran and the United States and he has lived in the Chicago area for nearly four decades. -Chicago Tribune - 1/30/17

Emotional video shows Iranian boy, 5, finally reuniting with his mother after being held for hours at Washington DC airport following Trump's immigrant ban

- A five-year-old Iranian boy was reunited with his mother after being detained at Dulles International Airport following President Trump's immigrant ban. After being held for a number of hours at the Washington, D.C. airport, the boy finally rejoined his mother, who then sang him 'Happy Birthday'. -DailyMail - 1/30/17

Trump's Executive Order is a Travesty

- National Iranian American Council issued the following statement following Donald Trump's signing of an Executive Order to ban nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States: "It has been two hours since Donald Trump signed what may be one of the most consequential assaults on American values and security and yet they have still not released this document to the American people. His order will affect tens of thousands of lives and yet none of us have even seen the final version. Sadly this lack of transparency is becoming the norm under Trump's administration. - 1/28/17

Trump Issues Sweeping Anti-Immigration Orders Barring Syrians, Muslims

- U.S. President Donald Trump has issued orders indefinitely barring Syrian refugees from the United States and temporarily suspending visits from a wide swathe of other Muslim countries. The White House said the countries targeted were Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. - 1/28/17

PAAIA Rejects President Trump's Immigration Ban on Iranian Nationals

- Today, President Trump enacted an executive order temporarily banning nationals from several Muslim-majority countries, including Iran, from entering the United States. The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) is deeply concerned about this executive order. While PAAIA and the Iranian American community commend efforts that would enhance our national security, we believe measures based solely on national origin are ineffective national security tools and anti-American. - 1/28/17

Iran's Intelligence Ministry Arrests Mother of Green Movement Gunshot Victim

- Shahnaz Akmali, the mother of a well-known victim of the Islamic Republic's violent crackdown on the Green Movement, which grew out of the widespread protests against the results of Iran's 2009 presidential election, was arrested by the Intelligence Ministry on January 25, 2017. - 1/28/17

Trump's Executive Order Is Already Hurting Refugees, Muslims And Families

- President Donald Trump's executive order targeting Muslims and refugees led to chaos in the hours after he signed it, as refugees and immigrants arrived at U.S. airports only to be detained or told they couldn't enter the country and businesses had to scramble to adjust to the new policy. -Elise Foley, Huffington Post - 1/28/17

Iranians Raise Cry As They Brace For U.S. Immigration Ban

- Anticipating an executive order from the White House to temporarily shut off Iranians' access to U.S. visas and other avenues to immigration, Iranians have voiced frustration with being targeted for exclusion alongside citizens from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries where conflicts are raging. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 1/27/17

Iranian Actress Taraneh Alidoosti To Protest Trump Policies By Boycotting Oscar Awards

- Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, star of the Oscar-nominated film The Salesman, says she will protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's anti-immigration policies by refusing to attend the Academy Awards ceremonies next month. Alidoosti said on Twitter on January 26 that Trump's reported plans for a temporary visa ban against Iranians was "racist." - 1/27/17

Trump's Muslim Ban is Real and Even Worse Than Imagined

- "Trump's Muslim ban is real and even more draconian than many anticipated. Visa holders, dual nationals, and even green card holders from Muslim-majority countries may be barred indefinitely from the United States. Based on our analysis of the Executive Order language that is circulating, nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Syria and Yemen who are outside of the U.S. with a valid U.S. visa will not be able to enter the United States. The order is written in such a broad manner that it may also prohibit dual nationals of those countries who are citizens of non-targeted countries from entering the U.S. on a visa. Perhaps most alarmingly, it can be interpreted to bar even U.S. permanent residents who are outside of the United States from re-entering." -NIAC Action - 1/26/17

Prominent Iranian Directors Decry Censorship After Minister Bans Films From Tehran Fajr Festival

- Less than three months into his new post as Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister, Reza Salehi Amiri boasted about banning ten films from entering the Tehran Fajr International Film Festival, "in line with the policies of the supreme leader," on January 19, 2017. - 1/26/17

Iran's President Rouhani Must Act Against Imprisonment of Dual Nationals

- The Iranian Judiciary's recent upholding of the indefensible five-year prison sentence against Iranian-British citizen Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, issued at a secret trial by a Revolutionary Court, reaffirms the collusion between the Judiciary and the country's security and intelligence agencies that is undermining justice in Iran. - 1/26/17

Trump Said Readying Temporary Bans On Refugees, Some Muslim Visitors

- U.S. media are reporting that President Donald Trump, starting on January 25, will order sweeping anti-immigration measures, including a temporary ban on refugees and suspension of U.S. visas for citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, and other Muslim countries. - 1/25/17

NIAC Condemns Trump Plan to Ban Visitors from Iran and Muslim-Majority Countries

- The National Iranian American Council released the following statement regarding reports that President Trump plans to issue an Executive Order tomorrow banning refugees and visa holders from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States: "Donald Trump is making good on the most shameful and discriminatory promises he made on the campaign trail. He called for a Muslim ban and is now taking the first steps to implement one. This will not stand. The American people are better than this.,,, - 1/25/17

Ailing British-Iranian Grandpa Serving 7-Year Prison Sentence Denied Medical Leave

- Kamal Foroughi, a 77-year-old ailing British-Iranian dual citizen and former civil engineer incarcerated at Evin Prison in Tehran since May 2011, has been denied previously promised and urgently required extended medical leave, his son, Kamran Foroughi, told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 1/25/17

Prominent Iranian Poet Charged With Spreading 'Propaganda' After Posting Photo of Beaten Colleague

- Well-known Iranian poet and filmmaker Baktash Abtin has been charged with "propaganda against the state" following his arrest on December 2, 2016 at a memorial event in Tehran marking the 18th anniversary of the "chain murders" of dissidents, including writers, in the 1990s by agents of the Islamic Republic. - 1/24/17

Iranian Civil Rights Activist Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison at 10-Minute Mass Trial Released

- Civil rights advocate Aso Rostami-whose initial mass trial with three other activists lasted "barely 10 minutes"-was released from Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj on January 15, 2017 at the end of his two-year prison sentence for engaging in peaceful activism. He was initially sentenced to seven years, but the term was reduced upon appeal. - 1/22/17

Hardliners Pressuring Rouhani to Ban Popular Telegram App, This Time for 2017 Election

- The Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned that Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has called on President Hassan Rouhani to block access to Telegram, Iran's most widely used messaging application, ahead of the upcoming presidential election scheduled for May 19, 2017. - 1/21/17

NIAC Concerned That U.S. Banks are Denying Financial Services to Iranians in the U.S.

- Over the past few years, Iranian visa-holders resident in the United States have seen their bank accounts at U.S. financial institutions shuttered as a result of U.S. sanctions. The most recent case is that of Chase Bank, where NIAC has learned that Chase is closing the bank accounts of Iranian visa-holders. - 1/20/17

Iran: Award-Winning Kurdish Filmmaker Keyvan Karimi Denied Urgent Hospitalization by Evin Prison Authorities

- The authorities of Evin Prison in Tehran are refusing to transfer imprisoned filmmaker Keyvan Karimi to a hospital outside the prison for urgent medical care, his lawyer, Amir Raeesian, told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 1/20/17

32 Telegram Users Arrested In Iran On Charges Of Publishing Profanity

- Head of Hormozgan Province Department of Justice announced that 32 managers and users of the instant messaging service, Telegram in the province have been arrested on charges of publishing profanity. Telegram is one of the only social media services that is not blocked by the Iranian government; however, conservative factions have repeatedly called for tightening of state control over its usage by the public. - 1/20/17

Iranian Political Prisoner Saeed Shirzad Ends Hunger Strike After Officials Pledge to End Rights Abuses at Rajaee Shahr Prison

- An informed source close to imprisoned civil rights activist Saeed Shirzad said Shirzad ended his hunger strike after 39 days when "Judiciary and Rajaee Shahr Prison officials met with him and gave assurances" about ending the abuse of prisoners-Shirzad's main demand. - 1/20/17

Amnesty International Condemns Iran's 'Prolific' Use Of Corporal Punishment

- Amnesty International has sharply criticized Iran over what it called the prolific use of "cruel and inhuman" corporal punishment including flogging, amputations, and forced blinding. In a recent case, a journalist was lashed 40 times after being convicted of inaccurate reporting, the London-based human rights group said. - 1/19/17

Iranian bodybuilder jailed over 'nude' selfies

- The Islamic Republic arrested and jailed a female bodybuilder after she published revealing photos of herself online, Iranian media reported Wednesday. "One of the female bodybuilders who recently published nude photographs on social networks has been arrested," the Mizanonline news agency reported. - 1/19/17

Khatami, Former Political Prisoners and Ailing Mother Convince Ali Shariati to End 75-Day Hunger Strike

- Requests by prominent reformist leader Mohammad Khatami, political prisoners, and his ailing mother ultimately convinced imprisoned civil rights activist Ali Shariati to halt his hunger strike, after 75 days, on January 14, 2017. - 1/18/17

Iranian Revolutionary Guards Arrest Former Reformist MP's Sister on Unspecified "Security Charges"

- Fatemeh Haghighatjou, a former reformist member of Iran's Parliament currently living in the United States, is desperately seeking information about her sister, Leila Haghighatjou, who was arrested on December 19, 2016 in Tehran by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and is being held without access to a lawyer. - 1/18/17

Detained British Iranian's Husband Appeals to Rouhani at London Vigil

- British human rights activists have held a vigil outside the Iranian embassy in London to appeal to Iran's president to free a British Iranian woman detained for nine months on unspecified security charges. Richard Ratcliffe, husband of detainee Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, spoke to VOA's Persian service from the scene of Monday's vigil, saying he wrote a letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appealing for the release. -Michael Lipin & Hooman Bakhtiar - 1/17/17

Iranian Women Arrested for Riding Motorcycle; Video Fuels Backlash

- Iranian police have arrested two women for riding a motorcycle in a western city - an incident that went viral when images appeared online and sparked a social-media backlash against the country's political and religious authorities. -Michael Lipin, VOA - 1/14/17

Tehran Prosecutor Goes on the Defensive Over Hunger-Striking Political Prisoners

- In an apparent response to growing pressure to resolve the issue, Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi has criticized media coverage of a wave of hunger strikes in Iran by political prisoners, as well as the request by a conservative member of Parliament for the Judiciary to review the case of Ali Shariati. - 1/14/17

Supporter of Persecuted Spiritual Leader Arrested at Tehran International Airport

- Masoumeh (Pegah) Zia, a follower of imprisoned spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri, was arrested on January 6, 2017 at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport by an unknown security agency after returning to Iran from a trip to Turkey. She is currently being held in Evin Prison, but her family has been struggling to confirm who abducted her and what she has been charged with. - 1/14/17

Iranian-Swedish Disaster Medicine Expert Held in Iran Jail for Nine Months, on Hunger Strike Since December 25

- In yet another case of a foreign resident or dual national from a western country grabbed and imprisoned in Iran without access to a lawyer or any other aspect of due process, Iranian-born Swedish resident and expert in emergency disaster medicine Ahmadreza Jalali has been held in Evin Prison for almost nine months. He is now approaching three weeks on hunger strike in protest against his detainment. - 1/13/17

Iranian Activist Saeed Shirzad on Hunger Strike Against Poor Prison Conditions Hospitalized

- Imprisoned civil rights activist Saeed Shirzad, who was on hunger strike for more than a month at Rajaee Shahr Prison, was rushed to Imam Khomeini Hospital in Tehran on January 12, 2017 after his blood pressure dropped to dangerously low levels, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 1/13/17

IRAN: Wife of Imprisoned Activist Arash Sadeghi Resists Order to Return to Prison

- Political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, who was released on January 3, 2017 after her imprisoned husband Arash Sadeghi's 71-day hunger strike resulted in a promised case review for his wife, is refusing to obey an order to return to Evin Prison. - 1/12/17

Iran Officials Vow To Look Into Public's 'Jamming' Fears

- Officials in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz have pledged to look into suggestions of a link between public health risks and the jamming of communications in the area, after residents took to the streets to complain of ailments that could stem from technology used to block foreign broadcasts. - 1/12/17

Iran's Telegram Registration Requirement Widens Governmental Snooping Powers

- In the latest attempt by Iran's security and intelligence establishments to censor and control internet usage in Iran, administrators of popular Iranian-owned channels on the widely used Telegram application are now being required to register with the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance or face prosecution. - 1/11/17

VIDEO: Iranians Protest Transmitter Jamming In Shiraz

- A large crowd gathered in the Iranian city of Shiraz to protest against the government's use of broadcast jamming equipment. On January 9, demonstrators stood outside the provincial governor's headquarters complaining about the health effects of using electromagnetic pulses for disrupting broadcasts. Some chants called the jamming a "betrayal" of the nation. - 1/10/17

Reformist Iranian Journalist Convicted of "Propaganda Against the State" Completes One-Year Prison Sentence

- Reformist journalist Reyhaneh Tabatabaie was released from Evin Prison in Tehran on January 5, 2017 after serving a one-year sentence for interviewing Iranian Sunni leaders, posting critical commentary about conservative politicians on Facebook, and publicly supporting reformists. - 1/10/17

Conservative Tehran MP to Judiciary: Review Case of Political Prisoner on Hunger Strike

- Conservative member of Parliament Ali Motahari has publicly asked the Judiciary to review the case of ailing political prisoner Ali Shariati, who has been on hunger strike for more than two months in Evin Prison. The Tehran MP made the call after a 71-day hunger strike by imprisoned rights activist Arash Sadeghi resulted in the Judiciary agreeing to Sadeghi's request for a review of his imprisoned wife's case. - 1/9/17

Iranian Political Prisoners Suffer through Hunger Strikes for Minimum Rights

- Iranian political prisoner Arash Sadeghi ended his 72-days hunger strike after his wife Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was given furlough from prison on $150,000 bail. Ali Shariati, Saeed Shirzad and several other prisoners still remain on hunger strike. - 1/8/17

Iran's First Female Judge and Nobel Laureate Calls for Resignation of Judiciary Chief

- Amid the ongoing wave of life-threatening hunger strikes by political prisoners in Iran, Iranian Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi has called on the chief of the country's Judiciary, Sadegh Larijani, to resign. - 1/6/17

Persecution of Dual Nationals: Businessman Serving 10-Year Prison Sentence In Iran After Coerced Confession

- Iranian-Austrian dual citizen Kamran Ghaderi is entering the second year of his 10-year prison sentence in solitary confinement in Tehran after being coerced into confessing to espionage in 2016, an informed source told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 1/5/17

Iranian political prisoner ends his hunger strike after his wife is granted temporary furlough

- Arash Sadeghi, a political prisoner who was on hunger strike for 72 days, has ended his strike after his demands were met and his wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was granted a temporary leave of absence from prison. - 1/4/17

Iranians are trending the demands of political prisoners on Twitter

- After the #SaveArash successful twitter campaign in support of Arash Sadeghi, Iranians are now showing solidarity with Ali Shariati, a reformist political prisoner who is serving a five-year sentence for taking part in a protest apposing serial acid attacks against women in Isfahan, Iran. - 1/4/17

Imprisoned Iranian Civil Rights Activist Released After 65-Day Hunger Strike, With a Catch

- Azeri rights advocate Morteza Moradpour has been hospitalized in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, while he recovers from the 65-day hunger strike that led to his conditional release from prison. However, his legal battle is far from over because his release order requires him to report back to prison every night. - 1/4/17

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