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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

The Woman Building Iran's Civic Tech Sector

- Firuzeh Mahmoudi founded the first civic tech startup focused on Iran. She and her team are building apps like a Yelp for rating public officials and women's health trackers-in heritage languages that are currently banned from official use. She is using entrepreneurship and technology to help create a more free society. -Leah Hunter, Forbes - 1/4/17

Protest Outside Tehran Prison In Support Of Hunger Striking Activist Arash Sadeghi

- Dozens of Iranians have taken part in a rare demonstration outside Tehran's Evin prison to express their support for a jailed activist on hunger strike, Arash Sadeghi. Sadeghi, a philosophy student who is serving a 15-year prison sentence on security charges, has reportedly been refusing to eat for more than two months to protest the October 24 arrest of his wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi. - 1/2/17

Iranian Lawmaker Warns About Hunger Striker's Condition

- An Iranian lawmaker has warned the government that a prominent jailed dissident is in serious condition on a hunger strike and should be released. Reformist parliamentarian Elias Hazrati wrote to Judiciary chief Sadeq Larijani that Arash Sadeghi is in critical condition after going 70 days without food and that his death could result in "serious" political consequences for Ira - 12/31/16

Hardline Tehran Prosecutor Advocates Harsher Penalty for Mixed-Gender Parties

- Tehran's hardline prosecutor general has announced that people caught at mixed-gender parties, especially celebrity artists and athletes, along with those caught consuming alcohol, or participating in other "indecent" activities should face stiffer penalties. - 12/31/16

Iran's President Rouhani links 'grave-sleeping' to corruption

- President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday linked social ills in the Iranian society to corruption, reacting to a letter on Tuesday by Oscar-winner director Asghar Farhadi who had said he felt "filled with shame" once he learnt about the homeless spending their nights in dug graves in a city near Tehran. - 12/29/16

Revolutionary Court Sentences More Than 70 Iranians to Prison for Celebrating "Cyrus Day"

- More than 70 people who were arrested in October 2016 at a peaceful gathering celebrating Cyrus the Great were tried in mid-December without legal council and sentenced to long prison terms by the Revolutionary Court in the city of Shiraz. "The exact number of those arrested is not known because the court has not publicized their cases and their relatives have been ordered not to speak about them," an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 12/29/16

Iran's 'Grave Sleepers' Prompt Calls For Action

- The images are morbid -- homeless men, women, and children so desperate for shelter that they would resort to living in open graves. Yet that is what some 50 Iranians have reportedly been doing for years, holing themselves up in concrete dugouts at a graveyard outside Tehran. -Frud Bezhan - 12/28/16

PHOTOS: Homeless Iranians seek shelter in empty graves

- A series of dramatic photographs showing homeless people sheltering from the winter cold in a graveyard near Tehran is stirring emotions in Iran. According to one local newspaper, over 50 people are living among empty graves in a cemetery located in Shahriar suburb, near the capital. - 12/27/16

More than 50 days on hunger strike: Iranian political prisoners are slowly dying

- As the number of political prisoners on hunger strikes are increasing in Iranian prisons, three prisoners who have been on hunger strike for the past seven weeks are slowly dying: Arash Sadeghi, Morteza Moradpour and Ali Shariati. Aside from the three, Saeed Shirzad, children rights activist serving a 5 year sentence, has sewed his lips in order to refuse food. - 12/26/16

Imprisoned Iranian Activist Faces New Charges After Filing Complaint About Revolutionary Guards

- Iranian civil rights defender Atena Daemi, who is serving a seven-year prison sentence in Tehran's Evin Prison for her peaceful activism, has been slapped with new charges after filing a complaint against the Revolutionary Guards for using excessive force. - 12/25/16

Iranian-American "Completely Isolated" in Iran's Gorgan Prison

- Iranian-American political prisoner Reza (Robin) Shahini is being held in adverse conditions with dangerous criminals in Gorgan Prison, 186 miles northeast of Tehran in Golestan Province, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. - 12/24/16

British woman held in Iran told she can keep two-year-old daughter in prison or lose custody

- A British mother being held in an Iranian prison has been told she can either keep her two-year-old daughter with her in jail or give up custody. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in April on unspecified "national security charges" as she was travelling back to Britain from Tehran after a trip to visit family. -Independent - 12/23/16

Lebanese-American Internet Freedom Advocate Starts Hunger Strike in Iran's Evin Prison

- Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese-born U.S. permanent resident and internet freedom advocate who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Iran in September 2015 for "espionage," has been on hunger strike since December 8, 2016 to protest his unjust sentence and the denial of medical and consular services. - 12/23/16

Reformist Iranian Journalist Targeted by Intelligence Agents Awaits Sentence After Kafkaesque Trial

- Reformist journalist Farzad Pourmoradi is awaiting sentencing after being tried at Branch 103 of the Criminal Court in Kermanshah, northwestern Iran, on December 5, 2016, but the indictment for the charges of "spreading lies for the purpose of disturbing public order" and "insulting officials" did not specify what constituted the alleged crimes. - 12/22/16

Five Political Prisoners in Iran on Life-Threatening Hunger Strikes in Desperate Bid for Case Reviews

- The lives of at least three imprisoned civil rights activists in Iran are perilously in danger after suffering health complications from weeks on hunger strike, while another has sewn his lips shut, but judicial authorities have yet to respond to their demands, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. - 12/21/16

President Rohani Officially Launches Iranian Citizens' Rights Charter

- Iranian President Hassan Rohani has launched a Citizens' Rights Charter that represents one of his administration's most conspicuous efforts so far to fulfill campaign pledges he made in winning the presidency three years ago. Although it is not a legally binding document, the text contains 120 articles pertaining to freedoms that critics say are routinely violated in the Islamic republic, including rights to "life," which is aimed at capital punishment, "free expression," and against an "inquisition of ideas." -Golnaz Esfandiari - 12/20/16

Protestant Church Property Confiscated in Iran by Khamenei-Supervised Organization

- The largest Persian-speaking Protestant community in Iran, Jama'at-e Rabbani, has announced that it has been stripped of its ownership of Sharon Gardens, a large and valuable piece of real estate in the city of Karaj, by an organization operating under the supervision of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. - 12/20/16

Five Gonabadi Dervishes Arrested in Iran Amid Ongoing Persecution Campaign

- Five dervishes of the Sufi Gonabadi Order were arrested in the southern Iranian city of Dezful on December 13, 2016 after obeying a summons to appear at the prosecutor's office, their lawyer Kasra Nouri told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 12/19/16

Mother Begs Revolutionary Guards Not to Return Her Activist Son to Prison In Heart-Rending Video

- A video posted on social media shows the mother of civil rights activist Omid Alishenas, who was at home with her on bail at the time, pleading with the Revolutionary Guards agents outside her door not to force him to return to Evin Prison to begin serving a seven-year prison sentence. - 12/16/16

President Rouhani Supporter Imprisoned for Peaceful Activism Critically Ill After 43-Day Hunger Strike

- After 43 days on hunger strike, political prisoner Ali Shariati, a long-time supporter of President Hassan Rouhani, has been hospitalized and is "critically ill," his mother told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 12/15/16

Six Years into Extrajudicial House Arrest, Iran's Green Movement Leaders Still Asking for Trial

- The Judiciary should carry out its latest "promise-or threat" to put former presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, who has been under extrajudicial house arrest since 2011, on trial, said his son Mohammad Taghi Karroubi. Mehdi Karroubi, former presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, and Green Movement leader Zahra Rahnavard who is also Mousavi's wife, have been forcibly detained under extrajudicial house arrest since 2011 for publicly disputing the results of Iran's 2009 presidential election. - 12/14/16

Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi: President Rouhani Directly Responsible for All Intelligence Ministry Abuses

- In an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi held President Hassan Rouhani directly responsible for "every Intelligence Ministry violation" and criticized his failure to uphold the Constitution. - 12/13/16

IRAN: Six Years Into Extrajudicial House Arrest, Mehdi Karroubi Repeats Request for First Trial

- Mehdi Karroubi, former presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, and Mousavi's wife Zahra Rahnavard have been forcibly detained under extrajudicial house arrest since 2011 for publicly disputing the results of Iran's 2009 presidential election and encouraging peaceful protests. - 12/12/16

Iranian Rights Activist Sentenced to 15 Years Imprisonment in Critical Condition After 45-Day Hunger Strike

- Civil rights defender Arash Sadeghi, who is currently serving a 15-year prison sentence for his peaceful activism, is in "critical and worrying" condition after 45 days on hunger strike in Tehran's Evin Prison, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 12/10/16

Unprecedented Ruling Lightens Jail Term for Imprisoned Iranian Baha'is

- Twenty four Iranian Baha'is who had been sentenced to heavy sentences ranging from 6 to 11 years for charges ranging from threatening national security to links to espionage, were acquitted from the charge that link them to enemy countries by the appeals court in Golestan Province. - 12/10/16

Iran's Cyber Police Tries to Control Popular Social Media App Telegram with Hacking, Permits

- A state crackdown on social media ahead of Iran's 2017 presidential election has resulted in the Cyber Police (FATA) requiring Iranian-owned channels with more than 5,000 followers on the country's most popular messaging application, Telegram, to seek official permits. Meanwhile, several Iranian-owned Telegram channels have been hacked by state agents, according to an investigation by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. - 12/10/16

Reformists and Hardliners at Loggerheads over Opposition Leaders' Arrest

- More than seven years since the 2009 presidential elections in Iran, controversies related to the disputed polls and the regime's subsequent crackdown of the protest movement continue to haunt the Islamic Republic. As the country is gearing up for next year's presidential vote, Iranian conservatives and reformists are yet again at loggerheads over the house arrest of Green Movement leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karrubi. -Ahmad Majidyar, MEI - 12/10/16

Iran's Fashion Industry is the Latest Victim of Khamenei's War on Western Culture

- In the latest attack on the Islamic Republic's growing fashion sector, a court in Shiraz sentenced 12 industry professionals in December 2016 to prison terms ranging from five months to six years. An investigation by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has revealed that the crackdown on the sector is ongoing, is being led by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Intelligence Organization in concert with Iran's Judiciary, and follows a decree by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei against all forms of perceived western culture. - 12/9/16

Expelled Student Activist Reminds President Rouhani of Unfulfilled Pledge to Let Her Resume Studies

- A women's rights activist and former student who spent nearly two and a half years in prison for her peaceful activism has written an open letter to President Hassan Rouhani reminding him that he has still not fulfilled his campaign promise of allowing expelled political students to resume their studies. - 12/9/16

The fear that's keeping Iranian Americans from visiting their homeland

- Sitting inside his empty travel agency in Los Angeles, Farhad Besharati expressed concern about the decline of his business. The majority of his customers are older Persians who come to him when they want to purchase airline tickets to Iran. But lately, he said, some are canceling their flights, and fewer people are arranging trips -Melissa Etehad, Los Angeles Times - 12/9/16

Anti-Riot Forces Violently Attack Peacefully Protesting Tehran Bus Union Members

- Members of one of Iran's oldest unions who were peacefully demanding their past due housing allowances and other benefits in front of the Tehran Municipality building were violently attacked by anti-riot police on December 4, 2016. - 12/7/16

Prominent Iranian Lawyer, Writers Arrested With "Overwhelming Force" at Chain Murders Commemoration

- Police and plainclothes security agents arrested a prominent human rights lawyer and several members of the Writers Association of Iran at a commemoration event for victims of the "chain murders" of dissidents in the 1990s by agents of the Iranian government. - 12/6/16

Iran seizes 'unauthorized' film package heading to Berlin Film Festival

- Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dowlatabadi announced on Sunday that Iranian police have seized a package of 'unauthorized' Iranian films from the consultant of the Berlin Film Festival - Berlinale at a Tehran airport. "A woman named Anke Leweke [the Iran consultant for the Berlin Film Festival] has recently arrived in the country, visiting with some of the 2009 post-election sedition convicts," Jafari-Dowlatabadi said in a meeting. - 12/6/16

Report: Iran Jails 12 Working In Fashion Industry

- An Iranian court has sentenced 12 people working in the fashion industry to jail for posting images on the Internet, according to a report in local media. The eight men and four women were given sentences ranging from five months to six years in jail by a court in the southern city of Shiraz on December 5, the semiofficial ILNA news agency reported. - 12/6/16

Rights Activist Files Complaint Against Iran's Revolutionary Guard Agents for Excessive Force

- The young human rights activist Atena Daemi has filed a formal complaint against agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) for using excessive force when transferring her to Evin Prison to begin her sentence, she said in a letter written to a source who wished to remain anonymous due to security concerns. - 12/5/16

Iran fashion workers jailed for 'spreading prostitution'

- Twelve people involved in the fashion industry in Iran are reported to have been jailed for "spreading prostitution" via images posted online. The eight women and four men were handed sentences of between five months and six years by a court in Shiraz, a lawyer told the Ilna news agency. - 12/5/16

Amnesty Calls On Iran To Release Four Arrested At Commemoration For Murdered Writers

- Amnesty International has called on Iran to release "immediately and unconditionally" four individuals arrested on December 2 at a gathering marking the 18th anniversary of the killings of two prominent intellectuals. - 12/4/16

Iranian Official Arrested for Supporting Release of Imprisoned Human Rights Activist

- Alireza Rahmani, the director of public relations for the governor's office in Qazvin, 89 miles (143 kms) northwest of Tehran, was arrested on November 29 for inviting friends online to support the release of imprisoned human rights activist Narges Mohammadi. - 12/4/16

Iran's Supreme Court Upholds Billionaire's Death Sentence

- Iran's highest court has upheld a court decision imposing the death penalty on billionaire businessman Babak Zanjani, who was convicted of massive embezzlement and sentenced in March. Zanjani, one of Iran's richest people, was arrested in 2013 and accused of stealing more than $2 billion from the government through crooked oil sales he made during the administration of former President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. - 12/3/16

Family Breaks Silence Over Iranian-American and Wife Held for Three Months Without Charge or Counsel

- Karan Vafadari, an Iranian-American national belonging to the Zoroastrian faith, and his wife Afarin Niasari, have been in detention in Tehran's Evin Prison without public charge or access to counsel since their arrest by Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) Intelligence Organization agents three months ago, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned. - 12/2/16

German-Iranian Assistant for Berlin Film Festival Barred from Leaving Iran

- Nooshafarin Dastoori, the dual national translator for a prestigious film festival, was prevented from boarding a flight to Germany at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport and her passport confiscated as she was leaving the country together with her colleague on November 27. - 12/2/16

Imprisoned Human Rights Activist to Sue IRGC Agents for Violent and Illegal Arrest

- Human rights activist Atena Daemi, 29, was taken into custody from her home in Tehran by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps' (IRGC) Intelligence Organization on November 26 and transferred to Evin Prison to begin a seven-year prison sentence. "After being taken to Evin Prison's Women's Ward, Atena contacted her family by phone and told them she will sue the IRGC agents who used violent and illegal means to arrest her before being formally summoned to prison" - 12/1/16

Iranian Judiciary and Parliament Clash Over MP's Questions on Judiciary Chief's Banking Activities

- After avoiding a summons for days, Member of Parliament Mahmoud Sadeghi appeared in the Culture and Media Court in Tehran on November 29 to respond to questions from assistant prosecutors about several complaints against him, after he publicly questioned the Judiciary Chief about state funds deposited into his bank accounts. - 11/30/16

Iranian Women's Rights Activist Arrested After Attending Workshop in Georgia

- Photographer and women's right activist Alieh Matlabzadeh has been undergoing interrogation in Evin Prison since November 26 when Intelligence Ministry agents took her into custody without charge, her husband, Sadra Abdollahi, said in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Twenty Others Who Attended Women's Empowerment Workshop Also Questioned. - 11/30/16

Iran: Shocking Montazeri Sentence Reveals a Prosecution Lacking Legal or Moral Legitimacy

- The six-year prison sentence handed down to Ahmad Montazeri for publishing an audio tape on the mass execution of political prisoners in the 1980s, by a clerical court whose Lead Prosecutor is one of the officials implicated in the tape, reflects a profound conflict of interest and arbitrary ruling that renders the verdict completely illegitimate. - 11/29/16

Ayatollah Montazeri's son receives a 21 year sentence for disclosing audio tape about mass execution of Iranian political prisoners in 1988

- Ahmad Montazeri the son of a high-ranking political and religious cleric has received a 21 year prison sentence for publishing an audio file belonging to his father that proves state involvement in the execution of 4000 political prisoners in Iran in the year 1988. In the text of the judgment Ahmad Montazeri's sentence has been reduced from 21 years to 6 years in prison because his brother is a martyr. - 11/28/16

Missing Spiritual Leader's Supporters Beaten by Plainclothes Intelligence Agents at Iran's Parliament

- Approximately 50 followers of imprisoned spiritual leader Mohammad Ali Taheri-who has been missing for more than a month-were beaten by plainclothes members of Iran's intelligence forces and then arrested by the police in front of Parliament on November 21, 2016, according to eyewitnesses. - 11/26/16

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