Amnesty International – Human rights activist Saeed Shirzad has been detained in Tehran’s Evin Prison for four months, without access to his lawyer. He has been accused of having contact with political prisoners’ families and cooperating with the office of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran. He is a prisoner of conscience, detained solely for his peaceful human rights activism.
Saeed Shirzad, a 27-year-old human rights activist and an active member of the Society for Defending Street and Working Children, has been detained since 2 June 2014. He spent over two months in solitary confinement in Section 209 of Tehran’s Evin Prison, without access to his family and lawyer and under pressure to make a video-taped “confession”, before he was transferred to Section 8, where people jailed for non-political crimes are held. His lawyer has not been allowed to meet him in prison or even access his court file. (more…)
HRANA News Agency – Human Right Activists in Iran made a statement in which it has condemned the mass attacks on Sufi citizens (Daravish-e- Irani). In this statement, Human Rights Activists in Iran has accused Iranian Government of violating its commitments to Religious Freedom and Rights. The statement also expressed deep concerns about possible further conflicts. Full statement can be viewed in the following: (more…)
Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran in a statement announced the impending execution of a Concise Prisoner “Mohsen Amir Aslani Zanjani”. He has been sentenced to death on the charges of “heresy in Islam, insulting the Prophet Jonah and committing unlawful act”. Also, HRANA request fellow citizens to act immediately to stop this prisoner’s execution, which is now in solitary confinement. The full text of the statement is in the following: (more…)
Press Release: Human Rights Activists in Iran says “Soheil Arabi, an Iranian citizen accused of insulting the Prophet, has been sentenced to death. The association described the verdict as unjust and called for the immediate repeal of the verdict.
One of the three attorneys of Mr. Arabi discussed this issue with the Human Rights Activists Association in Iran and reported that Tehran’s Penal Court (Branch #76) attended by five judges on August 8th of 2014. After considering Mr. Arabi’s case, 3 judges voted in favor and 2 voted against the conviction under Article 262 of the Penal Code. They sentenced him to death with the charge of “insults to the Prophet. (more…)
Amnesty International – Prisoner of conscience Mohammad Ali Taheri, who has spent over three years in solitary confinement in Section 2A of Evin Prison in Iran’s capital, Tehran, has been threatened with death by interrogators. He is serving a five-year prison sentence on a charge of “insulting Islamic sanctities”, in relation to his spiritual beliefs and practices.
Mohammad Ali Taheri, founder of a new spiritual group in Iran called Erfan-e-Halgheh, was arrested on 4 May 2011 by officials linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and held incommunicado for nine months in Section 2A of Evin Prison. Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran convicted him, on 30 October 2011, of “insulting Islamic sanctities” and sentenced him to five years’ imprisonment, but found that his offence did not involve, as the prosecution had argued, saab ul-nabi (deliberately denigrating Prophet Mohammad) which would have carried the death penalty under the Islamic Penal Code. Amnesty International understands that the authorities have, nevertheless, continued to threaten him with death, apparently based on religious fatwas that order the killing of apostates. (more…)
GENEVA (8 August 2014) – United Nations human rights experts* today expressed grave concern over the recent escalating trend of arrest and sentencing of individuals exercising their rights to freedom of expression and opinion, peaceful assembly and association.
Since 22 May 2014, at least 36 individuals that include journalists, bloggers, filmmakers and authors, many of whom are also human rights activists, have been arrested summoned or sentenced in connection with their journalistic activities or for simply expressing their opinion on social media websites. Some of them have also been charged for ‘gathering and colluding against national security’ following their participation in peaceful assemblies. (more…)
HARANA News Agency – In a letter, eighty political prisoners in Rajai Shahr prison condemned the recent banning of Maulana Abdulhamid Esmailzehi, the Sunni Imam of Zahedan’s mosque. Maulana Abdulhamid was planning to participate in the international conference of “Islamic scholars to institutionalize peace, moderation and good sense” in Turkey.
The following is a full text of this letter, a copy of which has been submitted to HRANA: (more…)
The arrest on 22 July of two journalists and a photographer, including the Tehran correspondent of the Washington Post and his Iranian wife, brings to 65 the number of news providers behind bars in Iran. They include 10 women, of whom three are foreign nationals, making Iran the world’s leading jailer of female journalists and netizens. (more…)
Iranian journalist Saba Azarpeik has been detained in solitary confinement without access to her lawyer and family since 28 May. Her whereabouts are unknown, sparking fears that she may be at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. She is a prisoner of conscience. (more…)
Millions of Iranians participated in presidential and local elections in June 2013. Executions, especially for drug-related offenses, continued at high rates. The judiciary released some political prisoners, but many civil society activists remained in prison on political charges. (more…)