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…)
(Beirut) – Iranian authorities should immediately ensure the release of three journalists and a fourth person arrested in recent days, including the Tehran correspondent for The Washington Post, unless they plan to bring recognizable criminal charges against them and guarantee them fair trials. The arrests are the latest in a series of actions that Iran’s security and intelligence forces, supported by elements within the judiciary, have taken against at least 10 journalists in recent months. (more…)
HARANA News Agency – Dozens of political prisoners in Rajai Shahr prison wrote: “While article 168 of the constitution has recognized some benefits to the political prisoners regarding their imprisonment conditions, maintaining the political prisoners in the ward of criminals is against the law and contrary to ethics. According to the policy of separating prisoners based on type of crime and considering the recent tyrannical attack on the political prisoners in ward 350 of Evin prison (Thursday, May 2014), authorities have deported many of the political prisoners to different cities of the country including Mashhad, Tabriz, Nideh, Borazjan and other prisons unknown to us. The prisoners are currently held in apolitical wards.”
The following is a full text of this letter, a copy of which has been submitted to HRANA: (more…)
HARANA News Agency – A group of civil and political activists in a statement called for the release of Said Shirzad, a children’s rights activist who was arrested 38 days ago.
The following is the full text of the statement, a copy of which has been submitted to HRANA: (more…)
Founder/Secretary General of Pakistan Labour Federation (PLF), Haji Muhammad Saeed Arian, demanded to Release Iranian Trade Unionist Reza Shahabi, in a letter to Iranian Embassy in Islamabad.
Below, comes his letter published on Unionbook, the social network for trade unionists – a LabourStart project: (more…)
Amnesty International – Iranian authorities must urgently halt the execution of Gholamreza Khosravi Savadjani, who was sentenced to death in an unfair trial on the charge of “enmity against God” (moharebeh), said Amnesty International amid fears that he may be executed as soon as Sunday 1 June.
The family members of Gholamreza Khosravi were informed by prison officials on Saturday 31 May that they must go to Raja’i Shahr Prison, near Tehran, in order to meet him outside the regular visitation hours, sparking fears that his execution may be imminent. He is currently held in solitary confinement. Death row prisoners are generally transferred to solitary isolation units before their executions take place. (more…)
The increasing oppression of human rights defenders which started in 2009 after post-election protests in Iran reached a peak in the early months of 2010. March 2nd is the fourth anniversary of the biggest systematic and wide oppression of human rights defenders by Iranian Security-Intelligence Organizations.
Amnesty International – Hunger striking Sunni men from Iran’s Kurdish minority are in grave danger as their health deteriorates after 64 days on hunger strike. They have been on hunger strike in protest at their death sentences and the conditions in which they are held. (more…)