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Thursday, 6 February 2014  /  Human Rights

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Tehran University Professor Sadegh Zibakalam, one of Iran’s leading political scientists and a prominent analyst in international media, has been summoned for interrogation over remarks criticizing Iran’s nuclear program. He was later released on $2000 bail. Zibakalm said that “Two days ago, I was summoned by…

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Thursday, 6 February 2014  /  Human Rights

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Jafar Panahi to Hassan Rouhani: “Do Not Try to Establish a New System of Censorship!” “To my utmost regret, after reading the complete (Rouhani’s) address, I was reminded of the words of Sadegh Zibakalam: “There are streaks of Ahmadinejad’s populism in Rouhani as well.” I believe…

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Thursday, 6 February 2014  /  Human Rights

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Freedom House condemns Iran’s execution on January 27 of renowned Iranian poet Hashem Shaabani.  In July 2013, an Islamic Revolutionary Tribunal had sentenced the poet to death, along with 14 others, on charges of “waging war on God,” “spreading corruption on earth,” and “questioning the principle of…

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014  /  Human Rights

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Last month, Hassan Rouhani, the new President of Iran, made a whirlwind visit to Ahvaz, capital of the southwestern province of Khuzestan. According to official media, Rouhani spent much of his time there dealing with “a number of sensitive files” left undecided by the outgoing president…

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014  /  Human Rights

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New concerns about the safety of internet communications have emerged following statements by Iranian authorities about the government’s utilization of new, more complex, and undetectable filtering methods. The new methods used by government organizations not only limit access to Internet websites, but they also put the…

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014  /  Human Rights

According to a report by human rights activists, security forces broke into the homes of the nine without any warrant and arrested them due to their conversion.  …

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014  /  Human Rights

Judge Salavati opposed the release on bail of political prisoner Maryam Shafipour. In a hearing that took place Monday morning in the revolutionary court in the matter of Maryam Shafipour, the first student activist arrested following Rouhani’s election, Judge Salavati opposed a temporary release on bail….

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014  /  Human Rights

Zia Nabavi was a student activist who was arrested in the protests that followed the previous elections.  …

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014  /  Human Rights

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Human rights activists are reporting that Mrs. Shahnaz Sagvand, wife of worker union activist Ali Nejati, was summoned to revolutionary court in Ahvaz to be retried. Sagvand was tried several times in revolutionary court in Shosh and Dezful, and was acquitted. The prosecutor of Shosh filed…

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014  /  Human Rights

Farshad Farzan, a Baha’i university student in Shiraz, was reportedly banned from continuing higher education  …

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Tuesday, 4 February 2014  /  Human Rights

Arrested on Sunday, Emad Arab was  sent to Ward 350 of Evin Prison to start serving his 9 months sentence  …

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Monday, 3 February 2014  /  Human Rights

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Javad Larijani called the United Nations special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran  Ahmad Shaheed an “evil fool” and added that the evil fool’s report stated that 4 people are supposed to have been executed in Iran and following the report, we received…

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Monday, 3 February 2014  /  Human Rights

IRGC arrived at the home and office of several members of the mosharekat (The Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF), where they conducted a search and confiscated their personal belongings. There were no reported arrests.  …

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Friday, 31 January 2014  /  Human Rights

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Friday, 31 January 2014  /  Human Rights

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Secretary General of the Iran Democratic Front Heshmatollah Tarbazadi sent a message from his cell to mark Ten Days of Dawn and called for an increase in the world battle against the religious dictatorship ruling Iran. He called on Iranian citizens around the world to demonstrate…

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Friday, 31 January 2014  /  Human Rights

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According to a report by the Committee of Human Rights reporters, over the past several days in Tehran and Mashhad, four cyber activists and social activists as well as student activists have been arrested. According to the report, cyber activist Muslam Bushehrian was arrested by the…

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Friday, 31 January 2014  /  Human Rights

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According to reports, prison guard forces at Rajai Shahr Prison broke into the political prisoner wing, conducted widespread, brutal searches accompanied by verbal violence against the political prisoners. In addition, the political prisoner library was closed.  In protest of the restrictions and pressures, as well as…

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Friday, 31 January 2014  /  Human Rights

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Mohammad Bagher Alavi, a member of the Freedom Movement of Iran (FMI), was sentenced to 4 years in prison for his membership in that group….

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Thursday, 30 January 2014  /  Human Rights

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Iranian Human Right News Agency (HRANA) reported  that “A total of 18 prisoners convicted of drug smuggling were executed in Alborz, Lorestan, Mazandaran, Qazvin and Gilan provinces during the past days,” Amnesty international reported earlier this month that “Iran hangs 40 people in two weeks amid…

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Thursday, 30 January 2014  /  Human Rights

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 Two Iranian-Arab political prisoners, Hashem Shaabaninejad and Hadi Rashedi (a chemistry teacher) who were transferred to an unknown location in early December, are now reported to have been executed. Ahwaz Ministry of Intelligence informed the family (January 29) that “the two prisoners were executed three days…

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