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This week in human rights in Iran INTERNET FREEDOM In what seems to be an attempt to show the possibility of easing Internet restriction, as well as a move towards more government openness, this week, every member of Iran’s Cabinet opened a Facebook page (even though the social media site is...
This week in human rights in Iran Arbitrary arrests Ten days have passed since Naser Karimi’s arrest in the North-West city of Bukan. The reasons behind his arrest and current situation remain unclear. According to Kordpa, a local Kurdish news agency, 38 Kurdish citizens in the region have been...
This week in human rights in Iran INTERNET FREEDOM On August 29, Hemayat Newspaper, the Judiciary’s official paper, published an extensive and vague list of crimes that the Iranian regime considers a red line for bloggers. Should a blogger cross any of these red lines, their blogs will be filtered...
This week in human rights in Iran EXECUTIONS Two people, both found guilty of murder, were publicly hanged in the cities of Tabriz and Jahrom on August 21. FREEDOM OF EDUCATION On August 21, the Science Academy of Iran sent a letter to President Hassan Rouhani urging him to end the stringent...
When Hassan Rohani stood as a candidate in this year’s Iranian presidential election, he was relatively unknown to the general public of the country. Moderate Renaissance: Promises and Opportunities “I will not forget my campaign promises.” - Hassan Rohani, June 17, 2013 Iranian Journalist's...
This week in human rights in Iran PRISONERS’ RIGHTS The Revolutionary Court of Bandar Abbas summoned political prisoner Arzhang Davoudi to court on August 13. Davoudi did not have access to his lawyer during prior to the session and  as new charges were laid against him in court. Charges included...
This week in human rights in Iran TRIALS On August 4, the Revolutionary Court summoned Seyed Ahmad Ronaghi Maleki, the father of Hossein Ronaghi Maleki. Some believe the summons is in response to his protest of the mistreatment of his son at Evin Prison.   Kordpour brothers On August 5 the first...
This week in human rights in Iran ARBITRARY ARREST AND DETENTION The condition of three Ahwazi Arab detainees, who have spent eight months in detention without being formally arraigned, is still unknown. Ali Chobayshat, Yasin Mousavi, and Salman Chayan were arrested along with five others at a...
This week in human rights in Iran PRISONERS’ RIGHTSUS Congressman Dan Kildee sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting that he prioritize the release of Amir Hekmati, an Iranian American and Marine veteran who has been detained in Iran since August 2011.  The letter was signed and...
Iran held its 11th presidential elections on June 14, 2013, along with elections for local governments. Unlike previous polls, there were no widespread accounts of electoral violations, nor were there any notable protests about the results. Electoral Violations in Iran: Limiting Choices at the...