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This week in human rights in Iran On Saturday March 16, Mohamad Bagher Alavi and Mehdi Motamedi Mehr of the Liberation Movement of Iran were arrested when security forces raided their homes. The two activists previously spent time in prison and suffered torture as a result of their political...
According to Reporters Without Borders, Iran is one of the world’s largest prisons of the press, with more than 50 journalists and netizens behind bars. It is also one of the world’s leading enemies of the Internet, with an elaborate security and intelligence apparatus dedicated to identifying and...
This week in human rights in Iran On International Women’s Day (March 8), students at the Chamran female dormitory of Tehran University staged a protest against a new 9:30 pm curfew. The protest continued until after midnight, when the dormitory officials cancelled the curfew. The Iranian...
This week in human rights in Iran On Monday, Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi stated that his ministry “struck a blow” to a network of 600 reporters - 150 inside the country and the rest outside of Iran - in a wave of arrests that has put 19 journalists behind bars since last month.  The next...
This week in human rights in Iran This week, university student Paniz Fazl Ali was expelled from the University of Science and Technology for being a member of the Baha’i faith. Another student was expelled from Urumiye University for criticizing Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Two more of Khamenei’s...
This week in human rights in Iran Journalist Fatemeh Sagharchi was released from Evin prison on February 16 after spending more than two weeks in prison along with more than a dozen journalists arrested late last month. In a statement this week, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry claimed they were...
This month's Nabz Nameh focuses on the situation of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in Iran. Violations of prisoners' rights and their situation behind bars is highlighted for the month of January. The Forgotten:Iran's Political Prisoners and Prisoners of Conscience The Iranian...
This week in human rights in Iran On February 6, Mahmood Amiri Moghaddam, spokesperson for the Iran Human Rights Organization, revealed that 10 to 70 prisoners are executed every Sunday and Wednesday at the Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad. A total of 400 prisoners have been executed at this prison over...
This week in human rights in Iran On February 4, Ahmad Shaheed, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, discussed his third report on human rights violations in Iran, highlighting the persecution of Baha’i, targeting of journalists and bloggers, limitations on assemblies and unions,...
This week in human rights in Iran This week, the Iranian government arrested more than a dozen male and female journalists for their connections with foreign and "seditious" organizations – namely, media groups including BBC and Voice of America. In the aftermath of the arrests, more than 200...