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This week in human rights in Iran FREEDOM OF THE PRESS On November 4, Saeed Pourazizi, editor in chief of Bahar newspaper was released on a $80,000 bail after his arrest earlier this week. Bahar newspaper was closed last week after authorities found one of its articles offensive to Islamic values....
This week in human rights in Iran FREEDOM OF THE PRESS On October 28, an Iranian court sentenced filmmaker and actress Pegah Ahangarani to 18 months in prison for her social activities, political comments and interviews with foreign media. Even before her arrest, the authorities had barred...
This week in human rights in Iran Majid Tavakoli STUDENT RIGHTS This week, Majid Tavakoli, a student activist who was imprisoned after the 2009 elections, was released on furlough. Mehdi Amani, a student activist and prominent member of President Hassan Rouhani’s election campaign in the city of...
Across the world and in Iran, universities are centers of knowledge and freethought. Both before and after the Islamic Revolution, Iranian students and academics have struggled to keep universities independent from the government agendas. Iranian Students: Pushing the lines “I call upon all...
This week in human rights in Iran ACCESS TO EDUCATION Lawyer and university professor Mohammad Sharif submitted a request to return to work two weeks after Jafar Tofighi, Acting Minister of Science, claimed that he will facilitate the return of academic staff dismissed during recent years. In April...
This week in human rights in Iran INTERNET FREEDOM This week, controversy over the filtering of Facebook and Twitter arose when the Minister of Communication said that the removal of filters on Facebook and Twitter was non-negotiable and completely out of the question. However, the minister later...
This week in human rights in Iran Student rights On October 1, Mehrdad Farmani and Ehsan Molavi Far, two student activists and bloggers, were arrested in the city of Shiraz. The reason for their arrests is still not clear. On October 2, more than 600 student activists signed a petition to protest...
This week in human rights in Iran   INTERNET FREEDOM According to the head of the cyber police in Qazvin, Colonel Mehdi Mokhtari Nassab, police closed down over 30 Internet cafes within the last six months. Internet cafe’s must install CCTV and record the personal information of their customers....
Accountability in Iran is hindered by the structure of the government, as well the Iranian legal framework. The Supreme Leader is only accountable to the Assembly of Experts, selected either directly or indirectly by the Leader, while other officials such as the president and members of parliament...
This week in human rights in Iran PRISONERS RIGHTS This week, the Iranian government released 11 political and civil rights activist from Evin prison.Among the released prisoners are Nasrin Sotoudeh, Feyzullah Arabsorkhi, Mohsen Aminzadeh, Isa Saharkhiz and Ahmad Zeidabadi. Earlier this week, 42...