Archive for Human Rights

Iran: Three Rights Lawyers Sentenced to Lengthy Jail Terms in Less Than a Year

Defense Attorney Imprisoned for Social Media Posts

June 5, 2019 – Amirsalar Davoudi has become the third known defense attorney to be sent to prison in Iran for his peaceful activities in less than a year, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today.

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Iran: Release Political Prisoner Maryam Akbari-Monfared

Behind Bars Unjustly Since 2009, Eligible for Release in 2017

May 20, 2019—Iran must end the cruel and unlawful imprisonment of Maryam Akbari-Monfared, who has already served nearly ten years on baseless charges and should have been eligible for release last year, and free her immediately, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) and Justice for Iran (JFI) said in a joint statement today.

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Appeals Court Upholds Lengthy Sentence Against Female Activist for Criticizing Chief Justice

Number of Women Political Prisoners Rising in Iran

Number of Women Political Prisoners Rising in Iran

May 13, 2019 – A Tehran appeals court upheld a 7.5-year prison sentence against prominent political activist Hengameh Shahidi based on her social media posts in which she criticized former Chief Justice Sadegh Larijani and demanded a report on his 10-year tenure.

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US, Iran and EU Must All Take Steps to Ensure International Aid Reaches Iran Floods Victims

US Sanctions and Iranian Mismanagement Preventing Critically Needed Aid

April 4, 2019 –The US and EU should immediately take steps to ensure that Iran receives humanitarian aid to assist disaster relief efforts in the wake of devastating floods that have killed dozens and caused millions of dollars of damage to homes and infrastructure, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today.

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Three Years Behind Bars

2019-04-03 – AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL- Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested on this day three years ago, Iran.

Since then we’ve been working closely with her husband Richard to campaign for her immediate release.

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A Message of Hope to Mark Nowruz, the Persian New Year

2019-03-20 – Spring is in the air and for millions of people around the world including Iran, it marks the beginning of a new year. The ancient festival of Nowruz (“new day”) is celebrated at the end of winter with festivities symbolizing rebirth, renewal and the possibility of new beginnings.

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Nasrin Sotoudeh, Prominent Lawyer, Says She Has Been Sentenced to 38 Years in Prison

March 11, 2019 – Iranian defense attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh told her husband she has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. Her statement follows media reports quoting the hardline judge overseeing her case who said she has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

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Nasrin Sotoudeh, Attorney Who Defended Hijab Protesters, Convicted of “National Security” Crimes

Prominent Human Rights Defender Was Facing Decades in Prison, Sentence Unclear

March 5, 2019 – The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) forcefully condemns the conviction of prominent Iranian defense attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh in a court process sorely lacking in international standards of due process.

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Choosing Raeesi as Judiciary Head Will Be a “Catastrophe” for Justice in Iran

Ebrahim Raeesi Was Member of “Death Commissions” that Ordered Extrajudicial Killings of Thousands of Prisoners in 1988

February 18, 2019—The appointment of Ebrahim Raeesi, who participated in “death commissions” that ordered the extrajudicial executions of thousands of prisoners in Iran in 1988, as Iran’s next head of the judiciary, will represent a complete repudiation of the rule of law and a reward for those involved in crimes against humanity, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) said in a statement today. If Raeesi is chosen as judiciary head, which appears increasingly likely, CHRI forcefully condemns his appointment.

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Iranian Agents Tried to Frame Detained Conservationists by Staging Scenes to Falsely Implicate Them

Three Major State Agencies Rejected Charges of Espionage, Indictment Based on Retracted False “Confessions”

February 11, 2019 – Amid eight conservationists’ closed-door trial in Iran’s revolutionary court system, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has been informed that agents staged scenes around at least two of the detainees with the intent of implicating them in a false narrative.

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