Archive for Human Rights

Iran Sentences Men Who Supported Women’s Protests Against Compulsory Hijab to Six Years Prison

Reza Khandan and Farhad Meysami Denied Right to a Public Trial

January 22, 2019 – Reza Khandan and Farhad Meysami have both been sentenced to six years imprisonment in Iran and banned from leaving the country or engaging in online activities for two years for peacefully protesting the country’s compulsory hijab law.

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Sham Investigation of Labor Activist’s Alleged Torture Lacks Impartiality, Ignores Witnesses

Multiple Cases of Alleged Torture Must Be Thoroughly Investigated

Iran Must Re-Open an Independent and Impartial Investigation into Labor Activist’s Abuse

January 17, 2018—After a brief and deeply flawed investigation lacking any semblance of impartiality, the authorities in Iran have denied that labor activist Esmail Bakhshi was tortured in an Intelligence Ministry detention center in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province in Iran.

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Judicial Official Announces Order to Block Instagram Less Than a Year After Banning Telegram Messaging App

Judicial Order Tied to Previously Undeclared Policy of App Usage Level

2019-01-04 – Eight months after Iran blocked the country’s most widely used messaging app, Telegram, a deputy prosecutor has announced a judicial order to also filter Instagram due to what he described as over-usage of the social media app.

Instagram had not been blocked as of January 4, 2018, and it is unknown when the order will go into effect.

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to go on hunger strike in Iran prison over lack of medical care

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (R) posing for a photograph with her husband Richard and daughter Gabriella (L). CREDIT: AFP

2019-01-03- The Telegraph – Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the British-Iranian charity worker in prison in Tehran on espionage charges, is to go on a hunger strike in protest at the “inhuman” denial of medical care.

Mrs Zaghari-Ratcliffe, writing from Evin prison, said she intends to go on a three-day hunger strike later this month alongside prominent human rights activist Narges Mohammadi to demand access to a doctor.

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Why Did Telegram Warn Users That Iranian Versions of the Telegram App—Talaeii and Hotgram—Are “Unsafe”?

Iranian Client Apps Are Violating Telegram’s Terms of Service by Failing to Protect User Data

December 17, 2018 – In response to a rising chorus of concerns by internet security experts, Telegram, the widely used instant messaging app, has issued a warning to users of the Iranian-made versions of Telegram (known as “client apps”), Telegram Talaeii and Hotgram, which reportedly have 30 million users between them, that the apps are “unsafe.”

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Iran Must Address Crisis of Unpaid Wages, NotProsecute People Who Demand Their Pay

15 Petrochemical Workers Sentenced to Prison, Flogging for Protesting Unpaid Wages in Latest Ruling

Unpaid Wages Violates Iranian Law,Flogging Violates International Law

December 13, 2018—In yet another ruling punishing workers for peacefully demanding payment for work done, fifteen petrochemical workers in Ilam, southwest Iran, have been issued prison and flogging sentences for protesting unpaid wages and the firing of their colleagues who demanded payment.

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EuropeanParliament Calls on Iran to “Unconditionally” Release Rights Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

December 14, 2018 — Adding its voice to an increasingly international call, the European Parliament has overwhelmingly passed a motion urging the Iranian authorities to “immediately and unconditionally release” prominent human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh.

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Iran sentences three human rights lawyers to prison, reports say

Trio face lengthy terms for opposing the ruling system amidaccusations of ‘propaganda’


12.11.2018- The Guardian  – Iran has sentenced two human rights lawyers to six years inprison and a third to 13 years, according to newspaper reports.

The Armandaily said Ghasem Sholeh-Saadi and Arash Keikhosravi were sentenced to fiveyears in prison for taking part in an “illegal gathering” and one year for“propaganda” against the ruling system. It added that they could appeal againstthe verdict.

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Activists Welcome FIFA Deadline For Iran to Lift Discriminatory Ban on Women in Stadiums

November 27, 2018 – Heeding calls by women’s rights activists inside and outside Iran, governing football body FIFA has been urged in a new report by its advisory board to give the Islamic Republic a deadline to lift its ban on women in football stadiums.

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Iran: Conditional release of Abdolfattah Soltani!

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint partnership of FIDH and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Iran.

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