Archive for January 2018

Iranian-American Denounces 27-Year “Unjust” Prison Sentence in Letter From Prison

January 31, 2018–In a letter from Evin Prison obtained by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), Iranian-American dual national Karan Vafadari has denounced the “unjust and tyrannical” 27-year prison sentence he was issued in Tehran along with his Iranian wife, Afarin Neyssari, who was sentenced to 16 years in prison.

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Iran Should Launch Independent Investigation of Deaths of Two Protesters in Prison

“They arrested him and then they beat and killed him. Now they want to destroy his reputation.”

January 11, 2018—CHRI – Iran should launch an independent investigation of the cases of two detainees who died in custody, allegedly by suicide, after being arrested during the recent protests in Iran. The results of the investigations should be shared with the public at every stage of the process with full transparency.

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Internet Cut-Off During Recent Unrest in Iran Reveals Tehran’s New Cyber Capabilities

New Report Details Growing State Ability to Block, Censor and Monitor the Internet in Iran

January 10, 2018—The recent unrest in Iran—during which the authorities disrupted Iranians’ access to the internet and blocked major social media networks used by the protesters—demonstrates that the Iranian government’s decade-long effort to control the internet in Iran is being realized.

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3,700 Iranian Protesters Have Been Arrested by the Government, Lawmaker Says

January 9, 2018-TIME- By AMIR VAHDAT AND JON GAMBRELL/AP-TEHRAN, Iran — An Iranian reformist lawmaker said Tuesday that some 3,700 people were arrested in the days of protests and unrest that roiled Iran over the past two weeks, offering a far higher number than authorities previously released.

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Iran tried to block the internet to disrupt protests. It wound up disrupting daily life

Iranian authorities have cracked down on social media apps, including Telegram, amid protests. (Wally Santana / Associated Press)

Jan 09. 2018- Los Angeles Times – By MELISSA ETEHAD – When Iranian authorities cracked down on the internet this month in an attempt to suppress unrest, tech entrepreneur Milad Nouri did what he has grown accustomed to doing: He found a way around the censors.

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