Judiciary Blocks Nasrin Sotoudeh’s Bank Account, Cutting Off Funds for Family

Husband of Imprisoned Human Rights Attorney Says Tactic Aimed at Silencing Family

Reza Khandan: “They want to send a message to those who are willing to go to prison. What we have to say is we won’t step back”

July 29, 2020—Broadening its assault on human rights defenders and their families, Iran’s judiciary has blocked the bank account of imprisoned human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, her husband, Reza Khandan, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on July 27, 2020. Read more

Scholar Held at Gharchak Prison Alongside Violent Criminals

July 28, 2020—The Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who has been imprisoned in Iran on spurious charges since October 2018, has been moved to the notoriously harsh Gharchak Prison, south of Tehran, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned, where she will be held alongside violent prisoners.

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Death Sentences for Three Protestors Confirmed by Supreme Court in Iran

Death Sentences for Three Protestors Confirmed by Supreme Court in Iran

Unlawful and Cruel Sentences Reflect Increase in Death Sentences in Political Cases

Lawyers’ Last Hope is to Seek Judicial Review, Citing “Serious Flaws” in Rulings

July 13, 2020—The death sentences against three young men for their participation in the November 2019 protests that swept through Iran have been confirmed. The sentences against Amirhossein Moradi, Saeed Tamjidi and Mohammad Rajabi, which were upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court on July 10, 2020, reflect the increasing use of the death penalty in politically motivated cases in the country. Read more

UN Must End “Sterile Exchanges” and Investigate Iran’s Lethal Violence against Protesters, Says Father of Slain Demonstrator

Letter Reveals New Details: 144 Bodies Secretly Held in Karaj Medical Examiner’s Office Alone 

June 29, 2020 — In an impassioned plea to top UN officials, the father of Pouya Bakhtiyari, who was one of hundreds of demonstrators shot and killed by Iranian security forces during the protests that swept through Iran in November 2019, called on the UN to end the “sterile exchanges” with the Iranian authorities and establish a Commission of Inquiry to investigate and document the government’s “lethal repression” against the protesters. Read more

No Lawyers, No Justice: Attorneys Imprisoned in Iran for Defending Human Rights

At Least Nine Defense Attorneys Sentenced to Prison Since 2018

June 23, 2020 – Two years after the prominent human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested and imprisoned in Tehran, the Iranian judiciary’s continuing prosecution of independent lawyers under manufactured charges is laying bare the state’s disregard for international standards of law and due process. Read more

Iran Sentences French-Iranian Academic to 6 Years in Prison

Fariba Adelkhah has been detained north of Tehran since 2019.

Fariba Adelkhah in 2012. She is an expert on Shia Islam at Sciences Po in Paris, with French and Iranian citizenship, and was detained in Tehran last June. Credit…Thomas Arrive/Sciences Po, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The New York Times – By Elian Peltier – May 16, 2020 -PARIS — A French-Iranian academic who has been detained in Iran for almost a year was sentenced on Saturday to six years in prison on national security charges, according to her lawyer. Read more

UN Urges Iran to “Immediately Release” Political Prisoners and Dual, Foreign Nationals

GENEVA (17 April 2020) – UN human rights experts* today called on Iran to expand its temporary release of thousands of detainees to include prisoners of conscience and dual and foreign nationals still being held despite serious risk of COVID-19 infection. The country has been hit hard by COVID-19, with Health Ministry officials reporting one person dies every 10 minutes from the virus.

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Iran furloughs imprisoned US Navy vet amid virus concerns

March 20.2020 – AP – By ERIC TUCKER- WASHINGTON (AP) — Iran has granted a medical furlough to a U.S. Navy veteran who has been imprisoned in for more than a year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday.

Michael White of Imperial Beach, California, is now in the custody of the Swiss Embassy and must remain in Iran as a condition of his furlough, which was granted as the Islamic republic works to curb the spread of coronavirus. The U.S. government will seek his full release, Pompeo said, as he called on Iran to free other Americans who remain jailed there.

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Iran to pardon 10,000 including ‘security’ prisoners

Announcement follows temporary release of 85,000 to ease pressure on prisons amid coronavirus crisis

03.18.2020- Guardian – Iran is to pardon 10,000 prisoners including political ones in honour of the Iranian new year on Friday, according to state TV.

It was not stated whether the pardons would include the British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe – who was released on Tuesday for two weeks, when 85,000 were let out temporarily because of coronavirus – or the British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert, who was not known to have been released.

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Iran Releases 85,000 Prisoners But Not Siamak Namazi

March 18, 2020  – npr – Iran has released tens of thousands of prisoners because of the coronavirus outbreak. NPR’s Steve Inskeep talks to Babak Namazi, whose brother is still detained.

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