Iran: Slain Protester’s Mother Arrested

Son Was Killed in 2009 Post-Election Crackdown Beirut) – The Iranian authorities have arrested and detained the mother of one of the victims of the government’s violent crackdown on protests in 2009, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately release Shahnaz Karimbeigi, who became an activist after her son was killed and has been in Evin prison since January […]

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Iran: Hanging of man arrested as a teenager looms amid spike in juvenile executions

The Iranian authorities must immediately stop the execution of a man arrested for a crime committed while he was 17 years old, said Amnesty International, ahead of his scheduled execution on 11 February. Hamid Ahmadi’s execution was initially scheduled for 4 February but his family were informed today that it has been postponed by a week. Hamid Ahmadi was convicted, […]

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Iran: Halt imminent executions of 12 alleged drug offenders

Iran should immediately halt the execution of 12 men convicted of drug offences, scheduled for 14 January in Karaj Central Prison, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. The human rights organizations expressed concern that, despite repeated government promises, Iran has not made any tangible progress in reducing its alarming execution rate. On Sunday 8 January 2017, officials at […]

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Iran: Hunger-striking activist in poor health in Evin

URGENT ACTION HUNGER-STRIKING ACTIVIST IN POOR HEALTH IN EVIN Iranian prisoner of conscience Ali Shariati is in poor health in Evin Prison, 67 days into an ongoing hunger strike against his imprisonment. He has been sentenced to five years in prison for his peaceful activism, including his participation in peaceful protests condemning a series of acid attacks against women in […]

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Human Rights Watch Charges Iranian Government with Harassment and Arbitrary Restrictions on the Rights of Prominent Iranian Scho

In an open letter to President Rafsanjani today, Human Rights Watch charges the Iranian government with harassment and arbitrary assaults on the basic civil and political rights of Dr. Abdol Karim Soroush, a leading scholar and proponent of religious reform in Iran. A copy of the letter to President Rafsanjani follows. July 22, 1997 His Excellency Hojatoleslam Ali Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani […]

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