Four journalists, including three U.S. citizens, detained in Iran
New York, July 24, 2014— The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by a Washington Post report today that says Iran has detained four journalists—three of whom are U.S. citizens—and calls on authorities to release them immediately. Jason Rezaian, a U.S. citizen and a correspondent for the Post, and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, an Iranian correspondent for the United Arab Emirates-based newspaper The National, were taken into custody in Tehran this week. The report said the other two are photojournalists, but did not identify them. It is not clear why the journalists were arrested.
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July 25 2014
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Iran women flout dress code in Facebook campaign
Thousands of Iranian women have come together in an online campaign for greater social freedoms, posting pictures of themselves flouting the Islamic dress code required of all women in public. More than 146,000 people have supported the Facebook page “Stealthy Freedoms of Women in Iran,” which was created just 10 days ago with the aim of sparking debate on whether women should have the right to choose to wear the hijab. It has yet to provoke an official response from the Iranian authorities, who fear people are letting Islamic values slip as they turn towards a more Western lifestyle.
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May 13 2014
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My Son Shahram Ahmadi has been sentenced to death. He is 26 years old and has spent the last 6 years of his life in prison. I couldn’t stop the execution of his younger brother Bahram and had a heart attack when I heard the news. The Iranian government refuses to hand over Bahram’s body. Now I need your help to stop Shahram’s execution.
Bahram is on the right and Shahram is on the left in the picture above.
We are Sunni and Kurd. My son Shahram like many other Sunni youths has been critical of how badly the Iranian government treats the Sunni minority. Security police arrested him in April 2009 on his way home from mosque in our town, Sanandaj. They shot, beat, and kicked my son in the face, breaking his nose and head. They took him to the Intelligence Bureau of Sanandaj and subjected him to severe torture including electric shocks and forced him to falsely confess to armed resistance. It took the authorities 10 months before they allowed us to see him.
My son’s trial was unfair. The authorities kept him in detention for 4 years before charging him. The first time they allowed him to talk to his attorney was on the day of his trial. His trial lasted less than 10 minutes. Judge Mohammad Moghiseh used his coerced confession, the only evidence against him, to declare him a mohareb (enemy of God). I have no doubt that my son would have been found innocent if he had received a fair trial.
Your support could save my son. In the past international pressure has been instrumental in protecting individuals who had been unfairly prosecuted in Iran. A recent example is Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani who in 2006 was sentenced to stoning. Due to international pressure her sentence was later reduced to 10 years in prison and in March of this year, the Iranian judiciary announced that she has been released.
Shahram is not the only one at risk. Dozens of other Kurds have been unfairly sentenced to death. Please help me save my son and the other Kurds’ lives by asking Iranian officials to halt their executions and grant them fair trials.
Sign the petition. Pass it on.
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May 13 2014
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Intelligence Ministry Reviews Cases of Iranian Expats for Return
Iran has established a secretariat for the Committee for the Return of Expat Iranians, inside Iran’s Intelligence Ministry, the Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular, Parliamentary, and Iranian Expatriate Affairs Hassan Qashqavi said in an interview with Tadbir News Website. “The Committee’s meetings are regularly held at the Intelligence Ministry, and the Intelligence Ministry has achieved good results in this area,” Mr. Qashqavi told Tadbir, adding, “Reports of these meetings will soon be published.”
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January 30 2014
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Report: Iran Has Executed 529 People in 2013
Iran has executed 529 people this year, including more 300 since President Hassan Rouhani assumed office in August, according to a tally compiled by the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC).
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December 9 2013
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Iran Arrests 16 in New Crackdown on Internet Freedom
A group of 16 Internet freedom activists and journalist was arrested in Iran, accused of having ties with foreigners and endangering national security.
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December 5 2013
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Witness: Iran, Where Your Shoes Can Get You Deported | Human Rights Watch
In the end, the family was deported to Afghanistan over pink sneakers and platform sandals. Zohrah, 17, and her sister Hasina, 15, sounded furious, in a teenager kind of way, when they talked about their arrest and how it led them, their father, and Zohrah’s boyfriend to a dusty reception center on the Afghan side of the Iran-Afghanistan border.
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November 20 2013
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AMAZING NEWS! Iranian Human Rights Lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, has been released alongside 11 other political activists!!! http://bit.ly/18CfIrr
A BIG thank you to all who took action for Nasrin - your letters were heard. From Nasrin:
“I have been aware of all your efforts on my behalf and I want thank-you and all your colleagues for your work.”
via Amnesty International USA’s Facebook page
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September 19 2013
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My professor asked the class, “Why would anyone want to go to Iran?”
Here’s my answer.
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September 19 2013
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Twitter And Facebook Return To Iran
For the first time since 2009 protests, Iranians are free to tweet without using special software. Have the Iranian authorities finally decided to bring down the Iron Curtain?
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September 16 2013
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Here’s how Iran censors the Internet
Two anonymous researchers from inside Iran team up with an American academic to explore Iran’s censorship system.
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August 15 2013
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After 8 defiant years, Ahmadinejad leaves Iran isolated and cash-strapped
Iran’s most divisive president since the 1979 revolution initially won praise, but his successor is now tasked with undoing the damage Ahmadinejad wrought at home and abroad.
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August 2 2013
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… one of main reasons that people do not believe in Khazali’s hunger strike is that more than a year ago, it was announced that he had been on hunger strike for 67 days. Shortly after he was released by order of Ayatholah Ali Khamenei, the Islamic Republic’s Leader, Khazali started his weekly mountain hiking and urged people to take part in parliamentary elections. In the photos published from his mountain hiking, there was no visible sign of a long hunger strike and he appeared in good shape… His past activities with the regime made some people suspect the regime is in the process of creating fake opposition.
350 Iranian bloggers, political and civil society activists co-signed a letter last week warning that the life of publisher, physicist and blogger, Mehdi Khazali is in grave danger after he has been on hunger strike for more than 90 days.
But while some bloggers warn that Mehdi Khazali’s life is danger, there are also those who question whether he is really on hunger strike.
Khazali is the son of a leading right-wing cleric and former Counsel of Guardians member, Ayatollah Khazali. He was arrested together with several participants of a writer’s association called Saraye Ghalam.
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April 8 2013
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Google Reader’s Demise Is Awful for Iranians, Who Use It to Avoid Censorship
RSS readers take raw feeds of data—headline, text, timestamp, etc.—and display that information in a stripped-down interface along with many other feeds, which is what makes them so efficient. (Here is the RSS feed for Quartz.) Less obvious is how many RSS readers, including Google’s, serve as anti-censorship tools for people living under oppressive regimes. That’s because it’s actually Google’s servers, located in the U.S. or another country with uncensored internet, that accesses each feed. So a web user in Iran just needs access to google.com/reader in order to read websites that would otherwise be blocked.
Read more. [Image: AP]
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March 14 2013
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Iranian authorities held and questioned two daughters of detained opposition leader Mirhossein Mousavi and the son of fellow opposition figure Mehdi Karoubi for several hours on Monday
The state-linked Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) said the two daughters Zahra and Narges Mousavi were summoned for questioning, not arrested, and were asked to give “explanations” to prosecutors.
It did not say what they were questioned about but it may be connected to a statement the women issued last month complaining they had been denied access to their parents.
Mousavi’s other daughter, Kokab, told opposition website Kaleme security officials searched her sisters’ homes for several hours and “took anything they thought might be of use to them along with my sisters”.
Karoubi’s website Sahamnews said security forces raided his son Hossein’s house on Monday morning and confiscated personal belongings including his laptop and mobile phone. Hossein was also taken away, questioned and released after several hours, the website added.
(Source: sange-saboor, via obliquecity)
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February 11 2013
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