Here’s the latest list of attorneys prosecuted in Iran.
I received the list from Iran’s Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, who updates it routinely to keep track of which lawyers are in jail, which are out on bail, and which have been forced to flee the country. The courageous Abdolfattah Soltani is serving the heaviest prison sentence, 13 years.… Read the rest
At a press conference in Berlin this morning announcing the line-up for the June 7 HOPE Concert for the People of Iran. Artists such as @Swedish House Mafia, @Ebi, @Andy Madadian, @Natasha Bedingfield, and @Alanis Morissette will unite to support Iranians who are striving for more freedom and universal human rights. I will emcee If you’ll be in Europe, please check it out!
Emruz sobh dar conferense matbuati baraye concerte “Hope” taqdim be mardome Iran, ke 7 June dar Berlin bar gozar mishe. Khanandehayi mesle Andy, Ebi, Natasha Bedingfield, Alanis Morissette and Swedish House Mafia dar an sherkat khahand kard.… Read the rest
Iran has launched a public crackdown on dissent before next month’s presidential election, executing two men charged with espionage and waging war against God, arresting a group of activists and summoning campaigners for questioning. Political prisoners in some of the country’s most notorious jails have had their parole or visiting rights withdrawn and some transferred to solitary confinement.
Human rights campaigners in Iran, speaking on condition of anonymity, say state repression has intensified in the runup to the polls on 14
One of the video reports I recently put together in Iraqi Kurdistan, has now been posted by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. It’s about Iranian refugees who flee to Iraq in search of safety.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
May 13, 2013
The Iranian authorities won’t allow us to report from within Iran, so this month we speak to several Iranian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan who were imprisoned in Iran for their human rights activities. Iraq’s semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan has become known for its economic growth, relative stability, and security, and is attracting … Read the rest
Vargha Taefi has written this moving article about his mother, Fariba Kamalabadi, a Baha’i who is serving a 20-year prison sentence in Iran. She is one of my former cellmates in Tehran’s Evin Prison.
The Sydney Morning Herald
The Anguish of Separation
May 12, 2013
Though things may look well on the outside, nothing will quell the pain I feel as my mother is jailed in Iran.
Illustration: Andrew Joyner.
I am a financial adviser, aged 29. I live in Melbourne with my wife. We are surrounded by great friends, fabulous food and coffee. We enjoy all the buzz … Read the rest
This powerful video shows Iran’s worsening crackdown on journalists
By Max Fisher, Published: May 10, 2013
Iran’s journalists in chains from Committee to Protect Journalists on Vimeo.
Journalism can be a tough gig for Iranians, who face secrecy and the risk of retribution, and it seems to be getting tougher. A video by the Committee to Protect Journalists shows a rising trend in reporters being imprisoned for such charges as “insulting the supreme leader” or “spreading propaganda against the state;” in other words, for doing journalism. Some have faced solitary confinement, forced confessions, even death.
That trend started getting worse, the