Tag: Hassan Rouhani

Six Years into Extrajudicial House Arrest, Green Movement Leaders Still Asking for Trial


The Judiciary should carry out its latest “promise—or threat” to put former presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, who has been under extrajudicial house arrest since 2011, on trial, said his son Mohammad Taghi Karroubi.

“I think my father has always wisely welcomed a trial because he wants history to record the fact that the leaders of the Green Movement were not afraid of being tried,” said Mohammad Taghi Karroubi in an interview with the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran on December 8, 2016. “He has no fear of going to trial… as the Persian saying goes, ‘let their shame be exposed.’”

The Campaign fully supports this call for a public trial, and urges all members of the international community to register their strong and vocal support for the right to an immediate, fair and public trial of Mehdi Karroubi, Mir Hossein Mousavi and Zahra Rahnavard, Green Movement leaders who have been under house arrest without charge for nearly six years.

Syria as Metaphor

The war in Syria is a nightmare. It’s a nightmare for all the civilians who suffer from constant aerial bombardment, who are trapped without food and medical assistance inside crumbling cities, who experience the retribution of either the Islamic State or the regime in Damascus. It’s a nightmare for those who try to escape and face the prospect of death in transit or limbo in refugee camps.

Syria is a nightmare for individuals, millions of them. But it’s not just that. If states could dream, then Syria would be their nightmare as well.