Imprisoned Civil Rights Activist Released After 65-Day Hunger Strike—With a Catch

Azeri rights advocate Morteza Moradpour has been hospitalized in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan Province, while he recovers from the 65-day hunger strike that led to his conditional release from prison. However, his legal battle is far from over because his release order requires him to report back to prison every night.

“The decision by the Tabriz judicial officials to release Morteza under Article 7 occurred because they wanted to show that they had not surrendered to his legitimate demands and didn’t care about his hunger strike,” his brother, Fardin Moradpour, told the Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Morteza Moradpour was conditionally released on December 29, 2016 under Article 7 of Iran’s Prison Organization’s Procedural Regulations, which is normally applied to prisoners who have been authorized to work outside of prison in the day as long as they return to prison every night.

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.

Prominent Labor Activist’s Wife Awaits Verdict for Alleged Facebook Post

Najibeh Salehzadeh was never shown the “evidence”

Najibeh Salehzadeh, who says she was falsely charged for posting “insulting” material on Facebook, is awaiting a verdict following her trial at Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in the city of Saqqez in Iran’s Kurdistan Province.

“On Monday [August 15] my son and I went to the court and the judge repeated the same charges against me, that I had written things on Facebook that were propaganda against the state and insulting to the supreme leader,” Salehzadeh, the wife of prominent Iranian-Kurdish labor activist Mahmoud Salehi, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Real Target of Tehran’s Demand for Apple to Open Office in Iran is US Sanctions

Tehran’s recent ultimatum to Apple, the US tech giant, to open up an office in Iran or face a ban on Apple products in the country, was presented as a bid to end the loss of tax revenue from millions of iPhones smuggled into Iran, but its real goal is to break through the wall of US sanctions still blocking investment in Iran.

“If [Apple] does not register an official representative office in Iran, all phones produced by this company will be confiscated from stores,” said Abbas Nakhaei, head of the Anti-Smuggling Task Force, in an interview with the hardline Tasnim News Agency on July 17, 2016.

Bringing Apple officially into the country would be a huge victory for Iran, which has argued that the benefits of signing the nuclear deal and the easing of international sanctions have not brought the expected foreign investment into the country.

UN Body Calls for Immediate Release of Bahareh Hedayat

Imprisonment of Prominent Women and Human Rights Defender Is Against International Law, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Rules

The United Nation’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) has issued an opinion on the case of the Iranian women’s rights activist and human rights defender, Bahareh Hedayat, demanding her immediate release. The opinion ruled Hedayat’s imprisonment since 2009 is arbitrary and against international law.

WGAD’s consideration and ruling of Hedayat’s case, adopted on April, 19, 2016 and released on May 26, 2016, comes in response to a submission to the WGAD by
the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

Leading Iranian Human Rights Activist to Serve Ten Years in Prison

The prominent Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has been sentenced to serve ten years of a 16-year prison sentence, for her work defending human and women’s rights in Iran.

Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Mohammadi to ten years in prison for “membership in the [now banned] Step by Step to Stop the Death Penalty,” five years for “assembly and collusion against national security,” and one year for “propaganda against the state,” theDefenders of Human Rights Center announced on May 18, 2016.

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran calls on the Islamic Republic to immediately release the unlawfully imprisoned Narges Mohammadi and end the years of suffering she has unjustly endured behind bars.

Revolutionary Guards’ Cyber Attacks Now Directed at Rouhani Cabinet Members

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, who have long waged cyber attacks against the country’s activists and journalists, have extended their hacking attacks to Rouhani administration officials, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has learned, including close associates of President Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet members. To date, the Rouhani administration has not publicly criticized the Guards’ cyber attacks.