July 6, 2021—The appointment of Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei, a major human rights violator, as the Islamic Republic’s new judiciary chief is another indication of the commitment by the country’s ruling establishment to use the judicial system as a means to suppress peaceful dissent in Iran.
A UN expert today criticised the Islamic Republic of Iran’s practice of sentencing human rights defenders to long-term detention, and called on the Government to release all those detained for their human rights work.
Esmail Gerami, a 67 year-old pensioner and labor activist was sentenced to prison and lashes for participating in protests held by pensioners for higher wages in Tehran.
In two weeks, when Iran is scheduled to hold its presidential election, Narges Mohammadi will be staying home. One of her country’s most courageous human-rights activists, she views the upcoming vote as a sham.
On May 31, political prisoner Khaled Pirzadeh went on a hunger strike for the second time this year in the Greater Tehran Prison.
The state policy of persecuting and imprisoning independent defense lawyers under false charges for doing their jobs is continuing under Iranian Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi, who is running for the presidency in June 2021.
The European Union on Thursday called on Iran to review a case of a prominent female human rights activist who was sentenced to 30 months in prison and 80 lashes on charges of protesting against the killing of protesters during the country’s 2019 unrest.
A German-Iranian human rights activist held in Iran on vague security-related charges has had her first hearing at a Revolutionary Court, her daughter and human rights groups said.
Tireless campaigners are trying to end executions in Iran, one case at a time, despite risking arrest and facing backlash for their advocacy for criminals on death row. Iran executes hundreds of people every year, second only to China.
Imprisoned human rights defender Mohammad Nourizad’s wife, Fatemeh Maleki says he continues to be held at Evin Prison despite the Forensic Medical Organisation’s report that considers him unfit to serve his sentence due to the severity of his physical ill-health.
36 human rights organizations including Iran Human Rights (IHR) call on the international community for urgent action to immediately release all the arrested Kurdish activists and stop the arbitrary arrests of minority activists in Iran.