prisoners of conscience

Amendments to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Code of Criminal Procedure – Part 2

On June 22, 2015, an amended Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP) went into effect in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). While the original draft of this code, which was passed in February 2014, was considered a relatively positive development, last-minute amendments made just before the law was to be implemented have raised serious concerns of further deterioration of the state of the rights of defendants in Iranian courts. IHRDC explored some of these amendments in a previous translation on our website. The remainder of the amendments to the CCP are explored and further explained below. ... Read more

Is the Iranian Government Ignoring the Health Care Needs of Prisoners?

(January 22, 2016) -- Although it is a common problem for inmates in Iran, government negligence in the provision of adequate medical care to prisoners in health centers and hospitals in Iran typically escapes media coverage. Iran’s Prisons Regulations charge prison authorities with the responsibility of ensuring access to medical care for prisoners, but nonetheless the medical treatment of injured or sick prisoners is often disrupted due to administrative or financial oversight. In 2014, Iran was estimated to hold 210,000 persons in its prisons. Overcrowding, lack of access to clean potable water, skin diseases and other communicable diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis have been reported as common issues facing inmates in prisons across Iran. ... Read more

Majid Moghaddam on Ward 8 of Evin Prison: "A Reminder of Kahrizak Detention Center"

Late last month Majid Moghaddam, a prisoner of conscience and former detainee at Kahrizak Detention Center was granted bail as his six-year sentence on charges relating to political crimes such as ‘gathering and conspiring against domestic and national security’, ‘dissemination propaganda against the regime’, ‘insulting the Leadership’, and the additional charge of illegal exit from Iran entered the appeals phase before Branch 39 of the Appellate Court of Tehran. Prior to his release, Mr. Moghaddam had spent nearly eight months in detention, the first several months of which he was held incommunicado in Ward 2A of Evin Prison, which is administered by the Intelligence Division of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). After being sentenced in an initial trial, last five months of Mr. Moghaddam’s detention were spent in Ward 8 of the same prison. ... Read more

Amendments to the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Code of Criminal Procedure -- Part 1

On June 22, 2015, a new Code of Criminal Procedure (CCP) went into effect in the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). While the original draft of this code, which was passed in February 2014, was considered a relatively positive development, last-minute amendments before the law was about to be implemented have raised serious concerns of further deterioration of the state of the rights of defendants in Iranian courts. ... Read more

Iranian Writer Sentenced to Death for Apostasy

(June 20, 2015) – The Iran Human Rights Documentation Center (IHRDC) has learned that Hesameddin Farzizadeh, a 23-year-old former nuclear physics student, has been sentenced to death for apostasy by the Criminal Court of Meshkinshahr in Ardabil province. A source with knowledge of the case indicates that Farzizadeh was arrested in a raid on his house in November 2014 by plainclothes Ministry of Intelligence (MOI) agents and held incommunicado at the MOI facility in the town for several days before being transferred to Meshkinshahr Prison, where he has been held since. The charge of apostasy stems from a book written by Farzizadeh, entitled “From Islam to Islam”, in which Farzizadeh examines the history of Shi’a Islam and raises questions about certain facets of Shi’a ideology. For instance, in his book Farzizadeh reportedly questions the existence of the Twelfth Imam, who, according to Shi’a theology, is a messianic figure who is to eventually reappear as a latter-day savior of humanity. ... Read more

Melli-Mazhabi Statement Regarding Arrests and Disappearances

Letter regarding numerous arrests and disappearance of writers/artists. ... Read more

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