Witness Statement of Gelawij Heidari

In this witness statement, Gelawij Heidari—a Kurdish homemaker from Paveh—recounts the Iranian central government’s military attack on the Kurdish region in August 1979 and the state violence that followed, including the execution of her husband on the orders of Ayatollah Sadegh Khalkhali, who was the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Court at the time. She also recalls her own arrest, imprisonment and torture, alongside her youngest daughter, as well as the imprisonment and death of her father and siblings. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Farkhondeh

In this witness statement, Farkhondeh—a Kurdish homemaker—describes the execution of her son by Iranian authorities a year after the Iranian Revolution of 1979. She also describes her own detention in prison in Orumiyeh, along with her one-year-old grandchild. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Hamed Saati

In this witness statement, Hamed Saati—an Iranian Kurd now living in Sweden—describes the Kurdish reaction to the 1979 referendum on creating an Islamic Republic, as well as the Iranian central government’s attack on the Kurdish region in August 1979. Saati also recounts the execution of his brother, Hamid Saati, by Iranian officials sometime around May 1983. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Farhad Sarhangi

In this witness statement, Farhad Sarhangi—a former Kurdish peshmerga—recalls his numerous arrests and imprisonments in Iran in the early 1980s. He also details the Iranian state’s execution of his younger sister Masoumeh, a juvenile at the time, on alleged political grounds. ... Read more

Faezeh Hashemi's son, Hassan Lahouti, detained at Iman Khomeini Airport

Hassan Lahouti, the 23 year old son of activist, journalist and former Iranian politician Faezeh Hashemi, was detained at Imam Khomeini Airport. Hassan is a student in England who was returning to Iran to visit for the Nowruz holidays - upon his arrival, security forces in the airport detained him, and subsequently transferred him to ward 209 in Evin. ... Read more

Letter of Abbas-Ali Alizadeh to the Head of the Majlis

Alizadeh’s letter to the head of the Majlis (the Islamic Consultative Assembly) dated 2/24/82. Any action or speech can constitute a crime and be eligible for criminal prosecution; these crimes may now be resigned by writing. Abbas-Ali Alizadeh in his letter addressed to the head of the Islamic Consultative Assembly (Majlis) reports received Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) Chief Justice of Tehran's letter - addressed to Mr. Hojjatoleslam Mehdi Karroubi, President of the Majlis. ... Read more

Sakineh Ashtiani's son fights against her stoning sentence

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s son Sajjad met with foreign reporters in Tabriz today, re-iterating that his mother is not guilty, and urging a cancellation of his ... Read more

Iran Doles Out Prison Sentences to Tech Bloggers, or 'Enemy Cyber Activists'

Originally posted at: BY LORENZO FRANCESCHI-BICCHIERAI Iran has sentenced a group of tech bloggers to a combined 36 years in prison for espionage and working with ... Read more

Report Indicates Execution of Two Ahwazi Arab Men May Be Imminent

Ali Chobayshat and Yasin (Khaled) Musavi could be executed as early as Thursday. ... Read more

Unlock Iran Is Like Facebook for Exposing Human Rights Abuses

Originally posted at: In Iran's jails there are 85 political activists, 32 bloggers, 21 journalists, 245 religious minority prisoners and in total at least 800 "prisoners ... Read more

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