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Three Young Men to Serve 12 Years in Prison For “Insulting” Social Media Posts

Three Young Men to Serve 12 Years in Prison For “Insulting” Social Media PostsCHRI - Three 24-year-olds have been sentenced to 12 years in prison each in Iran for posting critical commentary about politics and religion on the popular Telegram messaging network.

The Iranian presidential candidate accused of executing thousands

Al-Arabia - Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi approved executing thousands of prisoners in 1988 when he was member of the commission of death that was tasked with eliminating political prisoners who opposed the regime.



Amnesty - Peyman Barandah, who was 15 years old at the time of his arrest, is due to be executed on 10 May in Shiraz's Adel Abad prison, Fars Province, Iran. He was sentenced to death after a grossly unfair trial which violated principles of juvenile justice. He was detained in prolonged solitary confinement during which he said he was repeatedly beaten.

Student Arrested by Intelligence Ministry Held in Solitary Confinement Without Charge

CHRI - Payam Shakiba, a political science graduate student at Tehran's Allameh Tabataba'i University, has been held in solitary confinement in Evin Prison's Ward 209 since his arrest by the Intelligence Ministry in late February 2017, an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

Family: Iran Rejects Detained British-Iranian Woman's Appeal

Family: Iran Rejects Detained British-Iranian Woman's AppealVOA - A British-Iranian woman detained in Iran while on a trip with her toddler daughter has exhausted all chance of having her five-year prison sentence overturned in court, her family said on Monday.

IRGC Commander Publicly Criticizes Rouhani’s Refusal to Block Telegram Call Service Before Election

CHRI - One month before Iranians head to the polls, a senior commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has revealed that President Hassan Rouhani opposed pressure to ban the popular Telegram application's newly released "Voice Calls" service.

University Student Groups Decry Security Climate on Campus, Rising Costs and Gender Segregation

CHRI - Seventy-two student organizations from universities throughout Iran have issued a joint statement asking President Hassan Rouhani to end the security climate on campuses, halt the rising cost of education, and stop discriminatory practices against female students.

Iran's Judiciary Blocks Voice Calls On Telegram Messaging App

PayvandNewss - Iran's judiciary has blocked newly introduced call features on a highly popular messaging app called Telegram. It was not immediately clear whether the reason for the blocking of voice calls, introduced last week, was a political move ahead of the country's May presidential election or an attempt to protect the commercial interests of Iranian telecom companies.

Iranian government confronts Telegram as election approaches

Iranian government confronts Telegram as election approachesAl-monitor - In the aftermath of the 2009 post-presidential election protests in Iran, social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube became popular platforms to disseminate videos and information from inside the country to the outside world. In response, authorities quickly blocked the sites, ultimately slowing their growth domestically. That restriction created an opportunity for a messaging app called Telegram to take the country by storm years later.

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