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Support for European resolution, call for release of 52 journalists

cartoon-arrest-journalistsReporters Without Borders - Reporters Without Borders hails last week’s European Parliament resolution on European strategy towards Iran. For the first time, the European Parliament has displayed a clear desire to take human rights into account in the EU’s relations with Iran.

Paper Close to Revolutionary Guards Doctors Ashton Photo to Erase Image of Torture Victim’s Mother

javan-newspaper-erased-mother-sattarbeheshtiThe International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran - Almost immediately after EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met with a group of activists in Tehran, Iranian authorities unleashed a barrage of angry remarks and insults about her visit.

Rouhani has not increased freedoms in Iran, U.N. chief says

ban-ki-moonReuters - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has failed to fulfil campaign promises to allow greater freedom of expression and there has been a sharp rise in executions since his elecrtion, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday.

Critical Speech Lands Journalist-Activist in Jail

razavi faghihThe International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran - Iranian authorities arrested a reformist journalist and activist on March 6, one week after he gave a speech criticizing state bodies and authorities. Security forces have transferred Saeed Razavi Faghih, a former member of the Tahkim-e Vahdat student organization’s Central Council, to Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj.

Javad Larijani: “Be Grateful” for Iran’s High Execution Rate

larijani-mohammad-javadThe International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran - Mohammad Javad Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary’s Human Rights Council, said on March 4 that Iran’s increased execution rate is a positive marker of Iranian achievement. Instead of criticizing Iran for its increasing number of executions, he said, “our expectation of international organizations and the world is to be grateful for this great service to humanity.”

Reformist says Iranian journalists 'defenseless'

mashallah-shamsolvaezinAl-Monitor - In an interview with Al-Monitor, Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, a prominent reformist journalist, chairman of the now-defunct Association of Iranian Journalists and spokesman of the Committee for the Defense of Freedom of the Press, says, “We are still hopeful.”

Iran’s Judiciary Closes a New Pro-Government Newspaper

asemanThe New York Times - An Iranian newspaper aligned with the country’s reform-minded new president was closed on Thursday by Iran’s judiciary, only six days after its first issue, local news outlets reported.

Attacks on the press

newspapersCPJ - Iran remains one of the world's worst jailers of journalists. - Iranians voice hope for new era with election of President Hassan Rouhani.

Radio Farda's Interview with Dr Seyed Azmayesh - Free the political and religious prisoners in Iran.

berlin-febr2014-seyedIOPHRI - Following the series of demonstrations in various cities of Europe, on Saturday 8th February 2014, the IOPHRI performed another demonstration in Berlin, to defend the rights of political and religious prisoners in Iran. The people who participated in this protest had masks of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard and Mehdi Karroubi on their faces.

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