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October 23, 2017

IN BRIEF

Bahareh Hedayat, a student activist and women’s rights defender, was arrested on December 31, 2009. After nearly seven years in Evin prison, Hedayat was released in September 2016.

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At the turn of the new year, Hedayat, an active campai...

October 23, 2017

IN BRIEF

Homa Hoodfar, a professor at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, was detained in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison on June 6, 2016. She was released on September 26, 2016.

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Hoodfar, who is Iranian-Canadian and was 65-years-old at the...

October 23, 2017

IN BRIEF

Mohammad Hossein Rafiee, a retired Tehran University professor and member of the Meli-Mazhabi (National-Religious) Alliance and Iran’s National Peace Council, was sentenced to six years in prison on May 25, 2015. He was released on September 21, 2016.
 

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October 20, 2017

IN BRIEF

In June 2013 sociologist and political activist Saeed Madani was sentenced to six years in prison and ten years in exile on charges of “propaganda against the state” and “acting against national security.” Mandani been held without charge since January 7, 2012....

October 20, 2017

IN BRIEF

Yashar Darolshafa, a graduate student of Sociology at Tehran University and the former secretary of the Islamic Reformist Students' Association of Qazvin International University, was sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of “assembly and collusion agai...

October 20, 2017

IN BRIEF

In August 2008 Dr. Mostafa Alavi was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment by an Iranian court for “plotting against the regime.” He had reportedly been held in Gohardasht Prison since March 2007 and initially stood trial in January 2008.

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October 15, 2017

IN BRIEF

Hamid Babaei, a PhD student at the University of Liege in Belgium, was sentenced to six years in prison in December 2013 on charges of "acting against national security by communicating with hostile foreign governments and spying.”

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Babaei was first...

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IN REMEMBRANCE

Liu Xiaobo – the Quiet, Determined Teller of China’s Inconvenient Truths

 

China’s most famous dissident, Liu Xiaobo, has died in custody at age 61. The cause was liver cancer. His death, confirmed on July 13 by Chinese justice authorities  in the northeastern city of Shenyang, comes more than two weeks after prison authorities announced he was being moved to a hospital for treatment, news that was followed by pleas from around the world to allow him to travel abroad for care.

Dissident, Liu Xiaobo, won Nobel the Peace Prize in 2010 for ‘long and non-violent struggle’ for human rights. Illustration: Henry Wong

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