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Iran: Harsh prison sentences for two female activists highlight rampant injustice

The sentencing of Iranian artist and activist Atena Farghadani to more than 12 years in prison – far in excess of the statutory maximum punishment for the charges she faced – is a terrible injustice, and a violation her rights…

Dispatches: A Journalist is Pilloried in the Iranian Press

On April 12 the Fars News Agency, an outlet close to Iran’s security and intelligence apparatus, published an attack piece titled “New Revelations About Jason Rezaian’s Relationship with the CIA.” After touching on brief details of Rezaian’s legal case, including…

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Iranian programmer Saeed Malekpour will be celebrating his 40th birthday Friday from behind bars, where he’s completing his sixth year in prison for creating an open source software program that others used to upload pornographic images to the Internet. His…

A woman wearing a Burqa in Minab, Iran.

The first authoritative study into female genital mutilation in Iran has found the practice is being carried out in at least four major provinces while officials are silent on the matter. According to research by social anthropologist Kameel Ahmady released…

Ahmad Zeidabadi

When journalist and political activist Ahmad Zeidabadi finished his six-year prison sentence on May 19, instead of returning to his home in Tehran, he was forced into exile in Gonabad City, almost a thousand kilometers away. The sentence was handed…

Atena Farghadani

Atena Farghadani has just been sentenced for, in effect, drawing Iranian leaders as monkeys and cows. Given the absurd ruling, perhaps she should have drawn the rule of draconian law, and her legal proceedings, as a kangaroo court instead. Farghadani,…

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