In July 2015, the P5+1 and the Islamic Republic of Iran inked a landmark deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which distanced Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons and ushered in key economic opportunities for both Iran and the world’s economic powers. Under the Trump administration, however, the deal is now at risk of … Continue reading America First: The Business Case for Engaging Iran Post-JCPOA
Shahram Amiri - an Iranian scientist who allegedly provided the United States with information about Iran’s nuclear program – was executed for treason last week. A spokesman for Iran’s judiciary told reporters [Pr] that “through his connection with the United States, Amiri gave vital information about the country to the enemy.” The spokesman elaborated on Amiri’s death sentence, saying [Pr], ”Amiri had access to the system’s top secrets and had gotten connected with our number one enemy the Great Satan” and that “the Iranian High Court reviewed this decision with extreme care given the allegations of espionage.”
Iran executed as many as 20 prisoners this week, including Kurdish prisoner Shahram Ahmadi, according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Reports suggest that Ahmadi, a Sunni Kurdish activist, was executed despite claims that the case built against him was based on a forced and false confession. He was sentenced to death for the charge of “moharebeh” (enmity with God) after being accused of being a member and providing support for a terrorist group. Ahmadi endured 34 months of solitary confinement and despite attempts to appeal his death sentence, Iran’s Supreme Court upheld the sentence at the end of June.
ISNA media outlet reported [Pr] that Iran’s 2017 president elections will take place on May 19, 2017 (29 Ordibehesht in the Persian calendar). Iranian officials are reportedly slating the election to take place a month earlier than usual to ensure the voting does not coincide with the holy month of Ramadan.
A new Amnesty International report claims that Iranian authorities regularly mistreat political prisoners by denying them medical care. The report found that prison staff often withhold medical treatment to punish, humiliate, and intimidate prisoners. Withholding medical care is often used, Amnesty reported, to coerce prisoners into making false confessions. The 45-page report also underscores the role of Iran’s judiciary and prison administrators in preventing prisoners from receiving adequate access to medical care.
Domestic Politics Iranian Journalists Receive Text Warnings: Earlier this month, a reported 700 Iranian journalists and public figures received an anonymous text message warning against having contact with “hostile” foreign organizations. The message allegedly read that “all contact and collaboration with hostile elements based abroad, by mail or other methods of communication, is a crime and will be … Continue reading Iran Brief: Iranian Journalists Receive Warning against Contacting Foreign Organizations – July 15, 2016
Domestic Politics Iranian-British Citizen Remains Imprisoned in Iran: On April 3, 2016, Iranian authorities arrested Iranian-British dual national and Thomson Reuters Foundation employee Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe during “massive intelligence operations.” If convicted on charges of espionage, she could be imprisoned for up to 20 years or face the death penalty. Reports indicate Zaghari-Ratcliffe was separated from her daughter and initially jailed in Kerman prison. Officials have denied her access … Continue reading Iran Brief: Family of Imprisoned Dual Citizen Criticizes Efforts to Secure Release – July 1, 2016
Official Statements UN Calls for Immediate Release of Women’s Rights Activist: The United Nations’ Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) called for the immediate release of Iranian women’s rights activist, Bahareh Hedayat, following a submission from the International Campaign on Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI). Hedayat was arrested in December of 2009 and sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for “insulting … Continue reading Iran Brief: UN Calls for Release of Women’s Rights Activist, Newspaper Shut Down Following IRGC Complaints – June 24, 2016
Domestic News Revolutionary Guard Corps Clashes with PJAK: A statement posted on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) official website reported [Pr] that IRGC ground forces killed five members of the Party of Free Life of Kurdistan (PJAK) in the northwestern province of West Azerbaijan on Monday. The IRGC claimed that a number of those killed were responsible for the deaths of at least two Iranian … Continue reading Iran Brief: Exorbitant Government Salaries Spark Citizen Anger – June 17, 2016
Domestic News Journalist Undertakes Hunger Strike to Protest Treatment, New Charges: Imprisoned Iranian journalist Mohammad Sedigh Kaboodvand has been on a hunger strike since May 8th to highlight the unmet demands of political prisoners and protest a series of new charges against him. In a recent interview, his wife, Parinaz Baghban Hassani, noted that “after nine years in prison, they have opened a new case … Continue reading Iran Brief: Journalist Begins Hunger Strike to Protest Treatment, New Charges – June 10, 2016