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

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 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.


"These guys were posting articles and cartoons on Facebook and Telegram that criticized the political and religious situation, and also shared material from others," an informed source told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI). "But most of the accusations against them are related to their posts on a Telegram channel where political and religious topics were discussed."

Alireza Tavakoli, Mohammad Mehdi Zamanzadeh and Mohammad Mohajer were arrested in Tehran during the summer of 2016 by Iran's Intelligence Ministry.

Tavakoli was arrested on

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Supporters Urge For Release of Ailing Iranian-Americans Siamak and Baquer Namazi Imprisoned in Iran

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 The American lawyer representing ailing Iranian-Americans Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer, serving 10-year sentences in Iran for unspecified espionage charges, has called for US President Donald Trump to immediately secure their release.


"If not resolved quickly, the Namazi cases could have an outsized impact on the trajectory of Iran-US relations because both men are in rapidly declining health," said attorney Jared Genser, standing alongside Babak Namazi, Siamak's brother

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Advocates For Father And Son Imprisoned In Iran Appeal To UN For Help

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 A lawyer representing two American citizens imprisoned in Iran appealed to the United Nations on Tuesday to intervene on behalf of his clients.


In a 27-page petition submitted to the U.N. Working Group On Arbitrary Detention, Jared Genser argued that the Iranian government is arbitrarily depriving Siamak Namazi, 45, and his father Baquer, 80, of their liberty. Their treatment in Evin Prison amounts to torture, and risks causing "irreversible damage to their physical and

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Dual National’s Husband Urges UK to Secure Her Release From Iran

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 The husband of Nazanin-Zaghari Ratcliffe, an Iranian-British citizen imprisoned in Iran since April 2016, is urging the British government to secure her release now that Iran's Supreme Court has rejected the second appeal of her five-year prison sentence.


"We have asked the [UK] government to do three things now that the process has finished: to speak out and say Nazanin is innocent of the allegations that she is a spy; to publicly call for her release now that their conditions

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Student Arrested by Intelligence Ministry Held in Solitary Confinement Without Charge

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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).


Shakiba, 30, has not had access to a lawyer and no reasons have been provided by the authorities for his arrest, said the source, adding that he has been allowed to contact his

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