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17 Jan 2015

Shortly before the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence declassified the torture report, the UN Committee Against Torture released their own report condemning the US for failure to comply with the international Convention Against Torture treaty. Following the December 9, 2014 release of the Senate torture report, the UN Special … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

The international response to the crisis in Syria has been mixed since the conflict began in 2011. While Assad maintains some international support, much of the world has condemned his regime's response to the protests against his regime since the early days of the conflict. The UN has attempted to … [read more]


Legal News
3 Oct 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] Representatives for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] voiced their concern Tuesday over Iran's recent crackdown on activists speaking out within the nation. The OHCHR is most notably concerned by the September arrest of human rights lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah. According to … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Faezah Hashemi [The Iranian profile], the daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was arrested on Saturday and taken to Evin Prison to serve a six-month prison sentence. Faezah Hashemi, an outspoken critic of Iran's incumbent government, was arrested [RFE/RL report] upon returning from a trip to London. … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] The daughter of former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [BBC profile] was sentenced on Tuesday to six months in prison after being convicted of spreading propaganda against the country's current government. Faezeh Hashemi, who is a former member of Iran's Parliament [official website, in Persian], is also forbidden … [read more]


Student Commentary
29 Oct 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Toone, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Class of 2012, has spent over two years working and studying in the Middle East, including six months as an embedded civilian social scientist with the First Armored Division in Baghdad, Iraq. He writes about some of … [read more]


Legal News
29 Aug 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi said Saturday that approximately 100 people imprisoned for their participation in the massive 2009 presidential election protests [JURIST news archive] have been pardoned and released by Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei [official profile; BBC profile]. Though the pardoning of "repentant" prisoners traditionally coincides with … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Jailed Iranian journalist Isa Saharkhiz [Iran Press profile] on Wednesday urged [letter, DOC, in Persian] UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur Dr. Ahmad Shaheed to investigate prison conditions in Iran. Saharkhiz alleged that the treatment of both political and general prisoners in Iran amounts to crimes against humanity [RFE/RL report], … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Iran's Parliament [official website, in Persian] voted on Wednesday to take President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to court for "illegally" declaring himself oil minister. Last month, Ahmadinejad fired minister of oil Masoud Mirkazemi in an effort to streamline his cabinets and took control of the ministry … [read more]


Legal News
14 Feb 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The Iranian government will set up a special court to try media and culture crimes, state news agency IRNA [official website, in Persian] reported Sunday. The judiciary has set up a special prosecutors office [AP report] to handle alleged offenses committed in media and cultural platforms. Both the court … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2011
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] has been placed under house arrest [Saham News report, in Persian], according to his website Saham News [website, in Persian]. On Thursday morning, security forces reportedly took control of the area outside of Karroubi's residence and have barred all … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2011
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] The Iranian government has executed two men convicted of killing [JURIST report] three anti-government protesters in prison in 2009, according to a report Sunday by pro-government website Khabarnameh Daneshjooyan. The execution of the two prison officials was reported [AFP report] by Abdolhossein Rouhalamini, the father of one of the … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] Iranian opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi [BBC profile] on Monday publicly invited the government to put him on trial [Kaleme.com report, in Persian] for the civil unrest and violence that erupted in the wake of the hotly disputed 2009 re-election [JURIST news archive] of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC profile; JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] Iranian chief prosecutor Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi delivered a speech at Tehran University on Friday indicating that he would prosecute opposition leaders for political unrest that took place after the country's 2009 presidential election [JURIST news archive]. Dolatabadi threatened to prosecute [NYT report] former presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi … [read more]


Legal News
21 Dec 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Iranian prosecutors have charged First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi with embezzling money, judiciary spokesperson Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi announced Monday. The spokesperson said he expects the case to go to trial [AP report]. Conservative lawmakers say they have strong evidence linking Rahimi [Haaretz report] with corruption. Rahimi has … [read more]


Legal News
28 Sep 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] An Iranian blogger known for popularizing blogs in Iran has been sentenced to 19.5 years imprisonment for cooperating with hostile countries, spreading propaganda against the ruling establishment, promoting counterrevolutionary groups and maintaining obscene websites. In addition to serving his prison sentence, Hossein Derakhshan [Ottawa Citizen profile] faces a five-year … [read more]


Legal News
13 Sep 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] A judge from Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Iran [GlobaLex backgrounder] on Sunday released [CHRR report] from prison Shiva Nazar Ahari, a journalist arrested following the 2009 presidential election [JURIST news archive], after she posted bail of USD $500,000, according to a local press reports. While Judge … [read more]


Legal News
5 Sep 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Iran [GlobaLex backgrounder] on Saturday concluded the one-day trial of Shiva Nazar Ahari, a journalist arrested following the 2009 presidential election [JURIST news archive]. During the Tehran trial, conducted by head judge Pyrbasy, Ahari faced charges of warring against God [CHRR report], … [read more]


Legal News
30 Aug 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi has been named by multiple Iranian news sources as one of three top judicial officials who were suspended in connection with the torture deaths of three detained protesters, multiple Iranian media outlets reported [AFP report] Monday. The suspensions were announced last week [JURIST report], but … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2010
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] An Iranian court has sentenced Qorban Behzadiannejad, the campaign manager for opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi [BBC profile] during the 2009 election [JURIST news archive], to five years in prison, opposition website Kaleme [advocacy website, in Persian] reported [Kaleme report, in Persian] Friday. The report does not identify the … [read more]

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