Nasrin Sotoudeh, Imprisoned in Iran

Nasrin Sotoudeh is a human rights lawyer and public intellectual who has faced harassment and intimidation for years and spent time in and out of prison. More

Zahra Mohammadi

Iranian-Kurdish language activist Mohammadi spent six months of 2019 behind bars for her promotion of Kurdish language. She was held incommunicado for part of her detention and spent weeks… More

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Zahra Rahnavard

Rahnavard has been under unofficial house arrest since February 2011 for her and her husband’s political activism in support of the Arab Spring protests and in favor of women's… More

Sedigheh Vasmaghi

Writer and women’s rights activist Vasmaghi was imprisoned for her human rights work, including her opposition to the practice of stoning women found guilty of adultery. Her hearing lasted… More

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Shiva Nazar Ahari

A founder of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, Ahari has been jailed several times for her work documenting the suffering of Iranians. Most recently, she was imprisoned from… More

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Hojjatoleslam Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari

Outspoken critic of Iran's theocracy Eshkevari was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2000 upon return from a conference at which Iranian social and political reform was debated.… More

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Atena Farghadani

Farghandani was sentenced to over 12 years in prison for a cartoon she drew to criticize a family planning law, which depicted lawmakers as animals. Her sentence was extended… More

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Ramin Jahanbegloo

Jahanbegloo, author of over 20 books on Iranian current affairs and contributor to international publications, was arrested in April 2006 without charge; though unconfirmed claims say he threatened national… More