Lama Khater

An outspoken critic of both the Israeli government and Palestinian Authority, Khater was arrested by Israeli soldiers in July 2018 and sentenced to 13 months in prison for alleged… More

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Dareen Tatour

Tatour, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was detained in 2015 for her poetry and social media posts and kept under house arrest for more than two years. She was… More

Hesameddin Farzizadeh

Farzizadeh was arrested in 2013 after writing his book From Islam to Islam, which raises questions about Shi’a Islam. He was convicted of apostasy, which carries the death penalty,… More

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Saeed Madani

Sociologist Madani was tried in 2013 on national security charges for involvement with opposition groups. After his 2016 release from prison, he was forced into internal exile. In January… 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 anti-government protests and women's rights. No charges have been… More

Sedigheh Vasmaghi

Sedigheh Vasmaghi

Vasmaghi was imprisoned in a sham trial in 2017 for her human rights work but was released on bail. In October 2020, she was sentenced to a year in… 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

In 2014, Farghadani 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… 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