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When the Thought Police Come for You

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 07.10.2015 | Religion
Homa Sabet Tavangar

Orwell's Thought Police are functioning today in Iran. I know this because my cousin, Shahriar Cyrus, a husband, father of a young son and accomplished painter, was arrested last week in Iran in a similar fashion. Eleven representatives of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence came for him. His crime -- like that of hundreds of others -- was his belief.


Francis Levy | Posted 01.24.2015 | Arts
Francis Levy

As a director Jon Stewart's persona is a far cry from that of the television host. Instead of treating Bahari's story as a comic strip or subject of satire (in the way Argo partially did in its tale of a notorious escape from Iran), Stewart tackles his subject with deadly seriousness.

This Is What It's Like To Be Imprisoned In An Iranian Jail

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.14.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Few will likely ever comprehend the horrors of the Iranian prison system. For journalist Maziar Bahari, this was his reality for 118 days. In 2009...

Imagine Being Jason Rezaian

Roger Housden | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Roger Housden

I only spent two days in detention in Tehran, but it gives me a small hint of the terrible pressure Jason and his wife -- who will certainly have been separated -- are under right now.

Brother Of Imprisoned British-Iranian Woman Speaks Out: She Was Just Trying To Watch A Volleyball Game

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 09.25.2014 | World

Three months ago, 25-year-old Ghoncheh Ghavami headed to Tehran's Azadi stadium to support Iran's national men's volleyball team and left with handcuf...

Iran: Human Rights Caught Between Diplomatic Progress and Political Deadlock

Karim Lahidji | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Karim Lahidji

To praise Iran's president for his diplomatic successes means forgetting all too easily that the situation within the country has changed little, if at all, since his election.

Imprisoned Pastor Abedini Gains A Respected Ally

Posted 09.25.2013 | Religion

Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American citizen has been jailed for almost one year in Iran's notorious Evin Prison after working with the underground Chris...

Former Detained U.S. Hiker Sarah Shourd Speaks out Against Immigration Detention

Christina Fialho | Posted 06.06.2013 | Crime
Christina Fialho

Despite their ties to the United States, Manuel and Christopher have been in immigration detention since last fall. The families of people like Manuel and Christopher are often unable to afford visits because many detention facilities are far away from population centers.

American Pastor Transferred To 'Hanging Judge' In Iran

The Huffington Post | Hunter Stuart | Posted 01.15.2013 | Religion

Christian Reverend Saeed Abedini, a 32-year-old American pastor currently being held in an Iranian prison, has been transferred to a judge known for h...

Why We Should 'Adopt' Iranian Women Prisoners of Conscience

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 01.27.2013 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Now that many names of those in Evin prison have been published, these courageous women must not be forgotten and the Iranian government should be pressured for their immediate release.

Ahmadinejad Barred From Iran Prison

AP | Posted 12.22.2012 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's state prosecutor says he has denied permission to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to visit an imprisoned advisor, a further sign of th...

Andrea Stone

American Hiker Imprisoned In Iran Finds California Cells Worse | Andrea Stone | Posted 10.18.2012 | World

An American freelance journalist who spent more than two years in an Iranian prison said he can relate to inmates in U.S. prisons who face indefinite ...

Verdict For Jailed U.S. Hikers In Iran Expected In 1 Week

AP | NASSER KARIMI | Posted 09.30.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran — The lawyer for two Americans jailed in Iran on charges of espionage said Sunday the court will announce its verdict within a week...

Iran's Physical Abuse and Psychological Torture Needs to Stop

Alex Fattal | Posted 08.13.2011 | World
Alex Fattal

Last week, our families published information that has been gnawing away at us for many months: my brother Josh and his friend Shane Bauer have been beaten while in Evin Prison in Iran and live under the fear of execution.

An Iranian Suicide

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 07.03.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

A prominent journalist and critic before the Islamist seizure of power in 1979, Siamak Pourzand had endured more than three decades of vicious harassment at the hands of the regime.

Giving Thanks for the People Helping Me in Our Campaign to Free the Hikers

Alex Fattal | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alex Fattal

Thanksgiving feels empty with my brother Josh still sitting in Evin Prison in Iran for no good reason. Rather than wallow in his absence I want to reflect on some of the amazing people I'm thankful for.

Jafar Panahi: I am Iranian and I will remain in Iran

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

Acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi was jailed in Tehran's notorious Evin prison, this past March. Iran never revealed why Mr Panahi was detained,...

Iran Releases American Held For 2 Years In Tehran

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Iran on Saturday set free an American businessman jailed in Tehran for more than two years on suspicion on ties to an allegedly vio...

American Hiker Jailed For A Year In Iran Meets With Ahmadinejad

AP | SAMANTHA GROSS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

NEW YORK — Sarah Shourd, one of three Americans arrested last year while hiking near the Iran-Iraq border, met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ah...

Ahmadinejad Was Freed Hiker's Captor, Not Saviour

Omid Memarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Omid Memarian

Iranian President Ahmadinejad has portrayed himself as Shourd's benefactor, but it was his intelligence service that held her for 14 months. He was responsible for her detention without trial.

Iranian Human Rights Advocate Faces Execution Threat Amid Indifference

Ben S. Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben S. Cohen

Like the Lubyanka prison in Moscow during the Soviet period, or the Prinz Albrecht Strasse headquarters of the Gestapo in Nazi-era Berlin, Tehran's Ev...

Iran's Uprising Continues -- From Prison Cells

Josh Shahryar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Shahryar

Few stories chronicle the constant struggle for democracy and human rights in Iran. This, however, does not mean that the struggle is dead. It is a daily struggle that continues ever vigorously.

Prisoners in Tehran

Marina Nemat | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marina Nemat

Survivors of the Iranian regime's crackdowns need to be encouraged to speak out. Bombs, wars, and invasions will not fix the problem of Iran, but will make it worse. Change in Iran has to come from within.

One Iranian Prisoner Released -- But Many Thousands to Go

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

The release of film director Jafar Panahi on bail is a wonderful day for those who prayed for his release. But no one can forget the many thousands of other political prisoners in Iranian jails.

Maziar Bahari Tells Of Ordeal In Tehran Prison | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

For day after day, month after month, following his imprisonment in Iran on June 21, documentary filmmaker and NEWSWEEK correspondent Maziar Bahari di...