Iran

On February 22, 2021, an Iranian court convicted and sentenced University of Tehran student Leila Hosseinzadeh to five years’ imprisonment and a two-year ban on internet activities, in apparent retaliation for her nonviolent activism. Hosseinzadeh is a student union activist

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On January 28, 2021, Iranian security forces raided the home of prominent journalist, writer, and former university professor Emadeddin Baghi and confiscated his phones and laptops. Baghi, a scholar of sociology, worked for eight years at Allameh Tabatabaei University until

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On January 9, 2021, state security forces detained two Kurdish graduate students from Kharazmi University. Rights groups and news outlets reported that security forces detained the students — Farzad Samani and Sohaib Badrouj — during a raid on a student

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On June 25, 2020, it was reported that the University of Mohaghegh Ardabili (UMA) suspended fifteen students for holding a vigil for the victims of a Ukrainian airliner crash in January 2020. On January 8, 2020, Ukraine International Airlines Flight

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On June 24, 2020, authorities summoned Sedigheh Vasmaghi, a prominent scholar and lawyer, to the Revolutionary Court in apparent retaliation for signing a petition concerning the use of violent force during protests in November 2019. Vasmaghi is a women’s rights

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In June 2020, the Revolutionary Court of Karaj convicted and sentenced historian Touraj Amini to one year imprisonment, apparently for his research and publications. Amini is a historian of the Qajar dynasty era and the Iranian Constitutional movement, and the

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On May 10, 2020, Iranian authorities arrested Reza Eslami-Somea, a professor at Shahid Beheshti University (SBU), for organizing and facilitating a course on the rule of law. He was ultimately convicted of “cooperating with hostile foreign powers” and sentenced to

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On May 1, 2020, it was reported that Mostafa Hashemizadeh, a civil engineering student at the University of Tehran (UT), was sentenced to six years in prison for his alleged participation in a protest over the Iranian government’s role in

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On April 28, 2020, it was reported that Amir Mohammad Sharifi, a student at the University of Tehran (UT), was sentenced to three months in prison for nonviolent expressive activity, including his alleged participation in protests over the Iranian government’s

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On April 10, 2020, alleged agents from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) reportedly arrested Sharif University of Technology (SUT) students, Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi. As of this report, there are few public details regarding the circumstances of

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On February 10, 2020, Iranian state authorities reportedly arrested Bahareh Hedayat, a student at the University of Tehran and a well known human rights activist, after she was summoned by campus security. Hedayat’s arrest occurred amidst an apparent government crackdown

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On February 4, 2020, an Iranian court convicted and sentenced University of Tehran student Ali Nanvaei to six months imprisonment in connection with his alleged participation in protests in November 2019. Starting on November 15, 2019, students, activists, and citizens

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On January 16, 2020, Iranian security forces reportedly detained at least eight University of Tehran students in apparent connection with their alleged plans to participate in a student protest over the Iranian government’s role in shooting down a Ukrainian airliner

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On January 11, 2020 police reportedly fired tear gas at student demonstrators from Amirkabir University of Technology protesting the role of the Iranian military in shooting down an airliner on January 8. Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 crashed shortly after

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On November 18, 2019, paramilitary forces reportedly clashed with students from the University of Tehran (UT) and arrested dozens in an apparent attempt to restrict their participation in nationwide protests. Beginning on November 15, students, activists, and citizens have held

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