Iran

On November 17, 2019, University of Tehran (UT) student, Saha Mortezaei, was reportedly arrested and imprisoned for protesting an order banning her from higher education for two years. Authorities had arrested Mortezaei in early January 2018 for allegedly participating in

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On November 15, 2019, it was reported that Razi University had expelled graduate student Siavash Hayati, apparently on the basis of his religious beliefs.

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On October 11, 2019, it was reported that University of Tehran (UT) student Saha Mortezaei was denied enrollment into a PhD program in apparent retaliation for her political activism. Iranian authorities have periodically engaged in the practice of banning students

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In early June 2019, authorities in Iran reportedly arrested Fariba Adelkhah, an anthropologist at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), during a research trip to the country. Adelkhah, an Iranian-French dual-national, is director of research for the Centre

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On May 13, 2019, pro-government activists reportedly clashed with students peacefully protesting the requirement that women wear a hijab on the campus of the University of Tehran. Students reportedly gathered on campus in front of the Faculty of Fine Arts,

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On February 13, 2019, authorities arrested Hakim Sabzevari University student Mojtaba Dadashi, in apparent retaliation for expression critical of Iran’s government. Following a closed door trial, a court sentenced Dadashi to three years imprisonment and 74 lashes. Dadashi, a political

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On January 9, 2019, Shirin Bani Nejad, a student at Islamic Azad University’s Sama Andisheh campus, learned that she had been expelled from the university, apparently on the basis of her religious beliefs. University officials reportedly called Ms. Bani Nejad,

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On January 9, 2019, authorities reportedly expelled Islamic Azad University (IAU) student Badi Safajou, apparently on the basis of his identity as a member of the Baha’i faith. Mr. Safajou was reportedly barred from studying at a state university in

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On January 5, 2019, the Islamic Azad University’s Shahryar campus expelled architecture student Sama Nazifi, apparently on the basis of her religious beliefs. Ms. Nazifi, a member of the Bahá’í faith community, has been described as a top student who

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In December 2018, Sina Higher Education Institute reportedly expelled Sepehr Shahidi Ghamsari, a civil engineering student and a member of the Bahá’í faith, apparently on the basis of his religious beliefs. According to a source affiliated with the student’s family,

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On December 1, 2018, Iranian authorities reportedly arrested Dr. Meimanat Hosseini Chavoshi, a research fellow and demography expert from the University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health, and Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, a professor of demography at the University

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On September 3, 2018, authorities reportedly arrested Rezvaneh Mohammadi, a graduate student at Iran Academia, an online university, in apparent retaliation for her work promoting gender equality. Mohammadi is pursuing a master’s degree in women’s studies at Iran Academia. She

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On September 1, 2018, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) intelligence organisation arrested Tehran Allameh Tabatabai University student Najmeh Vahedi and lawyer Hoda Amid at their homes in apparent retaliation for their work promoting gender equality. Vahedi, a graduate student

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On July 4, 2018, an Iranian court convicted and sentenced Rouhullah Mardani, a former student and a teacher at the University of Tehran, to six years’ imprisonment, allegedly in relation to his nonviolent participation in protests. Mr. Mardani was convicted

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