Also by Fereshteh Ghazi
October 04, 2023
Iranian Girl's Hospitalization After Subway Incident Draws Parallels With Mahsa Amini's Case
A 16-year-old Iranian schoolgirl is in a coma after an incident in the Tehran metro. Activists and a human rights group say Armita Garavand was assaulted by the morality police for not wearing the mandatory hijab. Her case has drawn parallels with the Mahsa Amini case.
October 03, 2023
Hundreds Of Iranian Protesters Detained After Marking Anniversary Of Bloody Crackdown
Iranian security forces have detained hundreds of people as protesters in the country’s southeast marked the first anniversary of the killing of scores of demonstrators in the region, according to a human rights group.
September 13, 2023
How Mahsa Amini's Death Became A Rallying Call For Thousands Of Iranians
After Iranian authorities responded forcefully to demonstrations following the death of Mahsa Amini a year ago, public anger exploded into nationwide protests. Hundreds of demonstrators followed Amini to the grave amid a brutal state crackdown.
September 08, 2023
Iranian Protester Dies After Being Told 'You'll Never Leave Prison Alive'
Javad Ruhi, who was arrested and handed three death sentences after being spotted in a video dancing during protests in Iran, died under suspicious circumstances in prison last week. A source close to his family said Ruhi never stood a chance of getting out of prison alive.
August 30, 2023
'Era Of Repression': Iran Purges Ranks Of University Professors Ahead Of Protest Anniversary
The Iranian authorities are purging the ranks of university professors as the anniversary of mass nationwide protests approaches. Those in the firing line say they are being falsely accused of "encouraging students" to violate the hijab law, demonstrate, and chant antiestablishment slogans.
August 16, 2023
Iranian Authorities Ratchet Up Pressure Against Slain Demonstrators' Families Ahead Of Protest Anniversary
As Iran’s antiestablishment protests approach their one-year mark, the authorities are stepping up pressure against the families of slain demonstrators to prevent tributes to those killed.
August 04, 2023
Members Of Iranian Musical Group That Performed At Grave Of Slain Protester Forced To Apologize
Members of a musical group that performed in tribute to slain protester Ghazaleh Chalabi in the northern Iranian city of Amol last week have apologized for their actions after facing pressure from security forces.
February 21, 2023
Family Of Slain Iranian Teenage Protester Endure Threats, Intimidation As They Seek Justice
Pedram Azarnush, 17, was allegedly shot dead by security forces during an anti-regime protest in southern Iran almost five months ago. His family has endured constant threats and intimidation as they seek justice. Azarnush is among the hundreds of protesters killed in the brutal state crackdown.
January 19, 2023
Iranians Rally Behind Executed Poultry Worker, Kids' Coach
Abandoned by friends and family as he awaited his fate on death row, a 39-year-old man executed in connection with ongoing antiestablishment protests in Iran has gained a family of supporters who see him as a face of everyday victims of state repression.
December 08, 2022
A 'Martyr's' Death: Iranian Security Forces Attempt To Cast Protester They Shot As Their Hero
Eyewitnesses to the death of Omid Moayidi say he was first shot in the back as he ran from Iranian security forces during street protests before being shot at close range in the head. Officials have pressured his family to say that Moayidi was not protesting, but was shot by "rioters" as he drove.
October 27, 2022
Teen Laborer Killed 'Holding His Prayer Mat' In Iran's Protest Crackdown
A 16-year-old boy was among the dozens of people killed during a crackdown on anti-government protests in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan Province on September 30. In an interview with RFE/RL's Radio Farda, the teen's brother said he was shot dead after attending Friday Prayers.
October 07, 2022
Mother Of Dead Teen Protester Accuses Iranian Authorities Of 'Lying' About Her Death In Attempt To 'Exempt Themselves'
Nika Shakarami, 16, left to join anti-government protests in Tehran on September 20. She was never seen alive by her family again. In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL's Radio Farda, Nika's mother says the family is now being pressured to echo the official account of her daughter's death.
September 30, 2022
Iran Arrests Singer Whose Song Became Anthem Of Ongoing Protests
Iran has arrested a singer whose song about the ongoing protests in the country has gone viral, RFE/RL's Radio Farda has learned. Shervin Hajipour's arrest comes amid a crackdown on artists, journalists, and activists.
March 05, 2022
I Won't Be Silenced: Grieving Mother Keeps Memory Of Son Lost In Iran's 2019 Crackdown Alive
Maryam Behtarpur lost her 27-year-old son during Iran's November 2019 state crackdown on antiestablishment protests. Authorities doubled down recently by arresting her husband and her younger son, and her daughter now faces more than four years in prison.
December 12, 2020
Two Decades Later, Still No Justice For Iran's 'Chain Murders' Of Intellectuals
In 1998, several Iranian intellectuals and dissidents were brutally killed by Intelligence Ministry agents in what became to be known as the "chain murders." Twenty-two years later, there has been no official claim of responsibility for several of the victims and many cases remain unsolved.
November 20, 2020
One Year After Iran's Deadly Crackdown, Victims' Families Face Harassment
The relatives of some of the hundreds killed in the state crackdown on anti-establishment protests in November 2019 say they have been threatened and prevented from holding memorials to mark the first anniversary of their loved ones' deaths.