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A Daily Overview of Human Rights Violations in Iran for December 5, 2018

Posted on: 6th December, 2018
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The following is an overview of human rights violations in Iran on December 5th, 2018 based on the information compiled and verified by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA).

The following was reported by HRANA on December 5, 2018:

(1) At least Nine Protests Were Organized All Over the Country

(2) Workers’ Death Due to Unsafe Workplaces

(3) Last January Uprising Brought 30 Years in Prison for Four Protesters

(4) A Prisoner’s 70 Days of Hunger Strike in Rajai Shahr Prison

(5) Military and Law Enforcement Abuse of Power Were Reported

(6) Death Due to Explosion in Dehloran

(7) More Than 20 million are having difficulty in fulfillment of their sexual needs in Iran

(8) Baha’i Citizen Arrested on November 20th Was Released on December 5th

(9) Two Citizens Spared from Execution

(1) At Least Nine Protests Were Organized All Over the Country

Today at least nine protests were held in Iran and the protesters demanded the fulfilment of their requests. Students of Sahand University of Technology in Tabriz, members of housing cooperative for Tehran’s bus drivers’ association, investors of Adineh commercial center by Gilan’s governor’s office, city services’ workers of third division of Abadan by the municipality building of this city, municipality’s contractors of Tehran gathered by the municipality building of Tehran, workers of the Iran National Steel Industrial Group in Ahvaz, bankrupts shareholders of Caspian institution in the city of Rasht, students of Babol Noshirvani University on the verge of student day protesting the unfavorable situation in the country, and a group of civil activists are protesting and expressing their concern for the civil activist Farhad Meisami mistreatment in prison. Moreover, On the 25th consecutive day of protest, the workers from the Iran National Steel Industrial Group (INSIG) in Ahvaz, accompanied by their families, have held a protest by the governor’s office of the Khuzestan province, by the office of the representative of ayatollah Ali Khamenei and by Naderi bazaar. Also, the labor activists, Ali Nejati and Ismael Bakhshi and the civil activist, Sepideh Gholian who have been arrested recently during Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Agro-Business (HTSA) workers, protests, are kept imprisoned in a solitary confinement. In addition, 51 attorneys at law in a declaration announced their support for worker protesters in different part of the country specifically in Khuzestan province, and emphasized their willingness to accept their cases.

(2) Workers’ Death Due to Unsafe Workplaces

Due to unsafe workplaces, two labors were dead, and 27 others were injured. Iran ranks 102nd place in the world for workplace safety which is a very low. Tabnak reported that the chief transport police officer of Qazvin has confirmed that two landscape workers died at work. The reason of their death was car accident. Moreover, park rangers had an incident with three poachers in Koohsorkh district of Kashmar city which resulted in park ranger’s injuries.

HRANA reporting from MEHR News that the spokesman of the emergency department, Mojtaba Khaledi, has confirmed that 23 workers have been injured after a fire broke out in a construction site. Khaledi mentioned that 20 injured worker received primary medical care at the site and three others were transferred to the hospital. All the injured workers have been poisoned by the smoke. Furthermore, ILNA reported that four workers of a factory in Saveh Industrial Complex were trapped in an empty Nitrogen gas container and suffered hypoxia. ER officers have been sent to the place and after initial medical care, the workers have been transferred to Shahid Modarres Hospital. Also, workers in six inter-city rail projects who are working for the contractor company “International Sabir” reported about unpaid labor and the layoff of their 150 colleagues.

(3) Last January Uprising Brought 30 Years in Prison for Four Protesters

Arak revolutionary court has issued a conviction for five citizens who have been arrested earlier during last January’s protest in Shazand city. Mohammad Najafi, lawyer and human right activist, who is serving his three years prison sentence and Ali Bagheri have each been sentenced to 13 years in prison, Masoud Ajlo and Behzad Alibakhshi were each faces two years in prison. Abbas Safari has been acquitted. Moreover, during the past few days, seven Arab citizens in Khuzestan province have been arrested and transferred to an unknown location. There is no information about the reason of their arrest. Their names, confirmed by HRANA, been identified as the following: Ahvazi residents Morteza Dabbi, Ali Dabbi, and Faez Dabbi were arrested on December 5th. A resident of Hamidieh city, Mohammad Hemadi Obyat, was arrested on December 1st, Abbas Bavi, the resident of Ahvaz was arrested on November 29th and Residents of Ahvaz, Madineh Neisi and her brother, were arrested on November 27th.

A Sunni clergy in the city of Baneh in Kordestan province, Abdolbaghi Saeedi Rohani was arrested on Sunday December 2nd, 2018 by the security forces and was transferred to the intelligence office of the city. There is no information about the reasons of his arrest. A known source confirmed his arrest and mentioned that he had given a speech about government’s policies on poverty, unemployment and shooting Kulbars [laborers who make their living carrying goods across border areas] at Hadi Salimi’s funeral, a Kulbar who was killed recently by police forces. But there is no information about the reason of Saeedi Rohani’s arrest. Moreover, Amir Salar Davoudi, attorney at law who was arrested on 20th of November 2018 by security forces in Tehran, was transferred to Evin prison for national security related charges. His family could not get permission to visit him in last 15 days that he has been held in Evin prison.

(4) A Prisoner’s 70 Days of Hunger Strike in Rajai Shahr Prison

Hamzeh Darvish, a Sunni prisoner of Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, called off his hunger strike yesterday after 70 days. Hamzeh Darvish has gone to a hunger strike from September 23rd. Throughout his hunger strike, not only no action has been taken to fulfill his demands, but he was reportedly threatened form prison officials.

The family of Towhid Ghoreishi, a Sunni prisoner of Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, who has been transferred to the Ward 209 of Evin prison after a raid from the prison special forces to the Sunny prisoners’ ward in July, have not received any updates on his whereabout after passing 4 months of his transfer. They are worried about his conditions in prison. A source who is close to this prisoner’s family has reported HRANA that Ghoreishi’s family have gone four times to Evin’s prosecuter’s office during the past four months to acquire information but have been insulted and turned away every time by the head prosecutor Amin Naseri. Mr. Ghoreishi efforts to contact his family has been denied during this time and judicial officials have confirmed that they do not allow any visits from his family.

(5) Military and Law Enforcement Abuse of Power Were Reported

The center of Kurdistan Democracy and Human Rights has reported that on December 4th, 2018, Jafar Monir, a Kurdish Kulbar and a resident of Sardasht, was injured by a direct shot of the police forces. In the last few days, at least five kulbars were wounded by direct shots of police forces. A Suma resident, Jebreil Ahmadi, Sedigh Bianak, Sharif Mahboub who was shot on his waist, and Adel Shafei were the injured Kulbars.

(6) Death Due to Explosion in Dehloran

Dehloran’s head of department of health has confirmed that a 60-years-old man who was wounded after a mine explosion is dead. He passed away in Mosian district of Dehloran in Ilam province because of serious injuries. In addition, the head of emergency department in Alborz province confirmed that 15 students of a high schools for girls in the city of Karaj, have been poisoned by a gas leakage and were transferred to the Rjaei and Bahonar hospitals in Karaj.

Rasht court, according to the article 13 of the hunting law, has sentences a citizen to three years in prison for leaving a live electricity cord and an electric motor running in the farms of Rasht’s Pirbazaar village that let to electrifying and killing 18 wild boars.

 (7) More Than 20 million are having difficulty in fulfillment of their sexual needs in Iran

Mohammadreza Broomi the head of Family Committee in the conference for sexual crisis in Iran, reported on the statistics about current situation of marriage and divorce in Iran: “13 million single individuals, 4 million widows. In addition, 3.2 million boys 15 to 20 years-old, 5.5 million men between 20-35 years-old and 6.5 million women between 15-30 years-old are single”. These statistics indicate that overall 20 million people are having difficulty in fulfillment of their sexual needs.

(8) Baha’i Citizen Arrested on November 20th Was Released on December 5th

Baha’i citizen, Sepideh Keshavarz (Rohani) who was arrested by security forces earlier on November 20th, was released after posting a bail of 500 million Tomans [approximately $30,000 USD] yesterday from Evin prison. The agents have confiscated some of her books and personal belongings while inspecting her house.

(9) Two Citizens Spared from Execution

According to Irna, Hamidreza Bolhasani said “in 2014 there was a fight between two families in which Nabiollah Mousavi was killed. The head of Borujerd’s prosecutor’s office, two families made peace in Ganjineh village at Markazi province and convicted is not going to be executed. 75951 cases were sent to us and 16288 cases have made peace and are dismissed. And 44321 cases are reconcilable. Also, Milad Azimi, a juvenile offender who had been accidentally killed someone in a students’ fight when he was 16 years old, with the help of people who gathered the blood money and the victim’s family had agreed to absolve him and he is not going to executed.

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