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Amnesty International Called for Freedom of Amir Amirgholi

Posted on: 18th May, 2016
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HRANA News Agency – Amnesty International issued a statement and urged the Iranian authorities to unconditionally release Amir Amirgholi and ensure that he is protected from torture and ill-treatment.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Amnesty International, citing the sentence of two decades of imprisonment for Amir Amirgholi, imprisoned left-wing activist, urged for immediate action about the situation of this political prisoner.

Amnesty International has stated that Amir Amirgholi, Iranian activist was sentenced to 19 years and six months prison on the charges in connection with his peaceful activities, following a one-hour-long trial in early 2016. He is kept in a very bad condition in prison waiting for the date of appeals court.

Amnesty International has mentioned Amir Amirgholi’s charges which are for his peaceful activities including gathering in front of UN office to support besieged Kobani people in Syria, and his connection with prisoners and participating in Khavaran memorial, and pointed out that Amir Amirgholi was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence in a street in Tehran, in December 2014.

Then he was held in solitary confinement in ward 209 of Evin Prison without access to a lawyer or his family for 56 days. Almost a month after the arrest, he was allowed to speak with his family in a brief phone call.

In April 2016, in protest to his condition, which was against the principle of crime based separation, he went on hunger strike for 18 days.

Amnesty International, based on their evidences, knows that due to pancreatic disease, he should be under the medical care and continuous blood glucose test, but he is deprived of needed medical care.

Amnesty International called on Iranian authorities to unconditionally and immediately release Amir Amirgholi and ensure that he is protected from torture and ill-treatment. Iranian authorities must ensure that he has access to lawyers and appropriate medical treatment and the principle of separation of offenses according to United Nations standards are considered about him.

Amir Amirgholi, former student activist and political prisoner in ward eight of Evin prison, was sentenced to 21 years imprisonment by branch 15 of the revolutionary court presided over by judge Salvati on charges of “blasphemy”, “insulting the Supreme Leader”, “gathering and colluding to act against national security”, “disturbing public order by participating in gatherings” and “propaganda against the regime”, in October2015. In accordance with Article 134 of the Penal Code and the aggregation of crimes, the maximum sentence can be up to seven years and a half. His Appeal Court Branch has not been determined yet.