“Rebellious” and the facts ignored with this label / Keyvan Rafiee

Posted on: December 8th, 2014

In an orchestrated effort with the Iranian Welfare Organization, the official Iranian news agency named IRNA denied the news recently issued by HRANA, concerning the threat of acid attacks in a kindergarten in Ahwaz.  The following article briefly shows that this denial actually confirms the accuracy of the information published by the HRANA and clearly indicates that the state founded media is more concerned about the resource of news rather than addressing the real problem.

On Friday, November 6, 2014, HRANA, the news organization of Human Rights Activists in Iran, published a report entitled “Acid attacks and threats in a kindergarten”.  on its website (1). The title of the news that included a summary of the entire released report entailed “on October 25, 2014, a woman attacked a kindergarten named Blue Lotus (located in the city of Ahwaz) with a container claimed to contain acid solution. (more…)

Condolences letter by Rasoul Badaghi for the murder of a Teacher

Posted on: December 2nd, 2014

HRANA News Agency – In a short letter, Rasoul Badaghi, an ex-teacher who is imprisoned at Karaj Rajaee Shahr Prison has offered his condolences to the educational society for the murder of “Mohsen Khashkhashi” a teacher from Brojerd.

The letter that has been provided to HRANA can be seen in the following: (more…)

Letter of Rasoul Hardani after 14 years of suffering in the prison

Posted on: November 29th, 2014

HRANA News Agency – Rasoul Hardany who was arrested at the age of 19 following a domestic hijacking incident has spent more than 14 years in prison. The root cause of this hijacking that later became the subject of an Iranian movie by a renowned director ( Ebrahim Hatami-Kia ) was actually poverty and inadequate living conditions according to the confessions of detainees.

The following is the full text of his letter, a copy of which submitted to HRANA : (more…)

Throwing acid on women is doomed / Behnam Ebrahimzadeh

Posted on: November 16th, 2014

HRANA news agency – Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, workers’ rights activists and political prisoner of Rajaei Shahr wrote: “unfortunately despite the widespread demonstration in different regions of Iran, in particular in Isfahan, the criminals who committed this barbaric crime have not been arrested, yet. Undoubtedly, the security forces can immediately arrest political and social activists who plan a rally and protest but can’t identify those responsible for acid attacks.   The behavior and practice of these people question dignity and human values. However, sympathy for the pain and suffering of the victims of this violent crime is only a small step and it is everyone’s duty to support the victims and slightly ease their pain. At the same time, it is important to eradicate this danger from the society and this is the least people expect from the government.

The following is the full text of this letter, a copy of which has been submitted to HRANA: (more…)

15 political prisoners write in support of Mohammad Reza Pourshajari

Posted on: November 1st, 2014

HRANA News Agency –  Mohammad Reza Pourshajari (Siamak Mehr), the 52 years old blogger, was released from prison after spending 4 years in the central prison of Karaj on 23, August 2014. He has been recently arrested on 30, September, 2014 when travelling to Uroumiah by intelligence agents and there is no information about his situation. 

The following is a full text of the letter of support for Mohammad Reza Pourshajari signed by 15 political prisoners: (more…)

Heshmat Tabarzadi’s Letter to UN Special Rapporteur

Posted on: October 26th, 2014

HRANA News Agency – Hashmatollah Tabarzadi, journalist, political prisoner, and secretary general of National Democratic Front, wrote a letter to Ahmad Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur to Iran: “I am a journalist and political activist. Although the government of Iran has broken my pen, dissolved my party, and imprisoned my friends for 20 years, they have failed to silence my voice. For this reason and in response to my sacred responsibility as a journalist to discover the truth, I have always reported cases of human rights violations in Iran that you are well aware of.”

The following is a full text of the letter, a copy of which was provided to HRANA: (more…)

A letter from Ramin Zibaei, an imprisoned Iranian Baha’i

Posted on: October 14th, 2014

HRANA News Agency – Ramin Zibaei is a scholar of psychology and dean at the Baha’i Institute of Higher Education (BIHE) in Tehran who has been sentenced to 48 months in prison because of his role in educating Baha’i individuals. He is imprisoned in Rajaei Shahr prison, and his daughter has also been deprived of higher education.

He addressed a letter to the people of Iran, and a copy of the letter has been submitted to HRANA: (more…)

2 political prisoners wrote a letter on educational discrimination

Posted on: September 27th, 2014

HRANA News Agency – In a short letter which was sent from prison, “Mohammad Seyfzadeh” and “Heshmatollah Tabarzadi”, two political Prisoners at Karaj Rajaee Shahr Prison reacted to ongoing human rights’ violation for some Iranian citizens which were prevented from further education under the title of “Flagged/ star Students” and “Bahaei Students”. The content of this letter can be viewed in the following: (more…)

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh’s life is in danger

Posted on: September 11th, 2014

HRANA News Agency- Zubaida Hajizadeh and Nima Ebrahimzadeh, wife and son of Behnam Ebrahimzadeh a political prisoner, wrote in a letter: “Today we were informed about the critical condition of Behnam through a phone call. We were at the height of fear and unsure of what to do? Yes, today we were informed that Behnam has been transferred to Rajayee Shahr Prison, Ward 1, Hall #2.

Since August 9th, Behnam has started a hunger strike, protesting difficult prison condition and lack of attention from the authorities. Today, we were also informed about another bad news, which was security forces attacking the prisoners and beating them. Behnam has not been able to even stand on his feet because of his serious health condition and being on hunger strike.” (more…)