Iranian President Hassan Rouhani repeatedly touts his commitment to “constructive engagement” with the international community, particularly as he negotiates a comprehensive nuclear agreement. Yet, as nuclear talks resume this week, the systematic and widespread violations of human rights in Iran continue unabated, overshadowed — if not sanitized — by the myopic international focus on the nuclear issue. (more…)
HRANA News Agency – Following the brutal attack on the political prisoners of the ward 350 of Evin, 30 political prisoners of the Rajai-Sharh prison wrote: “Such a brutal attack indicates that the regime can no longer endure the pressure applied by the civil movement and international human rights organizations in response to its systematic violation of human rights. In view of this enormous pressure, numerous crises in the country and the huge gap created amongst regime’s leadership team, the regime desperately retaliates from defenseless political prisoners and their families. ”
The following is the full text of this statement, a copy of which has been submitted to HRANA: (more…)
HRANA News Agency – During the past three months, I have been summoned to the Revolutionary Court, the last time being yesterday 14April2014, but refused to attend the court. Now, I have an opportunity to clarify the reasons for my refusal while sharing a message in the honor of labor day: (more…)
HRANA News Agency – The father of a Sunni prisoner sentenced to death in Iran has written an open letter about his son, published by the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA). The full text of the letter has been translated into English below:
“In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,
I am Hassan Gharibi, I have passed 80 years of age, and I am the father of Mohammad Gharibi.
It is now nearly five years since they took my son.
Before my son was arrested, he was a person of the mosque, he used to pray in congregation and he would always go to the mosque. In the month of Ramadan, he would always be awake [worshiping] at night.
It is nearly nine years since he was married, and he now has a little boy. When he was arrested, his son was 3 years old, but now his beloved son is nearly 8. His son always asks for his father.
Mohammad’s mother was 70 years old, she was ill and had a stroke. Two years ago, when Mohammad was in Rajai Shahr prison, his mother died, and they did not even let him come for the funeral.
Since the day he was first arrested, he has regularly been physically and psychologically tortured.
Now he is very ill, and has developed kidney stones, just because the water in the prison is polluted.
My son was loved by the whole neighborhood, now all of them are upset by his absence.
I am already old, and my happiness was Mohammad, that he will take care of me, but instead I have grief and sadness.
His mother has died, and I am unwell, and I do not know whether I will see him before I die, or whether it will be like his mother, and I will die while he is still in prison.
Now, to the Iranian authorities, to the President, to the chairman of the judiciary, and also to the supreme leader of Iran, I request that you have mercy on my son, and do not execute him for being a Sunni.
It is two years since Mohammad’s death sentence was issued, and his case is now in the Supreme court, and I am waiting [to find out] whether his sentence will be finalized or not.
What did Mohammad do to get the death penalty? Except performing prayers, and doing religious activities, and he was a Sunni, [this is] his crime that they have sentenced him for!
They held a court [just] for formalities, and they issued a verdict for him on false charges. This is a government plot! Anyone who is a Sunni, and who [performs] religious activities, is jailed. And they issue charges against them, and false charges of ‘Moharabeh’ [enmity against God] are filed against them.
I pray to God that he has mercy on all the oppressed [people] in the world, and to answer our prayers, and to release my son and all political prisoners of [Sunni] faith.
Finally, to all Sunni scholars, to all students of knowledge, and also to all the compassionate people of the world, and all human rights organisations, I ask that anyone who knows of my situation, I want you to pray for the release of my son, and use all of your efforts towards releasing political prisoners of [Sunni] faith.
Hassan Gharibi, the father of Mohammad Gharibi, a Sunni prisoner sentenced to death.
21 April 2014
HRANA News Agency – 46 Baha’i citizens of Eyval, a small town in the province of Mazandran, Iran, who have been facing continuous torture and harassment, issued a letter to the head of judicial system in Mazandaran asking him to put an end to these harassments. They wrote: “the government of Iran claims to be the true representative of Imam Ali’s ideal government who once said “I don’t deserve sleeping at night if I hear the personal jewel of a Jewish woman is stolen” (Jews and Muslims have been always at war). Also, when he was preparing Malek Ashtar’s verdict as the governor of Egypt, he suggested: “Malek, people are either your Muslim brothers or God’s creature. You need to treat them, ALL, fairly.””.
The full text of the letter is as follows. (more…)
Amnesty International: URGENT ACTION EVIN PRISONERS AT RISK AFTER REPORT OF RIOT Reports of prison guards raiding Section 350 of Tehran’s Evin Prison, where many political prisoners are held, have emerged raising fears about the safety of prisoners. The unrest appears to have resulted in prisoners sustaining injuries, including broken ribs. It has been reported that at least 32 individuals from Section 350 have been transferred to solitary confinement in Section 240 of the prison. (more…)
TRADE UNIONIST PUNISHED FOR hunger strike
Iranian trade unionist Shahrokh Zamani, a prisoner of conscience, has ended a hunger strike after 38 days, which has left him in poor health. He is facing reprisals for demanding prisoners’ rights inside Raja’i Shahr Prison. (more…)
HRANA News Agency – Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, a journalist and political prisoner in Rajai Shahr prison lounge 12, wrote to the Iranian New Year “Iranians are facing imprisonment and torture, convicted of expression of opinion and taking legal actions. The regime has stripped away Iranians’ right of self-determination and violated the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Detention centers and prisons are filled with honorable Justice lawyers, teachers, human rights activists, religious minorities and religious identity activists, women activists, students, workers, artists, journalists, political activists and others seeking freedom and equality. ”
The following is the full text of Heshmatollah Tabarzadi’s New Year message: (more…)
HRANA News Agency – Iranian state-run media has broadcast a number of documentaries about Sunni prisoners in recent weeks, many featuring clips of Sunni prisoners who had been tortured apparently testifying against themselves and other prisoners.
Following the most recent documentary, broadcast on 14 March 2014, about four Sunni prisoners who have been sentenced to death, a letter from their representative provides evidence exposing the fabricated charges against them. (more…)
HRANA News Agency – The imprisoned worker activist, Shahrokh Zamani, has been witnessing the execution of 7 prisoners in the solitary confinements of Rajai Shahr Prison.
He has written what he has witnessed in a letter which is published by the “Committee to Defend Shahrokh Zamani”: (more…)