Narges Mohammadi Transferred to Qarchak Prison

Narges Mohammadi, the spokesperson of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, was transferred from Evin Prison to Qarchak Prison in Varamin City. In November of last year, she was arrested in Karaj City and has since been held in Ward 209 of Evin Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, her husband, Taghi Rahmani, confirmed the news and commented that his wife has not made a phone call since her relocation to Qarchak Prison, which raises concerns.

On November 16, 2021, she was arrested by security forces during her attendance at a ceremony honouring Ebrahim Ketabdar, who was killed by security forces in Karaj during the November 2019 protests. She was detained in a solitary confinement cell in Ward 209 of Evin Prison. On November 22, 2021, she was notified about the charges in Evin courthouse.

On December 29, 2021, security agents raided and searched her house and confiscated some of her personal belongings.

She has already faced other arrests and convictions and was imprisoned from May 5, 2015, until October of last year, Narges Mohammadi was imprisoned.

In May of 2021, Branch 1177 of the Criminal Court in the Ghods Judicial Complex in Tehran sentenced Mohammadi to 30 months in prison and 80 lashes, as well as fines. She was charged with “propaganda against the regime through the issuance of a statement against the death penalty”, “sit-down strike at prison office”, “property destruction by breaking glass” and “libel and assault”.

According to a report published by HRANA, in an open statement, Mohammadi stated that she will not, “under any circumstances”, attend any court hearing, and will refuse to accept any verdict from the judiciary courts.

In December 2019, Mohammadi and seven other political prisoners in the women’s ward of Evin Prison announced in a letter that they would go on a sit-down strike in support of bereaved families who lost loved ones in November 2019 national protests. Evin Prison officials threatened to deport her and others who participated in the strike to prisons known for their harsher conditions. Subsequently, she was punitively transferred from Evin Prison to Zanjan Prison in December 2019.

Based on Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code and the charges against her, the severest punishment of 10 years was enforceable, but after five years and six months in prison, Mohammadi was finally released from Zanjan Prison. Mohammadi has since been denied a passport and barred from leaving the country to visit her husband and children even though her previous conviction did not mention a supplementary ban on international travel.

Jailed French Tourist Benjamin Briere Summoned to Appear in Court After 600 Days in Jail

On January 20, the trial of jailed French tourist Benjamin Briere will be held for the first time after 600 days in jail awaiting legal proceedings.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Briere is French citizen who has been jailed in Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad City.

His lawyer, Saeed Dehghan, confirmed that the court session will be held and that his client will defend himself in court against the charges of “spying” and “propaganda against the regime”. Two other charges of “spreading corruption on earth” and “alcohol drinking” have already been dismissed by the court.

In May 2020, Briere was arrested by security forces and has since been jailed in Vakilabad Prison.

According to Dehghan, these charges were based on actions such as taking aerial photos with a remote-controlled helicam and posing questions like “why is the veil (Hijab) forced in Iran but not other Islamic countries”.

“Despite so many ambiguities and contradictions in this case, as his lawyer, I have been denied any access to the documents, which is disastrous,” Dehghan told HRANA.

Fallout from Execution Leads to Violence and the Death of a 16 Year Old Boy

Following the execution of an inmate who has been convicted for murder in Dehdasht Prison, a fierce quarrel broke out between the families of the victim and the executed inmate. A 16 year old boy was killed in the fight.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, an inmate identified as Khodadadi in Dehdasht was executed. The young man killed in the fight was Shahrokh Khodadadi.

Two years ago, Khodadadi was arrested accused of killing a man by the name of Saleh Afzoon. Subsequently, he was sentenced to death by judicial authorities.

After the execution and funeral, a fight broke out between the two families. Shahrokh Khodadadi was killed from a shot to the head and several others were injured.

As experts stress, capital punishment perpetuates the cycle of violence. This is particularly pertinent when the criminal law, derived from Islamic Sharia Law, considers the execution as vengeance which is decided by the blood avengers (usually one of the victim’s family members).

Sunni Prisoner Arkan Palani Jaf Sews Lips Together to Protest Lack of Furlough

Sunni prisoner Arkan Palani Jaf sewed his lips together in protest against the prison’s refusal to grant him furlough after several requests. Jaf has spent more than four  of his seven year sentence without furlough.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a note from this prisoner which has been reached to HRANA, he complained that his request for furlough had been dismissed many times and that his family was rejected and humiliated by prison authorities in Evin Courthouse.

Earlier, on Monday, December 17, 2021,  he went on hunger strike, which ended after a few days.

Jaf was arrested in 2016 and sentenced by the Revolutionary Court to 7 years on the charge of “collaboration with ISIS”. According to an informed source, the security agents wanted to arrest his brother and when they failed, arrested him instead despite having no evidence for his association with ISIS.

Jaf is 28 years old and a resident of Sarpol Zahab City. He is currently jailed in Rajai Shahr Prison.

Khaled Fereidooni Granted Furlough After 21 Years In Prison

On January 16, political prisoner Khaled Fereidooni was granted furlough for the first time after spending 21 years in prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Fereidooni was dispatched to furlough from Urmia Prison.

On August 31, 2000, Fereidooni was arrested and charged with “acting against national security” and “enmity against God (Moharebeh) through association with an anti-regime political party”. The Revolutionary Court of Mahabad sentenced him to death. After three and half years, this verdict was reduced to live imprisonment on appeal.

During this period, he has been jailed in Piranshahr, Mahabad and Urmia prisons. In 2007, he went into exile in Rajai Shahr Prison. After ten years, he was sent back to Urmia Prison.

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Two Inmates Executed in Adel-Abad and Khorramabad Prisons

On January 18, an inmate previously convicted for murder was executed in Adel-Abad Prison in Shiraz City. Yesterday, he had been relocated to a solitary confinement cell as procedure for carrying out the execution. Also last Sunday, an inmate who was convicted for murder was executed in Khorramabad Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, the inmate executed in Adel-Abad Prison was identified as Sajjad (surname unknown). Three and a half years ago, he was accused of and arrested for murder.

“In a group fight, where the police agents were also involved, one man was killed. They accused him of murder despite the fact that Sajjad had a rifle and the victim was shot dead by a colt. He never accepted this accusation,” according to an informed source.

According to Iran Human Rights Organization, last Sunday, another inmate was executed in Khorramabad Prison. He has been identified as Moslem Aghamirzai, 30 years old.

“Moslem was a building painter who two years ago killed a man in a fight to protect his friend’s sister.”

Neither of these executions have announced by judicial authorities or reported by media inside Iran.

Baha’i Citizen Sina Shahri Arrested By Agents of Ministry of Intelligence

Baha’i citizen Sina Shahri, resident of Tabriz, was arrested by intelligence agents and transferred to an unidentified location. Agents arrested him at his home, searched his house and confiscated some of his personal belongings including documents and books about the Baha’i faith.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, the reasons for his arrest and his whereabouts are still unknown at the time of writing.

According to unofficial sources, it is estimated that more than 300,000 Baha’is live in Iran, but the Iranian constitution recognizes only Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism. Because their faith is not considered legitimate by authorities, the rights of Baha’is in Iran have been systematically violated for years.

The deprivation of the freedom to practice their religion is a breach of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The United Nations covenant holds that every person has the right to freedom of religion, freedom of converting religion, as well as freedom of expression, individually or collectively; openly or secretly.

Armin Esperlous Sentenced to One Year In Prison

On January 15, Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court of Sanandaj sentenced Armin Esperlous, resident of Sanandaj City, to one year in prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, Esperlous, an environmental activist, was sentenced on the charge of “collaboration with an anti-regime political party”.

On September 29, 2021, Esperlous was arrested by security forces and transferred to a detention centre at the disposal of the Ministry of Intelligence. After 20 days of interrogation, he was released on bail of 150 million tomans (35,700 USD) pending further legal proceedings.

His first trial was held on December 12, 2021.

On March 17, 2020, in another legal case, he was charged with “propaganda against the regime” and sentenced to three months in prison.

His wife, Faranak Jamshidi, was also jailed in Sanandaj’s correctional prison. After two months, she was released on bail.

Three Inmates Executed in Isfahan Central Prison

On January 13, three inmates were executed in Isfahan Central Prison. Two prisoners have previously been convicted for drug-related crimes and one for murder.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Iran Human Rights Organization, three inmates on death row, identified as Abolrahim Sargolzai, Mohammad-Jafar Salehi and Shahin Khosravi, were executed in Isfahan Central Prison.

Reportedly, Salehi had been in jail for four year after being convicted for murder.

None of these executions have been announced by judicial authorities or reported by media inside Iran.

The most recent report from the Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) states that between January 1 of 2021 and December 20 of 2021, at least 299 citizens, including four juvenile offenders, were executed. In addition, 85 citizens were sentenced to death in this period.

As the report points out, Iran’s judicial authorities do not publicly announce over 88% of executions. These unreported executions are known as “secret executions” by human rights organizations.

Poet Ghasem Bahrami Arrested

Ghasem Bahrami, a critic, poet and resident of Mashhad City, was arrested while leaving the country. On September 15, 2021, security forces arrested him. He was released on bail in October.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Student News Network, a security institution-affiliated media outlet, Bahrami was arrested while attempting to leave from the northwest border of the country.

The report did not mention any reason for this arrest.

Bahrami is known for expressing political views through his poetry.