Kurdish Activists Still Held in Solitary Confinement

Posted on: September 5th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Although several months have passed since a number of Kurdish political and social activists and literary intellectuals have been arrested in different cities throughout Kurdistan, they are still behind bars held in a legal state of limbo in solitary confinement.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the following individuals are locked up in isolation cells in the Intelligence Agency’s Detention Center (Maydan Naft) in Kermanshah since August 5, 2011 and are being pressured to confess to having connections with Kurdish parties:

 

  • Sajad Jahanfard, an author and a scholar and researcher
  • Farhad Vakili Nia
  • Ezad Aldin Heidari
  • Maziar Mohammadi


The following four other social activists and literary intellectuals who were arrested at the same time have been released on bail approximately equal to $50,000:

 

  • Maryam Amini
  • Naeem Najafi
  • Jamal Khani
  • Sina Bijanpour


Farzad Haghshenas is another Kurdish activist from the city of Marivan. He was arrested in front of his shop on May 11, 2011 and is still in solitary confinement in Intelligence Agency’s Detention Center. Although more than 3 months have passed, no charges have been filed against him.He has been allowed to see him mother and brother only for a few minutes during this time.

Sharif Bajour is a Kurdish environmentalist and a member of Management Council for Green Chya Forum in Marivan, Kurdistan Province.He was summoned to the Intelligence Agency’s office in Marivan and subsequently arrested on July 23, 2011 when he complied with the order.

Behrooz Darvand and Iraj Ghaderi were also arrested on July 23, 2011 by security forces in the city of Marivan.These three Kurdish environmentalists and members of Management Council for Green Chya Forum still remain in police custody.Behrooz Darvand and Iraj Ghaderi have been transferred from Intelligence Agency’s Detention Center to Marivan Prison.

 

No News of Three Kurds Arrested in Maku

Posted on: August 30th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Three citizens have been arrested by the security forces in the city of Maku, West Azerbaijan Province.

According to a report by Mukrian News Agency, Khosro Jafari, Naser Jafari and Ibrahim Kachlani were arrested more than one month ago.Iranian judiciary has not announced a reason for these arrests thus far.However, it has been reported that these three individuals have been charged with helping one of the opposition groups.

 

Two Afghani Citizens Killed in West Azerbaijan

Posted on: August 8th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Iranian security forces opened fired on a number of Afghani citizens in the border region between Iran and Turkey and killed two of them.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on Sunday, August 7, 2011, Iranian security forces killed two Afghani citizens when a group of immigrants were attempting to leave Iran through the border region in Salmas County, West Azerbaijan Province.During this incident which occurred in the border region close to Baroshkhoran village, two other Afghani citizens were severely injured.The wounded are currently in critical condition.

Since the Islamic Republic of Iran announced a decision to return Afghani refugees to Afghanistan, large number of them have been crossing the border illegally to seek asylum in Turkey.

 

Fighting Continues in Kurdistan

Posted on: July 22nd, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Since the fighting between PJAK (Partiya Jiyana Azad a Kurdistane) and the Islamic Republic’s military forces began, the degree of violence seen in regions alongside Iran’s western and northwestern borders have been unprecedented in recent years.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on July 13, 2011, the fighting broke out between PJAK and the Islamic Republic’s military forces.Although more than one week has past, the violent confrontation between two sides continues.During this time, a number of fighters on both sides of the conflict have been killed and wounded.

The mountainous regions of Shaho and kosalan have witnessed heavy fighting while the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps has maintained its heavy presence in these regions.

On Tuesday night, July 19, 2011, local residents reported that the two sides fought violently in a region called “hah Vari Sardasht” on a road between Kamyaran and Sarvabad.As a result, several individuals were killed.

Reports from Sardasht and Piran Shahr indicate hospitals and clinics in these two cities face shortage as the number of those injured increases.Meanwhile, several wounded patients were transferred to hospitals in Urmia.

One of the most important causalities of this fighting has been the amount of damage sustained to the environment and civilians’ residences.While evacuation of local residents from border towns have brought about the displacement of dozens of citizens in these areas, shelling of mountainous regions have caused forest fires and irreversible damage to the environment and rural farmland alongside the border.

Furthermore, nightly curfew imposed by the Islamic Republic’s military forces has disrupted lives and caused public discontent.

 

Security Measures for Anniversary of Ghassemlou’s Assassination

Posted on: July 18th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – On the 22nd anniversary of Dr. Abdual Rahman Ghassemlou’s assassination, a number of cities in western Iran are witnessing increased security measures, and the presence of military forces are felt throughout the region.

Dr. Abdual Rahman Gahassemlou was a political activist and the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party from 1973 to 1989.On July 13, 1989, he was assassinated by perpetrators believed to be agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on the anniversary of Dr. Abdual Rahman Ghassemlou’s assassination, Kurdish citizens in various cities throughout Kurdistan and Western Azerbaijan Provinces are on strike in order to protest against this crime.This observance has become a long standing tradition amongst Kurdish citizens in the past few years.

In recent days, Iranian security and intelligence forces have summoned businessmen, vendors and salesmen to warn them not to close their shops and the bazaar.

As this report is being prepared, the heavy presence of military forces in various cities throughout West Azerbaijan Province has created tense security atmosphere in places such as Bukan, Saqqez, Urmia and Mahabad.

 

Kurdish Political Prisoner Jamal Alizadeh on Hunger Strike

Posted on: July 12th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Kurdish political prisoner Jamal Alizadeh has gone on hunger strike in Urmia’s central prison in the West Azerbaijan Province.

According to a report by Mukrian News Agency, Jamal Alizadeh is a resident of Peeran-Shahr who has been behind bars in Urmia Prison for more than five months.On July 9, 2011, Jamal Alizadeh began his hunger strike in order to protest against prison officials’ lack of response to his request.Jamal Alizadeh has asked to be transferred to a prison in the city of Naqadeh.

The Revolutionary Court has sentenced Jamal Alizadeh to fifteen months in prison on charges of cooperating with a Kurdish political party.

 

Killing Traveling Salesmen and Vendors in Western Regions of Iran

Posted on: July 8th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – While the operation to stop illegal transportation of goods and fuel in the western regions of Iran is underway, traveling salesmen and vendors working in border towns in Kurdistan Province and Western Azerbaijan are being killed regularly.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), during the last fifteen days, Iranian security forces have killed seven citizens in these regions, injured seven and arrested a score of other individuals.

Detailed statistics related to the slaughter of traveling salesmen and vendors are as follows:

On June 20, 2011, Iranian security forces suspecting that a group of citizens living in border town in Qolqoqh region have illegal merchandize in their possession, opened fire on them and killed a Kurdish citizen identified by the name “Savarn” and injured another individual.

On the same day, along the Saveh-Tehran road, Iranian Special Forces Unit attempted to pursue a vehicle suspected of carrying illegal merchandize and shot at this car several times.During the chase, Esmail KarimpourHashem Shabaninejad, a citizen from the city of Saqqez in Kurdistan Province, was hit by a bullet and killed.

During the first few days following June 21, 2011, along the Elam-Andimeshk road, Iranian security forces placed a trap to catch a passenger vehicle suspected of carrying illicit merchandize.The driver of this car, Sharif Shafie, is a Kurdish citizen from the city of Kamyaran.Trying to escape, Sharif Shafie stopped his car and ran towards the surrounding grounds.Meanwhile, security forces opened fire at him, causing severe injuries to both of his legs.Sharif Shafie was then transferred to a hospital after being arrested by the police and treated violently.

During the same time, in the border region of Qandiel Mountains near the city of Sardasht, Iranian security forces opened fire on a Kurdish citizen identified by the name “Abdollah” and kill him.The police suspected that this citizen was carrying illegal merchandize.

On Friday night, June 24, 2011, in the region surrounding the village of Golini near the city of Sardasht, a young Kurdish citizen, Malmal Salehiyan, was killed by Iranian security forces.Malmal Salehiyan was a resident of Marah Qan Village.

On Saturday night, June 25, 2011, in the border region of Gillehshin near the city of Ashnoveh, Iranian security forces opened fire at two Kurdish citizens, kill Jamal Fatehi and injure Abrahim Talaqan.

On Tuesday, June 28, 2011, suspecting that a Kurdish citizen was carrying illicit merchandize, Iranian security forces from Belesan Checkpoint near the city of Baneh shot at a victim identified by the name “Sardar” and killed him.Sardar is survived by three children.

On Thursday, June 30, 2011, Iranian security forces raided the village of Abaraz near the city of Salmas in order to arrest a number of citizens.When faced with the residents’ resistance, the police opened fire at the people, severely injured three citizens and arrested a number of others.Esmat Alkhani, Sajad Mamedi and Parvane Auri were injured during this raid.

On Sunday, July 2, 2011, in the border regions of Chadarga near the city of Nosod, Iranian security forces confronted a group of border salesmen and opened fire at them.As a result, a Kurdish citizen identified by the name Vali was injured.This individual is a resident of Razav Village near the city of Sarvabad.

In another border region of Sardasht, another Kurdish citizen identified by the name “Salehi” was killed by the security forces.

Due to the fact that Iranian security forces operating in the border regions aren’t held responsible or prosecuted for opening fire on people, such killings are on the rise.

 

Three Kurdish Political Prisoners Still on Hunger Strike: Day 24

Posted on: June 27th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – On Sunday, June 26, 2011, three Kurdish political prisoners entered their 24th day of hunger strike in Rajai-Shahr Prison.However, prison officials refuse to pay any attention to these prisoners’ demands and have failed to take the necessary steps to meet their needs to end this hunger strike.

According to a report by Kaleme News, three Kurdish political prisoner, Anvar Khezri, Kamran Shakhi and Seyed Ebrahim Seyedi, in protest to being locked up amongst ordinary criminals such as rapists, murderers and drug traffickers have been on hunger strike for 24 days.Meanwhile, prison officials remain indifferent towards these Kurdish activists and refuse to transfer them to the political prisoners’ cell block.

Anvar Khezri, Kamran Shakhi and Seyed Ebrahim Seyedi have been illegally transferred from Ward 350 of Evin Prison to Rajai-Shahr Prison in violation of their basic rights.While ordinary prisoners only spend one day in the quarantine ward of Rajai-Shahr Prison in order to determine whether they are addicted to narcotics or not, these three political prisoners spent 50 days in the same ward which lacks basic health and sanitary conditions.After this time, they were transferred to Ward 6 of Rajai-Shahr Prison instead of the political prisoners’ cell block.

Ramzan Ahmadkamal, Davood Abdullahi and Ramzan Saeedi are three other Kurdish political prisoners that are currently locked up amongst inmates convicted of violent crimes and also prisoners with dangerous communicable diseases.According to the principles governing the separation of prisoners based on their crimes, these three individuals must also be kept in the cell block allocated to inmates arrested for political reasons.

Anvar Khezri, Kamran Shakhi and Seyed Ebrahim Seyedi have demanded to be transferred to the political prisoners’ ward in Rajai-Shahr Prison.Otherwise, they will continue their hunger strike indefinitely.

 

Prison Sentence for a Teacher in Kurdistan

Posted on: June 20th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Mohammad Moniri, a teacher from the city of Saqqez in Kurdistan Province, has been found guilty by Saqqez’s Revolutionary Court and sentenced to serve prison time.

In an interview with Mukrian news Agency, Mohammad Moniri’s attorney confirmed the news of this conviction and said, “The first branch of the Revolutionary Court in Saqqez found my client guilty of cooperating with the opposition groups and propaganda against the regime and sentenced him to five years in prison.The Appeals Court in Kurdistan then reduced this ruling to six months.”

On June 19, 2011, Mohammad Moniri reported to Saqqez Central Prison to begin serving his sentence.Mohammad Moniri was arrested last year but after a while, he was released on bail.

 

Kurdish Cleric Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

Posted on: June 1st, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Mamosta Sedigh Hasani has been sentenced to 14 years in prison by the first branch of the Revolutionary Court in Saghez, Kurdistan Province.

In an interview with Mukrian News Agency, Khalil Bahramian, Mamosta Sedigh Hasani’s attorney, reported the news of the verdict and stated, “Mamosta Hasani was arrested a while ago in Saghez and has been sentenced by this city’s Revolutionary Court to 14 years in prison on charges of collaborating with the opposition parties and concealing a weapon.”

Khalil Bahramian added, “As the attorney handling this case, I have objected to the court’s ruling, and the case has been referred to the Kurdistan’s Appeals Court.In the briefing submitted to the appeals court, I have stated that facts of this case together with legal reasoning don’t support the verdict.The truth is that Mamosta Sedigh Hasani was easily deceived by another individual whose party affiliations were not known by my client.This person placed a gun with two rounds of clips in my client’s barn in the village where Mamosta Sedigh Hasani lives.This weapon has neither been fired nor are any bullets missing from either clip.”

At the end, Khalil Bahramian mentioned, “The second reason for the appeal is that my client has no connections or party affiliations with the opposition groups.He is merely a farmer and a cleric.Perhaps the only charge against him could be the concealment of a weapon.For this crime, the punishment is light and doesn’t exceed one year in prison.”

Mamosta Sedigh Hasani is currently being held in Saghez’s central prison.