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.


Tense Security Environment in Azerbaijan

Posted on: May 22nd, 2011

HRANA News Agency – On the eve of the fifth anniversary of protests in Azerbaijan Province, a large number of cities in this region are witnessing the presence of security forces in the streets and main squares.


According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), tense security environment clearly hangs over the cities of Tabriz, Ahar, Marand and Maragheh.  Eyewitnesses have reported the presence of special units and military and security forces throughout the region including town squares, streets and universities.


Prior to May 22, 2011 which coincides with the fifth anniversary of protests in Azerbaijan Province, law enforcement and security agents have systematically begun to arrest political and civil activists in Azerbaijan.


Last year, eleven activists were arrested during the same time, and each one of them was sentenced to five years in prison.  Two well-known political activists, Alireza Farshi and Sima Didar, were amongst the detainees who are currently serving their prison terms.


Additionally, amongst tens of activists who have been arrested and summoned to court are Ibrahim Nuri, Siamak Koshi, Saeid Naimi, Ayoub Shiri, Sima and Mehdi Derakhshan, Akbar Azad, Sima Didar, Alireza Farshi, Hadi Hamidi Shafiq.


As the fifth anniversary of protests in Azerbaijan approaches, security forces have attempted to confiscate satellite dishes in some of the cities.  Since this morning, access to Internet has also been interrupted.   Eye witnesses have reported to HRANA that isolated clashes in streets surrounding the University of Tabriz have occurred, and a few citizens have been arrested in the city of Tabriz.


Furthermore, according to an eyewitness, heavy presence of law enforcement agents are such that there are four policemen stationed in every 100 meters.  As this report was being prepared, people continue to gather in the streets.


Beginning on May 22, 2006, for a period of one week, various cities in Azerbaijan witnessed widespread protests and clashes in response to a newspaper article that had published an insult to Azeri citizens.  Tens of people were arrested or killed during these demonstrations.


Another Kurdish Citizen Arrested in Paveh

Posted on: May 21st, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Following a wave of arrests in a small border town called Navsod [Kermanshah Province], on Saturday, May 14, 2011, another Kurdish citizen was detained by Iran’s Intelligence Agency in the city of Paveh.  Prior to this arrest, many Kurdish citizens from the city of Navsod were detained since they began protesting the killing of a young man in Navsod’s Moalam Square.  The young man who was the only child in his family has been identified as Pourmand Modahetnia.  He was killed on March 22, 2011.


According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Heshmat Rezai, Kurdish citizen from Navsod, was summoned last week by the Revolutionary Court in Paveh to face charges of disturbing the peace and public order.  On Saturday, May 14, 2011, Heshmat Rezai was detained by the intelligence agents and transferred to Kermanshah’s Diesel Abad prison.


It has been reported that the court in Paveh has summoned tens of citizens who protested against the killing of Pourmand Modahetnia.  When a military convoy was also dispatched to Navsod to arrest those summoned by the court, clashes occurred between people and the police.


Kurdish Citizens Injured and Killed in Border Regions

Posted on: May 16th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – During the last few days, three Kurds were injured and killed when Iranian forces opened fire at them.


According to a report by Radio Zamaneh, on Saturday, May 14, 2011, in Chakv and Spekan regions of Sardasht [Iranian Kurdistan], the military forces shot a Kurdish citizen and injured him.  This individual has been identified to be Sargard, son of Mohammad.


Additionally, on the evening of Thursday, May 12, 2011, Karvan Saidi, a Kurdish citizen, was shot at and killed by Iranian Revolutionary Guard while he was driving into the city of Marivan [Kurdistan Province].  Eyewitnesses have reported that Karvan Saidi wasn’t carrying anything in his vehicle when the Revolutionary Guard opened fire at him.


Kurdish news sources have also reported that on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, Masoud Nikkhah, a traveling salesman at Dovlehbi border region in Marivan [Kurdistan Province], was wounded and transferred to one of the hospitals in this city.


Meanwhile, on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, because of mine explosions in areas near towns of Marivan and Divandarh in Kurdistan Province, three Kurdish citizens were injured.  It must be noted that the majority of people who are injured and killed in the borders of Kurdistan are traveling salesmen and vendors.

A Baluchi Citizen Killed in Zahedan by IRGC

Posted on: May 14th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – On Tuesday, May 10, 2010, military forces from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Camp killed Rahmak Sahrabzehi in Zahedan [Sistan and Baluchestan Province].


The Islamic Republic news Agency (IRNA) announced the killing of a Baluchi citizen during clashes with the Revolutionary Guard and claimed that Rahmak Sahrabzehi was a member of Jundallah [People’s Resistance Movement of Iran].


Quoting an informed official from Sistan and Baluchestan Province, the report added, “At 21:30pm on Tuesday, Security forces surrounded Rahmak Sahrabzehi near Shahid Chamran Street and shot him.”


Abdolmalek Rigi, the leader of Jundallah, was executed on June 20, 2010.  It is noteworthy that during the last few years, a large number of Baluchi citizens have been charged with membership and cooperation with Jundallah and have been arrested, convicted and subsequently executed.

Tense Security Measures in Mahabad for Days

Posted on: April 25th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – During the last few days and while simultaneously celebrating the Army Day in the Islamic Republic of Iran, tense situation and tight security measures have been imposed in the city of Mahabad [Northwestern Iran, Kurdistan].

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the city of Mahabad has witnessed an increased presence of military and security forces throughout town in the past two days.

Police forces, Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the local Basiji militia, and plainclothes officers have been positioned on and around Hekmat Bridge, streets leading to Koohsar and Madar Squares, stations 1 and 2 of Farhangian region, Mokhaberaty Farhang Street, Salehi Farhangian Street, the hills around Melat Park and the region surrounding this park.  The heavy presence of security and military forces has created a tense atmosphere of fear and apprehension.

Additionally, the presence of military and police vehicles throughout the city has caused heavy traffic and is interfering with the daily lives of the residents.

Unlike previous years, simultaneous maneuvering of military troops and police forces has been conducted between Koohsar and Madar Squares.

Ten Years Imprisonment for Three Citizens of Salmas

Posted on: April 22nd, 2011

HRANA News Agency – The judiciary system in Western Azerbaijan has issued a total of 10 years in prison for three Kurdish citizens in Salmas.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Nemat Jalibagho, Poran Javadi and Vahid Jamali are three Kurdish citizens who were arrested last year and charged with the assassination of Khoy County’s district Judge, Gholizadeh, but were eventually released after posting a heavy bail.

Based on a ruling issued by the Revolutionary Court in Salmas, Nemat Jalibagho and Poran Javadi have been condemned to four years of imprisonment each, and Vahid Jamali, the son of Yavr, has been sentenced to two years in prison.