Security Forces Storm the Residences of Civil Activists

Posted on: August 18th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – This morning, Saturday, August 18, 2018, security forces of the Ministry of Intelligence stormed the private residences of Reza Khandan, Mr Khandan’s sister, Mohammadreza (Davoud) Farhadpour and Jila Makvandi. The security forces produced inspection orders issued by Branch 7 of Evin Court, searched the residences thoroughly and confiscated a number of items belonging to the aforementioned individuals.

Reza Khandan, the husband of Nasrin Sotoudeh, told HRANA, “This morning, Saturday, August 18, between 8 and 10 am, security forces of the Ministry of Intelligence entered our home and searched every inch of it. After that, they went to the home of Mr Mohammadreza (Davoud) Farhadpour and searched his home in its entirety as well. At the same time, in an unusual attempt, the security force went to my sister’s home and violently searched the entire place, going so far as individually inspecting every page of her child’s notebook. Two hours later, they arrived at our neighbor’s door and asked them a number of questions about us. It is likely that their invasion of my sister’s privacy is merely an attempt to further pressure my family; there simply is no other explanation for it. The security forces had in hand an order issued by the Branch 7 of Evin Court.”

Reza Khandan added, “The security forces were only looking for [lapel pins] which have ‘I opposed mandatory veiling’ [engraved on them]. They also took some of the letters that my wife, Nasrin Sotoudeh, had sent from prison.”

This morning, Jila Karamzadeh Makvandi reported of her home’s inspection in a post affixed with the inspection order. She wrote, “This morning at 10 am agents from the Ministry of Intelligence inspected our home using this order. The inspection was in regards to Dr Maysami’s books and the [lapel pins] with the engraving‘I oppose mandatory veiling.’”

Furthermore, in the order issued by Branch 7 of Evin Court and posted by Jila Karamzadeh Makvandi, in addition to the inspection of her residence, it is stated that Farhad Maysami is being held in solitary confinement.

Security Forces Arrest Citizen in Ahvaz

Posted on: August 16th, 2018

Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) – Majed Savari, a citizen from the city of Ahvaz (southwestern Iran), was arrested by Ministry of Intelligence forces early morning on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. According to an informed source, Mr Savari was transferred to an undisclosed location.

“He had participated in the popular protests against environmental pollution and the transport of water out of Karoun River. His family does not have any information about the reason for his arrest yet,” says the close source.

Majed Savari is a 26-year-old civil engineering student.

Telegram Activist Transferred to Intelligence Ward in Evin Prison

Posted on: August 6th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – Alireza Tavakoli, a Telegram activist who was held in Tehran’s Evin Prison for more than two years, was transferred yesterday from Ward 8 to a ward in the prison known as “209”, which is operated by the Ministry of Intelligence and does not fall under prison jurisdiction.

A source close to Mr Tavakoli told HRANA: “Alireza Tavakoli was transferred from Ward 8 to Ward 209, and the Ministry of Intelligence is likely to open a new prosecution against him.”

In July, Mr Tavakoli had written an open letter to Seyed Mahmoud Alavi, a cleric and Intelligence Minister appointed by Hassan Rouhani, regarding his five-year prison sentence, calling the verdict “outrageous”.

Alireza Tavakoli was arrested in 2016 on blasphemy charges along with two other Telegram activists, Mohammad Mohajer and Mohammad Mehdi Zaman Saleh. They were sentenced to a 12-year prison term each, but their sentences were reduced by an appeals court to five years each.

Mr Tavakoli suffers from joint and intestinal pain. Recently, judicial authorities opposed a request by the Ministry of Intelligence to conditionally release Alireza Tavakoli, Mohammad Mohajer and Mohammad Mehdi Saleh.

Two Activists Summoned and Interrogated in Rudsar

Posted on: May 10th, 2018

HRANA News Agency – Ismail Fakouri and Yazdan Mohammad Beigi, two political activists from Rudsar were summoned by security agencies, and were interrogated on charge of disturbing the public opinion. After completing the interrogation process, Mr. Fakouri was released on bail, but Mr. Beigi was detained for two days.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Ismail Fakouri and Yazdan Mohammad Beigi, two political activists from Rudsar were summoned and interrogated on Saturday February 24. (more…)

Mohammad Mahdavifar Sentenced to 2 Years in a New Case

Posted on: April 28th, 2018

HRANA News Agency – Mohammad Mahdavifar from Aran and Bidgol who was arrested by security forces in Mashhad on January 14, 2018 and was transferred to Isfahan Central Prison to serve his imprisonment, was sentenced to two years imprisonment and fine of 40 million IRR in another case on charge of publishing lies with the aim of disturbing public opinion by Branch 102 of the Criminal court in Aran and Bidgol.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Mohammad Mahdavifar, civil activist, was again sentenced to two years imprisonment in on charge of publishing lies with the aim of disturbing public opinion. (more…)

13 Detainees of Recent Protests Summoned to the Court in Tonekabon

Posted on: April 17th, 2018

HRANA News Agency – Thirteen protesters who had been arrested in recent protests by security forces, were summoned to Tonekabon Justice Office. The allegations were announced as; “participating in illegal gatherings”, “insulting the leadership”, “disrupting public order”, and “propaganda against the regime”.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), thirteen protesters who had been arrested in the recent demonstrations in December and January in Tonekabon, and were partially released on the bail, have been summoned to the Justice Department of Tonekabon. (more…)

At Least 7 Civil Activists Arrested Across the Country

Posted on: April 5th, 2018

HRANA News Agency – At least seven civil activists were arrested by security forces in different parts of the country. Among the detainees, Saeed Eqbal, Dariush Zandi, Shima Babaei, Leyla Farjami, Mahmoud Masumi and Behnam Mousivand have been so far identified, but the number of the detainees will probably increase.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), during a coordinated action of security forces across the country, a number of civil activists, mostly known and formerly detained, were arrested on Thursday, February 1, 2018. (more…)

A Poet and a Writer Arrested in Iran

Posted on: March 3rd, 2018

HRANA News Agency – Shahriar Galavani, writer, translator and literature critic, was arrested by security forces in his house in Khoy on January 4, 2018. On the other hand, Mohammad Bam, poet from Abadan, was also arrested after attending protests in Abadan.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Shahriar Galavani was arrested by security forces in his house in Khoy on January 4, 2018. (more…)