HRANA News Agency – The head of Iran’s Security Forces says police may be guilty of “some level of neglect” in the arrest of Sattar Beheshti but he denied there was any motive to murder the detained blogger, who died in custody earlier this month.
HRANA News Agency – The Iranian blogger Sattar Behesht was arrested and tortured to death by Iran’s cyber-police known also as Fata. Sattar Behesht had been accused that he was acting against the national security. The European Parliament published yesterday a new resolution on human rights situation in Iran.
HRANA News Agency – On the website “Webgardi” (browsing), a part of “20:30 News”, one of the most viewed and watched websites and News broadcasts of Iranian state TV, there was a report about the free VPN of HRA’s Pillar Fourth Committee.
According to a report by HRA’s Pillar Fourth Committee, the report of Webgardi says: “Pillar Fourth Committee, related to HRA, which is financially supported by western sources, has begun free VPN service for internet users in Iran to bypass governmental internet filters.”
GENEVA – U.N. human rights experts called on Iran on Thursday to say how Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti died in police custody.
In a case that sparked international outrage, Beheshti who wrote a blog critical of the government, was arrested on October 30 and died some days later after saying he had received death threats and was being tortured in jail.
“It is imperative that people who are potentially involved in committing such gruesome crimes are investigated and brought to justice, as failure to do so promotes a culture of impunity,” said Ahmed Shaheed, special U.N. rapporteur on human rights in Iran.
Shaheed and other U.N. experts welcomed Iran’s decision to investigate the 35-year-old’s death and said the findings should be made public.
“On 6 November, prison authorities contacted family members of Mr. Beheshti to collect his body. Although the circumstances around his death remain unclear, allegations suggest he might have been tortured to death during his investigation,” they said in a joint statement issued in Geneva.
Christof Heyns, special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions said whenever someone dies as a result of injuries sustained while in custody, “there is a presumption of state responsibility.”
The experts, who report to the U.N. Human Rights Council said there had been several cases reported of detainees dying in custody due to mistreatment or torture, lack of medical attention or neglect.
They called on Iran to release journalists and bloggers jailed in violation of a U.N. treaty on civil and political rights.
Iranian authorities have arrested seven people suspected of involvement in Beheshti’s death, a lawmaker said on Wednesday. The suspects’ identities have not been disclosed.
The Beheshti case has renewed international concerns about human rights in Iran. In October, the European Parliament awarded its human rights prize to Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer who, opposition websites report, is on hunger strike in prison.
HRANA News Agency – According to reports published by media outlets, Sattar Beheshti was arrested by the cyber police, a subsidiary of the nation’s security forces on October 30th 2012. On November 6th, Mr Beheshti’s family was reportedly informed of his passing, requesting that his body be collected at the Kahrizak morgue. All along, the family was threatened not to speak to anyone regarding this matter.
Give that Mr. Sattar Beheshti was at Evin’s general ward 350 from October 31st 2012 to November 1st 2012 and the detainees at this ward had therefore witnessed his painful physical and psychological condition first hand, we view it our national and religious duty to inform the honorable Iranian nation of Mr. Beheshti’s background and predicament.
Sattar Beheshti was charged as a result of his criticism of the authorities of the ruling establishment in his personal blog. He told eye witnesses at Evin’s ward 350 that while in custody at the police headquarters, he had first been severely beaten while hanging from the ceiling and later beaten further while tied to a chair. Sometimes he was beaten while his hands were tied and at other times he was pushed to the ground and kicked severely in the area of the head and neck by interrogators wearing army boots. While being tortured, Beheshti was reportedly subjected to the most vulgar curses attacking his honor and his interrogators repeatedly threatened to kill him.
When arriving at Evin’s ward 350, evidence of torture was apparent throughout Sattar’s body and he was in a painful physical and psychological state. His face was scarred, his head was swollen, his wrists and arms were bruised and the effects of hanging from the ceiling were apparent on his wrists. Bruises were also apparent on other parts of his body such as around his neck, his stomach and his back.
Despite the fact that he was barely able to write as a result of his beatings, Sattar nevertheless filed a short complaint to the authorities of Evin’s ward 350, describing his condition and the manner in which he had been treated at the hands of the security agents, demanding that they follow up on his case.
Given that his physical condition was far from normal, Sattar was taken to the prison infirmary on two occasions where the physician at the infirmary was also able to witness his condition first hand.
On November 1st, 2011, Sattar a young and true activist of the Green Movement was once again transferred from Evin’s ward 350 to the security police headquarters. He was extremely concerned when leaving the ward and told other detainees: “They intend to kill me.” Four days after his transfer, his family was informed of his death.
Those who claim to be the followers of Imam Ali must be reminded of his response to the news of a Jewish women’s torture under his reign, her legs bruised, when he stated: ” If a victim dies, they are not to blame.”
They witness the cruelty, injustices, atrocities, torture and murder and remain indifferent, without losing even a night’s sleep. In recent years and following the 2009 presidential elections we have repeatedly witnessed this type of torture of detainees at the hands of the security and cyber police. There are individuals currently at Evin’s ward 350 who have personally been subjected to such torture. We hereby testify that we have witnessed the existence of numerous cases of torture of detainees at the hands of the agents of the security police at Evin’s ward 350.
We believe that if the criminals at Kahrizak prison and the torturers at Evin prison whose accounts of torture have been repeatedly published and are known to the authorities of the ruling establishment, would be punished rather than encouraged and promoted, such heinous Kahrizak style tortures and cases of murder would no longer be repeated.
It has now been proven to all of us that when it comes to the current ruling establishment our cries will only fall on deaf ears. While offering our condolences to the family of the late Sattar Beheshti and the oppressed Iranian nation, we remind everyone that the current ruling establishment, whether they like it or not, are responsible for the cruelty, torture and unjust bloodshed of innocent victims.
Hossein Asadi Zeidabadi
Reza Ansari Rad
Ibrahim (Nader) Babai Zeydi
Seyed Ali Reza Beheshti Shirazi
Amir Khosro Dalirsani
Seyed Mohammad Ali Dadkhah
Ali Reza Rajaii
Mohsen (Bahman) Sadeghi Nour
Mohammad Farid Taheri Ghazvini
Hamid Reza Karvasi
Ali Akbar Ghoti
Mohammad Ali Velayati
Mohammad Hassan Youssef Pourseyfi
Mohammad Amin Hadavi
Seyed Ahmad Hashemi
HRANA News Agency – (Beirut) – Iranian authorities should investigate the death of a 35-year-old blogger in custody and immediately provide his family with information about the circumstances of his death. Initial reports suggest that he may have died from ill-treatment or torture.
HRANA News Agency – (New York) – Amnesty International today urged the Iranian authorities to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of a blogger in detention in the capital Tehran who was reportedly tortured in custody.
HRANA News Agency – The United States sanctioned 17 Iranian individuals and entities for their alleged roles in the Iranian government’s human rights abuses and support of terrorism, the Treasury and State departments announced Thursday.
HRANA News Agency – Iran’s cyber police replied to the family of Satar Beheshti, Iranian blogger: “He died in the detainee’s house”.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), “When Satar’s brother-in-low went to follow his case, authorities told him, tomorrow come to Kahrizak Morgue, to give his body.” one of his relatives told HRANA’s reporter.
HRANA News Agency – Security forces attacked the memorial session of Farahnaz Dargahi, Arash Sadeghi’s mother in “Saraye Ghalam” on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM and arrested several activists.
According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), in this attack, Mahdieh Golru, Ghasem Sho’leh Sa’di, Akbar Amini, Pezhman Zafarmand, Mohamad Parsi, Mehdi Khaz’ali and several attendees were arrested and transferred to an unknown place.
Farahnaz Dargahi, the mother of student activist Arash Sadeghi suffered a stroke after security forces raided his home just days after he was temporarily released from prison. His mother passed away four days later in hospital.
Arash Sadeghi is a member of the central council of the Islamic Association of Allameh Tabataba’i University who was arrested during the aftermath of the fraudulent 2009 presidential election. He was temporarily released after more than eighteen months in prison. His mother suffered a stroke a few days into his release after security forces raided his home at 4 O’clock in the morning without any verbal or written notice prior to the raid.
Sadeghi was sentenced to a six-year jail term and received another three-year suspended prison sentence after being tried in court after the disputed re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president. While in prison Sadeghi’s shoulder was dislocated twice and he received a broken tooth during his interrogations.
Sadeghi is a member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front (Mosharekat) and a master’s student in philosophy at Allameh Tabataba’i University.