Sattar Beheshti’s 40th Day Passing Away Memorial Ceremony Raided, His Mother Beaten And Injured

Posted on: December 13th, 2012

Mother and Sister of  Satar Beheshti at his memorial ceremony

Mother and Sister of  Satar Beheshti at his memorial ceremony

HRANA News Agency – Attendees at Sattar Beheshti’s 40th day passing away memorial ceremony were beaten and several were arrested.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA),  the 40th day passing away memorial ceremony of Sattar Beheshti at the Imam Mohamad Taghi Shrine in Robat Karim, Tehran, was raided by security forces resulting in beatings and arrests of Sattar’s family and a number of attendees.

Following the request by Sattar Beheshti’s mother and sister for the participants to go from the Shrine to Sattar’s sister’s home for the services, security forces and Plainclothes forces attacked the participants.

Five security officers also attacked and beat Sattar’s elderly mother causing her to sustain leg and knee injuries.

One of the participants at the ceremony told HRANA’s reporter that the agents were dragging Sattar’s mother on the ground by her hair.

Sattar’s brother, Asghar Beheshti, was also arrested while he was inviting people to his sister’s home. He was kept in detention for two hours.

Another participant in the ceremony has reported that Ahmad Taghavi was arrested. The exact number of people arrested at the ceremony is not yet known.

30 arrested connected to underground studios

Posted on: December 12th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Iranian state media closed to security sources informed 30 individuals have been arrested for collaboration with “anti-Revolutionary network”.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), quoted from YJC, Tehran’s Prosecutor General said on Tuesday that 30 individuals have been arrested for collaboration with “anti-Revolutionary networks.”

Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi announced today that the 30 individuals have been arrested by Islamic Republic Ministry of Intelligence forces.

He told reporters that the detainees were “working in various parts of the country, were organized, and their arrest has been a heavy blow to the anti-Revolutionary [movement].” He added that some of the networks “collaborated with the Baha’is.”

He did not give details about the identities of these detainees, but an earlier report by state news agency Reporters Club indicated on Monday that following the arrest of the “director of a satellite network”, at least 30 people have been arrested and charged with activity in “underground studios” and “collaboration with satellite networks.”

The report indicated that the individuals “collaborated with foreign satellite networks… enemies of the Iranian people, and were linked to the Baha’i sect.”

Iranian authorities consider foreign satellite programs as a potential threat to national security and have made numerous efforts to block them from Iranian viewers.

Dr. Mohammad Maleki summoned and his house was searched

Posted on: December 11th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Dr. Mohammad Maleki, Iranian academic and pro-democracy activist and former president of the University of Tehran, was summoned to Evin prison and his house was searched by security forces, today.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Mohammad Maleki  is an Iranian academic and pro-democracy activist and former president of the University of Tehran.


Seven FATA officers detained in connection with Iranian blogger’s death

Posted on: December 3rd, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Seven police officers from Iran’s Cyber Police (FATA) were detained in Iran, with connection to the death of a local blogger, Sattar Beheshti.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), quoted from ISNA, Judiciary Spokesman and Attorney General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei said that after interrogation, three of the detained officers were released.


Strengthening security in Sharekord university by Installing new cameras

Posted on: December 1st, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Shahrekord University officials have tried to install cameras for controlling the space of university.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), On the other hand by installing the control gate entry and exclusion of students, the university Security Increased. Meanwhile, In recent years students did not need student card to enter the university.

According to one of the student activists of the university, The presence of security guards to check Hijab of students have been highlighted. It is worth noting that in the new school year many girls students because of inappropriate dress ( HIJAB ), and several boy students because of smoking has been banned from having a student dormitory.

Amnesty – Iran: Brother of prominent filmmaker arrested

Posted on: November 29th, 2012 URGENT ACTION

Behrouz Ghobadi, brother of internationally acclaimed Iranian film maker, Bahman Ghobadi, was arrested on 4 November 2012 by men in plain clothes, believed to belong to the Ministry of Intelligence. He is reportedly being held in a Ministry of Intelligence detention centre, placing him at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

Behrouz Ghobadi, father of a newborn baby boy and a member of the Kurdish minority in Iran, was arrested in the early hours of the morning of 4 November. He was in a taxi driving from Sanandaj, the capital of the north-western Kordestan province, to a Tehran airport. Plain-clothes men, who were reportedly following him, stopped his car and arrested him around 15 kilometres outside Sanandaj. Judicial officials claim that they had an arrest warrant but the reasons for his arrest do not appear to have been disclosed to his family or lawyer.

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European Parliament urges Iranian authorities to stop human rights violations

Posted on: November 24th, 2012

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.


Iranian State TV reacts to the HRA’s Free VPN

Posted on: November 21st, 2012

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.”


U.N. experts ask Iran to explain blogger’s death in jail

Posted on: November 17th, 2012

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.