Iran Protests: Two People Arrested in Sardasht and Dehgolan

In recent days, security forces arrested Sunni cleric Hassan Koohi in Sardasht and Shayan Sadeghi in Dehgolan and took them to undisclosed locations.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Kurdpa, on January 19, 2023, Sunni cleric Hassan Koohi was arrested by security forces in Sardasht, West Azerbaijan Province.

At arrest, the agents reportedly did not show any arrest warrant.
Also, on January 18, Shayan Sadeghi was arrested by security forces at his home in Dehgolan, Kurdistan Province.
The reason for these arrests and the allegations against these individuals are still unknown.

Since the outbreak of nationwide protests, about 19500 people, including journalists, artists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, have been arrested. So far, over protests, about 730 people have been sentenced to a total of about 12000 months imprisonment.

 

 

Hassan Rokooei Haghighi Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

The Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced Seyed Hassan Rokooei Haghighi to five years imprisonment and additional punishment. If the verdict is upheld on appeal, based on Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, four years in prison for one count will be enforceable.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Hassan (Sepehr) Rokooei Haghighi, a resident of Tehran, was sentenced to five years in prison.

Rokooei Haghighi received four years for “assembly and collusion against national security” and one year for “propaganda against the regime.” He was also prohibited from advocating activities on the Internet for two years and was sentenced to the seizure of his cell phone.

On September 22, 2022, security forces arrested Haghighi in Tehran.

Since the outbreak of nationwide protests, about 19500 people, including journalists, artists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, have been arrested. So far, over protests, about 730 people have been sentenced to a total of about 12090 months imprisonment.

 

Iran Protests: Farnaz Nazeri Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison

The Revolutionary Court sentenced Farnaz Nazeri, arrested in recent protests in Qaemshahr, to ten years in prison. She was also banned from leaving the country for two years.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Farnaz Nazeri was sentenced to imprisonment over protests.
On November 6, 2022, security forces arrested Nazeri in Qaemshahr. She was released on three-billion-toman bail temporarily until the end of legal proceedings.

An informed source told HRANA that her lawyer has not yet had access to the documents of her case.
Farnaz Nazeri is a painter and sculptor, and mother of two daughters.

Since the outbreak of nationwide protests, about 19500 people, including journalists, artists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, have been arrested. So far, over protests, about 730 people have been sentenced to a total of about 12000 months imprisonment.

Faezeh Modares Gorji Arrested in Sanadaj

Wednesday, January 18, in Sanandaj, Faezeh Modares Gorji was arrested by security forces at the annual commemoration ceremony for two victims of the Ukraine Plane Crash. She was taken to an undisclosed location.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, on January 18, 2023, Faezeh Modares Gorji was arbitrarily arrested in Sanandaj.

Her daughter, Jina Modares Gorji, who also was previously arrested at nationwide protests, stated: “My mother was arrested at the police station when she went to inquire about the impoundment of her vehicle license plate by the police at the annual ceremony. She was arrested for attending the annual ceremony of Aida Farzaneh and Arvin Morattab, two victims of the Ukraine plane crash.”

The location where Gorji is held and the allegations against her are still unknown.

On January 8, 2020, the Ukraine International Airlines flight 752 crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport, killing all 176 people onboard. After three days of unsuccessful cover-up, on January 11, 2020, Iran authorities officially admitted that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) unintentionally shot down this Ukrainian airliner in Tehran.

Narges Hosseini Sentenced to Four Months in Prison

The Isfahan Court of Appeals recently sentenced Narges Hosseini to four months in prison. Initially, the Kashan Revolutionary Court sentenced her to 43 months in prison. Hosseini was arrested at recent protests.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, protestor Narges Hosseini was sentenced to four months in prison.

According to this verdict, Hosseini was sentenced to four months on the charges of “assembly and collusion against national security,” and “propaganda against the regime.”

Announcing this news, lawyer Shima Ghusheh expressed hope that, taking the three-month detention into the calculation, judicial authorities consider that Hosseini has already served her sentence.

On September 21, 2022, security forces arrested Hosseini in Kashan and jailed her in the prison of this city. On December 26, 2022, she was released on one-billion-toman bail.

Hosseini faced other arrests and convictions on prior occasions.

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Workers’ Rights Activist Maziar Seyednejad Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

The Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced workers’ rights activist Maziar Seyednejad to three years in prison and additional punishments.

According to this verdict, Seyednejad received two years for “membership in Communist groups” and one year for “propaganda against the regime.” He is also banned from leaving the country for two years and from membership in political groups and social activities on the Internet.

If the verdict is upheld on appeal, based on Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, two years in prison for the first count will be enforceable.
Taking his previous three-year sentence into account, he has to serve five years in prison.

On June 7, 2021, security forces arrested Seyednejad at his home in Tehran and took him to IRGC’s detention facility in Evin Prison, known as Ward 2-A. On August 16, 2021, he was released on 600-million-toman bail until the end of legal proceedings.
Seyednejad faced other arrests and convictions on prior occasions for his civil activities.

 

Report on Protestor Maryam Esmailzadeh’s Death

On December 15, 2022, Maryam Esmailzadeh was shot dead by security agents in Tehran. HRANA has obtained documents and evidence about her death. Based on these documents and eyewitness statements, this report sheds light on this example of the regime’s atrocities and following cover-ups.

On Thursday, December 15, 2022, security forces killed Maryam Esmailzadeh, age 39, a resident of Tehran. They delivered her body to her family to bury her in Behesht Zahra cemetery under tightening security measures.

The cemetery officials as well as Tehran forensics mentioned in the burial permit the “struck by hard object” as the cause of Esmailzadeh’s death.  

Her brother, Babak Esmailzadeh, told HRANA, “My sister left home located in Niavaran district in Tehran and after a while, they informed us that she had been killed. On that day, there was no protest in Niavaran. However, since my sister had participated actively in protests days before, we suspect that the security agents had identified her and hunted her down.”

“My sister was killed by three bullets in the chest and heart. They wrapped her body in a plastic cover and buried her in that wrap without allowing us to see the body. They forced us to announce cardiac arrest as the cause of her death on social media,” he added.

According to her brother, Esmailzadeh had contracted breast cancer. She worked as a nail implant designer.

HRANA estimates that at least 525 people have been killed at recent protests. For more details and statistics on the nationwide protest across Iran, read HRANA’s comprehensive report here.

Children’s Rights Activist Mahya Vahedi Arrested

On January 15, security forces arrested children’s rights activist Mahya Vahedi.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Mahya Vahedi was arrested.

Her brother, Meisam Vahedi, wrote on his page on social media, “My sister was arrested at her workplace without giving any explanation. The agents confiscated some of her electronic devices.”

Mahya Vahedi is a children’s and women’s rights activist and former voluntary member of Imam Ali’s Popular Students Relief Society.

The reason for this arrest and her whereabouts are still unknown.

Since the outbreak of nationwide protests, about 19400 people, including journalists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, have been arrested. So far, at least 724 people have been convicted over protests. For more details and statistics on the nationwide protest across Iran, read HRANA’s comprehensive report here.

 

Reporter Ahmadreza Halabisaz Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Reporter and photographer Ahmadreza Halabisaz was sentenced to two years in prison. He was also ­banned from practicing journalism and leaving the country. Initially, he had received five years in prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, reporter Ahmadreza Halabisaz was sentenced to imprisonment and social deprivations.

Recently, he was summoned to Evin Prison to start his prison sentence.

In September 2022, Halabisaz was arrested amid nationwide protests in Tehran and released on bail after 27 days. The charge against him is still unknown at the time of this writing.

Since the outbreak of nationwide protests, about 19400 people, including journalists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, have been arrested. So far, at least 724 people have been convicted over protests. For more details and statistics on the nationwide protest across Iran, read HRANA’s comprehensive report here.

 

Iran Protests: Bita Haghani Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison

The Sari Revolutionary Court sentenced Bita Haghani Nasimi, arrested at recent protests, to 18 years in prison. She was also banned from leaving the country for two years and sentenced to the “seizure of the means of committing the crime.”

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Bita Haghani Nasimi, arrested at protests, was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

According to this verdict, Haghani has been acquitted of “spreading corruption on earth.” However, she received 18 years for other counts. If this verdict is upheld on appeal, based on Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, five years in prison for one count will be enforceable.
Confirming the issuance of this sentence, her lawyer, Majid Kaveh, stated that the appeal is admissible.

On October 18, 2022, security forces arrested 22-year-old Haghani in Sari and jailed her in Qaem Shahr Prison after ending the interrogation. She had been charged with “spreading corruption on earth.”

Since the outbreak of nationwide protests, about 19400 people, including journalists, lawyers, teachers, students and civil rights activists, have been arrested. For more details and statistics on the nationwide protest across Iran, read HRANA’s comprehensive report here.