On June 17, a member of the medical staff of Namazee Hospital in Shiraz was arrested by security forces after speaking out against the Islamic Republic.
Based on a video posted on social media, the citizen was forcefully arrested by security forces.
As of this writing, no information is available on his whereabouts.
Gilan deputy police chief Hossein Hassanpour stated 27 citizens in Gilan province were arrested for what he called “harming the health of the elections”.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting ISNA News, Hassanpour stated that the Gilan Public Security Police has verbally dealt with 85 other people so far.
The report does not mention the identities of the detained citizens or their detention status.
Political prisoner Abdul Rasoul Mortazavi was sentenced by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran to two additional years in prison in a new case recently opened against him.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, the new charges against Mortazavi include “propaganda against the regime” and “disturbing public order”.
Mortazavi, who lost his leg during the Iraq-Iran war, was transferred from Evin Prison in Tehran to Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj in early April. During the move, prison authorities took his prosthetic leg and did not return it.
Under the pretext of finally giving back his leg, officials then transferred Mortazavi to solitary confinement in Rajai Shahr on April 20th, where he is currently being held. He has been denied requests for sick leave and denied the right to make phone calls while in solitary confinement. His leg has still not been returned.
In mid-August 2019, Abdol Rasoul Mortazavi and 13 civil society activists published an open letter and requested the resignation of Ayatollah Khamenei. He was subsequently sentenced to 26 years in prison, from which 11 years are enforceable.
Mohammad Nourizad, Hashem Khastar, Mohammad Hossein Sepehri and several other signatories to the statement are also currently serving prison sentences.
Political prisoner Shaker Behrouz has been on a hunger strike since June 13 in Urmia Prison.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Behrouz’s hunger strike is in protest of his unjust death sentence and long-term detention in solitary confinement.
Behrouz became a member of one of the Iranian Kurdish opposition parties located in Iraq in 2018, but later that year, he got a safe-conduct letter and returned to Iran.
32-year-old Behrouz was first arrested by Ministry of Intelligence agents in March 2019 and sentenced to five years in prison for membership in an opposition party (KDP).
Later, Branch 2 of the Urmia Revolutionary Court, presided over by Judge Ali Sheikh Lou, further sentenced Mr. Behrouz to death on charges of armed rebellion through membership in an opposition party and the murder of a member of the Revolutionary Guards.
12 separate people testified that at the time of the murder, Behrouz was in a shop in Dizaj town of Urmia city, nowhere near the scene of the crime. However, the court refused to hear the witnesses’ statements and convicted him anyway.
An informed source additionally told HRANA that the victim’s family has stated they did not file a lawsuit against Mr. Behrouz and believe in his innocence. They are even willing to testify in court to that end.
Shaker Behrouz is the son of Salim, and a resident of the Dizaj region of Urmia city in West Azerbaijan Province.
On Wednesday, June 16, three brothers from Ramin village of Chabahar in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, were arrested by intelligence agents.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Baloch Activists Campaign, the arrested brothers were Yaser Baluch, Ali Baluch, and Balach Baluch.
Per the report, an informed source said, “These brothers have been arrested for protesting the confiscation of a piece of land called Eidgah by the Housing Foundation of Islamic Revolution.”
As of this writing, the Baluch brothers’ whereabouts are unknown.
Political prisoner Hossein Sepanta, who is suffering from a chronic and rapidly-advancing spinal disorder, has been facing ongoing medical negligence from authorities in Adelabad Prison in Shiraz.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Sepanta is currently in his eighth year in Adelabad prison. Amnesty International reported that Sepanta had previously been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of collaborating with an opposition party.
According to an informed source, despite his deteriorating condition, his request for parole has been rejected eight separate times.
Sepanta had a stroke in March last year and was taken to hospital for two weeks. He has lost a significant amount of weight, has lost the ability to walk and is unable to do daily chores and personal affairs. He also takes strong painkillers provided at the expense of his family.
Amnesty International called for immediate action on Sepanta’s condition last year, but the demands have been ignored by prison authorities thus far.
On June 14th, a greengrocer was arrested at his workplace in Ahvaz in Khuzestan Province after his comments on the recent actions of Ebrahim Raisi’s presidential campaign.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, the grocer was arrested by security forces and transferred to an unknown location.
Recently, a video of the greengrocer was published on social media, in which he says that the election campaign of Ebrahim Raisi extorted money from greengrocers of a daily market under the pretext of helping the campaign.
As of this writing, the charges against him and his whereabouts are unknown.
On June 12, political prisoners Hossein Hashemi and Mohammad Turkmani ended their hunger strike following their return to section 2 of the Greater Tehran Prison.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Hossein Hashemi and Mohammad Turkmani went on strike on June 1 and 2 after being transferred to the detention center for prisoners accused of violent crimes.
This transfer was a violation of the UN principle of separation of prisoners based on crime.
Political prisoner Motaleb Ahmadian, who is currently in his 11th year of imprisonment in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj, has been denied medical care despite his serious physical and mental condition.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Ahmadian has been suffering from orchitis during the past years and the infection has now been transmitted to his bladder.
According to a source close to the prisoner’s family, Ahmadian recently reported in a phone call that his physical and mental condition had deteriorated following a lack of medical attention. “Officials promised to take him to a hospital for treatment but as of yet they have not fulfilled their promise and the prisoner’s physical condition is getting worse by the day,” the source said.
Earlier, the infectious disease specialist and general practitioner doctor at Evin Prison Medical Center had repeatedly emphasized that Ahmadian must be visited by a surgeon and urologist and that chemotherapy, sonography, and related tests must be performed. The specialist further emphasized that Mr. Ahmadian needs an MRI every six months due to a spinal complication and should visit a neurologist to prevent the disease from progressing and treatment. This has not been achieved so far due to opposition from Amin Vaziri, the assistant prosecutor in charge of political prisoners.
37-year-old Motaleb Ahmadian was arrested in October 2010 and, after about 230 days in solitary confinement, he was sentenced to 30 years imprisonment in Minab Prison, far from his hometown of Baneh City in Kurdistan Province.
At his first lawsuit, Ahmadian was arrested on a charge of Moharebeh, a pillar of Sharia Law that is typically applied to those connected to acts of armed rebellion against the state. The term, which can be loosely translated as “waging war against God”, has been used to incriminate members of opposition groups that may have used violence to rebel against the Islamic Regime, even if they themselves have not been involved.
Three more cases were later opened against Ahmadian and he received more sentences, including fines and imprisonment.
A citizen was recently sentenced to death under the Qisas (roughly translated as eye-for-an-eye) principle of Shariah Law.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the citizen was sentenced after confessing to the murder of two park rangers in Zanjan.
Hossein Absalan, Director-General of the Department of Environmental in Zanjan Province, said, “The accused in the murder of two park rangers has been sentenced to death by a verdict issued by the judge.”
Absalan further stated, “Based on the evidence, according to the Iranian Police Criminal Investigation Department of Zanjan, given the explicit confession of the arrested defendant to the murder of the two rangers, the judge has sentenced the defendant to death under Qisas.”