Pastor Youcef’s Wife: New Charge is Rumor/ New Court Date Been notified and Death Sentence Remains

Posted on: August 20th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Pastor Youcef’s Wife rejects new charge against her husband and called it rumor. She mentioned New Court Date Been notified and “Apostasy” Charge remains.

Fatemeh Pasandideh, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s wife, in a conversation with the reporter of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) said: “He  is scheduled to appear in court on September 8 and “Apostasy” Charge is the only one in the case. She added “Banditry and Extortion” charge does not exist in the case and is just rumors.

 

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Amnesty‎: Iran- Releases of prisoners of conscience after pardon not enough

Posted on: August 18th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Amnesty‎ International; Anyone held in Iran solely for the peaceful exercise of their human rights should immediately and unconditionally be released, Amnesty International has said, following the pardoning by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of at least 130 political prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, from Tehran’s Evin Prison.

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Iran: Prisoners released after annual pardons

Posted on: August 16th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Following reports that Iran’s Supreme Leader has pardoned 130 prisoners charged with security crimes, the Tehran Prosecutor’s office announced that so far about 90 prisoners have been released.

It is customary for Iran’s Supreme Leader to grant some pardons on the occasion of Eid of Fetre, at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

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Web Master & Blogger Vahid Asghri Sentenced to Death

Posted on: January 9th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – One month after his trial held at the 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court, the authorities have notified Vahid Asghri that a death sentence has been issued for him.

According to a report by Human Rights Watch in Kurdistan, Vahid Asghri, 25, was arrested on October 4, 2008 by plain clothes agents working for IRGC (the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution).  Judge Abolqasem Salvati presiding over the 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court has sentenced Vahid Asghri to death.

In February 2009, IRGC Cyber Police announced that Vahid Asghri and a few other web masters of Internet sites opposing Islam had been arrested.

Vahid Asghri and other accused individuals were physically and psychologically tortured while in custody and were forced to appear in televised confessions.  These sessions were broadcast in Iran prior to their trials.

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Roghieh Hassanzadeh’s Prison Term & Lashes Upheld

Posted on: January 2nd, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Roghieh Hassanzadeh’s prison term and lashes have been upheld by the Appeals Court in East Azerbaijan Province.Roghieh Hassanzadeh is a resident of Tabriz.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the 104th branch of the criminal court in Tabriz sentenced Roghieh Hassanzadeh to 91 days in prison and 20 lashes.The 12th branch of the Appeals court in East Azerbaijan Province has upheld this ruling.

Roghieh Hassanzadeh was charged with and subsequently convicted of disturbing the peace by shouting slogans against the regime.

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Shutting Down Political Prisoners’ Cell Block in Urmia

Posted on: December 29th, 2011

HRANA News Agency –Following the transfer of six political prisoners to solitary confinement in the Urmia Central Prison, Mehr Ali Farhang who is in charge of political prisoners’ cell block has announced that Ward 12 will be closed down soon.

In recent months, Mehr Ali Farhang has continued to abuse and threaten political prisoners.Lately, he has announced that Ward 12 which houses political prisoners will be closed, and all inmates will be transferred to different cell blocks in the general prison population.

According to threats made by Mehr Ali Farhang, thirty political prisoners locked up in Ward 12 are scheduled to be transferred to other cell blocks where ordinary prisoners convicted of drug related crimes are being kept.

Two political prisoners, Majid Dalaei Milan and Shafagh Dalaei Millan, have already been transferred to a cell block housing drug addicts.Additionally, Azar Jafari after being beaten and battered was moved together with another political prisoner to different wards in Urmia Central Prison.

According to another report, Habibullah Galiripour, Ali Ahmad Solaiman and Jahangir Badozadeh were finally returned to political prisoners ward after being locked up in isolation cells since December 6, 2011.

 

Ayatollah Boroujerdi’s Prison Cell Raided

Posted on: December 23rd, 2011

 

HRANA News Agency – On Monday, December 19, 2011, agents sent by Iran’s Special Court of Clerics raided Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi’s prison cell in Evin and searched through his personal belongings.This raid was coordinated and carried out with the cooperation of prison officials.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), security agents treated Ayatollah Boroujerdi with violence and insulted him.While calling him a spy, agents confiscated his clothing and medicine.

Since Ayatollah Boroujerdi suffers from various illnesses, the seizure of his medication will further endanger his health and life.

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An Open letter From the Family of Anvar Hussein Panahi to Dr. Shaheed

Posted on: December 6th, 2011

Your Excellency, Dr. Ahmad Shaheed,
The Special Rapporteur of the United Nations

Please accept the warm greetings of a Kurdish family who has endured much pain.

We are the family of the social activist Anvar Hussein Panahi who was sentenced to death four years ago for a crime he had not committed.Because of the pressure exerted and the support shown by the international human rights organizations and the European Union, the Appeals Court commuted Anvar’s death penalty and sentenced him to six years in prison.

Anvar Hussein Panahi is the oldest son in our family and has a wife and three children.His younger sister, Ashraf, was the second born child in our family.She had a job in Tehran and provided financial help to her elderly father.After Anvar was arrested and sentenced to death, Ashraf moved from Tehran to Sanandaj in order to help with her brother’s case and that of a cousin also condemned to death.

On September 27, 2008, while Ashraf was traveling towards Tehran and carrying documents that proved her older brother’s innocence, she was regrettably murdered by unknown individuals.Ashraf’s death was a heavy blow to two families since she was our only breadwinner.The effects of this blow increased many folds when Anvar was sentenced to death.

Meanwhile, intelligence agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran detained Anvar’s eighteen year old brother last year because he was following up on Anvar’s case.Anvar’s eighteen year old brother was tortured in order to extract a televised confession from him.The extent of this physical torture was such that it resulted in damage to and ultimately blinding one of his eyes.

All these events have been occurring while Anvar’s seventy year old father, mother and sisters have been summoned to the Intelligence Agency and threatened multiple times.

Your Excellency, we would like to ask you, “Where in the whole world is an individual arrested for the crimes committed by others?”Our entire family has been targeted by the regime because a few individuals including two family members living abroad are politically active against the Islamic Republic of Iran.Is it possible to prosecute and punish the rest of the family?

Our family especially Anvar Hussein Panahi is under very difficult conditions right now.Anvar is a well-known Kurdish political and social activist behind bars in Sanandaj Central Prison.He suffers from kidney infection and bleeding and has been transferred to the prison clinic multiple times.Although the physician in charge of this clinic has strongly advised to hospitalize Anvar outside the prison, the officials refuse to do so.

Anvar Hussein Panahi suffered from broken ribs when he was incarcerated in the Intelligence Agency’s detention center in the city of Qorveh, Kurdistan Province.Since then, he has been suffering for three years from kidney and intestinal infections that are continuously ignored by prison officials.Furthermore, the Intelligence Agency has recently begun new proceedings against Anvar and is about to frame and charge him with new crimes.

Under such circumstances, we reach out to you for justice with the hopes that you hear our innocent cries because we believe that you have the power to carry our message to the United Nations.Let the innocent cry of our family deprived of any momentarily peace and tranquility during the last few years be heard by the whole world.

 

Blogger Rojin Mohammadi Suffering in Ward 2A, Evin Prison

Posted on: December 5th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Imprisoned blogger and medical student, Rojin Mohammadi, has been locked up in Ward 2A of Evin Prison under appalling conditions.This ward is under the control of Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (IRGC).

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Rojin Mohammadi contacted her family briefly by phone and informed them of her nervous convulsions and migraine headaches in prison.Rojin Mohammadi’s current condition is the direct result of her incarceration and pressures exerted by the interrogators in order to force her to confess and accept charges filed against her.

Iranian authorities have charged Rojin Mohammadi with the crimes of propaganda against the regime and inciting public opinion by the means of human rights activism.Meanwhile, intelligence agents have been pressuring Rojin Mohammadi’s family not to broadcast the news of her condition.Rojin Mohammadi’s brother was also summoned to Shahid Moghadasi Court in Evin Prison and threatened.

Rojin Mohammadi was initially arrested on November 14, 2011 upon her arrival at Imam Khomeini Airport but and subsequently released after posting bail.She was finally arrested again on November 23, 2011 and locked up behind bars in Evin Prison.

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Two Political Prisoners in Evin Transferred to Hospital

Posted on: December 5th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Political prisoners Kobra Amirkhizi and Hussein Ronaghi Maleki were transferred to hospital for urgent medical care.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Hussein Ronaghi Maleki has suffered internal bleeding of kidneys and taken to Hasheminejad Hospital in Tehran.Although this political prisoner has several times been transferred to a hospital outside the prison for infection of and bleeding from kidneys, the authorities refuse to grant him furlough for medical care.

Moreover, Kobra Amirkhizi has undergone an eye operation in Labafinejad Hospital.She was then returned to Evin prison following this surgery.Because of the insanitary condition in prison, this political prisoner is in danger of acquiring an eye infection.However, prison officials refuse to acknowledge such a possibility.