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.

 

Press Release: Reza Shahabi’s Condition Alarming

Posted on: December 1st, 2011

HRANA News Agency – The administrative office of Human Rights Activists in Iran has issued a press release to express concerns over Reza Shahabi’s condition in prison after this political prisoner began his hunger strike, and the news of his deteriorating health was reported.

Human Rights Activists in Iran has requested that the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations to pay immediate attention to this prisoner of conscience.Demanding immediate and unconditional release of the labor activist Reza Shahabi, this organization has also reminded the government of Iran that the freedom to form and participate in labor unions is an integral part of international obligations towards human rights.

Pointing out that the Islamic Republic of Iran has historically neglected the health and general well-being of political prisoners, Human Rights Activists in Iran has announced that this organization holds the government of Iran including the State Prisons System, the Judiciary Branch and the Intelligence Agency responsible for the health and life of Reza Shahabi.

This press release as published on the organization’s official web site contains the following:

Reza Shahabi is a labor activist and the board member of SWTSBC, the Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company.He was also previously in charge of the labor committee of Human Rights Activists in Iran.On Saturday, June 12, 2010, four security agents arrested Reza Shahabi at work around 10:00am.Since then, he has been in temporary custody in a legal state of limbo.On Tuesday, November 22, 2011, Reza Shahabi began his open ended hunger strike to protest against the present conditions under which he has been incarcerated.

The current hunger strike is just another form of objection in a series of attempts made by Reza Shahabi to protest against being imprisoned illegally.On May 25, 2011, Reza Shahabi appeared in the 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court in order to face charges filed against him.Although the presiding judge announced that a ruling would be issued within four days after the trial, Reza Shahabi still remains in a legal state of limbo indefinitely.

While locked up in Ward 209 of Evin Prison, Reza Shahabi has been in hunger strike several times in the past.He suffers from osteoarthritis, low blood pressure, and heart and liver problems.During his incarceration, the degenerative arthritis has resulted in the loss of control over the left side of his body such that physicians have strongly recommended immediate surgery for him.

Given Reza Shahabi’s serious medical problems threatening his life and the fact that there has been no news of him since he began his latest hunger strike, Human Rights Activists of Iran has become increasingly concerned about this political prisoner’s current condition.

Human Rights Activists of Iran announces that this labor activist has been in a legal state of limbo for nearly 18 months.According to Article 9, part 3 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, anyone arrested or detained on criminal charges shall be brought promptly before a judge and shall be entitled to a trial within a reasonable amount of time or must be released.Additionally, Article 32 of the Islamic Republic’s constitution strongly reiterates that the charges against an individual who has been detained must be formally given to him in writing, and within 24 hours, the initial case must be referred to the judicial officials in order to begin criminal proceeding as soon as possible.

Moreover, Reza Shahabi’s life has been endangered due to the lack of proper medical care during his incarceration.Such treatment is in violation of Article 22, Part II of Geneva Convention defining the rights of prisoners and Article 103 of the State Prisons System’s regulations requiring the availability of all necessary medical care to inmates who might have to be taken outside the prison to seek treatment.

Human Rights Activists in Iran hereby requests from the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations to pay immediate attention to this prisoner of conscience and his current condition.Human Rights Activists in Iran also demands immediate and unconditional release of the labor activist Reza Shahabi and reminds the government of Iran that the freedom to form and participate in labor unions is an integral part of international obligations towards human rights.

Since the Islamic Republic of Iran has historically neglected the health and general well-being of political prisoners, Human Rights Activists in Iran hereby holds the government of Iran including the State Prisons System, the Judiciary Branch and the Intelligence Agency responsible for the health and life of Reza Shahabi.

The Administrative Office of Human Rights Activists in Iran
November 29, 2011

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Transfer of four political prisoners to solitary confinement in order to efface torture marks

Posted on: September 5th, 2010

HRANA – Four  Oroomiyeh  citizens who  have been  detained by intelligence forces  since  eight  months ago,  are in pending situation and their relatives are concerned about their condition.
According to HRANA reporters,  eight  months  ago Kamel Shablooie, Bashir Chartaagh,   and  Behrooz Aalkhani  from Salmas  and  Akbar Akbarloo  from Khoy city,  were detained  and were charged with “Activities Against the National Security”.

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Kurdish Political Prisoner Yashar Kara Transferred to Ghazvin Prison

Posted on: June 1st, 2010

HRANA – Following a hunger strike by a group of political prisoners in Oroumiyeh Prison in early April, Yashar Kara was transferred from Oroumiyeh prison to Ghazvin prison yesterday.

According to Radio Zamaneh, Yashar Kara, a political prisoner from Turkey’s Kurdestan region who is serving a three year sentence, was transferred to Ghazvin prison.

The reason for the transfer of this prisoner who has spent 17 months of his sentence in Oroumiyeh prison is said to be his protest against the distribution of narcotics in the prison.

Other reports received from Oroumiyeh prison indicate that at least eight other political prisoners who had participated in the April protest may also be transferred to another prison.

Rasoul Badaghi Transferred to Unknown Location

Posted on: June 1st, 2010

HRANA – Rasoul Badaghi, a former officer of Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) and member of the Board of Directors of Iranian Teachers Union, has been transferred to an unknown location.

According to a report by Human Rights and Democracy Activists, after being severely beaten by prison authorities, Rasoul Badaghi was taken out of Ward 6 at Rajaiee Shahr prison on Sunday and transferred to an unknown location.

The continued threatening and intimidation of other prisoners indicates that the beating of this imprisoned teacher had been planned by Intelligence Ministry interrogators and put into action by prison authorities.

In addition, Ahmad Zaydabadi was transferred from Ward 6 to Ward 2 of Rajaiee Shahr prison (also known as the Addicts Ward) for protesting against the inhumane treatment of Rasoul Badaghi.

A Group of Prisoners Transferred to Solitary Confinement in Rajaiee Shahr Prison

Posted on: June 1st, 2010

HRANA – Following the release of two videos chronicling torture and rape in Rajaiee Shahr Prison, a group of prisoners from one of the prison’s wards were transferred to solitary confinement.

According to information received by HRANA reporters, political prisoner Javid Tehrani and a number of other prisoners in Ward 1 of Rajaiee Shahr prison, including Bahram Tasviri, one of the rape victims, were transferred to solitary confinement.

At the time of their transfere, prison authorities claimed that these prisoners would be taken to Forensic Pathology for investigation of their claims of torture, but contrary to this claim, all the men were moved to solitary confinement cells known as “Suites”.

It should be noted that prisoner Mohsen Beikvand was taken to solitary confinement prior to the latest transfers.

Considering the authorities’ lack of respect for prisoners’ rights, the prisoners who have been taken to solitary confinement are at risk of torture; especially since the security apparatus has sent a team from Tehran in order to discover how the videos were recorded and sent to the outside.

Sarah Tavassoli Sentenced to Six Years in Prison and 74 Lashes

Posted on: June 1st, 2010

HRANA – Dr. Sara Tavassoli was sentenced to six years in prison and 74 lashes for attending Ashura rallies on December 27, 2009, and issuing a statement of sympathy to the Moussavi family.

According to the verdict issued by Branch 26 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court, with Judge Abbas Pirabbasi presiding, Dr. Sarah Tavassoli has been convicted for her brief appearance in the Ashura demonstrations and also for her presence in the Moussavi household and expressing her condolences for the shooting death of their nephew.

According to Mizan News, Dr. Tavassoli was arrested shortly after the rallies of December 27, 2009, amid post-election protests in Iran.  She was subsequently detained in Section 209 of Evin Prison for 50 days.

Dr. Sarah Tavassoli is a university professor and a faculty member at a prominent university.  She is the daughter of Mohammad Tavassoli, the Chief of Political Bureau and a member of the Central Council of the Freedom Movement of Iran.

Dr. Tavassoli’s husband, Mr. Farid Taheri, was also arrested in the aftermath of Ashura protests and continues to be held under temporary arrest in Section 350 of Evin prison.

According to the sentence issued by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court, Dr. Tavassoli has been sentenced to six years in prison and 74 lashes on charges of “illegal assembly and conspiracy to commit crimes against national security” and “disturbing public order.”