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.”

Officials’ Wrath Unleashed on Prisoners After Release of Videos from Rajaiee Shahr Prison

Posted on: May 30th, 2010

HRANA – The Intelligence Ministry is determined to discover the identities of the individuals involved in exposing the rape and torture of prisoners in Rajaiee Shahr prison in Karaj.

Last week, Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) published two videos recorded by two different Rajaiee Shahr prison inmates who had been subjected to inhumane torture and rape by their captors. The contents of the videos and the extent of the injuries suffered by the two men were heartbreaking and shocking. Their sheer bravery in releasing the videos and bold expose of their conditions has inspired both awe and grave concern about their fate.

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