Two Detained Christians Still Held in Evin Prison

Posted on: April 28th, 2018

HRANA News Agency – Majid Reza Souzanchi Kashani and Fatemeh Mohammadi, two Iranian Christians living in Tehran, are still in an unknown condition, after several months of detention.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Majid Reza Souzanchi and Fatemeh Mohammadi, two Iranian Christians, who were arrested by the agents of Ministry of Intelligence on November 18, last year, are still being held in Evin Prison. (more…)

Suleiman Pirooti Suffers from Cancer in Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj

Posted on: April 25th, 2018

HRANA News Agency – After being transferred to the hospital, Suleiman Pirooti, a Sunni prisoner of Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj, has been diagnosed with cancer. The prisoner had been suffering from pain and had reported this to prison officials for a long time, but had not received medical treatment. In addition to cancer, this prisoner who has been deprived of health care has recently had two strokes in prison and suffers from other illnesses. His condition requires urgent medical treatment or medical leave, the issue that the prison authorities do not pay any attention to, while he has only 18 months of his imprisonment sentence left.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), while Suleiman Pirooti’s medical condition has been serious since a long time ago, the prison authorities did not take any action in this regard. (more…)

At Least 300 Dervishes Arrested in a Police Operation

Posted on: April 25th, 2018

HRANA News Agency – Following the clashes between police forces and Dervishes in Tehran, Iran’s law enforcement spokesman announced the arrest of at least 300 Dervishes. Five others were killed in the clashes. NAJA has confirmed that three law enforcement officers and two Basijis were killed. The reports indicate that about 70 women have been arrested and were transferred to the Qarchak prison in Varamin. Many detained men have also been transferred to Evin Prison, although there is no information available on the fate of a large number of detainees.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), after arresting one of the Gonabadi dervishes, Nematullah Riahi, a group of Gonabadi dervishes gathered to protest. The protesting dervishes demanded Mr. Riahi’s unconditional release. (more…)

Heavy Clashes between the Police and Gonabadi Dervishes

Posted on: April 25th, 2018

HRANA News Agency – The gathering of a number of Gonabadi dervishes in northern Tehran was dragged into clashes with police and violence. According to official statistics, at least three policemen were killed during the clashes and some others were wounded on both sides. On the other hand at least 60 Gonabadi protesters were arrested.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), after the arrest of one of the Gonabadi dervishes named “Nematullah Riahi”, a group of Gonabadi dervishes gathered in front of the police station. The protesting dervishes demanded Mr. Riahi’s unconditional release. (more…)

Ali Amini, Remains in Detention for Being a Christian

Posted on: April 5th, 2018

HRANA News Agency – Ali Amini, a new Christian convert from Tabriz, was arrested several days before the New Year by the Tabriz Intelligence Office. After being interrogated, he was taken to the Tabriz Prison. After a month, he still remains in jail as a temporary detention.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Ali Amini, a new Christian convert from Tabriz city, who had been arrested before the New Year, is still being held in Tabriz Central Prison. (more…)

Seven Death Row Sunni Prisoners Awaiting New Trial

Posted on: February 13th, 2018

HRANA News Agency – Seven Sunni prisoners in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj who had formerly been sentenced to death by the Supreme Court, are still in a state of uncertainty on the eve of the ninth year of their imprisonment.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), seven Sunni prisoners, including Davoud Abdollahi, Kamran Sheikheh, Farhad Salimi, Anvar Khezri, Khosrow Besharat, Qasim Abesteh, and Ayoub Karimi, are detained since December 7, 2009 and were sentenced to death by judge Moghiseh of Branch no. 28 of the Revolutionary Court, in March of 2015. The sentences were not approved by Judge Razini in the Supreme Court; however, after eight years of imprisonment, they remain in a state of uncertainty. (more…)

Increasing Pressure on Sunni Prisoners in Rajai Shahr Prison

Posted on: February 9th, 2018

HRANA News Agency – A large group of Sunni prisoners who have been arrested and sentenced to imprisonment for religious beliefs and activities, are held at Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj. Recently, some of non-Iranian prisoners who have been accused of joining the ISIL were transferred to this prison and were added to the Sunni prisoners. The tension between these prisoners has led to increased pressure on both groups due to fundamental differences in their belief. It is speculated that prison authorities use the opposition of two groups to increase pressures on both of them.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), approximately 50 Sunni prisoners who had been convicted for non-violent activities, are being held at hall 21 in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj. (more…)

Growing Pressure on Sunni Prisoners in Dizel Abad Prison of Kermanshah

Posted on: February 9th, 2018

HRANA News Agency – Six Sunni prisoners in Dizel Abad prison of Kermanshah, who had been on hunger strike some time ago, to protest against their exile to the infected prisoners ward, were again threatened by prison officials with repeating the former procedure. These prisoners say practicing their religion has caused the authorities to react and increase pressure.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), sixth Sunni prisoner in Dizel Abad Prison in Kermanshah who have been sentenced in separate cases to imprisonment due to their peaceful activities, have faced increasing pressure and harassment in prison. (more…)

Afshin Hayratian Arrested and Transferred to Evin Prison

Posted on: January 29th, 2018

HRANA News Agency – Afshin Hayratian, children’s rights activist and former prisoner of conscience, was arrested on October 20, 2017 by security forces at his own house in Tehran. The Baha’i citizen has been transferred to Evin Prison after being arrested.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), security forces arrested Afshin Hayratian at his own house on October 20, 2017. (more…)

The List of Sunni Prisoners in Urmia Prison

Posted on: December 27th, 2017

HRANA News Agency – A large number of prisoners accused of communicating with Salafist groups in addition to a large number of political and security prisoners are being kept in Urmia prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), the political and security prisoners are being kept in Ward 12 of the Central Prison in Urmia for several consecutive years. However, transferring a large number of Sunni prisoners accused of communicating with Salafist groups including Ansar al-Islam and ISIL has increased the population of this ward of prison since several months ago. (more…)