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…)

Two Christians Arrested in Tehran

Posted on: December 3rd, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Security forces in Tehran, arrested a Christian couple after summoning them to the intelligence ministry. These Christians have been accused of performing according to rituals and Christianity in a funeral in Beheaht-e-Zahra.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), while a funeral was held at part 300 of Beheaht-e-Zahra on September 10, 2017, Mehrdad Houshmand and his wife Sarah Nemati participated as Christians in the ceremony. (more…)

3 Sunni Prisoners on Trial in Urmia

Posted on: December 2nd, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Anvar Khezri, Kamran Shikhe and Khosro Besharat three Sunni prisoners who have been jailed since 2009 and their death sentences were rejected by the Supreme Court in 2016, were transferred to Urmia prison from Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj to be tried again.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Anvar Khezri, Kamran Shikhe and Khosro Besharat three Sunni prisoners who along with Davood Abdollahi, Farhad Salimi, Ghasem Abbeste and Ayoub Karimi have been jailed since December 7, 2009, were transferred to Urmia prison from Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj. (more…)

Dozens Arrested and Summoned in Ahwaz

Posted on: November 1st, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Dozens of Arab civilians have been arrested by security forces in different parts of Ahwaz. Local sources estimate the number of detainees to be 24 in addition to 9 other who have been summoned.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), security forces arrested a large number of Arab civilians in Ahwaz, who mostly live in the neighborhood of Malashie of this city. (more…)

Authorities Confirm Seyed Jamal Mosavi’s Execution to His Family

Posted on: November 1st, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Eventually and after a few days, Seyed Jamal Mosavi’s family was informed that their son had been executed in Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj on August 23, and was buried in an unknown location. Mr. Mosavi had been transferred to an unknown location since August 16, he was seen on August 22 for the last time.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), on August 27, 2017, following the continuous efforts of the concerned family of Seyed Jamal Mosavi, the authorities of Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj informed them that he had been executed on August 23 and his body had been handed over to security forces for burial. (more…)

4 Christians Sentenced to 10 Years Imprisonment

Posted on: September 23rd, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court has sentenced each of Rev. Yousef Nadarkhani and Mohammad Reza Omidi, Mohammad Ali Mosayebzadeh, and Zaman Fadai, on charges of “administering and managing the home churches”, to 10 years in prison and two of them in exile.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), four Christian citizens, pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, Mohammad Ali Mosayebzadeh known as Yasser, Mohammad Reza Omidi known as Johan and Zaman Fadai known as Saheb, attended Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran city, under the chairmanship of Judge Ahmadzadeh, based on the previous warning for a court hearing on their charges on June 14, 2017. (more…)