Civil and Political Activists Issued a Statement in the Support of Prisoners in the Prison of Uremia

Posted on: December 22nd, 2014

HRANA News Agency – The political prisoners of section 12 who started a hunger strike 23 days ago are in grave physical and health conditions. Yesterday, eight prisoners were transferred to the clinic of the prison because of deteriorating health condition but were turned back to their wards after refusing to receive medical aid.

The prisoners are demanding the enforcement of the law of separation of penalties and creation of independent section for the political prisoners. Currently, 30 political prisoners are being held in the section 12 of Uremia prison and more than 40 political prisoners are scattered are scattered in different sections of this prison. Moreover, these political prisoners are protesting against the pressure enforced by the office of the ministry of information located in the prison. (more…)


Rights Groups Urge Iranian Authorities to Address Month-Long Hunger Strike of Kurdish Political Prisoners

Posted on: December 20th, 2014

HRANA News Agency – Iranian authorities must immediately respond to the health and security concerns of 27 Kurdish political prisoners on a month-long hunger strike in Orumiyeh, said 21 human rights organizations today. These organizations also urged Iranian authorities to immediately investigate and remedy the broader set of rights violations these men have allegedly faced while in detention.

These Kurdish political prisoners, detained in Orumiyeh (Wermê) Central Prison, have been protesting the conditions of their detention since 20 November 2014. The hunger strikers object to the ongoing transfers of political prisoners to wards housing inmates convicted of violent crimes, such as murder, and the simultaneous introduction of such inmates to Ward 12 of the prison, which typically houses only political prisoners. Iranian law requires the overall humane treatment of all prisoners and specifically mandates that political detainees be separated from those convicted of serious common crime. (more…)


Iranian Government Should Take Responsibility of Prisoners’ Health

Posted on: December 18th, 2014

HRANA News Agency – Human Rights Activists in Iran announced its deepest concerns of the huge number of conscious and security prisoners who suffer from ailment at various prisons around the country and also those on hunger strike at Uromiyeh Central Prison which have put their life and health in danger. This association demanded that government take responsibility towards the domestic laws and international conventions for the health and safety of these prisoners and to instantly initiate the adequate medical treatment process for them.

In this statement, Human Right Activists Association of Iran announced that at least 84 political and security ill prisoners identified by this association at various prisons around the country who have been deprived of adequate medical treatments. The names of these prisoners and brief information about their location and their ailments are in the following:

 

1. Zara Rahnavard under house arrest (sight problem, blood pressure and joint pain)

2. Mahdi Karroubi under house arrest (digestive and abdominal problems, joint pain)

3. Mir Hossein Mousavi under house arrest (cardio disease, high blood pressure and kidney problems)

4. Saeed Matinpour, imprisoned at Zanjan Prison (spinal and vertebral column problems)

5. Jamal Ghadernejad, imprisoned at Mahaabad Prison (severe joint paint and spinal disk herniation)

6. Hossein Sa’bouri, imprisoned at Maahshahr Nava Prison (damaged and torn hand nerve)

7. Rasoul Mazra’e imprisoned at Yasouj Prison (prostate cancer and kidney pain)

8. Taleb Savari imprisoned at Ahwaz Sepidar Prison (eye infection)

9. Ali Halafi imprisoned at Gonabad Prison (peptic ulceration and bowel infection)

10. Gholam Abbas (Saeed) saki imprisoned at Dezfool Fajr Prison (asthma, spinal disk herniation, pain in both legs and blood pressure problems)

11. Ali Manbouhi imprisoned at Jiroft Prison (diabetes and hyperlipidemia)

12. Rahim Afravi imprisoned at Jiroft Prison (diabetes and cardiovascular disease)

13. Emadeddin Maziyari imprisoned at Zahedan Prison (cardiovascular disease and gastric bleeding)

14. Mohammad Amin Agooshy imprisoned at Zahedan Prison (mumps and kidney disease)

15. Mahmoud Ahmadi imprisoned at Zahedan Prison (kidney infection)

16. Mustafa Faqih imprisoned at Mahabad Prison (diabetes)

17. Jamshid dehghani imprisoned at Ghezelhesar Prison (Infectious Diseases)

18. Seyed Hadi Hosseini imprisoned at Ghezelhesar Prison (epilepsy)

19. Sadiq Mohammadi imprisoned at Ghezelhesar Prison (eye disease)

20. Ahmad Daneshpour Moghaddam imprisoned at Evin Prison (digestive system diseases and mental disorders)

21. Hassan Faraji Mousavi imprisoned at Evin Prison (cardio disease)

22. David Asadi imprisoned at Evin Prison (Hip Decay)

23. Reza Entesari imprisoned at Evin Prison (severe heart palpitations and chest pain)

24. Abbas Ghaffari imprisoned at Evin Prison (advanced diabetes and severe vision loss problem)

25. Abdolfattah Soltani imprisoned at Evin Prison (Cardio disease)

26. Ali Alai imprisoned at Evin Prison (spinal column problem and cardio disease)

27. Alireza Ahmadi imprisoned at Evin Prison (gradual deviation of pelvic fractures and foot)

28. Alireza Beheshti imprisoned at Evin Prison (spinal problem)

29. Ali Rajai imprisoned at Evin Prison (spinal disk herniation)

30. Kamyar Sabeti San’at imprisoned at Evin Prison (difficulty breathing and cardio disease)

31. Majid Asadi imprisoned at Evin Prison (spinal problem)

32. Mohsen Daneshpour imprisoned at Evin Prison (cardiac and cerebral atherosclerosis and impaired memory)

33. Mohammad Sadiq Kaboodvand imprisoned at Evin Prison (cardio disease and severe decrease in blood sugar)

34. Muhammad Hassan Yousuf Pourseifi imprisoned at Evin Prison (cardio disease and vision problems)

35. Mustafa Daneshjoo imprisoned at Evin Prison (lung infection and cardio disease)

36. Nader Jani imprisoned at Evin Prison (neurological disease and cardio disease)

37. Yashar Daroshafa imprisoned at Evin Prison (back and spinal problems)

38. Jacob Maleki imprisoned at Evin Prison (severe vision problems)

39. Behrouz Alkhani imprisoned at Urmia Prison (Psychological Disorders)

40. Ali Ahmad Suleiman imprisoned at Urmia Prison (spinal disk herniation and visual impairment)

41. Ali Afshari imprisoned at Urmia Prison (infection of the body)

42. Alireza Rasouli imprisoned at Urmia Prison (a serious blood disorder)

43. Keyvan Ismaili Mamedi imprisoned at Urmia Prison (infection of the eyes and mouth)

44. Mustafa Ali Ahmad imprisoned at Urmia Prison (infections and kidney stones)

45. Heyman Hassanzadeh imprisoned at Urmia Prison (wound infection left by bullet and finger infection)

46. Jaber Sakhravy imprisoned at Karoun Prison (brain tumour and severe leg pain and poor eyesight)

47. Jalil Heidari imprisoned at Karoun Prison (kidney stones)

48. Hassan Abiyat imprisoned at Karoun Prison (gastrointestinal disease and ear infection)

49. Abdulemam Zayeri imprisoned at Karoun Prison (stomach bleeding)

50. Abdul Amir Matouri imprisoned at Karoun Prison (convulsions)

51. Abdolzahra Halichi imprisoned at Karoun Prison (leg pain and infectious disease)

52. Ghazi Heidari imprisoned at Ahwaz Karoun Prison (chest pain, earache, joint pain and muscle disease)

53. Kazem Khoshnamak imprisoned at Karoun Prison (hypertension and diabetes)

54. Majid Sari imprisoned at Karoun Prison (convulsions)

55. Yahya Naseri imprisoned at Karoun Prison (Cardio disease)

56. Asadollah Hadi imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (cardio disease)

57. Afshin Baymani imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (retina problems)

58. Amanollah Mostaqim imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (Atherosclerosis)

59. Arash Sharifi imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (visually impaired and need a cornea transplant)

60. Barzan Nasrollahzadeh imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (internal infection)

61. Jafar Eghdami imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (severe muscular discomfort)

62. Jamaleddin Khanjani imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (suffering from many diseases due to senility)

63. Hassan Fathali Ashtiani imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (suffering from many diseases due to senility)

64. Saeed Abedini imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (stomach bleeding and bladder problems)

65. Saeed Madani Ghahfarkhi imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (gastrointestinal distress)

66. Syed Qasim Abesteh imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (kidney disease)

67. Shahram Ahmadi imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (painful kidney infection)

68. Saleh Kohandel imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (blood disorders and low blood platelet count)

69. Adel Naimi imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (diabetes)

70. Abdorrahman Sangani imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (severe mental illness)

71. Afif Naimi imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (lymph nodes problem, severe throat inflammation and severe cardio problems)

72. Ali Salanpour imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (spinal disk herniation)

73. Farshid Naseri imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (kidney and bladder problems)

74. Fouad Moqaddam imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (clogging of the heart arteries and spinal disk herniation)

75. Firouz Hamidi imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (gum and mouth disease and digestive disease)

76. Karim Marouf Aziz imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (cardio disease)

77. Kourosh Ziyari imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (spinal disk herniation)

78. Kaykhosro Sharafipour imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (suffering from an unknown illness)

79. Kayone Samimi imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (cardio disease)

80. Mashallah Haeri imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (cardio disease)

81. Mohammad Seifzadeh imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (kidney disease spinal problems)

82. Mohammad Gharib imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (kidney disease)

83. Mahmoud Badavam imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (nerve system problems)

84. Misaq Yazdannezhad imprisoned at Karaj Rajae Shahr Prison (hernia)

 

In addition, Human Rights Activists in Iran stated that since 20 November 2014, 27 political and security prisoners at Uromiyeh Central Prison have been on unconditional hunger strike. These prisoners started the strike in protest to the ignorance of their basic needs and their union demands such as respecting and enforcing the Separation of Prisoners Law. According to the statement by the prison clinic, they are facing concerning low blood pressure and weight loss.These prisoners are :Ali Afshari, Jafar Afshari, but Afshari, Habib Afshari, Keyhan Darvishi, Shirkoo Hassanpour, Mohammad Abdullahi, Khazar Rasoolyrad, Saman Naseem, Amir Moladost, Sirwan Nezhavi, Jafar Mirzayi, Ebrahim Rezapour , Mohammad abdulbakht, Abdullah Asghari, Abdulrahman Sulaiman, Seyd Sami Hosseini, Abdullah Hammoudi, Ahmad Tamoei, Osman Mostafapour, Behrooz Alkhani, Mostafa Al-Rahman, Yousef Ka’kahmami, Seyed Jamal Mohammadi, Alireza Rasooli, Shoresh Afshari, Mostafa Davoodi.

 

Several relatives of these prisoners unanimously emphasised on the issue while speaking to HRANA reporter that Uromiyeh Prison authorities told the prisoners who are on hunger strike “stay on strike until you die “.  Human Right Activists Association of Iran believes this is an issue which proves the security and illegal approach of the prison authorities instead of attending to the basic needs of prisoners. In this statement this association announced that these prisoners had no other means but to put their health and life in danger to get their rights back and this association believes Uromiyeh Central Prison authorities resorted to intentional negligence and threatening the prisoners instead of attending to their basic needs. A wrong solution which took several prisoners lives over the last couple of years.

 

In this statement, Human Rights Activists in Iran expressed its deepest concerns about the huge number of political and security prisoners suffering from ailments which are deprived from medical attention. This association also mentioned that medical attention and treatments should be on the priority list of State Prison, Security and Corrective Measure Organisation. According to this association, intentional negligence on medical treatment for ill prisoners is completely omitting and ignoring the domestic laws and Human Right facts and Articles, especially the Articles 102, 103, 113 from the “State, Prison, Security and Corrective Measure Organisation” regulations. In addition, it is against the section 2 of Article 22 of Minimum Standard Rules of Treatments of Prisoners passed by the first convention of Human nations (1995) which states: “ ill prisoners who are in need of special and professional medical attention must be send to specialist centres outside prison”

Human Rights Activsts in Iran while specifically emphasised on the necessity of immediate attention to the situation and needs of prisoners on hunger strike at Uromiyeh Central Prison, announced that the prison authorities are directly responsible for the safety and security of these prisoners.

This association believes that Islamic Republic of Iran have worryingly violated the Human Right Conventions especially the convention of Prisoners right passed by the United Nations in the domain of prisoners.

Human Rights Activists in Iran would like to remind the government on this issue that medical treatment for prisoners is part of their primary rights, especially the right to be alive. The request for medical treatment is not a favour but part of human rights of prisoners who regardless of their religion, race, colour, and language and political believes or any other discrimination should have access to it comprehensively.


Declaration of Human Rights Activists at Evin and Rajai Shahr Prison

Posted on: December 15th, 2014

HRANA News Agency – “Abdolfatah Soltani”, “Saeed Madani Ghahfarakhi”, “Mahdi Khodaee”, “Keyvan Samimi” and “Saeed Razavi Faghih”, imprisoned Human Rights and Political activists, made a statement for the “International Day of Human Rights” occasion which will follow:

We are honouring the 66th anniversary of compilation of International Human Rights Declaration while we are observing the systematic violation of Human Rights by official and unofficial organisations supported by the government in our beloved country. (more…)


Release the imprisoned Human Rights Supporters

Posted on: December 12th, 2014

HRANA News Agency – Human Right Activists Association of Iran has published a press statement honouring the “Human Rights Day” and urged the Iranian government to respect its commitments toward conventions and sections of human rights and torelease of imprisoned human right activists immediately.

Full text of this press statement is in the following: (more…)


IRAN: DEATH SENTENCE FOR “INSULTING THE PROPHET”

Posted on: November 30th, 2014

Amnesty International: An Iranian man has been sentenced to death for “insulting the Prophet of Islam”. Soheil Arabi has now had his sentence upheld by Iran’s Supreme Court. He was sentenced for posts deemed offensive to the Prophet he had made on Facebook.

Photogrpaher Soheil Arabi, 30, was sentenced to death on 30 August 2014 for “insulting the Prophet of Islam” (Sabbo al-Nabbi) by a five-judge panel of Branch 76 of the Criminal Court of Tehran: three of the judges ruled in favour of the death penalty. The charge stems from postings Soheil Arabi made on eight Facebook accounts, which the authorities said belong to Soheil Arabi. The Supreme Court upheld the sentence on 24 November. In a separate case stemming from the same Facebook posts, Soheil Arabi was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for “spreading propaganda against the system” and “insulting the leader”, by a Tehran Revolutionary Court on 4 September. (more…)


240 activists’ protest against the acid attacks and new legislation

Posted on: November 11th, 2014

HRANA news agency – More than 240 civil activists issued a statement, protesting against the acid attacks and the new religious legislation “promotion of virtue”. These activists emphasized that acid attacks and the new legislations are clear indications of increasing level of violation of women rights in Iran.

According to HRANA report and quoted by Radio Farda, this statement has been signed by a number of activists including Shirin Ebadi, Mahnaz Parakand, Kazem Alamdari, Hassan Yousefi Eshkavari, Asiya Amini, Parastoo Forouhar, Fariba Davoodi Mohajer, Mehri Jafari, Parvin Ardalan and Kouhyar Goodarzi. These activists expressed serious concerns over recent acid attacks in Iran as well as the new religious legislation approved by the Iranian parliament (i.e. promotion of virtue) and suggested that these are coordinated attempts to normalize the violence against women in Iran. (more…)


EX-POLITICAL PRISONER DETAINED, RISKS TORTURE

Posted on: October 10th, 2014

Amnesty International – Former prisoner of conscience Arash Sadeghi has been held in Tehran’s Evin Prison since 6 September. He is believed to be in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer and he has yet to be charged. He may be at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.

Arash Sadeghi, a former student activist at Allameh Tabataba’i University, was arrested on 6 September at his workplace in Tehran by men in civilian clothing believed to belong to the Revolutionary Guards. The men took him to his house, searched his possessions and seized items including his laptop, notebooks and some CDs. He has since been held in solitary confinement in Section 2A of Tehran’s Evin Prison, without access to a lawyer. He has only been allowed to make brief phone calls to his father. Amnesty International understands that Arash Sadeghi has not been charged and the authorities have refused to tell his family about his situation or why he was arrested. (more…)


Statement of more than 100 teachers at the beginning of school season

Posted on: October 7th, 2014

HRANA News Agency – One hundred teachers and more than 150 trade union and civil rights activists signed a petition about the living conditions of teachers in Iran.

The following is the full text of the statement, a copy of which has been submitted to HRANA:

While welcoming the start of new school season, the ongoing problems observed in different areas of the ministry of education don’t picture a prosperous year for teachers and students. Aside from structural and organizational problems observed after the revolution, the eight years of mismanagement during the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has created enormous number of problems for the ministry of education. Over the last year, the government of new president, Hasan Rouhani, not only has not resolved these problems but also added a few more problems to the existing public education, teachers, students and families problems.  (more…)