More pressure on Evin political prisoners

Posted on: May 14th, 2013

HRANA News Agency – Following the recent protests of the prisoners, there is more pressure been put on the prisoners of section 350 of Evin prison.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), after the protests of the political prisoners in the section 350 of Evin prison which resulted transfer of 10 of them to solitaries for 10 days, an intelligence agent who has introduced himself as “Abbasi” is in this section some days during each week, calling the prisoners and threatening them not to participate in any kind of protest. (more…)

Said Abedini is suffering from stomach bleeding

Posted on: May 9th, 2013

HRANA News Agency – Said Abedini the imprisoned priest, has been transferred form section 240 of Evin prison to Tehran Modarres hospital and been back to the prison after getting outpatient treatment.

According to a report by Kalameh website, Said Abedini who is one of ten political prisoners who are in the solitaries of the Evin prison has been transferred to the hospital because of having stomach bleeding and after a short visit by the doctor been back to the Evin prison. (more…)

10 political prisoners are transferred to solitaries

Posted on: April 29th, 2013

HRANA News Agency – 10 political prisoners of the section 350 of the Evin prison have been transferred to the section 240’s solitaries.

According to report by Kalame website, Said Madani, Abdollah Momeni, Abolfazl Abedini Nasr, Siamak Ghaderi, Amir Khosro Dalir Sani, Mohammad Hassan Yousefpour Seyfi, Said Abedini, Kamran Ayazi, Mohammad Ebrahimi and Pouya Ebrahimi are the 10 political prisoners who have been transferred to the solitaries Sunday afternoon. (more…)

The latest list of the political prisoners in the Evin prison

Posted on: April 11th, 2013

HRANA News Agency – There are more than 206 political prisoners in the 350 and women’s sections of the Evin prison. This includes both who have definite sentences and those who are under temporary arrest.

Although the section 350 is one of the public sections of the Evin prison, the prisoners there are prevented from their basic rights like telephone contact or meeting their families.

Here is the list of these 206 prisoners prepared by the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA): (more…)

The testimony of 41 political prisoners in ward 350 of Evin: Sattar Beheshti had been tortured

Posted on: November 10th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – According to reports published by media outlets, Sattar Beheshti was arrested by the cyber police, a subsidiary of the nation’s security forces on October 30th 2012. On November 6th, Mr Beheshti’s family was reportedly informed of his passing, requesting that his body be collected at the Kahrizak morgue. All along, the family was threatened not to speak to anyone regarding this matter.

Give that Mr. Sattar Beheshti was at Evin’s general ward 350 from October 31st 2012 to November 1st 2012 and the detainees at this ward had therefore witnessed his painful physical and psychological condition first hand, we view it our national and religious duty to inform the honorable Iranian nation of Mr. Beheshti’s background and predicament.

Sattar Beheshti was charged as a result of his criticism of the authorities of the ruling establishment in his personal blog.  He told eye witnesses at Evin’s ward 350 that while in custody at the police headquarters, he had first been severely beaten while hanging from the ceiling and later beaten further while tied to a chair. Sometimes  he was beaten while his hands were tied and at other times he was pushed to the ground and kicked severely in the area of the head and neck by interrogators wearing army boots.  While being tortured, Beheshti was reportedly subjected to the most vulgar curses attacking his honor and his interrogators repeatedly threatened to kill him.

When arriving at Evin’s ward 350, evidence of torture was apparent throughout Sattar’s body and he was in a painful physical and psychological state. His face was scarred, his head was swollen, his wrists and arms were bruised and the effects of hanging from the ceiling were apparent on his wrists.  Bruises were also apparent on other parts of his body such as around his neck, his stomach and his back.

Despite the fact that he was barely able to write as a result of his beatings, Sattar nevertheless filed a short complaint to the authorities of Evin’s ward 350, describing his condition and the manner in which he had been treated at the hands of the security agents, demanding that they follow up on his case.

Given that his physical condition was far from normal, Sattar was taken to the prison infirmary on two occasions where the physician at the infirmary was also able to witness his condition first hand.

On November 1st, 2011, Sattar a young and true activist of the Green Movement was once again transferred from Evin’s ward 350 to the security police headquarters. He was extremely concerned when leaving the ward and told other detainees: “They intend to kill me.”  Four days after his transfer, his family was informed of his death.

Those who claim to be the followers of Imam Ali must be reminded of his response to the news of a Jewish women’s torture under his reign, her legs bruised, when he stated: ” If a victim dies, they are not to blame.”

They witness the cruelty, injustices, atrocities, torture and murder and remain indifferent, without losing even a night’s sleep. In recent years and following the 2009 presidential elections we have repeatedly witnessed this type of torture of detainees at the hands of the security and cyber police. There are individuals currently at Evin’s ward 350 who have personally been subjected to such torture.  We hereby testify that we have witnessed the existence of numerous cases of torture of detainees at the hands of the agents of the security police at Evin’s ward 350.

We believe that if the criminals at Kahrizak prison and the torturers at Evin prison whose accounts of torture have been repeatedly published and are known to the authorities of the ruling establishment, would be punished rather than encouraged and promoted,  such heinous Kahrizak style tortures and cases of murder would no longer be repeated.

It has now been proven to all of us that when it comes to the current ruling establishment our cries will only fall on deaf ears.  While offering our condolences to the family of the late Sattar Beheshti and the oppressed Iranian nation, we remind everyone that the current ruling establishment, whether they like it or not, are responsible for the cruelty, torture and unjust bloodshed of innocent victims.

Signatories:

Mohammad Ebrahimi

Hossein Asadi Zeidabadi

Amir Eslami

Reza Ansari Rad

Ibrahim (Nader) Babai Zeydi

Emaad Bahavar

Seyed Ali Reza Beheshti Shirazi

Amid Behroozi

Amin Chalaki

Siyavash Hatem

Omid Kharazmiyan

Mehdi Khodaii

Mohammad Davari

Amir Khosro Dalirsani

Seyed Mohammad Ali Dadkhah

Ali Reza Rajaii

Mohammad Rezaii

Farzad Rouhi

Hossein Zarini

Abdolfatah Soltani

Adris Seyedin

Pouriya Shahpari

Mohsen (Bahman) Sadeghi Nour

Mohammad Farid Taheri Ghazvini

Bahador Alizadeh

Afshin Karampour

Hamid Reza Karvasi

Amir Garshasbi

Jafar Ganji

Siyamak Ghaderi

Abolfazl Ghadyani

Ali Akbar Ghoti

Farshi Lahouti

Abdollah Momeni

Mohsen Mirdamadi

Mostafa Nili

Mohammad Ali Velayati

Farshid Yadollahi

Mohammad Hassan Youssef Pourseyfi

Mohammad Amin Hadavi

Seyed Ahmad Hashemi

HRW Calls For Release Of Jailed Iranian Teachers

Posted on: October 6th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged Iranian authorities to immediately free seven jailed teachers and to end the harassment of dozens of others.

(Beirut) – Iranian authorities should immediately free seven teachers who are behind bars solely for speaking out against the government. Iran should also end harassment of dozens of others teachers who are facing charges or who have already served time in prison on national-security-related charges. Human Rights Watch issued the call on World Teachers Day as part of a joint campaign initiated by Iranian and other international rights groups to highlight the plight of teachers who criticize the government.

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Majid Dari: “Students Stand Tall Against Tyrants!”

Posted on: September 26th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Majid Dari is an imprisoned student activist expelled from Allameh Tabatabai University (ATU) in Tehran.He studied literature at ATU and was a member of the Advocacy Council for the Right to Education.In July of 2009, Majid Dari was arrested by Iranian Intelligence Agency and locked up in Evin Prison.

Following a trial and an appeal, Majid Dari was sentenced to 6 years in prison and exiled to Khuzestan Province.In August 2010, without prior notice, prison officials placed Majid Dari in shackles and transferred him to a prison in the city of Behbahan.Since then, he has been serving his prison term in exile.

Majid Dari has written the following statement from Behbahan Prison on the occasion of the new school year in Iran:

Rain, pour in torrents
Pour and shed my falling rotten leaves
Pour till I fall into a fruitful slumber
to the gloomy melody of rain

— Mohammad Shams Langeroodi

It is difficult to talk about September, school and its reopening and hard to dig up school memories.It is naïve to talk about the resistance in universities and what effects they’ve had.It is equally gullible to mention all the scathing criticisms and trashing aimed towards universities and to remember the never-ending hollers towards the occupiers.

All of these are already known by everyone.We know that universities didn’t tolerate oppression and rejected injustice even under the most difficult circumstance.We know that universities gave blood to irrigate the tree of liberty and boasted of sacrifices made while proudly passing the baton to the fresh blood coming through the gates to repeat the cycle…

There was a time when we screamed not to concede an inch for the day would come when they could dictate what we were allowed to utter, read and wear.Although we stood alone, at the end, we prevented universities from becoming monolithic institutes devoid of diversity and stopped the second Cultural Revolution from taking place.

To our utter dismay, the tale has reportedly taken another turn without our knowledge.September begins again while these tragedies take place together all at once.Even worse, university students go along with the prevailing tide, submit to it and accept it.And the depths of the disaster widen.Thereafter, permissible thoughts are dictated and allowable beliefs are announced while the so-called brave students with their silent screams bend and capitulate.

When the time for talking, bragging and showing off had ended, and it was time for action, the on-going resistance was considered foolish.To those of us still standing, they said, “We haven’t backed off; our tactics have changed.”Thus, this change in tactics effectively buried the next generation under a pile of compromise and brought about a disaster unprecedented in the history of universities and their students.

Now, where are those who must answer?Where are those who must compare the weight of their raves and rants against their actions or at least express some remorse?Are they still adamant that their change in tactics has been effective and blame us for what has conspired?

I wanted to hail the university, but given the fact that universities have their own distinguishing characteristics, I won’t because this place resembles a high school more.I wanted to hail all college students, but these individuals liken to junior schoolchildren.

Therefore, begging your pardon, I must say, “Hey, I am talking to you!Hey, you, the ones I recognize not.I am happy for not being by your side now or during the past four years.I am pleased with not shaming myself to attend college in such a place.I am delighted for having been expelled but not humiliated in this manner.I am overjoyed with the thought of being alone instead of having friends such as you, the ones I know not.”

College students possess and universities hold within themselves certain reverence and sanctity such that they bow to no one, accept no humiliation and stand tall against tyrants.They fear not but challenge and defeat the enemy.They offer their lives while standing erect.They offer blood and remain steadfast.They dedicate their lives to bring about growth and change.To those who know who college students and what universities are, if this tree dries up and dies, we are all responsible.Yes, all of us.

College students!Universities!I miss you all, and my heart aches for you.Therefore, this time too, swallowing the knot in my throat, I shout once more:

Hail Majid Tavakoli!Hail Mahdieh Golro!Hail Zia Nabavi!Hail Abdollah Momeni!Greetings to Bahareh Hedayat!

Majid Dari
Expelled Student of Allameh

 

Two Members of the Iranian Teachers’ Union Arrested in Yazd

Posted on: May 29th, 2010

HRANA –The arrests of union activists continue with the arrests of Mohammad Ali Shirazi and Mohammad Ali Shahedi, two members of the Board of Directors of the Teachers’ Union in Yazd.

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