Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – Political prisoner Afshin Hossein Panahi was released on furlough from Sanandaj Prison on Saturday, October 13, 2018.
A source closed to Panahi told HRANA that Panahi purchased a few days’ freedom with a 4 billion IRR (approximately $30,000 USD) bail.
On March 26, 2018, HRANA reported on the upholding of his eight-year, six-month sentence in the Kurdistan Province Appeals Court. He was initially sentenced October 2017 by judge Saeedi in the Sanandaj Revolutionary Court on charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “collaboration with a Kurdish opposition group through participation in a Nowruz ceremony.”
Panahi, who has a history of working with local environmental institutions, was arrested in his home on June 26, 2017, following the arrest of one of his brothers, Ramin Hossein Panahi. He was also detained for inquiring into the suspicious death of another one of his brothers, Ashraf Hossein Panahi, in 2011, which earned him a charge of “propaganda against the regime.”
Pursuant to a legally ambiguous process that drew outcry from human rights institutions internationally, Panahi’s brother Ramin was hanged to death alongside Zanyar Moradi and Loghman Moradi at an undisclosed location in Tehran on September 8th, 2018.
Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA)- Following the execution of his brother Ramin, political prisoner Afshin Hossein Panahi has expressed his gratitude and solidarity in the form of a letter, addressed to an international community which continues to champion the memory and cause of his late sibling.
At an undisclosed location in Tehran province on September 8th, Ramin Hossein Panahi was hanged to death alongside Zanyar Moradi and Loghman Moradi, without notice to their respective families or lawyers, and pursuant to a legal process on which human rights organizations had already cried foul.
Once the brothers were hanged to death, their families received threatening messages from the Ministry of Intelligence and were refused the right to inter their bodies.
In the wake of these executions, residents and merchants of several Iranian cities where Iran’s Kurdish population is highest– particularly in the provinces of Kurdistan, Kermanshah, and West Azerbaijan –went on a general strike. In response, civil activists in the cities of Sanandaj, Marivan (Kurdistan), Oshnoviyeh, Sardasht (West Azerbaijan), and Ravansar (Kermanshah) have been taken into custody.
Seven political detainees at Evin Prison, including Atena Daemi, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and Golrokh Iraee, have written letters to express their condolence to the families of Moradi, Moradi, and Panahi.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet responded to the executions in the following statement: “I deeply deplore the executions last week of three Iranian Kurdish prisoners despite the serious concerns raised by Special Procedures mandate holders that they were not afforded fair trials, and were subjected to torture.”
Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, has also condemned these executions.
The full text of Afshin Hossein Panahi’s letter, translated into English by HRANA, is below:
A whisper echoes through the iron labyrinth
It sings, “endure! dawn is upon us!”
To the dear civil rights activists, and political parties and groups both inside and outside Iran,
I am thankful and grateful for your unfaltering efforts and support over the past year in trying to stay the execution of my innocent yet audacious brother.
I have a heavy heart and tearful eyes in my grief over the loss of Ramin, who died with dignity. He was proud to fight for the freedom of those who would *later rise in [his] defense and honor, those who have peacefully troubled the foundation of despotism.
Fettered in prison, I am no free man. Notwithstanding my innocence, and my faith in the righteousness of the freedom march, I suffer pains common to all Iranian civil and political activists, and my demands have become one with theirs. I demand my rights be realized, and I will not rest or falter until they are restored. I am infinitely thankful to those comrades who strive to raise the voice of Iran’s political hostages.
Let it be known that the strength of our pact and the spirit of our fight will prevail.
Afshin Hossein Panahi,
Sanandaj Central Prison
* Referring to the general strike in Kurdish areas of Iran
Afshin Hossein Panahi is a political activist who was arrested on June 26th, 2017 in his home. He was sentenced to eight and half years in prison by judge Saeedi of Branch one of Sanandaj Revolutionary Court on charges of “disseminating propaganda against the regime” and “collaboration with a Kurdish opposition group through participation in a Nowruz ceremony.” This sentence was upheld in appeals court. He was also arrested in 2011 for inquiring into the suspicious death of another one of his brothers, Ashraf Hossein Panahi. In that case, he was sentenced to one year in prison for “propaganda against the regime.”
HRANA News Agency – Hossein Ahmadi Nia’z, Ramin Hosein Panahi’s lawyer, announced the elimination of his client’s incommunicado.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Hossein Ahmadi Nia’z announced the elimination of incommunicado of Ramin Hossein Panahi on Wednesday, February 28. He continued and told HRANA’s reporter: “After consulting with the judge, I asked them to remove the ban on Ramin Hossein Panahi’s visit, and after agreeing with this request, along with Ramin’s mother, I visited Ramin”. Continue reading “Ramin Hossein Panahi’s Incommunicado Lifted”
Hana News Agency – Hossein Ahmadi Niaz, the lawyer of Ramin Hossein Panahi, confirmed the end of a hunger strike of him and his brother, Afshin Hossein Panahi. Ramin and Afshin Hossein Panahi began their hunger strike on Saturday January 27, after Ramin Hossein Panahi’s death sentence was issued and ended the protest after the appeal was registered.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Hossein Ahmadi Niaz, Ramin Hossein Panahi’s lawyer, announced the end of his client’s hunger strike, on Monday February 5. Continue reading “Ramin and Afshin Hossein Panahi Ended Their Hunger Strike”
HRANA News Agency – Ramin Hossein Panahi, political prisoner who has been detained for more than 200 days in the solitary confinements of the intelligence ministry and IRGC, has been transferred to Central Prison in Sanandaj on January 9, 2018.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Ramin Hossein Panahi was transferred to Central Prison in Sanandaj. Continue reading “Ramin Hossein Panahi Transferred to Sanandaj Prison”
HRANA News Agency – Ramin Hossein Panahi’s mother was allowed to meet him shortly at an unknown location following continuous pursuit after more than four months of the arrest of Ramin Hossein Panahi by the IRGC forces.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), no news of Ramin Hussein Panahi’s fate was given to his family during the past four months since his arrest by the IRGC forces in Sanandaj. Continue reading “Ramin Hossein Panahi Allowed to Meet His Mother after 4 Months”
HRANA News Agency – Abbas Hossein Panahi was released on the bail after more than two months. At the same time, it has been reported that Afshin Hossein Panahi has been transferred to the central prison of Sanandaj. However there is still no information about the fate of Ramin Hossein Panahi, the prisoner who was shot and detained by the Revolutionary Guard forces.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), after 66 days of being under arrest, Abbas Hossein Panahi, from Dehgolan was temporarily released on a bail of 1500 million IRR from Sanandaj Intelligence Bureau’s detention Centre. Continue reading “Abbas Hossein Panahi Released on the Bail”
HRANA News Agency – Afshin Hossein Panahi’s mother, met with her son after about two months since his arrest by the security forces. The meeting was held at the intelligence ministry in Sanandaj with the presence of security guards. The fates of Abbas and Ramin Hossein Panahi are still unknown.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the authorities eventually allowed Afshin Hossein Panahi’s mother to visit her son at the intelligence ministry in Sanandaj with the presence of security guards after 57 days since his arrest. Continue reading “No Information about Ramin Hossein Panahi after more than 100 Days of Detention”
HRANA News Agency – A number of members of a political party were ambushed near the city of Sanandaj by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards of Hamzeh headquarters. During the clashes between them, three members of the political organization died and one person was arrested while he was injured. After the incident, security forces went to the houses of these people and beat a number of other residents and arrested some others.
According to the report of Human Rights Activist News Agency in Iran (HRANA), four members of a political party were ambushed by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards of Hamzeh headquarters, on Friday, June 22, 2017. During the clash, three members of the party were killed and the fourth person, Ramin Hossein Panahi, was arrested while he was injured from the waist and leg. Continue reading “Armed Conflict in Sanandaj: 3 Killed and One Arrested”
HRANA News Agency – Poya Hossein Panahi from Dehgolan, was temporarily released after more than two months of detention, on the bail until the judiciary authorities’ decision will be issued.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Poya Hossein Panahi from Dehgolan, who was arrested by the security forces in Tehran, on August 29, and after a short detention in Kahrizak camp was transferred to Evin prison, was released temporarily on a bail of one billion IRR. Continue reading “Poya Hossein Panahi Released on the Bail”