Amnesty International: Further Sentence of Yousef Kakehmami for Sending Letter to Ahmad Shaheed

Posted on: April 4th, 2016

HRANA News Agency – Amnesty International condemned the further 5 years in prison sentence for Yousef Kakehmami, prisoner of Uremia prison, who wrote a letter to Ahmad Shaheed the UN special rapporteur and demanded his immediate action.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Amnesty International published a statement and said Yousef Kakehmami, imprisoned Kurdish farmer in Uremia prison who is currently serving his 9 years after “two unfair trials”, has been sentenced to further 5 years in prison after writing a letter to the UN Special Rapporteur. (more…)

UNHRC Extended Ahmad Shaheed’s Mandate

Posted on: March 29th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – The mandate of Ahmad Shaheed, the UN special rapporteur for human right situation in Iran, has been extended for another year by UN Human Rights Council.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the UNHRC extended Ahmad Shaheed’s mandatein Iran with twenty votes for and eleven votes against. (more…)

Anger as Iran bans women from universities

Posted on: August 20th, 2012

HRANA News Agency – Female students in Iran have been barred from more than 70 university degree courses in an officially-approved act of sex-discrimination which critics say is aimed at defeating the fight for equal women’s rights.

In a move that has prompted a demand for a UN investigation by Iran’s most celebrated human rights campaigner, the Nobel laureate Shirin Ebadi, 36 universities have announced that 77 BA and BSc courses in the coming academic year will be “single gender” and effectively exclusive to men.

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An Open letter From the Family of Anvar Hussein Panahi to Dr. Shaheed

Posted on: December 6th, 2011

Your Excellency, Dr. Ahmad Shaheed,
The Special Rapporteur of the United Nations

Please accept the warm greetings of a Kurdish family who has endured much pain.

We are the family of the social activist Anvar Hussein Panahi who was sentenced to death four years ago for a crime he had not committed.Because of the pressure exerted and the support shown by the international human rights organizations and the European Union, the Appeals Court commuted Anvar’s death penalty and sentenced him to six years in prison.

Anvar Hussein Panahi is the oldest son in our family and has a wife and three children.His younger sister, Ashraf, was the second born child in our family.She had a job in Tehran and provided financial help to her elderly father.After Anvar was arrested and sentenced to death, Ashraf moved from Tehran to Sanandaj in order to help with her brother’s case and that of a cousin also condemned to death.

On September 27, 2008, while Ashraf was traveling towards Tehran and carrying documents that proved her older brother’s innocence, she was regrettably murdered by unknown individuals.Ashraf’s death was a heavy blow to two families since she was our only breadwinner.The effects of this blow increased many folds when Anvar was sentenced to death.

Meanwhile, intelligence agents of the Islamic Republic of Iran detained Anvar’s eighteen year old brother last year because he was following up on Anvar’s case.Anvar’s eighteen year old brother was tortured in order to extract a televised confession from him.The extent of this physical torture was such that it resulted in damage to and ultimately blinding one of his eyes.

All these events have been occurring while Anvar’s seventy year old father, mother and sisters have been summoned to the Intelligence Agency and threatened multiple times.

Your Excellency, we would like to ask you, “Where in the whole world is an individual arrested for the crimes committed by others?”Our entire family has been targeted by the regime because a few individuals including two family members living abroad are politically active against the Islamic Republic of Iran.Is it possible to prosecute and punish the rest of the family?

Our family especially Anvar Hussein Panahi is under very difficult conditions right now.Anvar is a well-known Kurdish political and social activist behind bars in Sanandaj Central Prison.He suffers from kidney infection and bleeding and has been transferred to the prison clinic multiple times.Although the physician in charge of this clinic has strongly advised to hospitalize Anvar outside the prison, the officials refuse to do so.

Anvar Hussein Panahi suffered from broken ribs when he was incarcerated in the Intelligence Agency’s detention center in the city of Qorveh, Kurdistan Province.Since then, he has been suffering for three years from kidney and intestinal infections that are continuously ignored by prison officials.Furthermore, the Intelligence Agency has recently begun new proceedings against Anvar and is about to frame and charge him with new crimes.

Under such circumstances, we reach out to you for justice with the hopes that you hear our innocent cries because we believe that you have the power to carry our message to the United Nations.Let the innocent cry of our family deprived of any momentarily peace and tranquility during the last few years be heard by the whole world.

 

Mothers of Park Laleh: Human Rights Violations Reaching Record High in Iran

Posted on: October 19th, 2011

The following statement has been released by Mothers of Park Laleh on the International Day Against Death Penalty, October 10, 2011:

The Nobel and Honorable People of Iran:

How can we believe the government when there is so much evidence to the contrary?Since the Islamic Republic of Iran came to power, human rights violations began.Mass killings in Kurdistan, the Cultural Revolution, the dismissal of large numbers of students and professors from universities, the oppression of political parties and the imprisonment of their members, barbaric and violent tortures, the mass executions of prisoners, the continuation of a destructive war with large numbers of fatalities and disabled veterans, the dismissal of bright and intelligent individuals from their places of employment, the Chain Killings in Iran and abroad, orchestrated attacks against dormitories and murdering college students, driving the country’s gifted and talented scientists abroad, opening fire on crowds in the streets, attacking gatherings of women, workers, teachers, students and funeral processions in homes and cemeteries and thousands of other human rights violations which can’t be mentioned here one by one.So what must be done?

No individual or organized voices of dissent are allowed in Iran.Everyone including those with connections to the regime are killed or imprisoned once they dare to express the smallest amount of dissatisfaction.Religious convictions and laws have been turned into an excuse for the officials to get rich.The current situation has reached such dire proportions that even attorneys don’t feel safe to practice their profession because they are accused of serious crimes, pressured by security forces and imprisoned.

Hasn’t the time come to protest widely against these blatant violations of human rights?As mothers to all Iranian children, we, Mothers of Park Laleh, raise our voices against brazen violations of human rights in Iran.

Dr. Ahmad Shaheed and human rights organizations across the globe, be aware that human rights violations have reached a record high in Iran.

To prove this point, we submit the following data representing only the names and information related to a small number of individuals either imprisoned or killed in the last ten years, excluding those officially executed in prisons or gunned down in the streets during the same period of time.We do so with the hopes that everyone is reminded what our obligations are and how a solution must be reached to end this injustice.

Human Rights Organizations and Attorneys:

  • Narges Mohammadi was arrested on June 10, 2010 and sentenced to 11 years in prison.She is currently free on bail.
  • Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested on September 4, 2010, sentenced to 6 years in prison and banned from practicinglaw and leaving the country for 20 years.
  • Mohammad Safezadeh’s current condition is unknown.On April 22, 2011, his family was informed that he was being held in Urmia Central Prison.He has been sentenced to 2 years in prison and banned from practicing law and teaching for 10 years.
  • Mohammad Ali Dadkhah was arrested on June 28, 2009 together with some of his colleagues.He has been sentenced to 9 years in prison and banned from practicing law for 10 years.Additionally, his law business has been closed down.
  • Abdualfatah Soltani was arrested on September 10, 2011 and is currently in a legal state of limbo.
  • Masoud Shafihi was the attorney defending American hikers arrested in Iran.On October 2, 2011, he was detained while he was trying to leave the country.Consequently, his passport was seized, and he has been banned from leaving the country.

Women’s Rights Activists:

  • Alihe Eghdamdoost was arrested on January 29, 2009 and sentenced to 3 years in prison.
  • Zainab Bayazdi was arrested on November 15, 2008 and sentenced to 4 years in prison.
  • Mahbobeh Karami was arrested on May 15, 2011 and sentenced to 3 years in prison.
  • Roonak Safazadehe was arrested on October 9, 2007 and sentenced to 6 years in prison.
  • Faranak Farid was arrested n September 3, 2011 and is currently in a legal state of limbo.
  • Fareshteh Shirazi was arrested on September 3, 2011 in the city of Amol and is currently in a legal state of limbo.

Supporters of Mourning Mothers:

  • Lila Safe Allahei was arrested on February 8, 2010 and was released on bail after 36 days.She has been sentenced to 4 years in prison and has appealed her conviction.
  • Jilla Karamzadeh Makvandi was arrested on February 8, 2010 and was released on bail after 36 days.She has been sentenced to 4 years in prison and has appealed her conviction.
  • Mansoureh Behkish has been summoned and subsequently arrested by the security forces multiple times.The most recent arrest occurred on June 12, 2011.She was released on bail after 28 days and is currently waiting to appear in the 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court on October 10, 2011.Her passport was confiscated on March 17, 2010 while she was trying to leave the country.Since then, she has been banned from leaving Iran.

Student Activists:

  • Ali Akbar Mohammad Zadeh was arrested on February 14, 2011 and sentenced to 6 years in prison.
  • Majid Tavakoli was arrested on December 7, 2009 and sentenced to 8 ½ years in prison.
  • Majid Dori was arrested on July 9, 2009 and sentenced to 6 years in prison.
  • Mahdieh Golroo was arrested on December 2, 2009 and sentenced to 2 years in prison.
  • Bahareh Hedayat was arrested on December 31, 2010 and sentenced to 9 ½ years in prison.

Labor Activists:

  • Shahrokh Zamani was arrested on June 7, 2011 and sentenced to 11 years in prison.
  • Behnam Ebrahim Zadeh was arrested on June 12, 2010 and sentenced to 20 years in prison.He is currently in a legal state of limbo.

Teacher Activists:

  • Rasoul Badaghi was arrested on September 2, 2009 and sentenced to 6 years in prison.He has been banned from participating in any form of social activism for a period of 5 years.
  • Hashem Khastar was arrested on June 25, 2009.He was transferred to Ward 102 in Vakilabad Prison in the city of Mashhad on May 23, 2011.This ward is where inmates who are on death row are kept.Eventually, he was released on September 10, 2011.

Human Rights Activists, Journalists, Bloggers, Writers and Translators:

  • Heshmatollah Tabarzadi was arrested on December 28, 2010 and sentenced to 9 years in prison and 74 lashes.
  • Henghameh Shahidi was arrested on February 25, 2011 and sentenced to 6 years in prison.Since May 2011, she has been given furlough to seek medical care.
  • Issa Saharkhiz was arrested on July 3, 2009 and sentenced to 3 years in prison.He has been banned from journalism and other forms of media related activities for a period of 5 years.
  • Saied Matinpour was arrested on July 1, 2009 and sentenced to 8 years in prison.
  • Abolfasel Aabdini-Nasr was arrested on May 3, 2011 and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
  • Keyvan Samimi Behbahani was arrested on June 13, 2009 and sentenced to 6 years in prison.He has been banned from participating in any form of social activism for a period of 15 years.
  • Masoud Bastani was arrested on July 5, 2009 and sentenced to 6 years in prison.
  • Adnan Hassanpour was arrested in November 2006 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
  • Heva Botimar was arrested in November 2006 and sentenced to 8 years in prison.
  • Arash Saghar was arrested on November 22, 2009 and sentenced to 5 years in prison.
  • Mohammad Sadigh Kabodvand was arrested on August 1, 2007 and sentenced to 10 ½ years in prison.
  • Hossein Ronaghi Maleki was arrested on December 13, 2009 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
  • Mehdi Mahmoudian was arrested on September 16, 2009 and sentenced to 5 years in prison.He has also been banned from journalism.
  • Hamid Mozani was arrested on September 27, 2011 and is currently in a legal state of limbo.
  • Ali Malehi was arrested on February 9, 2010 and sentenced to 4 years in prison.
  • Shiva Nazar Ahari was arrested on December 20, 2009 and is currently in a legal state of limbo.
  • Koyar Godarzi was arrested on December 20, 2009 for the first time and sentenced to one year in prison.He was again arrested on July 31, 2011 together with his mother, Parvin Mokhtareh.They are both currently in a legal state of limbo.
  • Ali Akrami was arrested on October 5, 2011 and is currently in a legal state of limbo.
  • Mehdi Afsharneek was arrested on October 5, 2011 and is currently in a legal state of limbo.
  • Mohammd Haydari was arrested on October 5, 2011 and is currently in a legal state of limbo.

Clergy Opposing the Regime:

  • Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi was arrested on October 8, 2006 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.Additionally, all of his property has been seized.

The Office of Strengthening Unity (Advare Tahkim-e Vahdat):

  • Ahmad Zeydabadi was arrested on June 13, 2009 and sentenced to 6 years in prison.He has been exiled to Gonabad for 5 years.
  • Shabnam Madadzadeh was arrested on February 20, 2009 and sentenced to 5 years in prison.She has been exiled to serve her prison term in Rajai-Shahr Prison.
  • Abdoullah Momeni was arrested on June 21, 2009 and sentenced to 4 years and 11 months in prison.

Artists:

  • Jafar Panahi was arrested on March 2, 2010 and sentenced to 6 years in prison.He has also been banned from making films, writing movie scripts, leaving the country and conducting interviews with any sorts of media inside and outside the country for a period of 20 years.On May 25, 2010, he was released on bail.
  • Hadi Afarideh was arrested on September 17, 2011.
  • Shahnam Bazdar was arrested on September 17, 2011.
  • Naser Safarian was arrested on September 167, 2011.
  • Mohsen Shahnazdar was arrested on September 17, 2011.
  • Mojtabah Mir Tahmasab was arrested on September 17, 2011.
  • Katayon Shahbani was arrested on September 17, 2011.
  • Ramin Parchami is a performer in the cinema and theater. He was arrested on February 14, 2011 and sentenced to 1 year in prison.
  • Pegah Ahangarani is an actress arrested on July 10, 2011.She was released on bail after 17 days.
  • Mahnaz Mohammadi is a documentary film maker and women’s rights activist. She was arrested on June 26, 2011 and released on bail after 1 month.
  • Maryam Majad is a photographer arrested on June 17, 2011 and released on bail after 1 month.
  • Marzihe Vafamehr was arrested in June 2011 and sentenced to 1 year in prison and 90 lashes.

Political Activists:

  • Saied Masouri was arrested in December 2000 and sentenced to life in prison.
  • Hamid Haeri was arrested on December 6, 2009 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
  • Abbas Badfar was arrested in 2009 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
  • Hamed Rohinejad is a college student arrested on May 4, 2009 and was sentenced to death by the lower court.The Appeals Court reduced his sentence to 10 years in prison.He suffers from asthma and has difficulty seeing and hearing.
  • Maryam Akbari Monfared was arrested on December 31, 2009 and sentenced to 15 years in prison.She has been serving her term in Rajai-Shahr Prison.

Individuals Initially Sentenced to Death for Unknown Charges:

  • Farah Vazehan was arrested on December 29, 2009 and sentenced to 17 years in prison.
  • Fatemeh Rahnama was arrested on July 29, 2009 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
  • Iraj Mohammadi was arrested in 2007 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
  • Abdoul Reza Ghanbari is Sakina Ashtiani’s husband arrested on January 4, 2010.His current condition is unknown.

Religious Monitories:

  • Mahmoud Badavam was arrested on May 22, 2010 and is currently in a legal state of limbo.
  • Kamran Mortezahie was arrested on May 22, 2010 and is currently in a legal state of limbo.
  • Noshin Khadem was arrested on May 22, 2010 and is currently in a legal state of limbo.
  • Vahid Mahmoudi was arrested on May 22, 2010 and is currently in a legal state of limbo.
  • Farhad Sadeghi was arrested on May 22, 2010 and is currently in a legal state of limbo.
  • Reyaz Sobhani was arrested on June 15, 2011 and is currently in a legal state of limbo.
  • Yosef Nadarkhani was arrested on October 12, 2009 and sentenced to death on charges of apostasy and propaganda for Christianity.

The Movement to Free Iran (Nehzat-e Azadi-e Iran):

  • Ebrahim Yazdi was arrested for the first time on December 28, 2009 and then for the second time on October 1, 2010.He was released on March 20, 2011.
  • Emad Bahavar was arrested on March 13, 2010 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.He has been banned from any type of media related activities for a period of 10 years.
  • Mohsen Hakimi was arrested on October 5, 2011.

Religious Activists:

  • Mohammad Malaki was first arrested on July 3, 1981 and spent 5 years in prison.After he was released, he was banned from leaving the country.Since then, he has been arrested a number of times.His last arrest was on August 21, 2009.He was subsequently released on March 1, 2010.

The Participation Front of Islamic Iran (Jebheye Mosharekate Iran-e Eslami) and the Mojahedin of the Islamic Revolution Organization:

  • Mohsen Mir Damadi was arrested on June 20, 2009 and sentenced to 6 years in prison.He has been banned from all sorts of political and media related activities for a period of 10 years.
  • Mostafa Tajzadeh was arrested on June 13, 2009 and sentenced to 6 years in prison.He has been banned from political activities for a period of 10 years.

Opposition Figures within the Government:

  • Zahrah Rahnavard has been on house arrest since February 2011.
  • Mir Hussein Mousavi has been on house arrest since February 2011.
  • Mehdi Karroubi has been on house arrest since February 2011.

Rapes:

Reports of rapes in prisons of Iran are not isolated phenomena occurring only recently.In the years immediately following the Revolution, virgin girls under the age of eighteen were first raped before being executed in order to deny them entry into the heaven.After the presidential election in 2009, a number of inmates also alleged to have been raped in prisons of Iran.Witnesses are available and may be interviewed.However, we will not mention their names here.

Tortures and Flogging:

  • Behroz Javid Tehrani was arrested for the first time on July 9, 1999 and released in March 2004.He was arrested again on May 25, 2005 and sentenced to 4 years in prison and 74 lashes.He was flogged on November 10, 2010.
  • Samihe Tohidlo is a sociology PhD student arrested on June 14, 2009 and sentenced to one year in prison and 50 lashes.She then received clemency and was released on bail after 70 days.She was flogged in shackles on September 14, 2009 in Evin Prison.
  • Payman Aref is a student activist and journalist arrested on February 10, 2011.He was sentenced to one year in prison and 74 lashes and banned for life from journalism.He was released on October 9, 2011 after being flogged.

Suspicious Murders Inside and Outside Prisons:

  • Zahra Kazemi was an Iranian-Canadian freelance photographer arrested on June 23, 2003 in front of Evin Prison.She was killed on July 16, 2003.
  • Zahra Bani Yaghoub was a physician arrested in a park on October 12, 2007 and taken to a detention center in the city of Hamadan.After 48 hours, her family was notified of her death.
  • Amir Javadifar was arrested after 2009 presidential elections and killed while locked up in Kahrizak Prison.
  • Mohammad Kamrani was arrested after 2009 presidential elections and killed while locked up in Kahrizak Prison.
  • Mohsen Rohollahmeni was arrested after 2009 presidential elections and killed while locked up in Kahrizak Prison.
  • Ramin Aghazadeh Ghahramani was arrested after 2009 presidential elections and killed while locked up in Kahrizak Prison.
  • Halleh Sohabi was a religious activist arrested in 2009 and sentenced to 2 years in prison.She was on furlough to attend her father’s funeral when she was killed on June 1, 2011.

Death or Suicide of Prisoners Tortured or Placed Under Duress:

  • Alburz Ghasemi was a member of Iran’s armed forces serving in the navy. He died on December 22, 2010 after being denied medical care and furlough when he was in critical condition.
  • Akbar Mohammadi was a political activist. He died in prison on July 30, 2006, and his body was transferred to the medical examiner’s office.Sohrab Solamani, the Chief Warden of prisons in Tehran Province, announced Akbar Mohammadi’s death on July 31, 2006 and claimed that he was on hunger strike.
  • Valiollah Feyz Mahdavi was arrested in October 2001. Evin Prison officials announced his death on September 6, 2006 and claimed that this prisoner hanged himself in his cell and died after he was transferred to the prison’s medical clinic.
  • Ebrahim Lotfollahi was a student activist arrested in Sanandaj on January 6, 2008.Nine days later, the authorities informed his family that he had committed suicide while he was locked up in the Intelligence Agency’s detention center in the city of Sanandaj.The family was also told that his body had already been buried in Sanandaj’s cemetery.
  • Amir Hussein Heshmatsaron was arrested in 2004 and sentenced to 16 years in prison with 8 years suspended.He was the founder of a political party called National United Front of Iran.After 4 years, he died suspiciously in Gohardasht Prison on March 6, 2009.
  • Amir Reza Mir Siafi was a blogger arrested for the first time on April 22, 2008 for insulating the Supreme Leader of Iran in his blog titled “the Reporter.”After 41 days, he was released on bail approximately equivalent to $9,500.In October 2008, the 25th branch of the Revolutionary Court sentenced him to 2 ½ years in prison.On March 18, 2009, Iranian government officials announced his death while he was behind bars in Evin Prison.
  • Mohsen Doghmechi was arrested on Monday, September 7, 2009 and locked up in Ward 209 in Evin Prison.On March 28, 2011, prison officials announced his death.He was 53 years old.
  • Hassan Nahid was a telecommunications engineer arrested in 2004 for revealing classified documents.He was sentenced to 3 years in prison and fined approximately $87,000.In March 2011, Evin prison officials announced his death while he was locked up in Ward 350.
  • Abdulreza Rajabi was a political activist arrested in 2001 and charged with membership in the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI).During his arrest, he was injured by a grenade fragment.Initially, he was sentenced to death, but then this verdict was reduced to life in prison.He spent his prison term in Diesel Abad Prison in Kermansha and also wards 350 and 8 in Evin.On October 28, 2008, after he was transferred from Evin to Gohardasht Prison, his death was announced on the same night.
  • Kaveh Azizpour was a Kurdish political activist arrested in 2006 in the city of Mahabad.He was sentenced to 3 years in prison on charges of helping the opposition groups.In April 2008, he was transferred to the Urmia Hospital and spent 20 days in coma after which he died on May 16, 2008.
  • Hasem Ramzani was a Kurdish citizen arrested in December 2008 in Urmia.After four days, his family was informed that he had committed suicide, and his body could be picked up from the Intelligence Agency’s office in Urmia.
  • Mohammad Rajabisani was arrested on September 29, 2004 after a fight with two other individuals and locked up in Ghezel Hesar Prison.After a few days, he was transferred to a hospital in Rajai-Shahr and subsequently suffered brain death.
  • Hadi Reza Zadhe Saber was a religious activist, journalist and translator arrested in 2000.He was sentenced to 5 ½ years in prison and banned from any form of social activism for 10 years.To protest Haleh Sohabi’s suspicious death, he went on hunger strike and died on June 11, 2011 in Modares Hospital.

Death or Suicide of Citizens Under Duress:

  • Behnam Ganji was arrested on July 31, 2011 and subsequently released on August 8, 2011.He committed suicide at midnight on Thursday, September 1, 2011.
  • Nahal Sohabi committed suicide on Thursday, September 29, 2011 following Behnam Ganji’s death.
  • On September 24, 2011, frightened by security forces raiding a gathering in the city of Mashhad, a young girl, while trying to escape, fell from the balcony of an apartment building on the sixth floor and died.

Sentenced to Death:

  • Zeinab Jallalian is a Kurdish activist arrested in 2007.
  • Habibollah Golparipour is a Kurdish activist arrested on April 2, 2010.
  • Anvar Rostami is Kurdish activist arrested in December 2008.
  • Habibollah Latifi is a Kurdish activist arrested on October 23, 2007.
  • Rashid Akhandi is a Kurdish activist arrested in April 2008.
  • Shirko Maarefi is a Kurdish activist arrested on September 30, 2008.
  • Mostafa Salimi is a Kurdish activist arrested in 2003.
  • Sayed Jamal Mohammadi is a Kurdish activist arrested in 2008.
  • Sayed Sami Husseini is a Kurdish activist arrested on June 4, 2008.
  • Aziz Mohammadzadeh is in a legal state of limbo.
  • Abdoullah Sarvarian is in a legal state of limbo.
  • Zanyar Moradi is in a legal state of limbo.
  • Loghman Moradi is in a legal state of limbo.
  • Javad Lari is a political activist arrested on June 15, 2009.
  • Hassan Talehi is a Kurdish activist arrested in 2008.
  • Mohsen Daneshpour Moghadam is Motahereh Bahrami Haghighi’s husband.He was arrested on December 27, 2010.
  • Ahmad Daneshpour Moghadam is the son of Mohsen Moghadam and Motahereh Haghighi.He was arrested on December 27, 2010.
  • Saleh Soltanzadeh is a political activist arrested in 2006.
  • Hussein Forheideh is a Kurdish activist.The date of his arrest is unknown.
  • Hamid Ghasemi’s date of arrest is unknown.
  • Mehdi Ghiasi is a physician and political activist whose date of arrest is unknown.
  • Yoness Aghayan Mirza is a member of a religious minority commonly known as Ahl-e Haqq.He was arrested in 2004.
  • Mohammad Amin Abdoullahi is a Kurdish activist arrested in 2005.
  • Yosef Nadarkhani is a Christian priest arrested on October 12, 2009.

Under such a dire state of affairs and total violations of human rights in the country, Iranian statesmen, while visiting the United Nations, boast about being capable of managing the world as if Iran has turned into a modern and free society where equality rules under their leadership, and now the time has arrived for them to spread democracy, justice and equality to the rest of the world.Perhaps they have forgotten that Iran has been ruined under the reign of Islamic Republic.Let us remind them of the following:

 

  • Iran holds the third highest inflation rate in the world.
  • We are witnessing reports of more embezzlement by government officials every day.
  • Iran holds the first rank amongst the countries of the world in the number of citizens and underage prisoners executed.
  • The number of reported divorces, child abuse, spousal abuse, poverty, prostitution and unemployment has reached an all-time record high.
  • Our natural resources, national treasures and environment such as Lake Urmia, Zayandeh Rood, forests and archaeological sites are being destroyed.
  • We are neither allowed to be happy nor mourn a loss.Citizens are being arrested because of engaging in water sports or a variety of other group activities.Funeral processions and anniversaries in Tehran’s Behesht-Zahra and Khavaran cemeteries are being attacked by security and intelligence agents monitoring these locations around the clock.Furthermore, families of the fallen are harmed and harassed regularly.
  • The number of citizens dying of self-immolation and other forms of suicide, murder, accidents and diseases has reached an all-time record high.Our air, water and food are polluted.
  • It is as if hatred towards human beings is a guiding principle empowering the current regime.During the last 33 years, thousands of Iranian men and women have been executed, killed in the streets, slaughtered in the Iran-Iraq war or murdered in a variety of other ways.Several thousands of individuals suffer from irreparable psychological and mental problems.A large number of gifted and talented young adults have been forced to choose leaving the country while many others are addicted to narcotics.
  • Iranians have no safety whatsoever, and their lives and livelihoods have been threatened now and in the past.In a country where citizens must wait in long lines for months in order to apply for small loans while billions of dollars are embezzled, no one is held responsible to answer why.
  • The officials in the Islamic Republic of Iran claim that holocaust is a myth.We ask whether the killings during the last 33 years have also been a myth.It is possible to claim that these murders have not been less than a holocaust.People in Iran and around the world have reached the conclusion that the time to be patient and tolerant has long ended, and they must stand up against oppression and injustice.Indeed they are standing up proudly; so we wish them success.


On the International Day Against Death Penalty (October 10th), Mothers of Park Laleh demand the abolition of capital punishment and request the following:

 

  • We demand the abolition of capital punishment and the killings of human beings in any way, shape or form.
  • We demand the immediate released of all political prisoners and prisoners of conscience without any conditions or exceptions.
  • We demand public and just prosecution and punishment of those responsible for crimes committed by the Islamic Republic of Iran since its inception.

Mothers of Park Laleh
October 10, 2011

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A Moving Letter from Dr. Maleki to UN Special Rapporteur

Posted on: September 11th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Dr. Mohammad Maleki, the first president of Tehran University after the revolution, has written an open letter to Dr. Ahmad Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council.Pointing out the tragic plight of human rights in Iran, Dr. Maleki has underscored the crimes committed by totalitarian rulers and has announced that he is ready and available to testify about the torture and execution of prisoners in Iran.Dr. Maleki has also declared that he stands by his words and is prepared to face the consequences of his testimony.

Dr. Mohammad Maleki has spent a long time behind bars in various Iranian prisons and was once sentenced to death.During his last incarceration, Dr. Maleki spent 191 days locked up in prison while being harmed and harassed throughout that time until he was temporarily released from Evin Prison because of his deteriorating health.Although Dr. Maleki received a seven year suspended prison term in March 2000, he remains in a legal state of limbo thus far.

The content of Dr. Maleki’s letter in its entirety as released by Daneshjoo News is as follows:

In the Name of Justice
Your Excellency, Dr. Ahmad Shaheed

With warm greetings, I wish you success in the grand, humanitarian endeavor you have undertaken.

I am Dr. Mohammad Maleki, a retired professor and the first president of Tehran University appointed after the revolution.I am writing this letter in order to share with you a small portion of human rights violations in my country as witnessed by me.I provide this information to you with the hopes of taking a step towards rescuing my people from the tyranny, corruption and cruelty of the rules oppressing this nation.

My brother, Mr. Shaheed, I am one the tens of thousands of individuals whose human rights have been violated multiple times by authoritarian and oppressive rulers reigning the Islamic Republic of Iran for thirty two years.In Iran’s prisons, I have witnessed numerous crimes but can draw your attention to only a small number of them in this letter.

In 1979, after the revolution succeeded and following my appointment to the presidency of Tehran University, in order to achieve one of the revolutionary goals, I strived to establish a democratically elected council consisting of professors, students and employees who would run all university affairs.This undertaking wasn’t received favorably by a government monopolizing all aspects of life within the country.At last, a coup d’état dubbed as “the Cultural Revolution” was orchestrated to attack universities, kill a number of students, injure scores of them and finally arrest the rest.Then, universities were closed down, and student dissidents detained, tortured severely and eventually executed.

The Management Council of Tehran University and the High University Council responsible for the day to day operations of the university opposed “the Cultural Revolution” and raised their voices against it.Nonetheless, instead of addressing these concerns, the government detained a number of dissidents including me and under the pretence of opposing the Supreme Leader’s (Ayatollah Khomeini) decree, imprisoned us.

I was unlawfully tried in a court without legal representation and was sentenced to death at first.This verdict was then modified to ten years in prison.During this time, I have endured the most brutal treatments such as being beaten on the soles of my feet and elsewhere with an electric cable and being hung from the ceiling.My head was repeatedly banged against the wall, and I was punched, kicked and forced to tolerate a number of other forms of torture.As a result, I lost vision in my left eye and suffered from a broken bone in my right wrist.The markings of some of those tortures still remain, and my body bears the scars to this day.

After five years, I was supposedly released from prison, but for months, I had to report to the judiciary every few days to be interrogated and tormented in other forms.

Together with tens of other activists, I was arrested again in March 2000 under the pretext of plotting to overthrow the government and was locked up in an isolation cell measured 1×2 meters in one of the most gruesome and dreadful prisons (Eshratabad) operated by IRGC.Legal experts and psychiatrists refer to the incarceration of prisoners under extreme sensory deprivation and isolation as “white torture.”After tolerating approximately seven months of “white torture,” I was released in order to stand trial.Subsequently, I was illegally tried again behind closed doors and received seven years of suspended prison sentence.

On August 22, 2009, intelligence agents raided my house in the early hours of the day.After searching the premises and seizing many books, they took me out of my sickbed and directly transferred me to Evin Prison, Ward 209, where I spent three months in solitary confinement.At the time of my arrest, I suffered from prostate cancer, irregular heartbeats and abnormal blood pressure.I was also receiving chemotherapy and struggled with regular fainting spells and blackouts.

During interrogations, I was insulted and humiliated in so many different ways, and only because of my writings, I was charged with the crime of Moharebeh [Waging War Against God] and insulting the supreme leaders of Iran, Mr. Khomeini and Mr. Khamenei.Eventually, after 191 days of incarceration and due to rapidly deteriorating health, I was granted a sick leave from prison in order to continue my chemotherapy and undergo a surgery to implant a pacemaker in my heart.

Recently, I have been summoned to court to stand trial behind closed doors once more against the laws of the Islamic Republic of Iran.For now, I spend very difficult and agonizing days, waiting to find out the court’s ruling.Although I am a 78 year old, sick elderly man, I am ready to face any verdict issued against me because my goal has always been and will remain to be fighting against tyranny, oppression and injustice imposed by those holding power in Iran.

I lean on God and the masses and fear no punishment.I wish to meet with you in order to recount the reality of what has happened in Iran during the last three decades and what injustice has been inflicted upon this nation.

Your Excellency, Dr. Shaheed, I will testify that during 1980s, how young prisoners and students including men and women, after being brutally tortured, were taken in groups of tens or hundreds every night to face the gallows.And down that road they went to face their destiny while chanting songs. I am prepared to cite the facts as witnessed by me in the prisons of the Islamic regime and stand by my words to pay the price for such testimony.

At the end, as an Iranian, I wish you every success in all your undertakings.Rest assured that God is with you.With warmest regards and hoping to meet you,

Dr. Mohammad Maleki
Political Prisoner and Tehran University Retired Professor

September 2011

 

 

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