A Daily Overview of Human Rights Violations in Iran for February 1, 2019

Posted on: February 1st, 2019

The following is an overview of human rights violations in Iran on February 1st, 2019 based on the information compiled and verified by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA).

(1) The director of the Department of Environment of Kosar in Ardabil province announced that three poachers were sentenced to three years in prison, two years ban on carrying gun, and to provide nine banners about protecting environment in Ardabil.

(2) Mohammad Hossein Aghasi, the lawyer of the detained environmentalist, Sam Rajabi, reported that his clients’ court will be on session tomorrow but he has not been invited to attend this session.

(3) Amir Amirgholi, Amir Hossein Mohammadifar and Sanaz Allahyari ,the members of “Gam” editorial board, have been arrested in January and were transferred to Evin prison, section 209. Gam online news outlet had published news of workers’ protests in Khuzestan.

(4) Reza Salmabadi, the head of the South Khorasan Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation announced that half of the villages of this province had depleted alarmingly over the last 20 years due to the continuous drought and financial hardship.

(5) Iran Bar Association head, Isa Amini, confirmed that more than 40 percent of lawyers are unemployed in Iran.

(6) The security forces attempted to arrest a Baha’i citizen in Yazd on January 31. Mehran Bandi Amirabadi was sentenced to one-year prison term earlier in January 2019. Baha’i is Iran’s largest non-Muslim minority and are systematically persecuted by the government.

(7) The head of National Olympic Committee of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Reza Salehi Amiri, said that attending stadium is women’s right. He added that stadium is not different from the other public places such as movie theater, university, and concert which are women allowed to enter.

(8) Razgar Mohammadi, was transferred from Piranshahr to Urmia prison. He is accused of “cooperation with a Kurdish opposition group”. In addition, Asaad Mahmoudi, Bapir Barzeh, Keyvan Nejad Rasoul, and Shirko Ali-Mohammadi are still detained in an unknown place in Piranshahr.

(9) A 34-year old Kulbar (Kurdish back carriers), Akbar Mohammadlou, was killed by the border patrol in Maku.

A Daily Overview of Human Rights Violations in Iran for January 18, 2019

Posted on: January 18th, 2019

The following is an overview of human rights violations in Iran on January 18th, 2019 based on the information compiled and verified by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA).

(1) Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2019 “Iranian authorities carried out arbitrary mass arrests and serious due process violations during 2018 in response to protests across the country over deteriorating economic conditions, perceptions of corruption, and the lack of political and social freedoms. Authorities tightened their grip on peaceful activism, detaining lawyers, human rights defenders, and women’s rights activists.”

(2) Mohammad Dorosti, Azerbaijani Turkic minority rights activist, has been tried in absentia and was sentenced to six months imprisonment. He was charged with “propaganda against the state”.

(3) Kurdistan’s appeals court was summoned a trade unionist, Yadollah Samadi on the charge of “propaganda against the state” and “membership in the opposition groups”. He is the head of the Syndicate of Workers of Sanandaj Bakers.

(4) Salman Afra was released on bail in Marivan. He was detained for two months on the charge of “cooperation with a Kurdish opposition group”. Moreover, Ata Rahmanzadeh was arrested and transferred to Saqqez prison to serve his three months sentence.

(5) Alireza Tavakoli, a detained cyber activist, was release from Evin prison after finishing his two and a half years prison term. He was suffering from severe diseases during his time in prison and was denied access to medical care.

(6) The prisoners’ fight in Urmia prison which was galvanized by the authorities of prison, was caused multiple injuries. Several Sunni prisoners, Ahmad Ghanbardoust, Mohammad Ghanbardoust, Mohammad Hosseinpour, Adel Salimi, and Pouria Azadtoosi who were sentenced to five years imprisonment, Rasoul Shiri, Mohammad Shiri, and Ebrahim Moradi who were sentenced to three years in prison, and Mohammad Nikzad who was sentenced to one and a half year imprisonment, have been injured in Urmia prison.

(7) Mehdi Khanipour, a political prisoner in Ahvaz Sheiban prison, began his hunger strike to protest the refusal of his request to attend at his father’s funeral. He was arrested in 2014 and was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment. He is accused of “Moharebeh” by being a member of Al-Ahwazieh group.

(8) Amir Amirgholi, political prisoner and member of “Gam” editorial board was transferred to Evin prison, section 209. Amir Hossein Mohammadifar and Sanaz Allahyari, the editors of Gam, were arrested on January 9, 2019.

(9) Two Iranian-Americans, Emad Sharghi and Bahareh Amidi, had been arrested in March on the espionage-related charges. They were released on bail after nine months but still under a travel ban. Sharghi is a businessman and the founder of Dubex Company.

(10) After prosecutor general, has called Esmail Bakhshi tortures in prison, ‘the rumors’, Hassan Sadeghi, a political prisoner, wrote about his experience of several years of mistreatment and torture such as Falanga torture (beatings on the foot soles) in prison which caused him severe diseases.

(11) A 33-year-old worker of Dezful Steel Company had a fatal fall in his workplace. Another worker in Bafq died because of negligence in the oversight of safety conditions in the workplace.

(12) Saeed Shirzad, a political prisoner in Rajaee Shahr prison in Karaj, has been refused urgent medical care despite doctors requested his transfer to hospital for his severe kidneys’ failure a month ago. While the prosecutor’s office has assured that he would receive treatment, prison authorities have prevented this transfer.

(13) Kourosh Karampour, a teacher and a poet, was released on bail on Tuesday. He was beaten and arrested in Abadan, because of his interviews in support of teachers’ strikes and protests in the last few months. More than thousand writers and civil rights activists issued a statement expressing concern about his situation earlier.

8 Political Prisoners on Hunger Strike in 3 Different Prisons

Posted on: December 19th, 2016

HRANA News Agency – Eight political prisoners in Evin prison of Tehran, Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj and central prison of Tabriz have gone on hunger strike. Their condition is reported critical. Vahid Sayadi Nasir, Arash Sadeghi, Ali Shariati and Amir (Ali) Amirgholi all in Evin Prison and Morteza Moradpour in Central Prison of Tabriz. And also Foad Rezazadeh has gone on hunger strike in Rajae Shahr prison in Karaj. On the other hand, Mohammad Ali Taheri’s wife, announced the hunger strike of her husband in interview with HRANA until his freedom. Mehdi Rajabian who was on hunger strike and was released on furlough, is suffering severely from the consequences of this strike. All this while Siamak Mirzaee announced his decision to go on hunger strike.

According to the report of Human Rights Activist News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Mohammad Ali Taheri, Vahid Sayadi, Arash Sadeghi, Hossein Rajbian, Amir (Ali) Amirgholi and Morteza Moradpour in Evin prison and central prison of Tabriz and Foad Rezazadeh in Rajae Shahr prison in Karaj have gone on hunger strike since 15 to 56 days ago. (more…)

Amir Amirgholi on Hunger Strike in Evin Prison

Posted on: December 2nd, 2016

HRANA News Agency – Amir (Ali) Amirgholi, political prisoner has gone on hunger strike due to lack of safety, lack of attention to him being beaten, lack of medical attention to his injuries, lack of separation of prisoners based on their crimes since November 16, 2016. His 19 years in prison sentence which was reduced to 8 years in prison at appeal court earlier, had been aggregated to five years.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Amir (Ali) Amirgholi political prisoner has gone on hunger strike since November 16, 2016. (more…)

Amir Amirgholi Joined the Hunger Strikers in Evin Prison

Posted on: November 22nd, 2016

HRANA News Agency – While physical condition of prisoners on hunger strike is becoming critical, Evin prison authorities increased pressure on these prisoners. Arash Sadeghi was threatened to be transferred to ward number 4 on day 24th of his strike. Mahdi and Hossain Rajabian were transferred to ward number 4 on the 20th day of their strike. Meanwhile there is no information about Ali Shariati on the 17th day of his strike. It is reported that Amir (Ali) Amirgholi started hunger strike in protest to being injured by a foreign prisoner and lack of life safety in ward number 8. Sabri Hasanpoor who was transferred to Evin clinic following his heart attack, has been transferred to ward number 4 as a punishment of signing the support letter of prisoners on strike, and started a strike and refused to take his medicine. Vahid Sayadi Nasiri who was transferred to prison clinic on the 32nd day of his strike, refused to receive serum.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Arash Sadeghi has faced law blood pressure, kidney pain and water rejection by stomach. He was threatened to be exiled to ward number 4 of Evin prison that has less medical facility and more problems. (more…)

Amir Amirgholi’s Sentence Reduced to 8 Years

Posted on: October 1st, 2016

HRANA News Agency – The sentence of 19 years and six months imprisonment for Amir (Ali) Amirgholi, political prisoner at Evin prison, was reduced to 8 years in the Court of Appeal.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), branch 36 of the Tehran Appeals Court, presided by judge Qomizadeh, reduced the sentence of 19 years and six months imprisonment for Amir (Ali) Amirgholi to eight years imprisonment. (more…)

Amir Amirgholi’s Appeal Court Held in Tehran

Posted on: August 19th, 2016

HRANA News Agency – Court of Appeal hearing was held in Branch 36 of the Appeals Court of Tehran Province for Amir (Ali) Amirgholi, political prisoner in Evin Prison, with primitive sentence of 19 years and six months.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Court of Appeal hearing was held in Branch 36 of the Appeals Court of Tehran Province, presided by Judge Ghomizadeh, for Amir (Ali) Amirgholi, political prisoner in Evin Prison, with primitive sentence of 19 years and six months, on August 4. (more…)

Amir Amirgholi’s Appeal Court Will Be Held in August

Posted on: July 27th, 2016

HRANA News Agency – The Appeal Court of Amir (Ali) Amirgholi, political prisoner in Evin prison with primitive sentence of 19 years and six months in prison will be held in August.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the Appeal Court of Amir (Ali) Amirgholi, political prisoner in Evin prison with primitive sentence of 19 years and six months in prison will be held in branch 36 of the Appeal Court on August 3, 2016.

Amir Amirgholi, political prisoner in ward 8 of Evin prison, who had gone on hunger strike in protest against his conditions and lack of separation of crimes, ended his hunger strike after 18 days in ward eight of Evin Prison, in response to requests from civil rights and political activists.

His father told HRANA’s reporter: “Amir is held in ward eight of Evin prison where most prisoners are foreigners. He has requested to be transferred from this ward based on the principle of separation of offenses, due to inappropriate health and hygiene condition and be in danger by living in the ward with prisoners who suffer from infection diseases such HIV and Hepatitis, but despite repeated requests and hunger strike, no action has been taken.”

Amir Amirgholi, former student activist and political prisoner in ward eight of Evin prison, was sentenced to 21 years imprisonment by branch 15 of the revolutionary court presided over by judge Salvati on charges of “blasphemy”, “insulting the Supreme Leader”, “gathering and colluding to act against national security”, “disturbing public order by participating in gatherings” and “propaganda against the regime”. In accordance with the Article 134 of the Penal Code and the aggregation of crime, the maximum sentence can be up to seven years and a half. His Appeal Court Branch has not be determined yet.

Amnesty International called on Iranian authorities to unconditionally and immediately release Amir Amirgholi and ensure that he is protected from torture and ill-treatment. Iranian authorities must ensure that he has access to lawyers and appropriate medical treatment and the principle of separation of offenses according to United Nations standards are considered about him.

A Brief Report about the Panel on Human Rights in Iran; Canadian Senate

Posted on: June 3rd, 2016

HRANA News Agency – There was a research panel with 9 Canadian Senators’ speech, and Iranian guests and international human rights figures, held for three days in Canadian Senate, from May 10th. This is a short report of this meeting.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), from May 10th, in the Canadian Senate a research panel was held for 3 days, with presentations from nine Canadian Senators, including Linda Frum, Daniel Lang, James Cowan, Salma Ataullah Jan, Raynell Andreychuk, Senator Lynn Beyak, Norman Doyle, Joan Fraser and Stephen Green as well as Iranian guests and international human rights figures. (more…)

Amnesty International Called for Freedom of Amir Amirgholi

Posted on: May 18th, 2016

HRANA News Agency – Amnesty International issued a statement and urged the Iranian authorities to unconditionally release Amir Amirgholi and ensure that he is protected from torture and ill-treatment.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Amnesty International, citing the sentence of two decades of imprisonment for Amir Amirgholi, imprisoned left-wing activist, urged for immediate action about the situation of this political prisoner. (more…)