Labor Activist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh Released on Bail

Posted on: September 13th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA)- On September 11, 2018, labor activist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh was released on a bail of approximately $4,000 USD (400,000,000 Rials) and is awaiting trial.

Ebrahimzadeh was arrested by security forces near Kermanshah (western Iran) and transferred to the local detention center of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on Friday, August 17, 2018.

On August 31st, Ebrahimzadeh’s case garnered international attention when a statement from Canadian Union of Postal Workers President Mike Palecek condemned his arrest and demanded his immediate release.

In a previous report, a source close to Ebrahimzadeh’s family told HRANA that he was apprehended “en route to assist survivors of the Kermanshah earthquake.”

Ebrahimzadeh, born in 1977 in Oshnavieh (West Azerbaijan province), has been detained several times since 2008 in cases related to his labor activism. In May 2017, HRANA announced his release from Rajai Shahr Prison after serving a seven-year sentence.

17 Days After Arrest, Detained Labor Activist’s Whereabouts Unknown

Posted on: September 3rd, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – As far as his family knows, labor activist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh could be seriously suffering, or worse: seventeen days after his arrest near Kermanshah in western Iran, authorities have yet to release word of his wellbeing or whereabouts.

“Mr Ebrahimzadeh has had no contact with his family for 17 days, and his family is unaware of his fate, which makes them very anxious,” a source close to the family revealed to HRANA.

Ebrahimzadeh was arrested on Friday, August 17, 2018, and transferred to a Revolutionary Guard Intelligence Detention Center in Kermanshah the same day.

Ebrahimzadeh, who was born in 1977 in Oshnavieh (West Azerbaijan province), has been detained several times since 2008 in cases related to his labor activism. His imprisonments have previously gained international attention.

On Friday, August 31, 2018, President of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Mike Palecek issued a statement addressed to Iranian authorities, condemning Ebrahimzadeh’s most recent arrest and demanding his immediate release.

In a previous report, a source close to Ebrahimzadeh told HRANA: “He was arrested by security forces around Kermanshah while en route to assist survivors of the Kermanshah earthquake, and taken to an unknown location on Friday, August 17, 2018. After three days of persistent inquiry, his family learned of his detention, but no information about the reason for his arrest is available.”

In May 2017, HRANA announced Ebrahimzadeh’s release from Rajai Shahr Prison after serving seven years in prison.

Labor Activist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh Detained

Posted on: August 22nd, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – Former political prisoner and labor activist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh was arrested by security forces around Kermanshah (western Iran) and taken to an unknown location on Friday, August 17, 2018.

According to a source close to Mr Ebrahimzadeh’s family, he was detained while en route to assist survivors of the Kermanshah earthquake that claimed thousands of casualties in November 2017.

After several days of persistent inquiry, his family learned of his detention, but remain in suspense as to the reason for his arrest.

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, born in 1977 in Oshnavieh (West Azerbaijan province), has been detained several times since 2008. On June 12, 2010, he was arrested and interrogated in solitary confinement for four months, and later transferred to Ward 350 of Evin prison. At the conclusion of a brief trial without a defense lawyer, Judge Salavati of Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran sentenced Mr Ebrahimzadeh to twenty years in prison. The sentence was later reduced to 5 years in an appeals court.

Over the course of his five-year sentence in Evin Prison, Ebrahimzadeh endured multiple beatings and transfers to solitary confinement. His detention at Evin coincided with the 2014 incident known as “Black Thursday” in which plainclothes agents and Evin Prison staff coordinated a group assault on Ward 350 inmates. Later, he was illegally exiled to Rajai Shahr Prison in Karaj, where he was repeatedly harassed and shifted among wards.

Near the end of his five-year sentence, Ebrahimzadeh faced new charges of anti-regime collusion and propaganda, allegedly committed while he was in prison. He contested the charges in the Tehran Appeals Court. On July 31, 2016, the new sentence of nine and a half years imprisonment was first reduced to seven years and ten months, and then to 15 days with a fine of approximately $100 USD (4,500,000 Rials).

Authorities had also accused Mr Ebrahimzadeh of “violating a detention order” and “using satellite equipment and game cards” during his time in Evin.

More recently, on September 24, 2017, Ebrahimzadeh was released from a ten-day detainment after being arrested along with several others in front of Rajai Shahr Prison, where they were rallying in a demonstration of solidarity with prisoners on hunger strike.

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh Exiled to ‘Dangerous Prisoners” Ward

Posted on: March 30th, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, imprisoned labor activist in Rajai Shahr prison, was exiled to the ward of “dangerous prisoners” by order of the prison director.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRANA), Behnam Ebrahimzadeh was deported to Hall 35 of ward 10, by order of Daryoush Amirian, the director of the prison on December 26, 2016. (more…)

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh Transferred to a Hospital

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, imprisoned labor activist prisoner in Rajai Shahr prison, was transferred to Imam Khomeini hospital to begin his treatment and was returned to prison after carrying out preliminary tests. This prisoner will be admitted in the hospital soon.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Behnam (Asad) Ebrahimzadeh, labor was taken to Imam Khomeini Hospital for medical procedures regarding his “in spine and cervical spine” on December 20, 2016. (more…)

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh Faces New Charges in Rajai Shahr Prison

Posted on: December 10th, 2016

HRANA News Agency – Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, imprisoned labor activist in Rajai Shahr prison, who was transferred by force from ward 2 of Darul Quran, under the pretext of “transferring to the clinic”, to Hall 12, political prisoners’ Hall, in ward 4, following the inquisition and seizing his manuscripts by the prison security, has been threatened to form a news case against him, by the prison officials. This prisoner was seriously beaten in recent days by electronic shockers and now is suffering from severe gum infection, and is held in Hall 12, without his personal belongings.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), officers of the Office of Intelligence of Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, inspected and seized the belongings and manuscripts of Behnam Ebrahimzadeh in this prison and transferred him to another ward, in the morning of Saturday, October 15. (more…)

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh Begins the 7th Year in the Prison

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016

HRANA News Agency – June 11 was the anniversary of the arrest of Behnam (Asad) Ebrahimzadeh, imprisoned labor activist in Rajai Shahr prison and he has begun his seventh year in prison. His initial verdict has ended long ago and he is now serving a sentence to which he was sentenced in the prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), while Behnam Ebrahimzadeh’s sentence of 5 years was finished on August 1, 2015, Tehran Appeals Court sentenced him to 7 years, 10 months and 15 days in prison and 4our hundred and fifty thousand Tomans, by reducing the sentence of nine years and 6 months in prison. He is charged with “gathering and colluding to commit crimes against internal and external security” and propaganda against the regime. (more…)

Specific Prisoners not Allowed to Meet Authorities Visiting Rajai Shahr Prison

Posted on: June 14th, 2016

HRANA News Agency – On June 1, 2016, before the arrival of a delegation of high-ranking officials of the Human Rights Council of the Judiciary to visit the Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, prisoners who were thought to tend to protest, including “Behnam Ebrahimzadeh” imprisoned labor activist were transferred to the security office violently and were held there until the end of the visit of the delegation. This caused the protests of the prisoners.

According to the report of the Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), some of the prisoners who were thought to tend to protest, including “Behnam Ebrahimzadeh” imprisoned labor activist were taken to the security office violently and were held there until the end of the visit of the delegation. The purpose of this was to prevent them from talking to or protesting at the delegation of high-ranking officials of the Human Rights Council of the Judiciary and journalists. (more…)