Two Teachers Imprisoned at Evin Pen Statement of Support for Farhad Meysami

Posted on: September 26th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi and Esmail Abdi, two teachers imprisoned at Evin, have demanded in a letter to Judicial authorities that their ward mate Farhad Meysami–who is now in the 54th day of his hunger strike–be transferred to an outside treatment facility to avert an impending health crisis.

Meysami has dropped 30 pounds since he started starving himself on August 1st to protest both his detention and authorities’ refusal to appoint the lawyer of his choosing. In addition to his 18-year history of ulcerative colitis, Meysami experienced a steep drop in blood pressure on Saturday, September 8th, prompting the prison doctor to recommend more aggressive treatment. Notwithstanding the doctor’s orders, prison authorities refuse to clear his transfer to a different facility for treatment.

In a letter, Langroudi and Abdi, two imprisoned teachers held with Meysami in Ward 8 of Evin Prison, urge authorities to approve Meysami’s transfer to a medical treatment facility, to “prevent a possible calamity from occurring.”

The full text of their letter, translated into English by HRANA, is below:

“In the name of the God of wisdom and life,

Fifty days have passed since Dr. Farhad Meysami, civil activist and political prisoner, declared his hunger strike. His strike was a response to unjust legal proceedings, and authorities’ hindrance of his effective defense by refusing him the right to choose an attorney. He is now in a critically weakened condition. It is said that the doctors at Evin Prison insisted he be hospitalized, yet judicial authorities refuse to issue the order to have him transferred to a prison more materially equipped to treat him.

Because this civil activist suffers from ulcerative colitis and has lost 30 pounds over the course of his hunger strike, his blood pressure, pulse, and other vital signs have dipped into gravely abnormal ranges. As of last week he stopped accepting intravenous treatment, leaving us more concerned than ever that a calamitous outcome might be imminent.

We, the undersigned, thus put on guard the relevant judicial authorities, that they express their agreement to transfer Dr. Meysami to a proper hospital without delay, to prevent a possible calamity from occurring.

His ward-mates, Mahmoud Beheshti Langroudi and Esmail Abdi”

A Report about Hunger Strikers in Prisons of Iran

Posted on: August 6th, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Reza Samiei Monfared, Hengameh Shahidi, Atena Daemi, and Esmail Abdi, four prisoners of conscience at Evin prison have been on hunger strike. At the same time, Seyed Hassan Hoseini, Ali Jahangiri and Hosein Yahyaei, three ordinary prisoners in Rajai Shahr prison, in Karaj have gone on hunger strike since the last week of April, and their condition is not good.

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Esmail Abdi and Yusuf Emadi Transferred to Ward 350 of Evin Prison

Posted on: May 27th, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Esmail Abdi, teachers’ union activist and Yusuf Emadi, artist, both prisoners in ward 7 of Evin prison, were transferred to ward 350 of Evin prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Esmail Abdi, the Board member of ITTA of Tehran, and Yusuf Emadi, composer and Setar player, two prisoners in ward 7 of Evin prison, were transferred to ward 350 of Evin prison, without “prior notice and the prosecutor’s order”, on March 1, 2017. (more…)

Political Prisoners of Ward 7 in Evin Prison Protest against Lack of Medical Treatment

Posted on: March 14th, 2017

HRANA News Agency – The prisoners of conscience in ward seven of Evin prison have struck to protest against the lack of medical attention for sick prisoners in this ward and signed a letter demanding the dismissal of the head of the infirmary of this ward. Among the ill prisoners in this ward, Mehdi and Hossein Rajabian, and Sohail Arabi have been deprived of medical treatment and being sent to a hospital.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), several prisoners in ward seven of Evin prison, including Mehdi Rajabian, Hossein Rajabian, Esmail Abdi, Soheil Arabi, Omid Alishenas, and Yousof Emadi, by writing a letter to the prison’s authorities have protested against “Ghasem Jafarnejad”, the head of ward seven’s infirmary,  and have demanded his dismissal. (more…)

Esmail Abdi Transferred to Ward 8 of Evin Prison

Posted on: August 22nd, 2015

HRANA News Agency – Esmail Abdi, Secretary General of Teacher’s Union in Tehran, has been transferred to ward 8 of Evin prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Esmail Abdi, Secretary General of Teacher’s Union in Tehran, after more than 50 day of detention, was transferred to ward 8 of Evin prison in Tehran. (more…)

Ali Akbar Baghani Transferred to Ward 12 of Rajai Shahr Prison

Posted on: July 29th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – Ali Akbar Baghani, imprisoned teacher and deputy director of the Teachers’ Union, has been transferred to hall 12, the political-security prisoners’ ward in Rajai Shahr prison, in Karaj.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), this imprisoned teacher was held in the ward of general crime prisoners, in ward 3 of Rajai Shahr prison, in Karaj, before being transferred to hall 12 of this prison. (more…)

Esmail Abdi Banned from Leaving Iran

Posted on: June 26th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – Esmail Abdi, general secretary of the Teacher’s Union has been banned from leaving Iran.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), on Sunday 21st June, when Mr. Abdi was going to Armenia, his passport was seizured and he was deprived of leaving the country. (more…)

Pressures Grow on Teachers’ Trade Rights’ Activists

Posted on: May 6th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – On the eve of teachers’ gathering, on 7th May, pressure on teachers’ Union activists significantly has increased and family of the imprisoned teacher, Rasool Bodaghi, also has been summoned.

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Protesting Teachers under the Pressure of Intelligence Forces

Posted on: March 15th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – Some of the teachers in Tehran and Karaj, who had participated in teachers’ protest, last week were summoned and interrogated.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), during the last week, and after the teachers’ protest on 1st of March, several teachers who had participated in that gathering, were summoned to courts and security offices and were interrogated. (more…)