A Daily Overview of Human Rights Violations in Iran for January 30, 2019

Posted on: January 30th, 2019

The following is an overview of human rights violations in Iran on January 30th, 2019 based on the information compiled and verified by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA).

(1) More than five protests were organized across the country on January 30, 2019. The workers of Ahvaz inter-city rail, taxi drivers in Bukan, the customers of SAIPA and IranKhodro companies, the environmental activists in Behbahan, and the employees of Railway Services and Technical Construction Engineering Company (RSTC), have held separate protests to request their demands.

(2) A 27-year old was tried in absentia and sentenced to three years in prison and 74 lashes for “stealing a chicken” in Laly city in Khuzestan province.

(3) A retired teacher, Alireza Kafaei, was arrested in Gachsaran on January 29, 2019. The leader of Islamic Association of Teachers of Gachsaran is suffering from diabetes and severe heart disease. He was released on bail earlier today.

(4) Three Kulbars (Kurdish back carrier) died or were injured in Salmas and Baneh. Saman Salehi and Mohammad Karimi were killed after the Iranian border patrol opened fire to a group of Kulbars. Another Kulbar, Sammy Rashidi, was injured in another accident.

(5) A prisoner was executed in Noor prison on the charge of murder. Two prisoners, Hashem Badrkhani and Houshang Hosseini who were accused of murder, were spared from hanging on gallows by consent of next of kin in Bandar Abbas.

(6) Jafar Azimzadeh was transferred to Evin prison to serve his six years prison sentence. Azimzadeh and Parvin Mohammadi, the members of the Free Union of workers in Iran, were arrested on January 29.

(7) Three poachers have been arrested in Ghomishloo National Park in the Najafabad county in Isfahan province.

(8) The court was in session for eight environmentalists in Tehran without their lawyers on the espionage-related charges. Moreover, five of the detained environmental activists were charged with “corruption on earth”.

(9) A Baloch citizen, Yousef Shahouzehi, was arrested for an unknown reason in Nik Shahr county in Sistan and Baluchestan. His whereabouts is still unknown.

(10) Keyvan Bazhan, a writer and member of the Iranian Writers Association, was released on bail. He was arrested along with two other writers, Baktash Abtin and Reza Khandan Mehrabadi on January 22 on the charge of “encouraging immorality or prostitution”.

(11) Five senior managers of North Khorasan University of Medical Science were flogged on financial-related charges in this university. The head of North Khorasan Justice department confirmed that and added that the court cases fillings have been increasing by 14 percent in the last ten months.

(12) Hassan Hassanzadeh and Hassan Peyghami were released from Urmia prison after completing their prison sentences. They were sentenced to two-year prison term in exile on the charge of “cooperation with the opposition groups” and “acting against national security”.

(13) The school’s roof collapsed due to rains in Pashbard village in Sardasht county in the West Azerbaijan province. Students temporarily use a “conex [shipping container] school “.

(14) The head of Hamadan Mental Health Department & Prevent announced the launch of a campaign to end violence against women such as preventing domestic violence.

(15) The workers of Sisakht municipality in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province have two months of unpaid wages. In addition, more than half a million construction workers are not covered by insurance in Iran.

(16) An authority of Farhangian University, Mansour Nikpanah, confirmed the teacher shortage of 14 thousand in Sistan and Baluchestan province.

(17) Six police officers appeal of death penalty conviction was accepted by the Supreme Court. They have been indicted on a murder charge in the killing of three young men.

A Daily Overview of Human Rights Violations in Iran for January 27, 2019

Posted on: January 27th, 2019

The following is an overview of human rights violations in Iran on January 27th, 2019 based on the information compiled and verified by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA).

(1) Abbas Lesani, Azerbaijani Turkic minority rights activist, started a hunger strike in the quarantine ward of the Ardabil prison. He is also banned from visiting his family. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison on the charge of ‘propaganda against the state’.

(2) An official in the Baruj county’s judicial department announced that there have been two alternate sentences to imprisonment for two convicts in the northern Khorasan province. They are obliged to plant medicinal herbs and Galbanum in the public lands.

(3) The court announced its verdict for two news agencies, Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) and Pars News website. They were accused of ‘distributing falsehood and lies’. Both of the news agencies were found guilty.

(4) The court for Mohammad Javad Motamedinejad was in session today. He was arrested last June during the truck drivers’ strike. He was charged with “supporting the protesting drivers” and “disturbing the public order and businesses”.

(5) The workers of Zagros Steel Contractor company have unpaid wages left from five years ago.

(6) Isa Saharkhiz has been notified of his six-months imprisonment sentence. He is obliged to appear in the court within the next five days to begin his sentence. He was accused of “insulting the head of Judicial system”.

(7) A 33-years-old prisoner who has been accused of murder and was sentenced to death, was spared from hanging on gallows by consent of next of kin in Gonbad-e Kavus.

(8) Mohammad Behzadirad, the lawyer of Narges Mohammadi, confirmed that the prison officials have denied her transfer to hospital for her urgent medical care although the Evin prison general prosecutor has granted this permission.

(9) Meimanat Hosseini-Chavoshi, a population expert and dual Australian-Iranian citizen, who was detained on charges of “social espionage” and “collaborating” with the West, was released. Population control policies, have been a subject of debate in Iran .

(10) During the uprising in January 2018, dozens of citizens in Dehdasht in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province were arrested. Seven of the arrested were sentenced to fines and flogging. They are accused of “disturbing the public order”.

(11) The head of Department of Environment of the Razavi Khorasan province announced that 845 poachers were arrested in the last 10 months. Similarly, two poachers were arrested, and four others are prosecuted in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province.

(12) A construction worker died in Ilam because of negligence in the oversight of safety conditions in the workplace. Iran ranked 102 in the workplace safety among other countries.

(13) More than six protests were organized across the country. The bankrupt contractors in Kermanshah, the customers of Kerman Khodro in Tehran, the workers of Ahvaz inter-rail and their families in Ahvaz, the shareholders of Caspian financial institution in Tehran, the investors of SekehSamen website in Tehran, and several people with law degree have held separate protests to request their demands.

At Least 20 Detained in Series of Home Raids in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province

Posted on: October 5th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – Over the past few days, security forces transported at least 20 residents of Dehdasht, Suq, and Charam — cities in Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province — to an undisclosed location, for undisclosed reasons, and without producing an arrest warrant.

A local source told HRANA that Ministry of Intelligence Agents whisked away several local residents after completing unannounced searches of their homes. HRANA has so far been able to confirm the identities of four arrestees: Ali Sina Heidari, Zarir Hadipour, Farhang Khorshidi, and Persian literature teacher Bahram Sorkhabi (a.k.a. Poor Behzad).

A Dehdasht resident described the thickening of security forces across main transportation arteries of Dehsasht and Choram: “Agents of the Ministry of Intelligence, IRGC, and Basij have set up checkpoints along the main streets of the city, and along the roads leading to Souq, Yasuj, Behbahan, and Gachsaran.”

According to the Dehdasht source, the families of the 20 detained residents have thus far been met with silence from regional security and judicial authorities, who since the arrests of October 1st and 3rd have offered no information about their loved ones’ cases or well-being. “[The families] were threatened with prosecution if they publicly disclose information about the arrests,” the source said.

Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, a province of southwestern Iran, is comprised of Boyer-Ahmad (capital: Yasuj), Bahmai (capital: Likak), Dena (capital: Sisakht), Kohgiluyeh (capital: Dehdasht), Gachsaran (capital: Dogonbadan), Charam (capital: Charam), Basht (capital: Basht), and Landeh (capital: Landeh) counties.

HRANA will publish updates on this case as soon as they come available.

Baha’i Residents in Kata Village Arrested

Posted on: July 22nd, 2011

HRANA News Agency – During the last three weeks, Iranian security forces have raided Baha’i residents’ houses in the village of Kata and arrested a large number of them.The village of Kata is situated in northwestern Iran at the outskirts of Yasuj, the capital of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), during these raids, Iranian security officers have arrested a large number of Baha’i citizens without showing an arrest warrant.

It has been reported that a number of the detainee have been transferred to Shiraz while the whereabouts of the rest is unknown.

In the village of Kata, there are about fifty Baha’i families who are farmers living off the land.Since these families’ breadwinners have been arrested, their farmland and crops are left unattended and consequently being destroyed little by little.