14 civil rights activists received long-term prison sentences

Posted on: February 14th, 2020

A letter signed by 14 civil rights activists was published in July-August of 2019 demanding resignation of Ayatollah Khamenei. After this letter was published, some of the signees were arrested and some were under pressure. Currently, Abdolrasoul Mortazavi, Mohammad Hossein Sepehri, Mohammad Nourizad, Javad Laal Mohammadi, Seyed Hashem Khastar, and Fatemeh Sepehri who signed this letter are still in detention and some were released on bail.

On February 1, 2020, eight arrestees who signed the letter requesting Ayatollah Khamenei’s resignation, were sentenced to a total of 90 years imprisonment, six years ban from leaving the country, and six years of exile by Branch 4 of Mashhad’s Revolutionary Court. Their detailed sentences are as the following:

Seyed Hashem Khastar: 16 years imprisonment, three years exile to Nikshahr, and three years ban from leaving the country

Mohammad Nourizad: 15 years imprisonment, three years exile to Izeh, and three years ban from leaving the country.

Abdolrasoul Mortazavi: 26 years imprisonment

Mohammad Hossein Sepehri: 6 years imprisonment

Fatemeh Sepehri: 6 years imprisonment

Hashem Rajai, Morteza Ghasemi, and Mohammad Hosseinpour: each was sentenced to a one-year prison term

In addition, Javad Laal Mohammadi was sentenced to 9 years of imprisonment on February 4, 2019.

Moreover, on February 5, 2020, Mohammad Mahdavifar, civil rights activist and a signee of the letter was sentenced to 9 years in prison by Branch 102 of the Penal Court 2 Aran and Bidgol.

These sentences were issued for the charges of “establishing an unlawful group and propaganda against the state”. The sentences for “insulting the Supreme Leader and the Founder of the Islamic Republic” are still in process.

On February 3, 2020, Abdolrasoul Mortazavi and on February 4, Javad Laal Mohammadi were arrested.

It should be noted that they were arrested together on August 11, 2019, in front of a courthouse in Mashhad.


A letter of 14 women civil rights activists

In August 2019, another letter was published under the title of 14 women civil rights with content similar to the aforementioned letter, requesting Ayatollah Khamenei’s resignation. After this letter was published, the security forces arrested Zahra Jamali on August 24, Giti Pourfazel on August 19, Shahla Entesari on August 22, and Shahla Jahanbin on August 21.

Eventually, Shahla Jahanbin on November 13, Shahla Entesari on November 10, and Giti Pourfazel on November 13 were each temporarily released on a 500 million Toman bail before completion of the prosecution from Evin Prison.

Four civil rights activists, Shahla Jahanbin, Zahra Jamali, Giti Pourfazel, and Shahla Entesari, who wrote an open letter in summer of 2019 and requested Ayatollah Khamenei’s resignation, were sentenced each to six years imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court for the charges of “assembly and collusion against the national security” and “propaganda against the state”.

Among them, Ms. Giti Pourfazel who is an attorney and a member of the Iranian Writers’ Association, was also sentenced to two years ban from membership in parties and social/political groups.

A Report of Detained Activists in Mashhad

Posted on: October 9th, 2019

14 civil rights activists were arrested on August 11, 2019 in front of a courthouse in Mashhad. They were protesting the 13-years imprisonment sentence for a university professor, Kamal Jafari Yazdi, by his appeals court when they were arrested. Three of them were released on bail and the other 11 people are still in prison.

According to the written judgment published on October 2, 2019, the name of the 14 detained activists are as following:

Abdolrasoul Mortazavi, Mohammad Hossein Sepehri, Hashem Rajai, Gholam-Hossein Boroujerdi, Mohammad Nourizad, Reza Jangi, Javad Laal Mohammadi, Morteza Ghasemi, Pooran Nazemi Moezabadi, Houriyeh Farajzadeh Tarani, Zahra Soleymanian, Seyed Hashem Khastar, Gholam-Ali Hosseinpour, and Fatemeh Sepehri.

Houriyeh Farajzadeh was released on bail on September 27, 2019 while Gholam-Hossein Boroujerdi and Pooran Nazemi were temporary released on bail earlier.

Kamal Jafari Yazdi is a university professor residing in Mashhad who was sentenced to 13 years in prison by the Branch 4 of the Mashhad Revolutionary Court in mid-April 2019. He was initially sentenced to ten years in prison for “forming an illegal group against national security,” two years for “insulting the Supreme Leader,” and one year for “propaganda against the regime”. The Appeals Court has upheld a preliminary court verdict against him on August 19, 2019. He was arrested to serve his sentence on August 30, 2019. On the verdict of the appeals court, it was mentioned that his sentenced was not reduced because of his interviews and the demonstration of his friends in front of the court.

On August 11, several civil rights activists showed up at his appeals court in Mashhad to express solidarity with him and they were arrested. Men were transferred to the ward 1-6 and women were transferred to the women ward of Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad. They were transferred to the Intelligence Department Detention Center after three days. Fars News Agency also confirmed their arrest. Their case was transferred from Sorkhrud’s Branch 3 of Public Court to the Branch 903 of the Revolutionary Court of Mashhad. They were charged with “disturbance in public order” through demonstration, and “propaganda in favor of opposition groups”.

Iranian Authorities Detain Lawyers and Civil Rights Activists

Posted on: August 20th, 2018

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) – A number of lawyers and civil rights activists who had gathered in front of the Iranian Parliament building to protest both the Caspian Sea Agreement and the Guardian Council’s vetting process were arrested last Saturday, August 18th.

Mohammad Nourizad was among a group of detainees that were released a few hours later. Among three lawyers taken into custody, one — Masoud Javadieh — posted bail and was released the following day. Lawyers Ghasem Shole-Saadi and Arash Keykhosravi were transferred to the Great Tehran Penitentiary after being charged at Branch 5 of the Evin prosecutor’s office.

Mr Nourizad, a 66-year-old Iranian director, screenwriter, and journalist, had been taken into custody earlier this year in connection to his visits with the family of political prisoner Ramin Hossein Panahi, who is currently serving a prison sentence in Sanandaj Central Prison. Previously considered a religious radical, Nourizad joined with critics of the Islamic regime in the early 2000s and has continued in recent years to meet with the families of political detainees.

Upon his release on Saturday, Nourizad noted to reporters that Shole-Saadi had been interrogated for sharing a video, and conjectured that officials were building a case against him for that reason. In the video in question, Shole-Saadi can be heard voicing support of the late Iranian prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh, whose efforts to nationalize Iran’s oil industry were thwarted more than 70 years ago. In the recording, Shole-Saadi vows to appear before the Iranian Parliament building in protest of the Guardian Council’s vetting process.

Notably, Ghasem Shole-Saadi previously served two terms in the Islamic Consultative Assembly and was convicted of “insulting the leadership of the Islamic Republic” via a letter he notoriously published in 2002. He has been imprisoned several times on charges from the Revolutionary Court for “propaganda against the regime”.

Arrested Participants of Reyhaneh Jabbari’s Memorial Released

Posted on: November 5th, 2016

HRANA News Agency – All of the people who had been arrested by security forces during the memorial of Reyhaneh Jabbari, in Behsht-e-Zahra, were released. Previously HRANA had reported that security forces had used violence and broken many of the provided equipment for the ceremony, dismantled the platform and gathered the chairs and told the guests to leave.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), plainclothes forces with the support of security police intervened and stopped the anniversary of Reyhaneh Jabbari’s execution to be held on her tomb, and arrested Sholeh Pakravan, Mohammad Nourizad and some of the attendees. (more…)

2 Civil Rights Activists Arrested in front of Evin Prison

Posted on: March 3rd, 2016

HRANA News Agency – Police arrested Mohammad Nourizad on the second day of his 24-hour-sit-in in front of Evin Prison, along with Davood Ne’mati. Davood Ne’mati has written that the police arrested and dropped them out in another place but Mohammad Nourizad returned and planned to spend the night in front of Evin prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Mohammad Nourizad civil rights activist, said earlier that he would run a twenty-four hour protest in front of Evin prison against the travel ban and holding his assets illegally by the Revolutionary Guards Intelligence. (more…)

Tehran: Mohammad Nourizad Announced 24-Hour Sit In

Posted on: February 23rd, 2016

HRANA News Agency – Mohammad Nourizad, civil rights activist says that on Saturday he would be standing in front of the Evin Prison for 24 hours, in protest against being banned from leaving the country and his belongings being kept illegally by the Revolutionary Guard’s Intelligence. This Civil rights Activist intends to continue his protest until his demands are met.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), on Wednesday February 17 Mohammad Nourizad wrote on his Facebook page: “I will go to any length to get my two absolute and personal rights back. How? By being in front of Evin Prison for 24 hours. Dawn till dusk and dusk till dawn! Despite the wind and the cold that would want me broken! First: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Later on: every day and every night, while I can still stand and breathe. Am I asking for much? All I want is my Passport freed, and my stolen belongings. Both captive in the hands of the Revolutionary Guards.”  (more…)

3 Civil Rights activists Arrested at Dr. Mosaddegh’s Tomb

Posted on: March 10th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – Mohammad Maleki, Mohammad Nourizad and Shahnaz Karimbaigi, three civil rights activists who intended to participate in remembrance of Dr. Mosadegh, had been arrested for few hours. There is no news about Mohammad Nourizad yet.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Mohammad Maleki, Mohammad Nourizad and Shahnaz Karimbaigi who had intended to attend the remembrance of Mohammad Mosadegh, in Ahmad Abad Mostoufi, were arrested for few hours by security forces, on Thursday, March 6. (more…)

Bahais join demonstration in support of Nasrin Sotoudeh

Posted on: November 12th, 2014

HRANA News Agency – On November 10, Bahai students who have been excluded from tertiary education joined the Iranian civil rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh in her three-week-old demonstration in front of the Bar Association building in Tehran.

According to the report of HRANA qouted from Daneshju News, she is claiming the right to be reinstated by the Bar Association as a practicing lawyer, having been excluded from practicing for three years. (more…)

Nasrin Sotudeh’s sit in will continue

Posted on: October 25th, 2014

HRANA News Agency – Nasrin Sotoudeh along with Peyman Aref and Mohammad Nourizad are going to continue their sit-in in front of the Lawyers Association next day.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), during last week Lawyers Disciplinary Court accepted the Revolutionary Court and Tehran prosecutor’s request to cancel the license of Nasrin Sotodeh and by a verdict interdicted her for 3 years of attorney profession. (more…)