Taregh Azizi Arrested by Security Forces in Nikshahr

On the evening of Friday, September 17, Taregh Azizi from Nikshahr was arrested by security forces.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting RASANK, after his arrest, Azizi was transferred to an unknown location.

According to this report, Mr. Azizi is said to have been summoned several times by the IRGC intelligence of the Shahid Memar base in Iranshahr in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, previously.

At the time of writing, no information is available on the reasons for Azizi’s detention or the charges against him.

Inmate Executed in Iranshahr Prison in Sistan and Baluchistan Province

On Saturday, September 11, Adham Maksani, a native of Shamsabad village of Bampour district, was executed in Iranshahr Prison.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting The Baloch Activists Campaign, Maksani was previously sentenced to death for murder and had spent 10 years in Iranshahr prison.

Iran ranks first in the world in citizen executions per capita, according to international organizations. The Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) reported that between January 1 and December 20 of 2020, at least 236 citizens were executed.

One of these citizens was executed publicly, and two were juvenile offenders. An additional 95 citizens were sentenced to death. According to the same report, more than 72% of executions in Iran are not reported by the government or the judiciary, which human rights organizations call “secret” executions.

As of this writing, the execution of Mr. Maksani has not been announced by Iranian media or official sources.

Residents of Sistan and Baluchestan Province who do not have ID being Denied Coronavirus Vaccine and Other Medical Services

Despite numerous reports indicating a significant increase in the number of infected patients and deaths in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, many people in the province who do not have ID have been denied vaccination, even when vaccines are not in short supply.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Hamshahri, in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, COVID vaccines remain inaccessible for many citizens.  Medical centers in several of the province’s cities are few and far between, and many of the roads by which to reach them are poorly-maintained.

Fatemeh Kaykhah, a general practitioner who has participated in a camp on the outskirts of Zahedan, commented on the predicament.

“I visited 60 patients in the Hemmatabad neighborhood, and I had enough vaccine doses to inject them, but 50 of them did not have any kind of ID,” Kaykhah said. “It was very bitter the moment they left the clinic without getting vaccinated. The taste of being different this time is more bitter than ever for people who have never been issued an ID, perhaps even more deadly. The problem is not just the vaccine, if they die from the corona, they do not come in any statistics because they do not have identity documents. [it is like] They did not exist from the beginning nor they will at the end.”

There are, unsurprisingly, no definite statistics on the number of people who do not have identity documents in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, but according to a former Zahedan resident, some estimate the number to be around 100,000, with 30 percent living in Zahedan.

Noor, a girl who has no ID, has heard that enough doses of COVID vaccine have arrived in the province. ‌ “We are also the people of this country,” she said. “Couldn’t they let us just this one time to get vaccinated? Are our lives not in danger? Why is the vaccine being withheld from us?”

Beyond the vaccine issue, the multitude of barriers to health insurance make it difficult for residents to get the medical attention they need. People who have not been issued identity documents cannot have health insurance, and out-of-pocket treatment expenses are very high. Many in severe need of medical care are refusing to go to health centers because they either do not have the financial resources to get health insurance, or because their lack of identification prohibits them from seeking it out.

According to the Director General of the Sistan and Baluchestan Province Registry, since 2013, the cases of more than 9,000 households who did not have ID have been processed, resulting in the issuance of about 30,000 identification documents. More than 1,500 cases of citizenship have been denied.

Two Inmates Executed in Kerman Prison on Drug-Related Charges

Two prisoners who were previously sentenced to death on drug-related charges were executed in Kerman Prison yesterday morning, Monday, August 9.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting The Baloch Activists Campaign, the identities of the prisoners are Nabi Noti Zehi and Ebrahim Ghanbarzehi from Zahedan in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

Iran ranks first in the world in citizen executions per capita, according to international organizations. The Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRA) reported that between January 1 and December 20 of 2020, at least 236 citizens were executed.

One of these citizens was executed publicly, and two were juvenile offenders. An additional 95 citizens were sentenced to death.

According to the same report, more than 72% of executions in Iran are not reported by the government or the judiciary, which human rights organizations call “secret” executions.

The execution of these prisoners has not been announced by Iranian media or official sources as of this writing.

HRANA Recap: This Week’s Protests in Iran

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, a number of protests took place in different parts of the country this week. Below is a quick recap and footage from the demonstrations.

 

Friday July 9 and Saturday July 10

Several civil and political activists in Tehran, several bakers in Qazvin, a group of women from Nasir Mahalla and Shalma villages located in Shaft county, a group of pest control workers from Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company, residents of Marqa village from the central part Izeh city, a group of employees of Qom Health Care Services, workers of rural telecommunication agents in Mashhad, a group of taxi drivers in Marivan, Kurdestan, residents of Ahvaz concerned about the drying rivers in Khuzestan province, workers of Kut Abdullah municipality, and a number of bakery workers in Neyshabur all held protest rallies on Friday and Saturday of last week.

Qazvin bakers:

Civil and political activists in Tehran in support of Manouchehr Bakhtiari:

 

Women from Nasir Mahalla and Shalma villages:

Haft Tappeh sugarcane workers:

Marqa village residents in Izeh:

Employees of health services in Qom:

Workers of rural telecommunication agents in Mashhad:

Taxi drivers in Marivan, Kurdestan:

Residents in Ahvaz protesting rivers in danger of drying, in Khuzestan:

Workers of Kut Abdullah municipality:

Sunday, July 11

A group of shareholders of Cryptoland exchange in Tehran, a group of pest control workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company for the 16th consecutive day, Mashhad bakery workers, a group of retirees the Steel of Isfahan, retirees seeking social security in the cities of Rasht and Ahvaz, a group of water and sewage workers from the Azadegan plain in Khuzestan called on their demands to be addressed through protest rallies. Also, the strikes of contract workers of several companies affiliated with the oil, petrochemical, and power plants companies are still expanding, and so far, workers of 105 industrial units in different provinces of the country have stopped working and joined the strikes.

Cryptoland shareholders:

 

Pest control workers of Haft Tappeh:

Bakers in Mashhad:

Retirees the Steel of Isfahan company:

Retirees of social security in the cities of Rasht and Ahvaz:

Water and sewage workers from the Azadegan plain in Khuzestan:

Monday, July 12

A group of pharmacists in Tehran and Shiraz, contract workers of Kut Abdollah municipality, a group of pesticide workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company for the 17th day in a row, drivers of Urmia minibus fleets, several workers of Khorasan Petrochemical Company, A group of people from Chabahar city in Sistan and Baluchestan province, a group of doctors, faculty members andresidents of the dermatology field, and a group of workers from Urmia Municipality all held protest gatherings.

Residents of Chabahr in Sistan and Baluchestan Province:

Pharmacists in Tehran:

Pharmacists in Shiraz:

Contract workers of Kut Abdollah municipality:

Workers of Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Company:

Physicians in Tehran

Workers of Khorasan Petrochemical Company:

Tuesday July 13

Several bakery workers in Mashhad, workers of Haft Tappeh Company from all sectors, a group of Ahvaz Municipality workers held protests this Tuesday. Additionally, marches against frequent water and electricity cuts were held in the cities of Khorramshahr and Qasr-e-qand.

Residents of Khorramshahr:

 

Workers of Ahvaz municipality:

 

Bakers in Mashhad

 

Workers of Haft Tappeh Company from all sectors:

Wednesday, July 14

Ranchers in four cities, including Shahrekord, Neyshabur, Birjand, and Torbat Heydariyeh, a group of workers from Haft Tappeh Company from all sectors for the second day and workers of the pest control department for the nineteenth consecutive day protested this Wednesday. A group of people from the western Hume, a number of social security workers and retirees, as well as a group of farmers in the villages of Janadaleh and Khazrajin Hamidiyeh in Khuzestan Province, drivers of tankers truck and fuel trucks in Qasr Shirin held demonstrations of protest as well.

Ranchers in Neyshabur:

 

 

Workers from Haft Tappeh Company from all sectors:

 

Pest control workers of Haft Tappeh:

Residents of western Hume:

Retirees of social security:

Farmers in Khuzestan:

 

 

Drivers of tanker trucks:

Thursday July 15

at least 13 rallies protest were held this Thursday. A group of workers of Ahvaz Municipality, workers of Jahan Pars Company, bakers and workers in Bojnourd in of North Khorasan, a group of workers of Haft Tappeh Company from all sectors and workers of the pest control department of this company for the twentieth day protested. Several environmental activists in Isfahan, residents in Sepehr town located in Karaj, farmers in the villages of Bavi district of Ahvaz city – Masjed Soleiman, some cities of Khuzestan including Abadan, Hamidiyeh, Bostan, Susangard and Mahshahr port due to water cut and lack of access to Drinking water also separately marched and protested in their  respective cities.

Workers of Ahvaz Municipality:

 

Workers of Jahan Pars Company:

 

Gathering of bakers and bakery workers in Bojnourd:

 

Rally of Haft Tappeh workers

 

Residents in Sepehr town in Karaj:

Farmers in Bavi village:

 

Protesters in Khuzestan Province (including Hamidiyeh, Bostan, Susanger, Shadegan) in light of ongoing water shortages:

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14 Economic Defendants Sentenced to a Total of 450 Lashes in Sistan and Baluchestan

Zahedan Public Prosecutor and Revolutionary Council Mehdi Shamsabadi  announced the issuance of 450 lashes for 14 economic defendants in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting IRNA, Shamsabadi stated that this case is one of the most important economic crimes cases in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

The 14 defendants were sentenced to a total of 450 lashes, 184 years in prison, fines of Three billion and three hundred and two million Toman (about $132,000,00), and confiscation of property.

Iran is one of the few countries that has continued to use humiliating punishments despite the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights’ explicit prohibition of the use of inhumane and degrading punishments, including the death penalty and flogging.

At Least one Prisoner Executed in Zahedan Prison

On June 26, Abdolhamid Ghanbar Zehi, son of Ebrahim, was executed in Zahedan Prison in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting RASANK news, Ghanbar Zehi was previously convicted on a charge of murder.

According to international organizations, Iran ranks first in the world in citizen executions per-capita. The Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRAI) reported that between January 1st and December 20th of 2020, at least 236 citizens were executed. One of these citizens was executed publicly, and two were juvenile offenders. An additional 95 citizens were sentenced to death.

According to the report, more than 72% of executions in Iran are not reported by the government or the judiciary. Human rights organizations call these “secret executions”.

Ghanbar Zehi’s execution has not been announced by Iranian media or official sources at the time of this writing.

Three Citizens Arrested by Security Forces in Chabahar and Taken to Unknown Location

On Wednesday, June 16, three brothers from Ramin village of Chabahar in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, were arrested by intelligence agents.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Baloch Activists Campaign, the arrested brothers were Yaser Baluch,  Ali Baluch, and Balach Baluch.

Per the report, an informed source said, “These brothers have been arrested for protesting the confiscation of a piece of land called Eidgah by the Housing Foundation of Islamic Revolution.”

As of this writing, the Baluch brothers’ whereabouts are unknown.

Citizen Sentenced to Public Execution in Zahedan

A prisoner in Zahedan was recently sentenced to execution in public.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting Rokna News, the prisoner was arrested for the murder of his wife and two of his wife’s relatives in Zahedan.

The Public Prosecutor of Sistan and Baluchestan Province said, “A death sentence has been issued for an angry groom who killed a number of his wife’s family members, and if approved by the Supreme Court, he will be executed soon.”

Mehran Naruyi Executed in Isfahan After IRGC Refuses to Provide Letter of Suspension to Prison Officials

On May 16th, Mehran Naruyi was executed on drug-related charges in Dastgerd Prison in Isfahan, despite widespread calls to suspend the process until a fair trial could take place.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting The Baloch Activists Campaign, on May 15th, Naruyi was transferred to solitary confinement in Dastgerd Central Prison before the execution.

Per the report, an informed source said “during the prisoner’s last meeting with his family, prison officials pointed out that they would suspend the sentence if they received a letter from the imam of Isfahan and Revolutionary Guards. However, the IRGC’s Intelligence Organization refused to provide the letter.”

On May 16, 2021, Amnesty International called for an stop to the execution of Naruyi, writing: “The Iranian authorities should grant this prisoner the right to a fair trial without resorting to the death penalty, as well as forcing confessions under torture.”

According to international organizations, considering its population, Iran ranks first in the world in the execution of its citizens. The Statistics and Publication Center of the Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRAI) reported that between January 1 and December 20 of 2020, at least 236 citizens were executed. One of these citizens was executed publicly, and two were juvenile offenders. An additional 95 citizens were sentenced to death.

According to the report, more than 72% of executions in Iran are not reported by the government or the judiciary. Human rights organizations call these “secret executions.”

Mehran Naruyi, son of Khodadad, is from Nosratabad city of Zahedan in Sistan and Baluchestan province. As of this writing, this execution has not been announced by any Iranian media or official sources.