Christian Convert Nasser Navard Gol-Tapeh Denied Conditional Release from Evin Prison

On June 22, Christian convert Nasser Navard Gol-Tapeh’s request for conditional release from Evin Prison was rejected.

According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the news website Article 18, the rejection of the request for parole was given to Navard Gol-Tapeh without the provision of any specific reason.

In September 2020, the Supreme Court rejected Navard Gol-Tapeh’s request for a retrial. Navard Gol-Tapeh has been in Evin Prison for the past three years and six months without leave.

Navard Gol Tappeh was arrested in a private gathering in July 2016 and later was sentenced by the Revolutionary Court of Tehran to 10 years in prison on charges of “acting against national security by forming and running an illegal organization of a house church”. The verdict was later approved by the Court of Appeals.

Although Christians are recognized as a religious minority under Iranian law, security services nevertheless pursue the issue of Muslims converting to Christianity with particular sensitivity and deal harshly with activists in this field.

The Iranian regime targets Christian converts despite Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which states that every individual has the right to freedom of religion and the freedom to express their religious beliefs.

Concessions from Prison Authorities Put an End to Abdolreza Ghanbari’s Hunger Strike

Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) – Prompted by his loved ones and a promise from authorities to transfer him back to Evin Prison, teacher and political prisoner Abdolreza Ghanbari has begun eating again after five days of hunger strike.

Ghanbari had announced he was starving himself in protest of his forced transfer from Evin’s Ward 8 to Rajai Shahr Prison on November 10th. In a previous HRANA report on Ghanbari’s hunger strike, a close source remarked that the transfer seemed arbitrary.

In a note announcing the end of his strike, Ghanbari wrote, “moved by the words of my loved ones to end my hunger strike, I have relieved them of their worries. The persistence of my spouse and my attorney have ended in a promise from officials to return me to Evin, as per my request, as soon as possible.”

What was once a 10-year sentence for Ghanbari was increased to a 15-year term in September of 2017, per reconsideration proceedings led by Judge Moghiseh in Branch 28 of Revolutionary Court. After presenting himself to the Evin Prosecutor’s Office on October 13th of this year, Ghanbari was escorted to Evin Prison’s Ward 8 by security forces.

Impromptu Exile Transfer Prompts Abdolreza Ghanbari to Hunger Strike

Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) – Teacher and political prisoner Abdolreza Ghanbari, who on October 13th of this year was taken to Evin Prison’s Ward 8 to serve the remainder of a once-dormant sentence, has reportedly declared hunger strike following his November 10th transfer to the Quarantine Ward of Rajai Shahr Prison.

Confirming news of Ghanbari’s current hunger strike to HRANA, a close source added that his most recent sentence made no mention of an exile order.

Ghanbari’s judicial ordeal has been rife with major upsets, as previously reported by HRANA. After being arrested at the school where he taught in 2009 for backing the “Ashura” protests tailing that year’s contentious presidential elections, he was interrogated for two months and found himself facing a death sentence: Judge Salavati of Revolutionary Court Branch 15, convicting Ghanbari of “Moharebeh” [enmity against God]” through alleged ties to the opposition group People’s Mujahedin of Iran (MEK), ruled to send him to the gallows.

Four suspenseful years later, the Supreme Court acquitted Ghanbari of the Moharebeh charge, effectively sparing his life. Branch 1 of Revolutionary Court settled his remaining charges with a 15-year prison sentence, which was later reduced to 10 years in appeals court.

After enduring more than 6 years of his 10-year prison term, he went free in the Spring of 2016 — only to be re-sentenced the following Fall to 15 years in prison, per reconsideration proceedings led by Judge Moghiseh in Branch 28 of Revolutionary Court.

Ghanbari is currently detained in Rajai Shahr.

Families not Allowed to Send Post Packages to the Prisoners in Evin Prison

HRANA News Agency – Families of some prisoners in Evin Prison are reporting restrictions on sending packages to prisoners in different post offices.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), families of prisoners in Evin Prison heard from post officials, visiting separately Tehran Post Offices for sending postal packages for prisoners, over the new circular that they were not allowed to take any packet from a sender to the prison. Continue reading “Families not Allowed to Send Post Packages to the Prisoners in Evin Prison”

Contagious Skin Disease Breaks Out In Evin Prison

HRANA News Agency – An outbreak of a contagious skin disease and negligence in ward 8 of Evin prison have caused concerns among the inmates and their families. According to one of the prisoners three people have become ill over the past week.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the symptom of this skin disease is excrescences like an old wound that usually starts in the abdomen and is associated with significant pruritus. Continue reading “Contagious Skin Disease Breaks Out In Evin Prison”

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Political Prisoners Face More Problems In Receiving Books: Evin Prison

HRANA News Agency – The officials of ward 8 in Evin prison, in a statement and by an illegal action subjected the delivery of all the books to the prisoners, to the approval of the name and author of the books by the prison authorities.
Some of the prisoners say that even with a license by the Ministry of Culture, according to the announcement, the prison decides which book could the prisoners read or not read.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), according to the new notifications and sample forms, from 13th January, prisoners must undergo a long bureaucratic process, should give the title and author’s name in the application form to the manager of ward 8 in Evin and after the agreement with the title and author of the book, they will give the permission to the prisoner to get it. Continue reading “Political Prisoners Face More Problems In Receiving Books: Evin Prison”

Political Prisoners In Ward 8 Of Evin Prison Demand Their Safety

HRANA News Agency – One of the prisoners in ward 8 of Evin prison after injuring himself, attempted to threaten and insult the political prisoners in this ward on Sunday, 17th January.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), it caused panic in the ward and prison authorities transferred him to another ward, but political prisoners protested against such actions which have repeated in the prison demanding for action from authorities to provide safety for the prisoners. Continue reading “Political Prisoners In Ward 8 Of Evin Prison Demand Their Safety”

Frequent Inspections on Wards No. 7 and 8 of Evin Prison

HRANA News Agency – Frequent and strange investigations from wards 7 and 8 of Evin prison made political-security prisoners to complain against it.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the wards number 7 and 8 of Evin prison were investigated on Thursday morning again, and prisoners’ accessories and properties were inspected. Continue reading “Frequent Inspections on Wards No. 7 and 8 of Evin Prison”

Bedbugs Have Put Prisoners of Ward 8 of Evin Prison in a Difficult Situation

HRANA News Agency – Bedbug bites and insect stings have exhausted prisoners in ward 8 of Evin prison.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), bedbug bites and insect stings are hurting prisoners in ward 8 of Evin prison and have become a new problem in this ward. Continue reading “Bedbugs Have Put Prisoners of Ward 8 of Evin Prison in a Difficult Situation”

Prisoners of Ward 8 of Evin Prison Deprived of Warm Water

HRANA News Agency – After a week of warm water cut off, ward 8 of Evin prison inmates have faced a lot of problems.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), ward 8 of Evin prison’s hot water system has impaired from a week ago, and this has affected the daily life of the prisoners. Continue reading “Prisoners of Ward 8 of Evin Prison Deprived of Warm Water”