Workers’ rights activist Anisha Asadollahi has commenced serving her five-year, eight-month sentence at Evin Prison.
The initial verdict, handed down by the Tehran Revolutionary Court under the jurisdiction of Judge Iman Afshari, sentenced Asadollahi to five years for “assembly and collusion against national security” and an additional eight months for “propaganda against the regime.” Despite an appeal, the sentence was upheld.
In accordance with Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, she will serve five years for the primary charges.
The court session addressing her charges took place on April 16, 2023.
Anisha Asadollahi and several other civil and workers’ rights activists were apprehended at Mohammad Habibi’s residence just days before International Workers’ Day on April 28, 2023. Subsequently, she was released on a one-billion-Toman bail ten days later.
It is important to highlight that Asadollahi has a history of arrests and convictions linked to her activism.
Maziar Seyednejad, an advocate for workers’ rights, remains confined to Ward 6 of Evin Prison since the commencement of his sentence on May 21, 2023.
In January 2023, Maziar Seyednejad received a sentence from Branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court, which included two years in prison for “membership in communist groups” and an additional year for “propaganda against the regime.” Moreover, he has been prohibited from leaving the country, engaging in political and civil associations, and participating in online social activities for a duration of two years. Pursuant to Article 134 of the Islamic Penal Code, the two-year sentence for the aforementioned charge has been enforced.
However, it is worth noting that Seyednejad has publicly stated that, when considering his previous three-year sentence in Ahvaz, he expects to serve a total of five years.
Seyednejad’s arrest took place on June 7, 2021, when security forces apprehended him at his residence in Tehran. He was subsequently transferred to IRGC’s detention facility in Evin Prison, specifically Ward 2-A. On August 16, 2021, he was granted temporary release upon posting a 600-million-toman bail, pending the conclusion of his legal proceedings.
It is important to mention that Seyednejad has faced prior arrests and convictions due to his unwavering commitment to civil activism.
Branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeals reduced the sentence of workers’ rights activist Kamyar Fakoor and his wife, Sarvenaz Ahmadi, to a total of four years and two months. Initially, they had been sentenced to seven years.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Kamyar Fakoor and his wife, Sarvenaz Ahmadi, were sentenced to eight months and three and a half years, respectively.
Fakoor received this sentence for “propaganda against the regime”. Ahmadi was charged with “propaganda against the regime” and “assembly and collusion against national security.”
Security forces arrested this couple on November 6, 2022, amid nationwide protests. After a while, Fakoor was imprisoned in Evin prison to start serving his sentence. Ahmadi was released on December 7, 2022. On February 8, 2023, Fakoor was released from Evin Prison upon the directive to “pardon and commute” the sentences of some prisoners. Nonetheless, unlike many others prisoners, their case was not closed.
Workers’ rights activist Valeh Zamani is still in detention in Ward 240 of Evin Prison after 43 days. Despite suffering from acute liver disease, he is denied the required medical treatment.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, workers’ rights activist Valeh Zamani is detained for over 40 days in Evin Prison.
An informed source told HRANA that Zamani suffers from hepatitis C and liver disfunction. However, Zamani cannot receive medicine and undergoes hours of interrogation.
On May 30, 2022, intelligence agents arrested Zamani in Urmia and transferred him to Evin Prison.
The reason for his arrest is still unknown.
On Saturday, June 11, 2022, workers’ rights activist and former political prisoner Sajad Shokri was arrested by security forces at his house in Karaj City.
According to HRANA, the Human Rights Activists news agency, on Saturday, June 11, 2022, security forces arrested workers’ rights activist Sajad Shokri at his house in Karaj.
On prior occasions, Shokri faced other arrests and convictions. On August 6, 2020, Shokri was arrested in Tehran and jailed in Evin Prison. Subsequently, Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran sentenced him to four years in prison on the charges of “assembly and collusion to act against national security” and “spreading lies to disturb public opinions and propaganda against the regime”. On December 15, 2021, he was released on probation.
On Thursday, May 13, 2022, workers’ rights activist Reyhaneh Ansari was arrested and transferred to an unidentified location. The security forces searched her house and confiscated some of her personal belongings.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, quoting the Coordinating Committee to Help Form Workers’ Organizations, security forces arrested workers’ rights activist Reyhaneh Ansari at her home.
The reasons for the arrest, the entity responsible for the arrest and her whereabouts are still unknown.
Reyhaneh Ansari has been arrested on previous occasions for her civil activities.
After two months, workers’ rights activist Alieh Eghdam-Doost is still in detention in Women’s Ward of Evin Prison as she is unable to afford the bail.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, workers’ rights activist Alieh Eghdam-Doost has been detained in Evin Prison for the past two months.
Last month, on his personal page on social media, Ramin Safarnia, her lawyer, informed that Mrs Eghdam-Doost has been granted bail. But so far, she and her family have not been able to provide the bail.
On February 7 of 2022, security forces arrested Eghdam-Doost at her house in Fuman City. This arrest was made under the warrant issued by Branch 2 of Fuman’s Courthouse on behalf of Evin Courthouse. Reportedly, Eghdam-Doost has been charged with “propaganda against the regime.”
Alieh Eghdam-Doost, 69, is a workers’ rights activist and has faced other arrests and convictions before.
After 25 days, workers’ rights activist Hirad Pirbodaghi is still detained and awaiting legal proceedings in Ward 209 of Evin Prison in Tehran.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Pirbodaghi confirmed during a phone call with his family that interrogations have finished and he is waiting for bail to be assigned so that he may be released. The Evin Prison court has refused to set bail despite multiple requests from his family.
“In these increasingly cold days, he has been given just one set prison uniform which he has to wash and wear while it is still wet. Moreover, they don’t allow him to purchase anything from the prison store”, an informed source told HRANA.
On November 6, Pirbodaghi was arrested violently by security forces alongside Asal Mohammadi. Their houses were searched during the arrest. He was transferred to Ward 209 of Evin Prison, which is at the disposal of the Ministry of Intelligence.
Pirbodaghi was indicted on the charges of “assembly and collusion against national security” on November 7.
Mohammadi was released on bond from Evin Prison on November 22. The reason for his arrest is still unknown at the time of writing.
The day before their arrests, Pirbodaghi and Mohammadi, accompanied by seven other activists, had filed a complaint in a judicial office against the use of solitary confinement as a torture method. Mohammadi and Pirbodaghi have previously faced other arrests and convictions for their non-violent activism and worker’s rights advocacy.
On Wednesday, October 20, workers’ rights activist Othman Esmaeili was detained by security forces.
According to HRANA, the news agency of Human Rights Activists, Esmaeili was transferred to an unidentified location following the arrest.
As an informed source told HRANA, ten security agents arrested the activist at 6 pm in front of his home in Saqqez City. According to the source, the security forces had been monitoring the house all day.
As of this writing, the reason for the arrest and charges against him are unknown.