Zia Nabavi was arrested

Posted on: February 28th, 2020

On February 25, 2020, Zia Nabavi, former political prisoner, was arrested at his home by the security forces. They searched his house and confiscated his personal belongings. Further information about the reason for his arrest is not available yet.

Zia Nabavi is a graduate student in sociology at Allameh Tabatabaei University, a former member of Students’ Islamic Association of the Babol Noshirvani University and a member of the Council of Defending the Right to Education.

He was arrested in June 2009 and was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment and 74 lashes by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court on the charge of “Moharebeh through connection with the MEK” presided by Judge Pirabbasi. The appeals court reduced his sentence to a 10-year prison term in exile. In October 2010, he was transferred to Karun prison, and then to Semnan Prison in May 2014. Mr. Nabavi was released on the eve of the 9th year of imprisonment from Semnan prison, on February 14, 2018.

Imprisoned “Teacher of Civil Disobedience” Enters 26th Day of Hunger Strike

Posted on: August 27th, 2018

Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) – The health condition of Farhad Meysami — who declared hunger strike the day after his arrest on July 31st in protest of his detention and the denial of his right to a lawyer of his choice — is in decline.

As of the 26th day of his hunger strike, Meysami was suffering from low blood pressure, low blood sugar, and severe weight loss. He was transferred from prison quarantine to the general ward (Ward 4, Hall 3) yesterday.

A source close to Meysami confirmed his health condition to HRANA, adding, “He has lost 11 kilograms since the start of his hunger strike, and intends to continue striking despite his frail condition and insistence from his family and friends to put an end to it.”

The source went on to elucidate the events surrounding Meysami’s arrest: ”He was in his personal library with Zia Nabavi when an individual buzzed in, saying that they wished to submit a book to the publication house located one floor below Mr. Meysami’s flat. When Meysami opened the door for him, four Ministry of Intelligence agents came in and presented an arrest warrant for both Meysami and Nabavi. After a search of his library in which they confiscated pin-back buttons reading “I protest mandatory veiling” along with 30 copies of the book titled “Small Acts of Resistance” and 40 copies of “Human Rights: Questions & Answers,” they arrested both Meysami and Nabavi and transferred them to Ward 209 of Evin Prison. Mr Nabavi was released the next day as he was not implicated in the case.”

The source added that Meysami was called a “teacher of civil disobedience” during his interrogation. He faces charges of “Collusion and conspiracy to threaten national security”, “Disseminating propaganda against the regime”, and “Insulting the hijab, an essential sacrament of Islam” from Branch 7 of the Evin Court. Based on the content of his interrogation sheets, these charges stem from “provoking women to appear without hijab in the street,” as well as a speech he gave on the topic of “social nonviolence” at the University of Isfahan.

Meysami’s hunger strike is motivated in part by his wish to appoint Arash Keikhosravi as his lawyer. Keikhosravi, who has been detained in the Great Tehran Penitentiary for the past 11 days, previously explained to HRANA, “On Sunday, August 12th, Mr. Meysami’s mother and I went to Branch 7 of Evin court to follow up on his case and to see how he was doing. I planned to register as his lawyer, but the officials at the branch told me that section 48 of the Criminal Procedure Code bars me from doing so.”
Section 48 of the recently-amended Criminal Procedure Code states that those accused of national security crimes must choose their lawyer from a list approved by the Iranian judiciary.

Zia Nabavi Released after Serving His Term

Posted on: April 14th, 2018

HRANA News Agency – Zia Nabavi, former member of Students’ Islamic Association of the Babol Noshirvani University, was released on the eve of the 9th year of imprisonment from Semnan prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Zia Nabavi, student activist of Babol Noshirvani University, was released on the eve of the 9th year of imprisonment from Semnan prison, on February 14, 2018. (more…)

Zia Nabavi Returned to Semnan Prison

Posted on: March 27th, 2017

HRANA News Agency – Zia Nabavi, political prisoner in Semnan prison, returned to this prison at the end of his leave.

According to the report of the Human Rights News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Seyed Zia Nabavi, student activist, returned to Semnan prison after his leave permission was not extended, on January 25, 2017. (more…)

Zia Nabavi Sent to Furlough

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017

HRANA News Agency – On January 17, 2017, Zia Nabavi was sent to furlough from Semnan prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), on January 17, 2017, Zia Nabavi was sent to the 3-day furlough from Semnan prison. (more…)

The Prosecutor Agreed with Zia Nabavi’s Furlough

Posted on: March 10th, 2016

HRANA News Agency – The prosecutor has agreed with a two-day furlough for Zia Nabavi, imprisoned student activist.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), the news has been announced on the Facebook page “in protest at Seyed Zia Nabavi’s sentence”. (more…)

The New Islamic Penal Code Is Not Being Completely Enforced

Posted on: June 10th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – Some important parts of the new Islamic Penal Code which could help the inmates have illegally not been enforced yet.

According to the researches of HRANA in this matter, one of the very important issues is the new definition of “Muharebeh” (Enmity against God) which could end to the freedom of some prisoners or halting their death sentences. (more…)

Zia Nabavi Sent to Furlough

Posted on: May 16th, 2015

HRANA News Agency – Zia Nabavi, student activist, was sent to a four-day leave from prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Zia Nabavi, starred student and spokesman for the Council to Defending the Right to Education, in the morning of Monday, 11th May, went on leave for four days from Semnan prison. (more…)

Majid Dari: “Students Stand Tall Against Tyrants!”

Posted on: September 26th, 2011

HRANA News Agency – Majid Dari is an imprisoned student activist expelled from Allameh Tabatabai University (ATU) in Tehran.He studied literature at ATU and was a member of the Advocacy Council for the Right to Education.In July of 2009, Majid Dari was arrested by Iranian Intelligence Agency and locked up in Evin Prison.

Following a trial and an appeal, Majid Dari was sentenced to 6 years in prison and exiled to Khuzestan Province.In August 2010, without prior notice, prison officials placed Majid Dari in shackles and transferred him to a prison in the city of Behbahan.Since then, he has been serving his prison term in exile.

Majid Dari has written the following statement from Behbahan Prison on the occasion of the new school year in Iran:

Rain, pour in torrents
Pour and shed my falling rotten leaves
Pour till I fall into a fruitful slumber
to the gloomy melody of rain

— Mohammad Shams Langeroodi

It is difficult to talk about September, school and its reopening and hard to dig up school memories.It is naïve to talk about the resistance in universities and what effects they’ve had.It is equally gullible to mention all the scathing criticisms and trashing aimed towards universities and to remember the never-ending hollers towards the occupiers.

All of these are already known by everyone.We know that universities didn’t tolerate oppression and rejected injustice even under the most difficult circumstance.We know that universities gave blood to irrigate the tree of liberty and boasted of sacrifices made while proudly passing the baton to the fresh blood coming through the gates to repeat the cycle…

There was a time when we screamed not to concede an inch for the day would come when they could dictate what we were allowed to utter, read and wear.Although we stood alone, at the end, we prevented universities from becoming monolithic institutes devoid of diversity and stopped the second Cultural Revolution from taking place.

To our utter dismay, the tale has reportedly taken another turn without our knowledge.September begins again while these tragedies take place together all at once.Even worse, university students go along with the prevailing tide, submit to it and accept it.And the depths of the disaster widen.Thereafter, permissible thoughts are dictated and allowable beliefs are announced while the so-called brave students with their silent screams bend and capitulate.

When the time for talking, bragging and showing off had ended, and it was time for action, the on-going resistance was considered foolish.To those of us still standing, they said, “We haven’t backed off; our tactics have changed.”Thus, this change in tactics effectively buried the next generation under a pile of compromise and brought about a disaster unprecedented in the history of universities and their students.

Now, where are those who must answer?Where are those who must compare the weight of their raves and rants against their actions or at least express some remorse?Are they still adamant that their change in tactics has been effective and blame us for what has conspired?

I wanted to hail the university, but given the fact that universities have their own distinguishing characteristics, I won’t because this place resembles a high school more.I wanted to hail all college students, but these individuals liken to junior schoolchildren.

Therefore, begging your pardon, I must say, “Hey, I am talking to you!Hey, you, the ones I recognize not.I am happy for not being by your side now or during the past four years.I am pleased with not shaming myself to attend college in such a place.I am delighted for having been expelled but not humiliated in this manner.I am overjoyed with the thought of being alone instead of having friends such as you, the ones I know not.”

College students possess and universities hold within themselves certain reverence and sanctity such that they bow to no one, accept no humiliation and stand tall against tyrants.They fear not but challenge and defeat the enemy.They offer their lives while standing erect.They offer blood and remain steadfast.They dedicate their lives to bring about growth and change.To those who know who college students and what universities are, if this tree dries up and dies, we are all responsible.Yes, all of us.

College students!Universities!I miss you all, and my heart aches for you.Therefore, this time too, swallowing the knot in my throat, I shout once more:

Hail Majid Tavakoli!Hail Mahdieh Golro!Hail Zia Nabavi!Hail Abdollah Momeni!Greetings to Bahareh Hedayat!

Majid Dari
Expelled Student of Allameh