The Latest News on the Condition of Human Rights Activists Victimized by the Iranian Security Apparatus

HRANA – In a press release, the Human Rights Activists in Iran Organization (HRAI) published the names of its detained members and associates who have been arrested over the past several months.The complete press release is as follows:

Press Release on Widespread Arrests

The Iranian Security Forces embarked on a nationwide mission against human rights defenders and, in particular, members of HRA, in February of 2010 and their mission continues in full force to date. These Actions of Security Forces had catchy names such as “American Cyber Army Defeat Mission” or “Project Against Human Rights.” However, members of HRA have given their own name to these widespread raids and arrests: “The Security Apparatus Against Human Rights Activists in Iran.” The HRA issues press releases and held a conference in which it examined the various dimensions of recent developments.

At the helm of this project stands the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, which, in collaboration with other Security organizations, has been directing these anti-activist efforts from Section 2A of the IRGC and Section 209 of Evin Prison’s Intelligence Services. The detained activists from all corners of the country have been transferred to Evin Prison and their cases are being reviewed by the Court within prison without the benefit of legal counsel or their families’ follow-up.
Majority of the detainees are held in solitary confinement and are denied their right to contact their respective families or attorneys. They are subjected to mistreatment and physical and psychological torture.
Recent reports indicate that the detained activists are under severe pressure to cooperate with the authorities in dismantling HRA and other human rights groups and to assist in making sham videos against their organization to be shown on “national” television. Their goal is to bring these activists before television cameras and force them into spreading falsehoods about the nature of human rights organizations.
The names of these detained activists that have been confirmed to date and the cities of their arrest are as below:
1. Abolfazl Abedini, journalist, Ahvaz
2. Seyyed Mehdi Khodai, former student activist, Tehran
3. Mahboubeh Karami, Tehran
4. Mansour Naghipour, journalist and blogger, Qazvin
5. Behzad Mehrani, journalist and blogger, Karaj
6. Milad Ebrahimian, student, Tehran
7. Mohammad Reza Lotfi Yazdi, student, Mashhad
8. Abdolreza Ahmadi, Tehran
9. Saleh Shalmashi, Sanandaj
10. Marjan Safari, Tehran
11. Razieh Alemi, student, Tehran
12. Mojtaba Bayat, Qom
13. Somayyeh Ojaghlou, Isfahan
14. Tahmineh Momeni, Sari
15. Seyyed Salman Hosseini, Tehran
16. Sepehr Soufi, Kish Island
17. Morad Hasanlou, student, Tehran
18. Nafiseh Mojtahedi, Tehran
19. Sholeh Mansouri, Tehran
20. Daniel Sobhi, student, Tehran
21. Sharareh Sobhi, Tehran
22. Mostafa Pirabbasi, Tehran
23. Ahmad Najafzadeh, Tehran
24. Davar Abbasi, Tehran
25. Poupak Nazemi, student, Tehran
26. Hossein Hosseinzadeh, Tehran
27. Sajjad Alemzadeh, Tehran
28. Mahalla Moinzadeh, student, Tehran
29. Dr. Vahid Ahmad Fakhreddin, renowned attorney and university professor, Ahvaz
30. Shahram Shokoufaiian, computer specialist, Tehran
31. Niloufar Mehrabi, student, Tehran
32. Mojtaba Gahestouni, journalist, Ahvaz
33. Dr. Mohammad Hosneyousefpour Seifi, producer and director, Tehran
34. Dorsa Sobhani, Sari
35. Laleh Hassanpour, blogger, Tehran
In addition, a few other human rights activists who were arrested on various dates and have undergone interrogations are as below:
1. Sama Bahmani, Mahabad
2. Hamed Askari, student, Tehran
3. Ehsan Sabet, Tehran
4. Rasoul Badaghi, labor activist, Tehran
5. Alireza Firouzi, student activist, Tehran
6. Reza Ekvanian, blogger, Yasuj
According to recent reports, amongst these detainees, a few are currently on hunger strike: Rasoul Badaghi as of March 25, Abolfazl Abedini as of March 1, and Laleh Hasanpour as of March 15.
HRA will continue to expose the ongoing crackdown on human rights activists through reports and press releases. The only crime of these activists is their philanthropy and their work toward helping humanity.



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