Human Rights Violations Report | Part 2: Week of Oct. 4, 2010October 11, 2010
URGENT ACTION THIS WEEK: There are currently 5 people on hunger strike in Iran’s prisons to either protest their treatment in prison and/or to protest their sentencing. Please note that the trials and detention of these prisoners completely violate international human rights and civil rights laws. The following people are currently on hunger strike: human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, blogger and genius Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki, child rights activist Habibollah Golparipour, labor activist Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, and a national-religious activist Ali Asghar Gharavi.
According to RAHANA, Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki was recently sentenced to 15 years in prison and is currently still held in solitary confinement in Evin prison. During a short phone conversation with his family, he has informed them of his poor physical condition. His mother Zoleikha Mousavi told RAHANA, “When Hossein contacted us by phone, we could tell that he was very weak. He could barely speak and only said that he does not feel well.” Ronaghi was detained on December 13, 2009 and is still held in Ward 2A of Evin prison after 10 months of detention. He went on a hunger strike and has requested to meet with the prosecutor.
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Rasoul Badali Serving 2 Year Sentence for Handing out Pamphlets!
Civil Rights Activist Rasoul Badali was detained on Tuesday, October 6, 2010 and transferred to Tabriz prison to serve his sentence. The evidence used against him was for distributing pamphlets that invited people to gather in Tabriz Takhti Stadium during Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s trip to Tabriz. He was a business management student at Payameh Noor University who was expelled and deprived of continuing his education. According to Savalan Sasi, branch 3 of the Tabriz Revolutionary Court has sentenced him to 2 years in prison for “conspiracy and assembly to commit crimes against national security.” His sentence was upheld by the Eastern Azerbaijan Appeals Court.
Execution of four people, 3 men and 1 woman, took place on Sunday, October 10, 2010 in Zanjan Central Prison located in Islamabad. The head of Zanjan’s Office of the Prosecutor told Fars News that these individuals were arrested for ‘drug trafficking’ and convicted of buying and selling heroin. Iran is one of the countries with the highest number of executions worldwide.
70 year old political prisoner Reza Malek was recently transferred to solitary confinement on October 8, 2010. Mr. Malek was an assistant in the research unit of the Ministry of Intelligence under Ali Falahian before his arrest. It has been said that the reason for his detainment was for the major role he played in revealing the government’s chain of political murders.
After 19 months, the court verdict for Saeed Razavi Faghih who was tried in absentia, and had been banned from traveling, was issued. The Tehran Revolutionary Court has sentenced him to 4 years in prison and 74 lashes in absentia for ‘anti-regime propaganda, participating in illegal gatherings and insulting the Supreme Leader’. He has a PhD in philosophy from Tarbiyat Moalem University and travelled to France to continue his education in another field. He was chosen as the secretary of the Muslim Students Association in Europe in 2006.
Weekly Report by Roya Irani for Persian2English
*This report is being compiled each week in honor of all the university students, mothers, fathers, human rights activists, and minorities in Iran being unjustly detained, tortured, raped and killed by their government. Don’t be afraid, we are all together.