Human Rights Violations Report | Part 1: Week of Oct 11, 2010October 14, 2010
Fatemeh Rahnama’s family who has no news of her for over a week learned of her whereabouts when Fatemeh, who is suffering from severe mental and emotional stress, contacted her family by phone yesterday and informed them of her transfer to Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz. She is the legal and religious wife of Shapour Kazemi who is the brother of Zahra Rahnavard. State media however has portrayed her as the ‘mistress’.
Ali Asghar Gharavi, a National-Religious activist, was detained along with the Secretary-General of the Iran Freedom Movement Ebrahim Yazdi, Hashem Sabaghian, Ghafar Farzodi and several other Freedom Movement of Iran activists on October 1, 2010. His wife Alizadeh stated that there is a lot of concern as to his health since he is on hunger strike and is suffering from back ailments. His wife also mentioned that he had been detained 6 times and had never been mistreated to this extent.
Hamid Bidar (pictured right) and Navid Ataei (pictured left), two students from Elm o Sanat University (University of Science and Technology) have been given each a 2 term suspension from college. They were charged in the aftermath of the 2009 election for holding and attending student protests. Hamid is a 5th year computer engineering student and Navid is a 5th year civil engineering student.
Student activist Amir Hossein Fotouhi has been sentenced to 4 years in prison following his trial which was held at branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court. Fotouhi is the former head of the Student Islamic Association at Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences and is a member of the Office for Fostering Unity. During Iran’s rigged presidential election in June 2009, Fotouhi was a member of the campaign team for the presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi in the Hormozgan province.
Azeri student activist Siamak Mirzaei who is a student of Rasht University was detained at his father’s house in Moghan on Saturday October 9, 2010. According to sources close to the Mirzaei family, security forces arrested Siamak Mirzaei as he was on his way to his father’s house in Moghan Parsabad to visit his family. He was currently finishing his last semester at Rasht University studying animal product engineering and has been deprived of pursuing his Masters degree.
Sources close to Navid Mohebbi’s family stated that his family is concerned about his condition since 25 days have passed since his arrest and the conditions in the Sari Intelligence Ministry Detention Center are unfavorable. He was detained at his father’s house in Amol after a raid by security forces on September 18, 2010 and transferred to the Sari Intelligence Ministry. Mohebbi was beaten while he was being arrested by the security and Intelligence authorities. He is a student activist, a blogger and a One Million Signature Campaign activist. He was beaten in the Amol Intelliegnce Ministry in 2008 after being summoned for participating in the March 8 gathering.
*Note: “Two Student Activists of Elm O Sanat University Get Sum of 4-term Suspension” was translated by Roya Irani for P2E.
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.