Human Rights Violations Report | Part 1: Week of Oct 25, 2010October 28, 2010
While less than two months remain until the release of human rights activist Kouhyar Goodarzi, he has recently been interrogated and threatened with a new indictment. According to the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, he is held in Evin prison since his arrest on December 20, 2009. He was sentenced to one year in prison by the lower court. He is an expelled aerospace engineering student from Sharif University of Technology. He has gone on hunger strike twice during his detention in Evin prison.
Nasrin Sotoudeh who had been on hunger strike in ward 209 of Evin prison since September 25th, breaks her hunger strike. She was was finally permitted to visit with her sister on October 27th. Nasrin told her sister that she had been on hunger strike until Friday and that she had only been taking plain water and declined to even take sugar water. Nasrin Sotoudeh has lost much weight since her arrest and is physically weak but in good spirits.
Mohammad Reza Moghiseh, who was released on $500,000 bail in February, was arrested again on Sunday, October 24th, after Ministry of Intelligence interrogators raided his home and workplace. He has been transferred to an unknown location. Moghiseh is a journalist, editor in chief of the Bist-Saleha magazine, and a member of a committee formed after the election to follow up on post-election detainees and victims. He was arrested on October 14th and subsequently sentenced to six years in prison.
According to ISNA, Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi stated, “This judgment must be carried out. It has been recommended that all who have received the death penalty should have their sentence carried out.”
Dolatabadi also claimed that the “Serious Fight” Against Narcotics Campaign has already had a positive impact in its short time and it is notable that many are already remorseful.
Jafari Dolatabadi claimed, “In these cases, a group of Iranians inside the country have communicated with foreign services and received monitory compensation in exchange of information while travelling outside the country.” Dolatabadi accused one of the detainees of ‘communicating with the Mujahedin Khalgh’ and added, “Out of respect and to preserve the dignity of their families, the names of the 15 will not be officially reported, but all are currently serving 10 to 15 year sentences.”
In the last month, 39 individuals have been detained with political charges, amongst them are four women who were arrested during the raid by security forces on the house of one of the Mourning Mothers. There are also nine leaders of the Freedom Movement (Nehzat Azadi) who were arrested at a funeral in Isfahan.
Amir Hossein Kazemi, a member of the Freedom Movement of Iran (youth branch) was temporarily released after 8 months in prison. Judge Moghiseh of the 28th branch of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court had sentenced Kazemi to three years in prison. The sentence was later upheld. This member of the Freedom Movement and author of a blog called “With the People” was charged for “membership in the Freedom Movement”, “establishment of the With the People blog”, and for “disturbance and participation in Ashura protests”. Kazemi has denied participation in the Ashura events.
*Note: “Freedom Movement Member Amir Hossein Kazemi Temporarily Released” 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.