Human Rights Violations Report | Part 1 Week of Nov 8, 2010November 12, 2010
Mohsen Barzegar had referred to the Babol Mati-Kalay prison at the request of the authorities in order to fix the problems his case had. After leaving the prison, a police car that was waiting for him in front of the prison transferred him to an unknown location. Barzegar’s father stated that he was arrested without a warrant and the police authorities went to their house and told them that he will be released in a few hours. Mohsen Barzegar, a member of the Office for Consolidating Unity (Advareh Tahkim) and a member of Karroubi’s Babol Campaign.
The mother of student activist Arash Sadeghi suffered a heart attack after Intelligence agents stormed into her home at 4:00am. She died four days later in the hospital. The incident occurred just days after Sadeghi was released from prison on a temporary leave. Sadeghi had not been re-summoned to court nor did he receive a telephone call from the judicial authorities. Sadeghi was arrested after the disputed 2009 Iranian Presidential election and spent a year and a half in prison before he was granted prison leave. During prison interrogations, Sadeghi’s shoulder was dislocated twice and he received a broken tooth. He was sentenced to six years in prison and a three-year suspended prison term was also added on after his trial in court.
Nazanin Khosravani contacted her family from Evin Prison informing them that she is held in solitary confinement in ward 209 which is run by the Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence. The Free-Journalists website reports that Azam Afsharian, Khosravani’s mother has reported that although her daughter told them that she can be released on bail, the judiciary has refused to accept a bail for her saying she has not been issued any conditions for release from the judiciary. Khosravani was arrested last Wednesday and her home was searched twice. Her computer and personal belongings were confiscated. Khosravani has collaborated with several reformist newspapers before but in the past seven months, according to her mother, she has been unemployed and not involved in any journalistic activities.
A sentence of two years imprisonment was handed to Vahid Laelipour, the husband of student activist Mahdieh Golroo, by branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court by Judge Maghiseh. No lawyer was present. Laelipour is not politically active and is only being charged due his wife’s activism.
Alireza Kiani, Mazandaran political activist and Office for Consolidating Unity (Advar-e Tahkim) member, was arrested by security and plainclothes agents in a street located in Babolsar without a warrant on Sunday. His family is concerned for his health since he ia required to take several medications on a daily basis for his medical condition. Kiani is pursuing his Masters at Mazandaran University and was imprisoned for a month following the presidential elections. He was sentenced to 14 months in prison and 70 lashes and he is currently awaiting the decision of the Appeals Court.
According to his son, Isa Saharkhiz who has been suffering from internal bleeding for over a month and has been in need of medical care and hospitalization, fainted while observing prayers and was subsequently transferred to the prison infirmary and treated with medication. According to Tahavole Sabz, it is reported that Saharkhiz has been returned to the prison ward after minor treatment. This journalist is still incarcerated in spite of the fact that he obtained permission for treatment and hospitalization over a month ago. A cardiologist has also advised the authorities that Saharkhiz who suffers from heart disease cannot tolerate and should not be subjected to incarceration.
*Editor’s Note: “Vahid Lalipour, Husband of Student Activist Sentenced 2 Years Imprisonment” was translated by Roya Irani for Persian2English.
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.