Human Rights Violations Report | Part 1: Week of November 29, 2010December 04, 2010
Nasim Soltanbeigi, an Allameh Tabatabai University student was sentenced to four years in prison for “acting against national security” and “propaganda against the regime”. Soltanbeigi, who had a two-year suspended sentence from four years ago for attending a women’s rights protest, will now have her two-year suspended sentence added to her four-year sentence.
Ali Qolizadeh, an elected member of the Central Tahkim Vahdat council, was released from prison this morning. Ali Qolizadeh is a starred student activist from Shahrood University of Technology who is banned from continuing his education. He is also a reformist political activist who resides in Mashhad, Iran. During the 2009 Iranian Presidential election campaign, Qolizadeh was a student activist member of Mehdi Karroubi’s campaign in Mashhad.
Journalist Keyvan Samimi was transferred from cellblock 350 of Evin prison to the notorious Gohardasht Prison in Karaj. Samimi was arrested on June 13, 2009 after Intelligence agents raided his home. He was thrown in a solitary cell in ward 209 of Evin prison and was under pressure in solitary confinement for four months. This political prisoner went on three weeks of hunger strike (he also went on a dry hunger strike for a number of days) in protest to poor prison conditions.
Baluchi blogger Ebrahim Hosseinbor has been detained for undisclosed reasons by Intelligence authorities and transferred to an unknown location. Hosseinbor had a blog by the name of “Ostomaan” which covered issues related to Baluchistan. The Islamic Republic of Iran has intensified pressures on residents of Sistan and Baluchistan in recent years. Hosseinbor’s arrest appears to be related to the increasing pressures.
Reza Rakhshan, chairman of the Haft-Tapeh Sugarcane Factory Workers’ Syndicate, was found guilty by the Ahvaz Appeals Court on December 1, 2010 and sentenced to a six month prison term. The court cited an article published by Rakhshan a year ago titled “We Are One Family,” as material for evidence. In the article, Rakhshan condemned the arrests of several other members of the Workers’ Syndicate and the pressures exerted on their families by authorities. Rakhshan argued that such actions violate Iranian laws and humane principles and demanded a halt to such harassments and the right for his imprisoned colleagues to receive visits from their families. Three other union members were sentenced to six months in jail in November 2010 for showing disrespect to the country’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.
Death row political prisoner Jafar Kazemi is in critical condition but interrogators of the Intelligence agency and the Tehran Prosecutor are preventing him from receiving serious treatment. Kazemi is suffering from critical sciatica and has constant severe pain to the point that he loses his ability to move or go about his daily routine. He first developed this ailment while in ward 209, but it deteriorated with time. When he was in ward 209, a head Intelligence interrogator who was a cleric nicknamed Alavi mentally and physically tortured him severely to force him to give false confessions on television. As a result of being struck in the face and head, a number of his teeth broke and other teeth were severely damaged.
Iranian blogger Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s 15-year prison term has been approved by an Islamic Republic Appeals Court. Ronaghi has been kept in solitary confinement for over 11 months and was given 15 years in prison by a preliminary court. The blogger known as “Babak Khoramdin” [who is also described as a genius] is charged with “membership in Iran Proxy, an internet group, propaganda against the regime, insulting the leader and the president.” Hossein Ronaghi Maleki went on a hunger strike in September in protest to his sentence and the behavior of the judiciary officials in prison.
Iranian political activist Emad Bahavar has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of “assembly and conspiracy against national security,” “spreading propaganda against the regime,” and “insulting the supreme leader” RFE/RL’s Radio Farda reports. Bahavar, 33, led the youth wing of the pro-democracy Freedom Movement of Iran. He was taken into custody on March 1 for the fourth time since the disputed presidential election in June 2009, during which he was a member of the “Third Wave” campaign supporting reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.
Iran faced widespread international condemnation today after executing a woman who had been convicted of murdering the wife of her football player lover.
Shahla Jahed was hanged before dawn in the courtyard of Evin prison in Tehran in the presence of the murdered woman’s family. Iran is second only to China in its use of capital punishment. Last year it staged 388 executions, according to Amnesty International.
Amnesty and other human rights organisations had called on Iran to stop the hanging on the grounds that there were doubts about the fairness of Jahed’s trial. “Shahla Jahed’s execution, like all such executions, is an example of premeditated and cold-blooded killing by the state, and is particularly distressing as there were serious concerns over the fairness of the trial, and the evidence used against the defendant,” Amnesty said. The Foreign Office also condemned the execution.
Weekly Report by Roya Irani for Persian2English
This report is being compiled from human rights websites each week in honor of all the university students, mothers, fathers, human rights activists, journalists, lawyers, and minorities in Iran being unjustly detained, tortured, raped and killed by their government. Don’t be afraid, we are all together.
- Menschenrechtsbericht (Persian2English) | Woche vom 29. November 2010, Teil 1 | Julias Blog
- Human Rights Violations Report | Part 2: Week of November 29, 2010 | Persian2English
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