Human Rights Violations Report | Part 2: Week of November 29, 2010December 09, 2010
Tehran University student Mojtaba Hashemi has been sentenced to prison and 74 lashes for “acting against national security”, “disturbing the public order”, “insulting the Supreme Leader and the President”. As the Student Day is approaching and following the increasing pressure on the student activists, the court has issued a verdict for Mojtaba Hashemi, a member of the central branch of the Islamic Association of Tehran University School of Law, who was arrested on December 8, 2009 at the University after being beaten. According to JARAS, he has been sentenced to a total of 6 months in prison for “acting against national security”; 91 days for “insulting the Supreme Leader”, 91 days of imprisonment and 74 lashes for “disturbing the public order”, and a $100 fine for “insulting the President”. Currently, over 80 students and student activists are imprisoned.
Jailed human rights activist Mohammad Sadegh Kaboudvand passed out for the second time in the past two months because of brain pressures and problems in his nervous system. He fainted at 3 am on Friday, November 19th, after he stopped breathing. After regaining his conscious, he had temporary blindness and a part of his brain stopped working. He was also suffering from severe pain, cold sweat, and numbness and paralysis in parts of his body. He regained subnormal conditions after 30 minutes. Prisoners in his cellblock informed the guards about his condition and that he might have suffered a brain stroke and he was transferred to the prison infirmary with an ambulance. But he did not receive the necessary treatment in the infirmary and was treated unsuitably and insulted by the guards and the non-medical staff of the infirmary. After he was checked in standing position, he was returned to his cell. Notably, people such as A.Q. have passed away in prison in the past under similar circumstances and lack of attention by the heads of the infirmary.
According to reports, political prisoner Reza Joshan has been confined to a solitary cell for 8 months in complete isolation and under medieval conditions. This 25 year old political prisoner was transferred to solitary cell by the orders of intelligence agency interrogators in mid April 2010 in the Sepah Cellblock in Gohardasht (Rajai Shahr) Prison. He was interrogated and physically and mentally tortured by a head interrogator identified as Mohebi for one month. Mohebi subsequently ordered that he be transferred to Section 17, Cellblock 6, in Gohardasht prison and he was kept in complete isolation in this cell until mid November.
Ahead of Student Day in Iran, there have been reports that Esmaeil Salmanpour, former member of Amir Kabir Islamic Student Association, and Farzad Eslami, a law student at Azad University and the former secretary of the University’s Muslim Student Committee, have been arrested. According to Bamdad-Khabar, Esmaeil Salmanpour, a student activist at Amir Kabir University of Technology, had previously been arrested on February 6, 2008 at a 14th anniversary memorial service for former Prime Minister Bazargan held in Hosseiniyeh Ershad. He had been suspended from the university for 3 semesters.
Habibollah Golparipour, a Sanandaj resident and human rights activist who was confined in Mahabad Prison, has been transferred to Central Oroumiyeh Prison. According to the Mokrian News Agency, he had been held in Sanandaj and Mahabad detention centers for a long time. The Mahabad Revolutionary Court had sentenced him to death for ‘committing’ “Moharebeh” (waging war against God) by membership in anti-regime groups based on Article 186 and 190 of the Constitution. His sentence was recently upheld by the Supreme Court.
Leila Tavassoli, an eye witness to last year’s Ashoura upheavals who testified in regards to the Security Forces running over people with their vehicles in Valiasr, was sentenced to two years in prison and has been transferred to Evin to begin her sentence today. According to Mizan News, Leila who is the daughter of Dr. Tavassoli a senior member of the Freedom Movement Party, was arrested last Ashoura and held in ward 209 of Evin prison for two months. She was sentenced to two years in prison by the Lower Court and the Appeals Court later upheld the sentence. She was summoned via a letter last week to begin serving her sentence. Leila Tavassoli who was married less than a month ago, reported to Evin accompanied by her husband as well as her attorney this afternoon and was transferred to a quarantine ward that has recently been transformed to a political prisoners women’s ward. At this time, her uncle Ebrahim Yazdi, Secretary General of the Freedom Movement Party who is the oldest political prisoner is being held in ward 209 of Evin prison. Her brother in law Farid Taheri is also currently incarcerated in ward 350 of Evin.
Journalist Isa Saharkhiz was transferred to the prison clinic yesterday and since no leave permission was issued, a medical team was brought into the prison clinic to operate on him in the Rajai Shahr prison. According to JARAS, this imprisoned member of the Central Council of Defense of the Freedom of Press, who has been incarcerated for over a year in Evin and Gohardasht, is being kept under very harsh conditions, he has been in severe pain in the last few days and remains in Rajai Shahr prison without medical leave despite having had lost mobility of his right leg.
The amputation sentence of an individual convicted of robbery was carried out in Kermanshah Central prison in full view of a group of prisoners referred to by the prosecutor as “Thugs and Riff Raffs with priors”. According to ISNA, the head of Kermanshah Branch 107 of the Criminal Court said: “An individual who had been convicted of robbery and sentenced to six years in prison had been on leave last Ramadan and had gone AWOL not returning to prison after his leave permit expired. This individual was arrested a year later committing another robbery and subsequently “confessed” to 57 charges of robbery.
On Tuesday, December 2nd, Baghi was told over the phone to return to prison on Saturday or Sunday to begin serving his sentence. According to RAHANA, Baghi who had to undergo an oral surgery on Saturday and told the official that he would return to prison on Sunday. As the anniversary of Ayatollah Montazeri’s death is approaching, Baghi had to return to prison on Sunday for the 4th time.
Reza Khandan, Nasrin Sotoudeh’s husband, said today that the judge presiding over her case has extended his wife’s detention. He added that no sentence has been disclosed to her lawyer as of yet. Reza Khandan told the Feminist School that during a visit on Thursday with his wife, she told him that despite the fact that days have passed since her last court hearing she is still being held in solitary confinement and has not been transferred to the general prison ward. Nasrin Sotoodeh, a lawyer and a women’s rights activist who was arrested on September 4th, has been incarcerated in solitary confinement ever since. During her detention she has repeatedly gone on hunger strikes in protest to the illegal manner of her arrest, interrogations and handling of her case, at one time was on hunger strike for nine days.
The 28th branch of the Revolutionary Court has sentenced 7 Boukan residents who have been imprisoned in solitary confinement since June of 2009 and have been under intense pressure to make false confessions by the Intelligence and security forces in prison. According to Sunni News, Mamousta Mohammad Berati has received an 11 year prison term, and Hossein Heydari, Sobhan Ahmadzadeh and Abdollah Khosrozadeh have been sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment. Moreover, Himan Mahmoud Takhti and Hesam Mohammadi have been sentenced to 5 years in prison while Sadigh Ahmadi has received a 2 year prison sentence. They have been convicted of propaganda, organizing religious ceremonies and crossing the border. They have been transferred to Ward 350 of Evin Prison.
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.
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