Human Rights Violation Report | Part 1: Week of December 13, 2010December 17, 2010
Student activist Arash Sadeghi was beaten by authorities in Ward 209 after publishing his statement on December 7th and has a broken rib as a result of the beatings. He has not received any medical attention. In order to protest his mistreatment, he has gone on a hunger strike since December 10th. He was arrested during protests to the disputed presidential election in 2009 and was held in Ward 2A of IRGC and Ward 209 of the Intelligence Ministry for over a year. He was then temporarily released on a $500,000 bail. He was a student activist at Allameh University and worked for Mousavi’s Campaign. He was arrested during Ashura protests of last year. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison by the lower court. Sadeghi was also sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment in another case for “anti-regime propaganda”, and “gathering and colluding with intent to harm the regime”.
Five days into Mohammad Nourizad’s hunger strike, reports indicate that the jailed Iranian filmmaker and journalist is in critical health condition. Concerned for his health, members of the Iranian film community have issued a statement urging him to end his strike. Mohammad Nourizad’s personal website reports that he is now vomiting blood and having severe gastric bleeding. Nourizad began his hunger strike on Saturday in protest to his three-minute trial in which he was insulted and sentenced with complete disregard to his health complications. Several prominent members of Iran’s film community visited his family and in addition to expressing full support for Nourizad and his family, urged him to stop his hunger strike. Earlier, former Iranian president, Mohammad Khatami, and Zahra Rahnavard, wife of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, also called on Nourizad to end his strike. Nourizad’s family have called for the support of the public in securing his release. In a petition, Iranians are urged to add their signature to a protest against “tortures and inhumane treatment of Nourizad and other government dissidents.” Currently in addition to Nourizad, Nasrin Sotoudeh, Arash Sadeghi, Reza Shahabi and Gholamhossein Arshi are on hunger strike in Iranian prisons.
The presiding judge of the 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court, Pirabbas, has sentenced human rights activist and blogger, Ali Kalaei, to 6 years in prison. He had previously been sentenced to one year of suspended imprisonment by Judge Vosoughi of the 10th branch of the court for his 2007 case. In the verdict which has been handed to his lawyer, he has been sentenced to a year in prison for “anti-regime propaganda for publishing false reports and news in regards to the prisoners of conscience”, and 5 years in prison for “gathering and colluding to commit a crime by membership in the Committee for Human Rights Reporters”. The verdict has been issued after joining the two cases that were pending against him together. Kalaei was detained on February 7th and released on a $50,000 bail after a week. In May, he was held in Ward 209 of Evin Prison for 2 months.
After 7 days of hunger strike, authorities in Mahabad have prevented the family of Jamal Rasoulpour from visiting him in prison. His family is gravely concerned about his health. His father expressed concern and stated that the charges against him are baseless and objected to the mistreatment by the authorities. He added that his son was not political and has confessed to the anti-regime activities charge only under torture. He was detained on September 19th in Sardasht and is held in the Mahabad Central prison. Engaging in anti-regime activities and collaborating with anti-regime groups are the charges brought against him.
On Saturday, a number of students of the University of Shahr Kord were summoned to the disciplinary committee and Mohammad Haydarzadeh seems to have been one of them. According to Daneshjoo News, these students have been charged with “welcoming home recently released imprisoned student activist Mohammad Haydarzadeh”, this charge is in spite of the fact that the University security forces had in fact prevented Haydarzadeh from entering the University and attending.
Following the ongoing pressure imposed on universities and threats on professors and teachers, Dr. Morteza Fallah, former director of Eghbal newspaper, who was the Dean of the School of Language and Literature at the university was expelled following a ruling by the university chancellor, Sayed Ali Mohammad Mir Mohammadi.
According to JARAS, he first lost his lessons at the beginning of the semester and then was officially expelled by the chancellor. According to the report, no charges, written or verbal, were ever given to Dr. Fallah during his entire service at the university. He who is one of the reformist professors of this university; he has published a number of books in the literary field and has contributed many articles published in credible scientific journals. His dismissal was orchestrated by Hojat’olIslam Motevasel, a representative of the Supreme Leader and was handed down by the University Chancellor, both of whom are non-reputable persons amongst university faculty and students. Yazd University for a long time has been under the supervision of the Hojjateyeh, influenced by Mesbah Yazdi and is controlled by the Military and Security Forces and functions under very heavy atmosphere of Security.
Kouhyar Goudarzi, jailed Iranian journalist and human rights activist was released today having served out his one year sentence. Kouhyar Goudarzi was released this afternoon from Rejaishahr Prison in Karaj at the end of his one year prison sentence. He was arrested last December in the crackdown on post-election protesters in Iran and was put to trial in June for “propaganda activity against the regime through effective collaboration with Committee of Human Rights Reporters website”, “collection and publishing of biased news against the regime” and “transfer of this information to terrorist organizations based abroad” as well as “interview with foreign media and publishing articles in websites”. While in prison, Goudarzi was awarded the 2010 John Aubuchon prize for Freedom of the Press by the US National Press Club as a statement against widespread arrest of journalists in Iran.
Student and human rights activist Mehdi Khodaei who had received a 3 year and a 4 year prison term in 2 different cases is currently serving his 7 year sentence. According to RAHANA, Khodaei has been in detention since March 3rd and the 28th branch of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Moghiseh sentenced him to 3 years in prison in September. He had been sentenced for “anti-regime propaganda” and “acting against national security”. The decision of the appeals court was handed to his lawyer and his family and the exact sentence had been upheld. In February, he was also sentenced to 4 years of imprisonment for another case. Judge Salavati, the presiding judge of the 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court, convicted him with “acting against national security by organizing gatherings” and “anti-regime propaganda”. Since the two different verdicts have been upheld, Khodaei has to serve a 7 year prison term. Khodaei has been held in the IRGC-run Ward 2A of Evin Prison since the beginning of his arrest and has not been trasnferred to the General Ward even though his verdict. He is in the same cell as Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki who has been imprisoned for the past year and who has also been issued a verdict that has been upheld.
Ahmad Ghabel, an author and a religious intellectual, has been sentenced to 2 months in prison, a 3 year ban from giving interviews and speeches, and also banned from living in his place of residence (exile). Since he owned satellites, he was also fined for this and his personal computer has been confiscated. He was convicted of “anti-regime propaganda”, “insulting the Supreme Leader” and acquitted from the other charges. Since he had announced that he would not appear at the court sessions anymore, his trial was continued in his absence. He was arrested in December of 2009 while traveling to Ghom for Ayatollah Montazeri’s funeral. After 170 days in prison, he was released on bail. After he was released, he talked about the “secret executions” that were taking place in Vakilabad Prison and was arrested again in September after being summoned to the court. The reasons for his arrest were giving speeches, criticizing the Supreme Leader and revealing the “secret executions.” Ghabel has been summoned several times in the past a few years for his letter to the Supreme Leader which included criticisms of the regime.
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.
A copy of this report was sent to: United Nations, European Union, Amnesty International, and all Iran Embassies.
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