Human Rights Violations Report | Part 2: Week of December 13, 2010December 21, 2010
Dec 19th: Farzad Esmali, a law student at Tehran University and a former secretary of the Muslim Students Committee, has been severely beaten and has been put under extreme pressure in the recent days to admit to unfounded crimes he has been accused of. According to RAHANA, interrogators have asked him to ‘admit’ to the serious charges brought against him. The interrogators have not presented any evidence for the accusations. Eslami has denied the charges. Eslami had previously been sentenced to a year in prison, suspended for 3 years, for “anti-regime propaganda” since he had participated in a gathering on October 13, 2009, in Tehran University of Technology. He was once arrested on November 3, 2009 and was held in Ward 240, a security ward, for 15 days. The Disciplinary Committee of Tehran University has suspended him for 3 semesters for “persuading and motivating’ other students. He was detained on December 5th, right before the student day.
Dec 15th: The Intelligence Ministry agents detained Christian citizen *Hashem Karimi on December 6th. There has been no information as to his condition and his family is concerned about him. According to RAHANA, Karimi was also arrested on February 1, 2009, and was released on a $50,000 bail after 27 days when his 2 year suspended imprisonment sentence was issued. He is the head of Karaj’s recently converted Christians and was detained when the Intelligence agents raided the location of their gatherings. (*P2E corrects named translation from RAHANA to “Hashem”, not “Hossein”)
Dec 16th: Nourizad has been suffering from the side-effects of his hunger strike to the extent that he was transferred to a hospital against his wishes. According to his wife, by his hunger strike, he is protesting the mistreatment of all political prisoners. His cellmate Mostafa Tajzadeh who is fasting for political reasons has not been able to stop him from continuing his hunger strike. Nourizad is not aware that many prominent figures have urged him to end his hunger strike. Nourizad has been hospitalized against his wishes in order to end his hunger strike. Currently Arash Sadeghi, Nasrin Sotoudeh, Gholamhossein Arshi and Reza Shahabi are on hunger strike and there are concerns as to all of their conditions.
Dec 13th: Ahmad Mohammad-Nia’s trial court was held in the Revolutionary Court of Babol- Qaemshar by Judge Baqeryan after several interrogation sessions at the Intelligence Ministry of Babol and Qaemshahr. Ahmad Mohammad-Nia is a former member of the Islamic Association of the Noushirvani University of Babol and a member of Mehdi Karoubi’s election campaign in 2009. According to RAHANA, Ahmad Mohammad-Nia was beaten by the Intelligence Ministry agents during his arrest. During his detention, he was held in the same cell as thugs. He has been charged with acting against national security system and collaboration with opposition groups. The court’s verdict will be announced in a few days.
Dec 17th: Human Rights Activist Abolfazl Abedini has been transferred to the Prosecutor’s Office in the Evin Prison and a new verdict may be issued for him. He had been taken to the Prosecutor’s Office in Evin because of the case he was detained for in February. He has to present the court with his final defense for the particular case. According to RAHANA, he has been informed that the Tehran Prosecutor plans to prosecute him again and there is a possibility that additional years will be added to his 11 year prison sentence. Abedini was detained last year after 60 security agents raided his mother’s house and was transferred to the Karoun Prison in Ahvaz after 4 months of solitary confinement in the IRGC unit of Evin Prison. The 1st branch of the Ahvaz Revolutionary Court sentenced him to 11 years in prison. After repeated psychological and physical torture in Ahvaz Karoun Prison, the 28 year old journalist was transferred to Evin Prison 3 months ago and has been banned from contacting or visiting his family.
Dec 19th: Hadi Heydari, Fatemeh Arabsorkhi, Mohammad Shafeai and Alireza Taheri who had been summoned to the Prosecutor’s Office in Evin Prison have been arrested. According to RAHANA, the police forces raided the house of Fatemeh Arabsorkhi, a reformist figure, last month and took her computer, picture, notes and personal belongings. They presented her with a summons order that day. The detained activists been transferred to Evin Prison but the reason for the arrests have not been disclosed. The family members of Mohammad Nourizad and Fakhrosadat Mohtashamipour were also arrested several days ago near Evin Prison and released after a few hours.
Dec 15th: Mehdi Tajik, a graduate student of Tehran University and a press activist, has been summoned once again to the Revolutionary Court. As the anniversary of Ashura was approaching, Mehdi Tajik, a graduate student at Tehran University, was summoned to the Revolutionary Court for a second time this year. According to RAHANA, after Mehdi Tajik was summoned in May of 2010, the verdict of the lower court was delivered to his lawyer. The lower court has sentenced him to two years and three months of imprisonment and has banned him from political activities for 30 years. According to this report, the heavy sentence was issued by Judge PirAbbasi, while there is no evidence in the case that proves his participation in the assemblies and the events that occurred after the election. Even the judge has pointed out that many of the charges brought against him by the judicial enforcement officials have been largely unfounded. Following the events after the election, Mehdi Tajik was arrested at his home and was kept in Ward 350 of Evin Prison until New Years (NowRuz). After the court hearing, he was released from Evin Prison on bail.
Dec 19th: Fariborz Raeis-Dana, an economist and an economics researcher, has been detained at his house by the security forces. His wife Azadeh Forghani stated that 8 agents entered their house without showing an arrest warrant. The reason for his arrest is not clear and the authorities have told them that he is being taken for questioning. His whereabouts are unknown. His wife also added that the agents did not even show their identification cards. Forghani stated that they have been treated well and the authorities have told her to refrain from interviewing the media and if she does, she should state that the behavior of the authorities has been well. They have also signed a document since the agents have taken Raeis-Dana’s laptop and CDs. Raeis-Dana is a member of the Iranian Writer’s Association.
Dec 19th: According to RAHANA, Ronaghi-Maleki who had been held in the solitary confinement unit of the IRGC-run Ward 2A under severe pressure in order to make false confessions and to admit to the unfounded charges against him, has been transferred to the General Ward after his 15 year prison sentence has been upheld. During a telephone call to his family, he has told them to request a prison visit and to bring him some of his necessary belongings. He has been banned from prison visits since June. Ronaghi was arrested on December 13, 2009 at his father’s house in Malekan. The 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court presided by judge PirAbbasi sentenced him to 15 years in prison for “membership in proxy groups”, “insulting the President” and “insulting the Supreme Leader”. The verdict was upheld on October 3rd by the 54th branch of the Appeals court. He was not transferred to the General Ward after the verdict was served to him, even though the failure to transfer him was against the law. After multiple violations of his rights, he has finally been transferred to the General Ward 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.
A copy of this report was sent to: United Nations, European Union, Amnesty International, and all Iran Embassies.