Human Rights Violations Report | Part 2: Week of December 20, 2010January 03, 2011
“I think to myself what a time it has become that my right to live and my life should collect dust in the courts…” — Farzad Kamangar, Kurdish teacher, executed May 9, 2010.
December 25th: During a court proceeding behind closed doors and in the absence of his lawyer, blogger Navid Mohebbi was sentenced to three years suspended imprisonment. He was released from prison on Saturday. According to RAHANA, his charges include: ”acting against national security, insulting the Supreme Leader and the founder of the Revolution, anti-regime propaganda by communicating with foreign media, and membership in the One Million Signatures Campaign and supporting its members”. The Ministry of Intelligence agents arrested him on September 18th at his house and transferred him to Sari prison. He was beaten during his arrest.
December 25th: Afshin Keshtkari, the secretary of the Islamic Student Association in Shiraz University of Technology, who had been arrested on Student Day (December 7th) after being summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence detention center known as “Number 100”, is still detained. After 16 days in custody, there is no information available on his condition and the alleged charges. The disciplinary committee of the university has suspended him for one semester during his imprisonment. After the protests in Shiraz University on Student Day, pressures has intensified on students. The summoning of nine student activists to “Number 100” detention Ccenter, the arrest of Afshin Keshtkari, the summoning of six other activists to the disciplinary committee, and the threatening of students by the Ministry of Intelligence, the security office, and the disciplinary committee at the university are some examples of the pressures imposed in order to create fear among students.
December 25th: Civil rights activists Hojjatoleslam Nokhostin and Javad Abouali were detained in Behbahan and transferred to Behbahan prison. The two Mir Hossein Mousavi supporters have been detained since two weeks ago. They have been charged with “distributing the Kaleme newspaper and Green Movement CD’s” in Behbahan. After two weeks of interrogation, they have been transferred to the general ward of Behbahan prison. Before Student Day (December 7th), thousands of Green Movement CD’s were distributed to support Majid Dori and to persuade students to participate in Student Day gatherings. Prison authorities have told the activists to stop contacting Majid Dori or they will have to face the consequences. Majid Dori has been transferred to Behbahan prison to serve his six year prison sentence in exile.
December 23rd: Based on reports investigated by RAHANA, from the beginning of this year to the end of December 2010, at least 189 individuals were executed in Iran. That is while Iran is still considered one of the countries with the highest number of executions.
December 26th: Arsalan Abadi and Kiarash Kamrani are two students who were arrested on December 27, 2009 during post-election Ashura protests. According to RAHANA, the two students are in poor psychological condition in ward 350 of Evin prison. The telephones in ward 350 have been disconnected by prison authorities and the detainees cannot contact their families. Ward 350 prisoners have also been banned from prison visits.
December 26th: Iran has imposed a death sentence on a man suspected of “spying for Israel”, local [state-run] media reported on Sunday. The semiofficial Mehr news agency quoted Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi, Tehran’s chief prosecutor, as saying, “The spy has been sentenced to death … (His) identity will be announced after approval of the verdict” by Iran’s Supreme Court. He did not say when that would be. Dowlatabadi said three more cases of espionage were under review by the Iranian judiciary. He did not elaborate.
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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