Human Rights Violations Report | Part 1: Week of January 3, 2011January 06, 2011
“No one can stop me, no one.” — Parvin Fahimi, mother of murdered student protester Sohrab Arabi, vowing to never be silent about the death of her son.
January 3rd: Hossein Ronaghi Maleki has bee under continuous pressure while serving his 15 year sentence in Evin prison. RAHANA reports that his lawyer Mohammad Ali Dadkhah was informed of his 15 year prison sentence in writing couple days ago. According to one of his close family members, the pressure on him for making false televised confessions as well as giving an interview to the Keyhan newspaper has not stopped since his transfer to ward 350 in Evin prison. Hossein Ronaghi Maleki is an Azari human rights activist and a blogger living in the city of Malekan. He was arrested on December 13, 2009. He was transferred to solitary confinement after enduring physical and psychological torture in order to make false confessions and give an interview the state television. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison on October 7th.
January 3rd: On Monday, Reza Rakhshan, the Chairman of the Haft-Tapeh Sugar Company Syndicate was referred to the Judiciary branch of Shush to serve his six month jail sentence at Fajr prison in Dezful. The Chairman has been sentenced to prison by the Ahvaz Appeals Court under the charge of “spreading lies and disturbing public opinion”. The sentence was granted even though he was acquitted of the charges in an initial trial. According to the Haft-Tapeh Sugar Syndicate, the union has condemned his sentence and has asked for the release of Reza Rakhshan and all other imprisoned union workers including Behrouz Nikoofard, Alireza Saeedi and Behrouz Molazadeh.
January 3rd: On December 31st, Ehsan Amouzgar and Akbar Arsalani, two Oroumiyeh residents were detained at the Orumiyeh Ministry of Intelligence after being summoned by telephone. Ehsan Amouzgar was summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence on December 30th. He was arrested on Friday at the Ministry of Intelligence. Security forces searched his home on Friday morning and confiscated some of his personal belongings. Akbar Arsalani was also detained on Friday after being summoned to the Orumiyeh Ministry of Intelligence. Ehsan Amouzgar has called his family and informed them of his arrest. There is no information available on the reasons for arrest.
January 5th: After one year of temporary detention, Zahra Bahrami has been sentence to death. She spent months in ward 209 of Evin prison and solitary confinement following her arrest on Ashura day, December 27, 2009. According to a RAHANA reporter, the sentence was announced to her lawyer Zhinous Sharif Razi who stated, “This sentence was issued by Judge Salavati in branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court.” Zhinous Sharif Razi also stated that the charge for which Zahra Bahrami was sentenced to death for during her trial held on December 7, 2010 is: “transportation and sale of drug substances”. During her trial Zahra Bahrami denied the charges and admitted to accepting them earlier due to “physical and psychological torture” that she was put through in ward 209 of Evin prison. Zhinous Sharif Razi also told RAHANA reporters: “She [Zahra Bahrami] is to be retried for her political charges within the next two months. Based on reports by Judge Salavati, one of her other charges is being a “Mohareb” (Enemy of God) which could be more possible grounds for execution.”
January 5th: Last Sunday, four plainclothes agents entered the house of Mehdi Foroutan and searched it after detaining him. They confiscated some of his personal belongings such as his computer, CD and books. He was then transferred to an undisclosed location. No information has been released regarding Mehdi Foroutan’s whereabouts. His family went to Evin prison but authorities have not responded and have failed to confirm whether he has been arrested. Foroutan has been able to call his family twice but apparently he has not been able to talk about his whereabouts.
January 4th: There is no information to the reason for the transfer of Habibollah Golparipour, Hossein Mirzaei, Ali-Ahmad Soleiman, and Ahmad Tamouei to the quarantine section of Orumiyeh prison. Habibollah Golparipour was sentenced to death by the Mahabad Revolutionary Court on April 23, 2010 on the charge of “Moharebeh (waging war against God) by propaganda and membership in an anti-regime group”. He has been confined for a year and has been transferred from Mahabadf to Orumiyeh prison. Hossein Mirzaei has been sentenced to two years in prison for collaborating with anti-regime groups and Ahmad Tamouei has been sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment for collaborating with a Kurdish group. Ali Ahmad Soleimani is currently held in prison limbo.
Janury 2nd: Last Monday, Dr. Shakouri Rad informed his family that he was kept in a cell shared by several other prisoners in ward 2A and he is no longer being interrogated. Shakouri’s wife, based on the news, asked his lawyer to change the sentence in order to provide any chance of his release, but apparently the interrogator has announced that there are still investigations being done. Shakhouri Rad’s wife said: “Since the reason for my husband’s arrest was discussing the quotations from some websites about Mr. Larijani, it would not be too good for the legal system’s reputation to keep him any longer; it has no legal justification and would be better for “the gentlemen” in authority to free my husband. He is a specialist and freeing him will put an end to his family’s hardships and difficulties, and also his patients and the medical community would become free from any doubt”. Additionally, according to some reports, Nourizad is held in ward 2A in an individual cell and his family were unable to visit him last week. To be kept in an individual cell, even after the court’s announcement of his sentence, is a double oppression to political prisoners and unfortunately no one seems to be taking responsibility.
December 31st [last week news, yet very important]: One of the staff members at Rajai Shahr [Gohardasht] prison confirmed the news that the flu is prevalent in the prison and reported that two prisoners (non-political) have died as a result of the disease. Some news was published about the prevalence of a dangerous flu in Gohardasht prison which caused some deaths among the non-political prisoners. The prison medical centre is unable to treat all the patients due to the high amounts of prisoners. Simultaneously, one of the personnel from the “Health and Cure of Prison Organization” confirmed the above news and announced: “In Ghezel Hesar prison there is a dangerous flu prevalent. During the Ashura and Tasooa days, two people died in block 8, salon 2 of the prison and two officers from “Karaj Health Office” visiting the prison confirmed that the deaths were caused by the flu”.
Pressure on Majid Tavakoli and his family increases as authorities continue to state their position against the Green Movement and its leaders. According to reports from Shiraz, early this morning, a number of Intelligence agents from the Shiraz Ministry of Intelligence brutally attacked the residence of Majid Tavakoli’s [family], destroying furniture and confiscating all books, pamphlets, computers and CD’s. Reports indicate that the family was threatened and their personal property was inhumanely destructed. According to Daneshjoo News, Ali Tavakoli, Majid Tavakoli’s brother was also summoned to the Office of Investigation at the Shiraz Ministry of Intelligence early this morning. He was released after a few hours of interrogation. Majid Tavakoli, Bahareh Hedayat, and Mahdieh Golroo were recently summoned to the Prosecutor’s office at Evin, new case files were opened against them and they were charged with “publishing lies”. Tavakoli is said to have been put under extreme pressure to take a stance against the leaders of the Green Movement and to deny the alleged letters attributed to him in support of the Green Movement. The court set a $200 thousand USD bail for Tavakoli in regards to the new charges.
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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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