Human Rights Violations Report | Part 1: Week of January 10, 2011January 13, 2011
“Neda, Don’t be afraid. Neda, don’t be afraid.” – What Neda Agha-Soltan‘s music teacher yelled to her during the last moments of her life after Neda was shot dead during a peaceful street protest on June 20, 2009.
January 10th: Hojjat Kalashi, the head of the youth branch of the Pan-Iranist Party has been released from Rajai Shahr ‘Gohardasht’ Prison. According to RAHANA, Reza Kermani, the former secretary general of the group, Arash Keikhosravi, an attorney, and Shahin Zeinali, a political activist and a former member of the Office for Consolidating Unity, have been transferred to the security ward of Rajai Shahr prison and have not contacted anyone since. The four individuals were arrested at Kermani’s house and it is speculated that the arrests are related to the death of the founder of Pan-Iranist Party, Mohsen Pezeshkpour, who was buried secretly and under security measures last night. Kalashi and Kermani were previously detained in September and released after a few days. Kermani was arrested last year when attending Ebrahim Mirani’s funeral in Ahvaz and later released on bail. He is currently in prison and does not have access to his medication. Zeinali was detained Ashura 2009 (December 27, 2009) and sentenced to two years and three months in prison. He has to appear at the prison in a few days to begin serving his sentence. Keikhosravi, who is a member of the Pan-Iranist Party and a student activist, is also Ali Khodaei’s attorney. Political prisoner Ali Khodaei has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
January 10th: The detention warrant for Yahya Ghavami has been extended for one month. Ghavami is a member of the People for a Green Kurdistan. Ghavami, who was arrested at the house of death row political prisoner Habib Latifi, has not contacted his family after 20 days of detention. His case is currently in branch 4 of the Sanandaj Court under Judge Rostami. The authorities have arrested close to 20 civil rights activists after Habib Latifi’s execution was halted. The family members of Habib Latifi were released after a few days.
January 10th: The Appeals court has upheld the 10 year prison sentence and 10 year ban from political activities, membership in parties and access to cyber space for Emad Bahavar. The Iranian judiciary has approved the 10 year imprisonment sentence handed to Emad Bahavar, the head of the youth branch of the reformist party Freedom Movement. The Appeals Court upheld the 10 year ban from political activities, membership in parties and access to cyber space that was included in Bahavar’s preliminary sentence. Emad Bahavar was arrested in December 2010 and sentenced to ten years in prison in a preliminary court. He was charged with “membership in the Freedom Movement Organization, collusion to assemble against national security, propaganda against the regime and insulting the leader.”
January 12th: Seven individuals were executed for drug-related charges on Wednesday.
The following are their names and charges:
- Mohsen Bahrami, son of Abdollah, for possession of 1.980 grams of heroin
- Parviz Asghari, son of Farrokh, for possession of over 6 kilograms of heroin
- Manouchehr Najafi, son of Farman, for sale of 9 kilograms of marijuana
- Abdolvahed Baran-Zahi, son of Mohammad, for sale of 84.5 kilograms and possession of 15.5 grams of heroin
- Latif Sahraei, son of Bahar, for transportation and possession of 4. 910 grams of heroin and possession of 50 kilograms of opium
- Khalil Tajik, son of Fazl-Ahmad, for possession of 2.55 grams of drugs
- Reza Ghorbani, son of Gholamreza, for sale of 200 grams of opium and sale of 200 grams of heroin during a 4 month long period and possession of 1.355 grams of heroin
The aforementioned individuals were convicted in the Revolutionary Court in 2009. They were executed in Evin prison.
January 13th: With five more executed in Khorammabad in the Lorestan province January is the month with the most amount of executions this [Persian calendar] *year. The execution of ‘drug traffickers’ has grown in Iran. With new laws set in place, the statistics will increase. Since the beginning of the [Persian month] “Dey” [begins from December 22, 2010] more than 64 executions have been carried out in Iran. Up until the Persian month “Azar” [until the end of December 2010], 190 executions were carried out, most of them being drug-related charges. In the Persian month “Khordad” of this year [June 2010], 40 executions took place, making it at the time the highest rate of execution. Since the beginning of the Persian month “Dey” 64 executions were carried out.
[*Translator's note: According to the Persian calendar, Iran's new year will not begin until March 2011].
January 12th: Farzad Alizadeh, the child of Bahador, who reportedly conspired with two other people to rape a teenage girl was executed today, Wednesday January 12th, in Evin Prison.
January 10th: The prison term for Mohamamd Darvishi, a jailed nursing student at Shahr-e Kord Open University was increased. He was arrested in August. The Appeals Court issued a five year and six month increase in the prison sentence. Mohammad Darvishi was arrested by the Shahr-e Kord Intelligence agents in August for his role in issuing the student announcement condemning the execution of Farzad Kamangar and four other political prisoners in May 2010. He was held in solitary confinement for 21 days, and after intense interrogations and one and half months in prison, and was released on a $100 thousand USD bail. Darvishi was previously handed a sentence of three years and two months in prison at Kouhdasht Revolutionary Court in December 2010. Behzad Momeni Moghaddam, Darvishi’s lawyer told Zamaneh, “A few days after receiving the verdict of the preliminary court and before the period of appeal was over and while the verdict of the Appeals Court was not yet issued, my client was once more arrested and transferred to Khoramabad prison.” He added, “While my client is in prison, the Appeals Court has issued a sentence, which unfortunately, rather than decreasing the sentence, has instead increased it to five and a half years in prison.” Darvishi’s lawyer indicated that he has no information regarding the situation of his client in prison since Darvishi is unable to receive any visits, even from his family.
January 12th: Teacher’s Union Member Rasoul Bodaghi was sentenced to six years in prison on Monday. Masoud Shafiei, his lawyer stated that his client has been convicted of “assembly and conspiracy with the intent of committing security crimes and anti-regime propaganda”. In August, it was said that Bodaghi was sentenced to six years in prison and banned from civil activities for five years. In September, he was put under pressure by the authorities in Rajai Shahr ‘Gohardasht’ prison and was threatened to be tortured several times.
January 11th: Nima Derakhshi and Hamid Amiri, members of the Arak University Islamic Student Association and six other students were arrested on January 2nd and are still held in prison. The reason for their arrests are connected to pressures put on students following Ahmadinejad’s trip to Arak on December 7th and 8th. During his trip to Arak, several students were summoned and interrogated at the Ministry of Intelligence. Several others were threatened by the Disciplinary Committee. Azad University was shut down and the students were not allowed inside the campus.
January 13th: Nima Nahvi, who from the beginning of May 2010 was not allowed any prison leave while detained, was released from prison on the morning of January 12th, after finishing his 10 month prison sentence. According to Daneshjoo News, the Noshiravani Babol University Student was previously detained a total of three times following the disputed 2009 Iranian presidential election. Nahvi was sentenced to 10 months in prison for “acting against national security” and for “anti-regime propaganda”. He was also sentenced to a one year ban from continuing his education. Nima launched a hunger strike half way into his sentence to protest the condition of his imprisonment by authorities.
January 11th: Abbad Mirza Aboutalebi, the Vice President of the Office for Consolidating Unity, has been transferred to ward 350 of Evin prison to serve his sentence. He was arrested after the disputed 2009 Iranian Presidential election and was released on bail in June after 56 days of solitary confinement. Aboutalebi was also an activist for Mir Hossein Mousavi’s 2009 Presidential campaign. The Tehran Prosecutor had recently stated that Aboutalebi will have to begin serving his sentence.
Special video for our readers this week by Amnesty International:
“Five Individuals Were Executed in Lorestan”, “One Individual Was Executed in Evin Prison”, and “Nima Nahvi, Student of Noshirvani Babol University, Was Released After Finishing Prison Sentence“ was translated by Roya Irani for P2E.
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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