Human Rights Violations Report | Part 1: Week of January 17, 2011January 20, 2011
January 18th: Jailed Nationalist-Religious activist Amir-Khosro Dalirsani is being deprived of prison leave and visits with his three year old child. His trial was held in May 2010 and he was sentenced to four years in prison for “Assembly and conspiracy to commit crimes against national security.” His sentence was upheld by the Appeals Court.
January 19th: Hossein Gohari, a former member of Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s Presidential campaign and a member of the Third Wave Campaign was arrested and transferred to an undisclosed location. Gohari is a political activist who was arrested on January 18th by plainclothes agents and transferred to an undisclosed location. There has been no information about his whereabouts or the reason for his arrest. The Third Wave Campaign is the biggest election campaign in Iran.
January 15th: Arash Sadeghi, a jailed Allameh Tabatabai University student activist and an active student during the 2009 Presidential elections is in need of urgent medical attention as a result of physical and psychological torture he has endured in prison. According to reports by the Committee for the Defense of Political Prisoners, Sadeghi was first arrested on July 9, 2009 at home after altercations between students, security forces, and plainclothes agents at the University of Tehran dormitories. Sadeghi’s family members who were left in the dark regarding his whereabouts were initially under the impression that Sadeghi was killed during the post election events.
January 18th: Iran-Iraq war veteran Amir Aboutalebi and Master’s student at Shahid Beheshti University Babak (Rajabali) Dashab have returned to Evin prison. Amir Aboutalebi who had been arrested in December 2009 was held in temporary detention for 6 months was returned to Evin prison to serve his four year prison sentence. He had spent 77 days in solitary confinement and his four year sentence was upheld by the Appeals Court. He is a close friend of Mir Hossein Mousavi’s senior aide, Alireza Beheshti. Aboutalebi lost one of his eyes during the 1979 Revolution. Following the Revolution, he was injured during an assassination attempt. Babak Dashab, one of the lesser known Ashura detainees who was on prison leave last week after one year of detention, has returned to Evin prison. He has a B.A in Western Philosophy from the University of Tabriz and was pursuing his M.A. at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran. He was sentenced to six years in prison by the lower court for “Assembly and conspiracy with the intent of committing crimes against national security” and “Anti-regime propaganda”. The Appeals Court reduced the sentence to five years. The basis for the heavy sentence was due to a film from the protests in which Dashab threw a piece of wood into a fire that was set by people in order to reduce the effects of tear gas. The film has been aired several times while Dashab has stated that he has had an important role in calming the people’s anger which stemmed from harsh and offensive treatment by authorities during protests.
January 19th: Judge Salavati, the presiding judge of branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court has sentenced Behzad Arabgol to six years in prison. He has been sentenced to five years in prison for “Assembly and collusion” and one year in prison for “Rebellion”. He was imprisoned for six months and 50 days of it was spent in solitary confinement. He is a construction worker and has two children who are two and a half years old and five years old. He was released on a $100 thousand USD bail in July 2010.
January 18th: Naeim Baghi, an Isfahan University of Technology student was expelled in a judgment by the National Education Evaluation Organization, due to his belief in the Baha’i faith. In the past couple of weeks, many other Baha’i students from universities across the country have been expelled.
January 19th: Educational rights activist Bashir Ehsani received a written summons to appear for a court hearing on February 9, 2011 in branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court. According to PCED, this Baha’i student deprived of his education received a written summons on January 17th to attend a court hearing on February 9th. Bashir Ehsani was charged with “Disrupting public order through assembly and conspiracy” and “Possessing a satellite dish at his home”. This educational rights activist, following the Ashura 2009 events, was arrested on February 10, 2010 in Tehran. He was transferred to ward 240 of Evin prison. After 27 days, on March 8, 2010, Ehsani was released on bail.
January 19th: Dr. Shirin Ahmadnia, a faculty member of the Medical Sociology and Health department at Allameh Tabatabai University has announced on her personal blog that that she has been removed from her courses in the coming semesters. Dr. Ahmadnia has been removed from courses, while the current status of many professors teaching at universities across the country is unknown.
January 19th: Ten people were executed at Rajai Shahr prison early morning on Wednesday. According to Mehr News, all of the men executed were convicted of “Drug trafficking” and they were sentenced to death by hanging in Tehran’s Revolutionary Court. According to official reports, 74 people have been hanged in Iran since December 20, 2010. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson for the Iran Human Rights group condemned today’s executions and said: “We urge the UN, EU, Norway, Canada and all countries that voted for the UN resolution against the death penalty to condemn the execution wave that is taking place in Iran.” He added, “The situation is critical and lack of reaction from the world community is unacceptable.”
Those who were hanged are identified as:
1. Yunes Aghanejad, convicted of keeping 1400 grams of heroin
2. Sadegh Garavand, for trafficking og 1070 grams of crack
3. Teymour Shah Karimi, for keeping 1045 grams and selling 149 grams of heroin
4. Abdollah Khliani for keeping a bag containing 51 portions of heroin
5. Hossein Feizizadeh for selling 600 grams of heroin
6. Amir Ali Mohammadi, for selling 500 grams of heroin (also sentenced to 30 lashes for drug addiction)
7. Safar Karami Ganjeh, for selling 500 grams of heroin (also sentenced to 30 lashes)
8. Alireza Ramezani, for keeping 500 grams of heroin
9. Mohammad Mehdi Ahmadi, for keeping 445 grams of crack
10. Ghasem Asgharzadeh for selling 14 kilos and 350 grams of opium and 950 grasm of hashish (cannabis)
January 18th: One man was hanged in the southeast Iranian town of Zarand, in the Kerman province, as reported today by the state run news agency ISNA. The man was identified as “Ali K.”, convicted of trafficking 70 kg of opium, according to the report.
January 19th: The family members of death row Kurdish prisoner Aziz Mohammadzadeh has not been able to get any information on his condition for the past 11 months despite their constant referrals to the judicial authorities. Aziz Mohammadzadeh has been sentenced to death by the Saghez court for “Membership in a Kurdish group” and “Acting against national security”. He had gone on hunger strike seven months ago to protest his sentence. According to RAHANA, Mohammadzadeh was transferred to an undisclosed location on February 24, 2010, after his hunger strike. Since then, there has been no news on his condition. His family has no information about his health or whereabouts. 26 year old Aziz Mohammadzadeh was sentenced to death for for the charge of “Moharebeh” (waging war against God) and “Acting against national security”. He is from the city of Baneh and was arrested in October 2009 by security forces and transferred to Baneh detention center. After three months of psychological and physical torture, he was transferred to Saghez prison. His family is concerned about his condition since they have not heard from him for the past seven months.
January 9th [missed from previous weeks]: The Appeals Court has sentenced four Mousavi Campaign student activists to prison and they are due to pay fines. The Appeals Court of the Province of Golestan has issued its decision on the prison sentence of four student activists. Mobin Mirarab has received a reduced sentence of two years in prison and Alireza Rahnamayee and Hossein Matloubi also have received a reduced prison term to four months. They have also been fined. Additionally, Saman Bozorgi has been sentenced to 91 days in prison. They had previously been detained for 10 days and have been convicted of “Acting against national security” and “Anti-regime propaganda”. The lower court had previously sentenced Mirarab to four years, Matloubi to 18 months, Rahnamayee to 15 months and Bozorgi to one year in prison.
“Baha’i Student Naeim Baghi Expelled from Isfahan University of Technology”, “Education Rights Activist Bashir Ehsani Summoned to Revolutionary Court” was translated by Roya Irani for Persian2English. “10 People Were Executed at Rajai Shahr Prison!” was a corrected translation by Roya Irani for Persian2English.
Weekly Report by Roya Irani for Persian2English
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