Human Rights Violations Report | Part 1: Week of January 24, 2011January 27, 2011
January 24th: On Monday morning, two political prisoners, Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaie were executed. According to the announcement by the Tehran Prosecutor’s office, these two political prisoners were labeled as hypocrites who were linked to the “hypocrite group” (hypocrite is the derogatory term the Islamic Republic of Iran uses to refer to the political opposition group the People’s Mujahedin of Iran Organization). Last Tuesday, Jafar Kazemi and Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaie were transferred to ward 209 of Evin prison to give false televised confessions. After they refused to confess, they were taken for execution; however, for unknown reasons, the executions were halted. On Monday morning however, they were executed without the knowledge of their families or lawyers.
January 25th: Masoumeh Yavari, a post-election detainee, who had been transferred to the methadone ward of Evin prison, along with several other prisoners on December 7th, has been transferred to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj. According to the Human Rights House of Iran (RAHNA), she was a co-defendant in the case of executed political prisoner Jafar Kazemi (the executed man in the above article) and was sentenced to seven years in prison in Rajai Shahr prison. She had originally been charged with “Waging war against God” and the Tehran Prosecutor had requested for her to be sentenced to death. She is currently in the Quarantine ward of Rajai Shahr prison, which has poor sanitary conditions unsuitable for prisoners.
January 22nd: Hojjat Kalashi, the head of the youth branch of the Pan-Iranist Party, and Milad Dehghan, a Pan-Iranist party member, were transferred to the Ahvaz Revolutionary Court and indicted on the charge of “Assembly and collusion to disturb public order”. According to RAHANA, government authorities raided a memorial for Ebrahim Mirani, the former head of the party who passed away last year, and arrested Hojjat Kalashi and Milad Dehghan. They were transferred to an undisclosed location. According to RAHANA, during the burial of Ebrahim Mirani last year, the authorities raided his house and summoned and interrogated his brother Esmaeil Mirani after searching the place. Kalashi has a Masters degree in political science and had been sent to exile in Khash for his military service. He was arrested two weeks ago at Reza Kermani’s house along with Arash Keikhosravi and Shahin Zeinali. A few months ago, he was also arrested in Isfahan along with Hossein Shahriari and Reza Kermani and indicted on the charges of “Acting against national security” and “Anti-regime propaganda”. He was later released on bail. Pressures continue for Pan-Iranist Party members. Abolfazl Abedini and Shahin Zeinali are held in Evin prison, Hossein Shahriari is in Rajai Shahr prison, and Reza Kermani is in the security ward of Rajai Shahr prison.
January 24th: After 45 days in detention, Mehran Faraji has still not been issued any charges and his fate is still undecided. According to Jaras, after weeks of detention, and without any news of his condition, Mehran Faraji’s mother was only allowed to visit him for a few minutes. He has worked with the publications ISNA, ILNA, Kargozaran, Etemade Melli, and Hamshahri.
January 25th: Kamran and Mehran Khaki were executed in Bojnourd prison for “Waging war against God” and “Corrupting the Earth by committing murder”. Their execution sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court. Their requests for amnesty were denied. Yesterday, six people were executed in Iran and one was executed in public.
January 25th: Christian citizen Behnam Irani has been arrested after leaving the court in Karaj. He was transferred to an undisclosed location. Behnam Irani was summoned to the Karaj Court due to a complaint filed against him. After leaving the court, he was detained and transferred to an undisclosed location. According to the Human Rights House of Iran (RAHANA), the arrest occurred even though no one appeared at the court as a plaintiff. Last week, a hearing was held for him and he was sentenced to one year in prison for “Preaching Christianity”. He was also detained in 2006 and spent 10 days in solitary confinement. In March 2009, he spent 76 days in solitary confinement in Rajai Shahr prison. He was sentenced to five years in prison for “Anti-regime propaganda” and “Preaching Christianity”.
January 24th: Journalist, blogger and IRNA reporter, Siamak Ghaderi has been fined and sentenced to four years in prison. Siamak Ghaderi was detained on August 8th. He is convicted of “Anti-regime propaganda”, “Acting against national security” and “Disturbing public opinion”. According to the Human Rights House of Iran (RAHANA), he was detained in his home in August 2010 and transferred to prison. The security authorities had conditioned his release if he [guaranteed] to publish articles in support of the government and the Supreme Leader on his blog [“Our IRNA”, a critique of Iran’s state-run website IRNA].
January 25th: Although it has been more than one month since National Student Day (December 7, 2010) and the peaceful student protests in several universities, the disciplinary committee continues to summon students. 30 students have been summoned from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Tehran alone. According to Jaras, Rezaie, the secretary of the Islamic Student Association of the University of Tehran is among the summoned students. The names and details of the summoned students will be released soon. It is important to note that Vahid Nosrati, Houman Jafari, Sovin Shiva, Majid Sadeghi, Hojat Sahraie and Saiedi Rad are the students who were arrested by Intelligence agents following the National Student Day ceremony. They were released after several weeks of detention.
January 25th: The student newsletter “Yare Dabestani”, from the Gorgan University of Agricultural and Natural Resources, has been banned. According to a report by Daneshjoo News, after banning the student newsletter, the manager and the editorial board were interrogated by Intelligence and Security [agents] from the province of Golestan. The newsletter had published a special report for National Student Day [December 7, 2010] that supported imprisoned students. The newsletter also published critical news about Iran’s current situation. Additionally, some members of the newsletter have been suspended from school.
“Journalist Mehran Faraji Transferred to General Ward of Evin Prison” was translated by Roya Irani, “30 Students Summoned to Disciplinary Committee at University of Tehran” was translated by Banoo Sabz, and “Student Newsletter, “Yare Dabestani”, at Gorgan Agriculture University Banned” was translated by Faraz Fanaeian, Persian2English.
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