Human Rights Violations Report | Part 2: Week of January 24, 2011February 01, 2011
January 29th: Zahra Bahrami, the 45 year old Iranian-Dutch citizen and mother of two who was arrested during the 2009 Ashura protests (December 27, 2009), was hanged today. Zahra Bahrami was executed even though her second case file with political charges was still opened and unresolved. On August 16, 2010, branch 15 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court charged her with Moharebeh (enmity against God). She was detained since December 27, 2009 and spent a long duration of time in solitary confinement. She was detained since December 27, 2009 and spent a long duration of time in solitary confinement. Her other charges included “Acting against national security”, “Propaganda against the regime”, and “Membership in a royalist group”. Fars News Agency, the media outlet affiliated with Iran’s Security Military force, announced her charges as “Membership in an international drug smuggling group” and “Working with a Dutch ally.”
January 26th: HRANA – Somayeh Farid, a women’s rights activist and member of Advar Tahkim Vahdat was sentenced to two years imprisonment. Farid was sentenced by Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Moghiseh. According to Kalameh, in the ending days of last year, while trying to follow up on her husband, she was referred to Evin prison, arrested, and after a couple of weeks was released on $60,000 bail.
January 30th: PCED – Shahrooz Shahidzadeh, a Baha’i student from Yazd University, Department of Natural Resources, was expelled from his studies on December 19, 2010. Yazd resident Shahrooz Shahidzadeh was studying Management of Arid And Hyper Arid Regions and just finished his fifth semester.
January 30th: Judicial authorities denied furlough for blogger and human rights activist Hossein Ronaghi, who has been in detention for the past 14 months and is suffering from a kidney infection. Hossein Ronaghi Maleki’s family traveled to Tehran yesterday to request a medical prison leave for Maleki which has been denied. He had been transferred to the prison clinic last week and the medical staff had confirmed that he needs to be transferred to a hospital outside of prison. According to the Human Rights House of Iran, his family had previously been informed that in case of authorization by “higher officials”, he would be granted furlough on bail. In September, bail was set for Ronaghi but the cyber unit of IRGC has denied his release. Ronaghi is suffering from kidney problems and needs surgery. He was arrested on December 13, 2009 at his father’s house in the city of Malekan and transferred to the solitary confinement of Evin Prison. He has been sentenced to 15 years in prison which was upheld by the Appeals Court.
January 30th: Pedram Rafati, deprived of continuing his education at Polytechnic University and a former member of the university’s Islamic Association, has been summoned to prison in order to serve out his two year prison sentence. Pedram Rafati who had previously been arrested by the Intelligence Ministry and held in solitary confinement for 21 days in 2007 for participating in student gatherings was once again arrested in June of 2009. He was released on bail after 2 weeks in solitary confinement. According to the Human Rights House of Iran, Judge Salavati sentenced him to 2 years in prison for “acting against national security by participating in protests”. In February, Rafati received a summons order stating that he has to appear at prison to begin serving his sentence.
January 30th: Mehdi Khodaei is serving his 7 year prison sentence while he has been deprived of prison leave. Human rights and student activist Mehdi Khodaei has been detained since February of last year and has been sentenced to 7 years in prison. Despite the issuance of his verdict and spending one year in confinement, he has not been granted prison leave. According to the Human Rights House of Iran, he is confined in Ward 350 of Evin prison and is only able to have a cabin visit with his family every Tuesday. He is deprived of calling his family, similar to the other Ward 350 prisoners. He was arrested last February and originally sentenced to 3 years in prison. He was later sentenced to an additional 4 years in prison in another case.
January 28th: Human rights activist and journalist Saeed Matinpour has been in detention for the past 2 years and has been continously denied prison leave. Matinpour, 35, has been denied prison leave despite the medical certification indicating his poor health. According to Human Rights House of Iran, he was a philosophy student at Tehran University who is suffering from severe back pain and has been diagnosed with lung infection in prison and his condition has worsened due to lack of medical care. His family who has to travel to Tehran from Zanjan in order to visit him has not requested that he would be transferred to Zanjan since they believe that the conditions in Zanjan are even worse than Evin Prison. Matinpour was arrested before the elections and was released on bail after 9 months of detention. He was once again arrested after the disputed elections.
“Women’s Rights Activist Somayeh Farid Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison” was translated by Roya Irani; “Loqman Moradi, Political Prisoner Sentenced to Death, Has Been Transferred to Unknown Location” and “Shahrooz Shahidzadeh Expelled from Yazd University” was translated by Faraz Fanaeian, Persian2English.
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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