Human Rights Violations Report | Full Week of January 31, 2011February 09, 2011
February 5th: Women’s rights activist and member of One Million Signature Campaign, Fatemeh Masjedi, who was arrested on her way to Qom, her family has found out that she has been transferred to Qom prison. According to the Human Rights House of Iran, she had been arrested on her way home by unknown agents. She has been arrested after her first summons order, while based on the law, an individual can be detained only after the issuance of the third summons order. She was sentenced to one year in prison in the lower court which was later reduced to 6 months.
January 31st: Human rights and One Million Campaign activist Mahboubeh Karami has been sentenced to 3 years in prison. The verdict has been handed down to her lawyer. She had previously been sentenced to 4 years in prison in the lower court. Mahboubeh Karami, a women’s rights activist and member of the One Million Signatures Campaign, was arrested by security agents on March 2, 2010 at her father’s house. She was charged with ‘participating in the protests’ while she had spent all her time taking care of her sick father. She had previously been arrested on five different occasions.
January 31st: According to Jaras, journalist and analyst Mehdi Hosseinzadeh returned to prison on January 31, 2011 to serve the remainder of his sentence. The court has charged him with “disrupting public order” and sentenced him to one year in prison. It is worth mentioning that Mehdi Hosseinzadeh was arrested August last year and was under intense pressure by interrogators for more than seven months to confess to crimes such as espionage and activities against the regime.
February 5th: Mehran Faraji, a journalist who had been arrested last year on December 9th, was released on bail on this week on February 4th. Mehran Faraji spent over 50 days in solitary confinement during his months in detention throughout the year. He was released from prison on $100,00 bail.
January 31st: Navid Khanjani, a human rights activist and student of Baha’i faith who has been banned from higher education, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined by Judge Pirabbasi of Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court. The four-page sentence that was handed down to his lawyer Shima Ghoosheh on January 30, 2011, is the longest prison term that a human rights activist has received. His trial took place on December 20, 2010.
February 7th: Four student activists and two faculty members of the Qazvin International University have been sentenced to 18 months of suspended imprisonment and monetary fine as a replacement for lashes. They were tried for “disturbing public order by organizing gatherings and participating in the June protests”, and “insulting the officials”. Farhad Fathi and Heidar Qazvini, secretaries of the reformist organizations at the University, were sentenced to 3 years of suspended imprisonment and a monetary fine as a replacement for lashes. Fathi had also been suspended for 2 semesters and Qazvini had been banned from taking the College Entrance Exam for 3 years after expulsion from the University. Saeid Sakakian and Sajjad Aali, members of the central committee of the reformist organizations, were each sentenced to 3 years of suspended imprisonment and monetary fine as a replacement for lashes. Sakakian had previously been suspended for 2 semesters. Two faculty members by the names of Hassan Raeisian and Farhad Darvishi, were also sentenced to 3 years of suspended imprisonment and a monetary fine as a replacement for lashes. Other students and faculty members who were also tried were ordered to pay a fine.
February 4th: Six Iranian Christians arrested during recent extensive arrests were temporarily released on bail after 37 days of stressful detention. According to Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), these citizens [5 women and 1 man] whose names are Nasrin Hosseini Nia, Sara Akhavan, Leila Akhavan, Anahita Zare, Ladan Nouri and Mohammad Zarvand had been kept in detention of Evin prison since December 25, 2010. They were finally released on bail through two separate arrangements on Saturday and Sunday. Also it has been reported that these people were kept in solitary confinement in Evin prison and had gone through long tough interrogations. Anahita Zare and Ladan Nouri were transferred to the General Ward only two days before their release. The requested bails for their release have been reported to be secured by various forms, although mainly cash, also by property ownership documents or business licenses.
February 4th: Ali Jamali, head of the political unit of the Office for Consolidating Unity, who has been sentenced to 4 years in prison, is deprived of furlough [prison leave] and face-to-face prison visits. Ali Jamali has a one year old child, whom he has been deprived of visiting for the past a few months. Prison officials have also denied him prison leave. Since the telephones in the ward are disconnected, the pressure has intensified on the families of the prisoners especially the ones with small children who are unable to hug their loved ones and are only allowed to see one another from behind the glass. Ali Jamali has been sentenced to 4 years in prison for “anti-regime propaganda”, “assembly and conspiracy to disturb national security”, “insulting the Supreme Leader” and “insulting the President”.
January 31st: Kaveh Kermanshahi, Iranian journalist and human rights activist, was sentenced to five years in prison by the Revolutionary Court in Kermanshah. Kermanshahi was charged with “acting against national security” through membership in Kurdistan Human Rights Organization and “propaganda against the regime” by giving interviews to the media and publishing news and reports about families of political prisoners and victims, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reports.
February 4th: Student activist Zia Nabavi who is currently held in Karoun Prison in Ahvaz has been banned from phone calls. The ban on telephone calls for Nabavi, which has been ordered by the Ahvaz Judiciary, has taken place despite the fact that his family lives in Northern Iran and is unable to visit him every month in prison [due to the far travel]. Previously, he was allowed to contact his family twice a month. According to the Human Rights House of Iran, the judicial authorities have ordered the prison officials to prevent him from contacting his family. Nabavi, the spokesperson for the Education Rights Council and a graduate of Babol Noushiravani University, was detained in June of 2009. He spent 470 days in Evin Prison without furlough. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and was exiled to Ahvaz prison a few months ago.
“Six Iranian Christians Released from Evin prison” was translated by Pooya Yazdani, “Journalist Mehdi Hosseinzadeh Returns to Prison” was translated by Banoo Sabz, “Journalist Mehran Faraji Released” was translated by Roya Irani, Persian2English.
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