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TAKE ACTION | Post-Election Torture Victim Attacked By Knife In Paris

March 20, 2011

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March 19, 2011 – Ebrahim Mehtari, a young political activist who was arrested and physically abused in prison during the post-election events of 2009, sustained several knife wounds last night in Paris when he was attacked by two men, one of whom was Iranian. An hour ago, Mehtari told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that as his assailants put a rope around his neck they used a knife to attack him. He could have faced a much more serious fate had the sound of a police car siren not suddenly scared them away.

Last year, Ebrahim Mehtari told the bitter tale of his detention and torture along with other detainees and the clear violations of human rights inside Iranian prisons at the Human Rights Council. Exactly a year later and as the UN Human Rights Council is in progress in Geneva, he was attacked in Paris. Yesterday, 49 UN member states supported a resolution, objecting to the deteriorating situation of human rights in Iran. The resolution will be put to vote next week. As it did last year, this year’s presence of several victims of violence and violations of human rights in Iran at the Geneva meeting thwarted the Iranian delegation’s efforts to cover up  grave violations of human rights in Iran. A few months after the 2009 elections, Ebrahim Mehtari left Iran due to psychological pressure and the feeling that his life was in danger; he is currently a resident of Paris.

“I left my home in Paris last night. Three to four hundred meters away from my home, I was attacked by two men. They stabbed me with a knife in my left leg, in my right calf, on my chest, and in my arm, and then put a rope around my neck to strangle me, when suddenly I heard a siren from afar (the source of which I’m not sure about), and they ran away. When they ran away, I started to leave the location in my [injured] condition. I dragged myself into a hotel and entered. The people at the reception called the police immediately and the police transferred me to a hospital,” Mehtari told the Campaign.

Last month, during the side meetings of the Human Rights Council, along with several other victims of human rights violations, Ebrahim Mehtari participated in a panel organized by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The panel was one of the best received sessions about the situation of human rights in Iran and many diplomats were in attendance. At the meeting, Mehtari provided the audience with a detailed account about the abuse and severe physical torture and sexual abuse he had suffered during his detention. Some of the diplomats present at the session are those who will be casting their votes about the Iran resolution next week.

“First one of them asked me whether I am Iranian. Before I turned, they started attacking me with a knife and beating on me. The whole thing was a surprise, so I don’t remember what the individuals looked like. The whole thing didn’t last more then three to four minutes. I think the way they started attacking me was very serious, and it didn’t seem at all that they were only trying to intimidate me,” Ebrahim Mehtari told the Campaign, describing that one of his assailants was Iranian.

Attacks and physical abuse on Iranian political activists outside Iran, most unfortunately, is not unprecedented. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran is seriously concerned that this incident may be related to Ebrahim Mehtari’s honest and illuminating efforts to expose instances of human rights violations in Iran, and that an attack on him may be with the aim of preventing further testimony by others, so that violence and torture may continue unabated in Iran.

TAKE ACTION | Email the President of France and International Organizations!

Dear President Sarkozy and First Lady of France, and International Organizations,

We are writing you in regard to an urgent matter that occured in France last night, when an Iranian post-election torture victim was attacked by knife ( We are very concerned human rights activists who are distraught in hearing this and worry for the safety of Iranians living in France who are being viciously attacked by suspected assailants of the Iranian regime. For these innocent victims merely speaking out about the abuse they have endured by the Islamic Republic of Iran they are being attacked, and Ebrahim Mehtari could have been killed.

Please pay attention to this serious matter and we respectfully request for you to condemn these violent acts occurring and bring these violators to justice! Please ensure the safety of these Iranian victims who have come to France to seek refuge, trying to find a safe haven in your country, hoping that France cares for their well-being! We must stand up and protect those who are being violently attacked by the Iranian regime!

Madame Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, we have seen your defense for innocent mother, Sakineh Ashtiani, who is still in danger of being stoned or executed, and we thank you for your support. We can only hope you can also take this matter under your wing and pressure France government officials to guarantee the safety of these Iranians. France is a beautiful country, Iranians seeking refuge are trying to live a peaceful life and help get justice for the cruelties they have endured without fear of being assaulted or harassed! Please, please, help these Iranian victims and let them know that we stand by them.

This attack is utterly unacceptable and we are shocked, especially for this to happen on the eve of Persian New Year.

Awaiting your urgent action.



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ابراهیم مهتری؛ قربانی شکنجه در زندان پس از انتخابات در شهر پاریس به ضرب چاقو مصدوم شد

ابراهیم مهتری از فعالان جوان سیاسی که بعد از انتخابات سال گذشته چند روز دستگیر و در مدت زندان مورد آزار واذیت جسمی قرار گرفته بود شب گذشته در پاریس هنگامی توسط دو نفر که یکی از انها ایرانی بود مورد ضرب وشتم قرار گرفت و چندین ضربه چاقو به بدن وی اصابت کرد. ساعتی پیش آقای مهتری به کمپین بین المللی حقوق بشر در ایران گفت که حمله یاد شده با توجه به استفاده از چاقو و انداختن طناب دور گردن وی نشان می داد که اگر به علت صدای آژیر اتفاقی پلیس که در محل آمد منجر به متواری شدن دو ضارت نمی شد ممکن بود، باید منتظر صدمه بسیار جدیتر می بود.

ابراهیم مهتری که طی سال گذشته رویداد تلخ بازداشت خود را به عنوان شکنجه بازداشت شدگان و نقض فاحش حقوق بشر در زندان های ایران در جریان اجلاس شورای حقوق بشر با حاضران مطرح کرده بود، در حالی دچار این صانحه شد که هم اکنون جلسه شورای حقوق بشر سازمان ملل در شهر ژنو جریان دارد و روز گذشته ۴۹ کشورعضو این سازمان از قطعنامه ای که در اعتراض به وضعیت رو به وخامت گذاشته شده ایران تهیه شده حمایت کردند. این قطعنامه قراراست هفته آینده به رای گیری گذاشته شود. حضور برخی از قربانیان خشونت و نقض حقوق بشر در ایران امسال نیز همچون پارسال تلاش های هیات ایرانی را برای سرپوش گذاشتن بر نقض شدید حقوق بشر در ایران با شکست مواجه کرد. آقای مهتری چندین ماه پس از انتخابات به دلیل فشارهای روحی و احساس خطرجانی درایران کشور را ترک کرد و هم اکنون در شهر پاریس اقامت دارد.

ابراهیم مهتری به کمپین گفت: «شب گذشته من در پاریس از خانه آمدم بیرون و به فاصله سیصدچهارصدمتر دورتر از خانه ام مورد حمله دو نفر قرارگرفتم که با چاقو به پای چپم، پشت پای راستم و روی سینه ام و دستم زدند و بعد طناب انداختند دور گردنم که خفه ام کنند که وقتی یک صدای آژیری از دور به گوش رسید (که دقیقا نمی دانم صدای چه بود) ناگهان فرارکردند. وقتی فرارکردند من هم همزمان با وضعیتی که داشتم از محل دور شدم و کشان کشان خود را به یک هتل رساندم و وارد آنجا شدم و افراد بخش پذیرش بلافاصله با پلیس تماس گرفتند و بعد از رسیدن پلیس مرا به بیمارستان منتقل کردند.»

ماه گذشته آقای مهتری در جلسات حاشیه ای شورای حقوق بشر در پانلی که از طرف کمپین بین المللی حقوق بشر در ایران برگزار شد با حضور برخی دیگر از قربانیان حقوق بشر در شهر ژنو حضور داشت که یکی از پر مخاطب ترین جلسات درخصوص وضعیت حقوق بشر در ایران به شمار می رفت و دیپلمات های بسیاری از کشورهای مختلف در ان حضور داشتند. وی در این جلسه شرحی از جزییات بدرفتاری و شکنجه شدیدجسمی و آزارجنسی را که در مدت بازداشت برایش رخ داده بود با حاضرین در میان گذاشت. دیپلمات های حاضر بخشی از افرادی هستند که باید در مورد قطعنامه نقض حقوق بشر ایران هفته اینده رای خود را به صندوق بیاندازند

او به کمپین گفت یکی از دو نفر ضارب ایرانی بود: « در ابتدا یکی از آنها به من گفت آیا ایرانی هستم؟ قبل از اینکه برگردم حمله با چاقو وضرب و شتم آنها شروع شد. با توجه به ناگهانی بودن ماجرا مشخصاتی از افراد یاد شده به یاد نمی آورم. کل اتفاق بیش از سه چهار دقیقه طول نکشید. به نظرم شکلی که شروع به حمله کردند بسیار جدی بود و اینطور نبود که مثلا برای ترساندن باشد.»

کمپین بین المللی حقوق بشر در ایران با توجه به سابقه آزار و اذیت فعالان سیاسی در خارج از کشور شدیدا نگران آن است که چنین حادثه ای مرتبط با فعالیت های آگاهی بخش و صادقانه آقای مهتری در افشای موارد نقض حقوق بشر به عنوان روشی بازدارنده برای اعمال خشونت وشکنجه در زندان ها باشد.

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