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More than ten political prisoners return to the horrific Karoun prison, concerns rise for Zia Nabavi

July 28, 2011

 

Imprisoned starred student activist Zia Nabavi.

Persian2EnglishA new development has caused serious concern among human rights activists and groups. More than ten political prisoners in Ahvaz Cilnic have been suddenly returned to Karoun Prison (also located in the city of Ahvaz, the capital of the Khuzestan province) without any explanation given by the Iranian authorities.

The transfer has caused serious worry that there is a possibility *starred student activist Zia Nabavi and the remaining political prisoners will also be returned to Karoun prison.

Political prisoners in Karoun prison are held with dangerous criminals and drug addicts. Sources say that  the hygienic, food, and security conditions in this prison are despicable. The political prisoners who returned to Karoun all have been issued prison sentences above ten years.

In May 2011, following a letter Zia Nabavi wrote to Mohammad Javad Larijani, the head of the Human Rights Council of the Iranian Judiciary, about the appalling conditions in Karoun prison, Zia Nabavi and other political prisoners were transferred to Ahvaz Clinic.

This prison is less crowded and, based on the accounts of prisoners and their families, the prison officials and staff treat the prisoners better. However, the conditions in Ahvaz Clinic are far from ideal.  Despite the scorching heat, the prison lacks a refrigerator or any cooling/AC equipment, and the prisoners have been able to purchase fruit once in the last two months. Nevertheless, overall, the conditions are considered a significant improvement compared to the horrific Karoun Prison.

Human rights groups and media organizations are urged to shed light on the dreadful situation in Karoun prison so the United Nations and other able bodies exert more pressure on Iranian authorities to halt their abuse against political prisoners.

*Editor’s Note: The system of issuing stars against students was developed by Iran’s Ministry of Advanced Education so students with disciplinary issues would get penalized. After a student collects a certain number of stars, he or she is banned from education. The system is primarily used against student activists.

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“My son is being held in the worst place. The area where he sleeps is infested with cockroaches and mice.” — Father of starred student Zia Nabavi, making reference to Karoun prison.

Video by Amnesty Italia and Iran Human Rights for Zia Nabavi

Zia Nabavi’s family faces problems visiting him

It takes the Nabavi family approximately 17 hours to travel to Ahvaz from their village Chasham in the Semnan province (These times do not include the waiting periods between transfers):

  • 2 hours from Chasham to the city of Semnan
  • 3 hours bus ride from Semnan to Tehran
  • 13 hours bus ride from Tehran to Ahvaz.

More information on Zia Nabavi

Seyed Zia Nabavi is a member of the general council of Tahkim Vahdat (Iranian student alumni organization), a starred student, and co-founder of the Right to Education Council. He was a graduate student at Babol Noshirvani University of Technology and a member of the university’s Islamic association (from 2003 to 2007). Despite ranking one of the top in his university entrance exam in the field of sociology, he was “starred” and banned from continuing his education.

Three days following the 2009 Iranian Presidential election and the ensuing protests, Zia Nabavi was arrested along with some of his friends (June 15, 2009). Since his arrest Zia Nabavi has served over two years of his prison sentence, and ten months of it was spent in exile; however, the Iranian authorities have denied him prison furlough.

Zia Nabavi endured severe physical and psychological pressures for the first four months of interrogations before he was eventually sentenced by Judge PirAbassi in branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court to 15 years in prison (10 years prison exile in the city of Izeh) and 74 lashes. His sentence was reduced to ten years in prison exile by the Appeals Court. Zia Nabavi was exiled from Evin prison to Karoun prison on September 23, 2010. He had to endure seven months in this horrific prison.

Atefeh Nabavi, Zia Nabavi’s cousin is serving a three-year sentence in Evin prison. She has also been imprisoned since June 15, 2009, without a day of furlough.

In continuation with the pressures exerted on the Nabavi family, Alireza Nabavi, Atefeh Nabavi’s husband was also arrested by security forces. He was sentenced to two years in prison and one year exile outside of [his home province] Semnan.

Letters by Zia Nabavi

Additional reading

ضیا نبوی را آزاد کنید!

نگرانی از بازگشت سیدضیا نبوی و دیگر زندانیان زندان کلینیک اهواز به زندان کارون

چکیده :در حالی که پس از انتشار نامه تکان دهنده سید ضیا نبوی به محمد جواد لاریجانی، دبیر ستاد حقوق بشر قوه قضاییه درباره وضعیت غیرقانونی و ضد انسانی حاکم بر زندان کارون اهواز، این زندانی سیاسی به همراه تعدادی دیگر از زندانیان امنیتی و سیاسی کارون به زندانی با شرایط مطلوب تر در اهواز اعزام شده بودند، تعداد 10 نفر از این زندانیان به کارون بازگشته و برخی اخبار و شایعات از بازگشت باقی زندانیان به این زندان سخت و جانفرسا حکایت دارد. …

تعدادی از زندانیان کلینیک اهواز که در پی افشای وضعیت ناهنجار و فاجعه بار زندان کارون اهواز به این زندان اعزام شده بودند، مجددا به زندان کارون بازگشت داده شدند.

به گزارش خبرنگار کلمه، در حالی که پس از انتشار نامه تکان دهنده سید ضیا نبوی به محمد جواد لاریجانی، دبیر ستاد حقوق بشر قوه قضاییه درباره وضعیت غیرقانونی و ضد انسانی حاکم بر زندان کارون اهواز، این زندانی سیاسی به همراه تعدادی دیگر از زندانیان امنیتی و سیاسی کارون به زندانی با شرایط مطلوب تر در اهواز اعزام شده بودند، تعداد ۱۰ نفر از این زندانیان به کارون بازگشته و برخی اخبار و شایعات از بازگشت باقی زندانیان به این زندان سخت و جانفرسا حکایت دارد.

البته گزارش ها از احداث بندی جدید در کارون اهواز حکایت دارد اما هنوز این بند ساخته نشده و ۱۰ نفر بازگشت داده شده در همان وضعیت اسفبار سابق به سر می برند ضمن آنکه فضای کلی حاکم بر زندان کارون، امیدها برای آنکه احداث بند جدید، بهبود قابل ملاحظه ای در وضعیت اسفبار این زندان ایجاد کند را بسیار کمرنگ می کند.

این در حالی است که زندانیان زندان کلینیک اهواز و خانواده های آنها، از برخورد مسئولان این زندان به نیکی یاد کرده و امیدوارند این برخورد و بازخوردهای مثبت آن بر فضای دیگر زندان ها از جمله زندان کارون تاثیر مثبت گذاشته و شرایط بهبود یابد ولی تا زمان اعمال این تغییرات و از جمله بهبود امکانات داخل زندان کارون، بازگشت هر یک از این زندانیان موجب نگرانی بسیار این زندانیان و خانواده های آنهاست.

در حال حاضر و پس از بازگشت ۱۰ زندانی به کارون،حدود ۴۰ نفر دیگر در زندان کلینیک اهواز حضور دارند.

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