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Further Details on the Arrest of Parvin Mokhtare; Still No News from Kouhyar Goudarzi

August 11, 2011

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UPDATE, AUGUST 14TH — According to an unidentified source, Kouhyar Goudarzi along with his friend and a guest were arrested by plainclothes agents at his friend’s home. Kouhyar Goudarzi is being held in solitary confinement in ward 240 of Evin prison, according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

The Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR), AUGUST 11 — After ten days of no information on Kouhyar Goudarzi and his mother Parvin Mokhtare, there is news from Parivn Mokhtare, who is jailed in the Kerman central prison. She was able to have a visit with her mother and sister yesterday (August 10th).

According to reports, during the short visit, Parvin Mokhtare told her family that, on August 1st, while she was taking a shower she heard the voices of strangers in her home. She had confronted four plainclothes agents who had unexpectedly climbed the house’s wall and entered inside. Even though the conditions were inappropriate, the plainclothes agents asked her to go along with them.

Parvin Mokhtare was arrested without the presentation of a valid arrest warrant from any organization. She was transferred to the women’s ward of the Kerman central prison. In the family visit, Parvin Mokhtare said that she is being held under poor hygienic conditions and with non-political prisoners.

Kouhyar Goudarzi’s mother added that the Kerman security agents had told her Kouhyar is jailed in Evin prison, but this has not yet been confirmed. Attempts by Kouhyar Goudarzi’s family and attorney to find detailed information about his condition have so far proven fruitless.

Parvin Mokhtare, who has no history of political or civil activism, said she has been accused of, “Insulting the Supreme leader”, “Propaganda against the regime”, and “Acting against national security”.

Kouhyar Goudarzi is a banned university student, a journalist, a human rights activist, and member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR).

Earlier, before news about Parvin Mokhtare’s location of detention was published, one of Kouhyar Goudarzi’s relatives, who had tried to obtain information about Kouhyar and his mother, told CHRR, “In recent days we have been searching for them in the Revolutionary Court at Arg Square. [Authorities at the Revolutionary Court] told us they had not ordered Kouhyar’s detention. We visited a few other judicial archive centers, but the [authorities there] did not provide us with any answers [either]. We were not allowed to visit the Attorney General and, finally, we were led to the Shahid Moghaddas court in Evin prison. Unfortunately, the questions we posed to the Evin Attorney General also went unanswered. They asked us if we were certain whether Kouhyar was there, but they did not allow us to enter inside. One of the court agents recommended that we refer to a local police station and declare [Kouhyar and his mother] lost and file an abduction complaint.”

Report originally published in Persian on August 10th by the Committee of Human Rights Reporters
Translation by Persian2English



This is Kouhyar Goudarzi’s second arrest following the June 2009 Iranian Presidential election. He was previously arrested in December 2009 and, after enduring one year of prison and torture, he was finally released on December 14, 2010. Kouhyar Goudarzi was re-arrested on July 31st. His mother was also arrested shortly after.

It is believed that Kouhyar’s mother was arrested to prevent her from speaking to the media on her son’s newest arrest. During Kouhyar Goudarzi’s previous imprisonment, his mother was vocal about his son’s condition in prison and his illegal detention.

The arrest of Kouhyar’s mother should serve as strong evidence that the Iranian authorities fear the media and the spreading of information. Knowing this, please be responsible and speak up in support of Kouhyar.  You’re needed to stop these illegal acts. MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


Please contact Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur On Human Rights In Iran, and let him know of the recent arrests of Kouhyar Goudarzi and his mother Parvin Mokhtare!


Further inquires can also be directed to:
Mr. Naveed Ahmed — Tel. +41 22 928 9477 / email: or Rose Parris Richter (Tel. +1 917 226 4551/ email:

Kouhyar Goudarzi Facebook Pages

National Press Club Outraged at Jailing of Iranian Blogger and His Mother
Last year, Kouhyar Goudarzi had received the 2010 John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award while he was held captive in Evin prison

کوهیار گودرزی و پروین مخترع را آزاد کنید

جزئیات بیشتر از نحوه بازداشت پروین مخترع؛ ادامه بی خبری از کوهیار گودرزی

کمیته گزارشگران حقوق بشر- ‎با گذشت ده روز بی‌خبری از کوهیار گودرزی و مادر وی، پروین مخترع امروز بیستم مرداد ماه در زندان کرمان با خواهر و مادر خویش دیدار داشته است.

بنا بر گزارش دریافتی؛ خانم مخترع در این دیدار کوتاه به خانواده خود گفت: «‌ صبح روز دوشنبه دهم مرداد در حالی‌که وی در حمام بوده با شنیدن سر و صدای حضور افراد نا‌آشنا در خانه، با ۴ نفر لباس شخصی روبرو شده است که مانند دزد‌ها بدون اطلاع وی و از دیوار وارد خانه شده بودند و در حالی که وی در وضعیت مناسبی قرار نداشته، از وی خواستند که با آن‌ها راهی شود.»

این افراد که بدون ارائه مدرکی دال بر اینکه از سوی چه نهادی وی را بازداشت می‌کنند، خانم مخترع را به بند زنان زندان مرکزی شهر کرمان، منتقل نمودند. خانم مخترع در دیدار با خانوادهٔ خود گفته است که در زندان از شرایط بهداشتی و عمومی نامناسبی برخوردار است و در میان مجرمان عمومی نگهداری می‌شود.

مادر کوهیار گودرزی، همچنین در دیدار خود با خانواده‌اش خاطر نشان ساخت که ماموران امنیتی در کرمان به وی اطلاع دادند که کوهیار در زندان اوین به سر می‌برد اما هنوز از صحت این خبر اطلاعی در دست نیست و پیگیری‌های خانواده و وکیل کوهیار گودرزی نیز برای یافتن خبر جدیدی از او و یا محل نگهداری او بی‌نتیجه مانده است.

‎پروین مخترع که پیش از این هیچ گونه سابقه فعالیت سیاسی و اجتماعی نداشته است از تفهیم اتهاماتی چون «توهین به رهبری، تبلیغ علیه نظام و اقدام بر ضد امنیت ملی» به خود خبر داده است.

پیش‌تر و در همین رابطه یکی از بستگان کوهیار که پیگیر وضعیت او و مادرش بوده است با اظهار بی‌اطلاعی از علت و مقام مسئول این بازداشت به کمیته گزارشگران حقوق بشر گفت: «در روزهای اخیر به دادسرای انقلاب در میدان ارگ مراجعه کردیم که گفتند حکم بازداشتی از اینجا صادر نشده است. به دو سه مرکز بایگانی سر زدیم و باز هم پاسخی ندادند. اجازه ملاقات با دادستان هم به ما داده نشد و در ‌‌‌نهایت ما را به دادسرای شهید مقدس در اوین ارجاع دادند. متاسفانه سوالات ما در دادستانی اوین نیز بی‌پاسخ ماند و گفتند که شما از کجا می‌دانید که کوهیار به اینجا منتقل شده و بعد هم اجازه ورود به ما ندادند. یکی از ماموران این دادسرا نیز پیشنهاد کرد که از طریق کلانتری محل پیگیری کنیم و اعلام مفقود شدن و آدم ربایی کنیم.»

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