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Peyman Aref & two other activists arrested during visit to Neda’s grave + Update

October 30, 2011

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Activists: Peyman Aref (left), Sharar KonoorTabrizi (centre), and Asal Esmaeilzadeh (right).

UPDATE, NOVEMBER 1st: Just one day after his release from a recent arrest at Behesht Zahra cemetary (read below report), Peyman Aref has returned to prison. Human Rights House of Iran reports that Peyman, Asal, and Sharar Konoor went to the Evin prison Prosecutor’s office today to find out the details on their new case files that were opened after their arrest two days ago. At the end of the visit, Asal and Sharar Konoor were sent home but Peyman was arrested and transferred to Evin prison. The reason for Peyman Aref’s latest arrest in not known officially, but sources believe Iranian authorities are punishing him for giving interviews to the media about the 74 brutal lashings he had endured in prison for the charge, “Insulting Mahmoud Ahmadinejad”.


Persian2English Iranian security forces have arrested three civil rights activists, Peyman Aref, Asal Esmaeilzadeh, and Sharar Konoor Tabrizi. The incident occurred at Neda’s grave site in the Behesht Zahra cemetery. No charges were announced for the arrests.The activists were at the cemetery to pay their respects to Neda Agha Soltan, the young Iranian woman who was shot dead in a post-election Iranian protest, and, as a result, became the symbol of the Iranian people’s pro-democracy movement.

According to reports, Peyman, Asal, and Sharar Kanoon were taken to a security police station in Shahr-e Rey, where they will most likely spend the night. But, there is no telling what will happen to them tomorrow.

Peyman Aref, a journalist and a former student activist, was just released from prison two weeks ago for completing his one-year prison sentence. However,  before he was permitted to leave, the former student activist endured 74 brutal lashings as part of his sentence, for “insulting” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The next day, the courageous activist spoke out about the abuse to an Iranian opposition website.

Recently Peyman (third from left), Asal (far right), and Sharar Kanoon (second from right) had gone to see Sohrab Arabi's mother Parvin Fahimi (second from left). Sohrab was murdered in Tehran by Iranian regime forces for participating in post-election protests.


Ahmed Shaheed’s contact information
UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10


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:

هرانا؛ بازداشت سه تن در مزار ندا آقا سلطان

يكشنبه 08 آبان 1390 ساعت 20:38 |

خبرگزاری هرانا –ظهر امروز سه تن از فعالین سیاسی و مدنی در بهشت زهرای تهران توسط نیروهای امنیتی در شهر ری بازداشت شدند.

بنا به اطلاع گزارشگران هرانا، ارگان خبری مجموعه فعالان حقوق بشر در ایران، پیمان عارف، عسل اسماعیل‌زاده و شرر کنور تبریزی سه تن از فعالین در پی حضور بر مزار ندا آقا سلطان از سوی پلیس امنیت منطقه شهر ری بازداشت شدند.

علی رغم پایان وقت اداری افراد یاد شده همچنان در بازداشت پلیس امنیت بسر می‌برند و اتهام ایشان نامعلوم است.

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