Free Iranian Political Prisoner Mohammad Ali Mansouri, Sentenced To 17 Years
- Ahmed Shaheed, UN, UNHCHR, State Department, EU, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki-Moon, European Parliament
According to a report by Human Rights Activists for Democracy in Iran, on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, Mohammad Ali Mansouri, together with fellow prisoners of conscience Behrouz Javid Tehrani, Farzad Maddadzadeh and Salih Kahandel have been locked up in isolation cells in Sepa Ward in in Karaj’s notorious Rajai-Shahr Prison. No reason has been announced for this transfer.
This is not the first time Mohammad Ali Mansouri has been targeted for punishment in solitary confinement. In December, 2010 Rahana reported that he had been transferred to the Hosseinieh (a section of the prison with deplorable conditions) of Rajaei Shahr Prison after 13 days of solitary confinement as “punishment.”
According to RAHANA, on October 26th, the agents searched his cell and transferred him to solitary confinement for 13 days as punishment.
One day before the search, the prisoners had sung the famous patriotic song “Ey Iran” which persuaded the authorities to search their cells.
Mansouri was transferred to the Hosseinieh of Ward 1 of Rajaei Shahr Prison which is a place for “exile of prisoners” as punishment, after spending 13 days in solitary confinement. Since he had not been able to contact his family for 3 days, they were not aware of his condition.
His family was informed of the transfer when visiting him in prison.
Manosuri who is suffering from gums and teeth problems, has not been granted a prison leave for the past 4 months and the follow-ups of his family have not been successful.
He was detained on September 2, 2007. According to Amirkabir news site, political activist, Mr. Mohammad Ali Mansouri was sentenced to 17 years prison and exile to Gohardasht prison, for having participated in a ceremony marking the great massacre of more than 5000 political prisoners in 1988 by Khomeini's orders.For the first 3 months of his detention, he was held under psychological and physical pressure in solitary confinement and was banned from telephone calls or prison visits with his family. After being sentenced, he was exiled to the Rajaei Shahr Prison.
We, the undersigned, demand that the international community take all possible measures to pressure the Islamic Republic of Iran to release political activist Mohammad Ali Mansouri immediately and unconditionally.
We further demand that his seventeen year sentence be repealed. Mohammad Ali Mansouri is a prisoner of conscience and this seventeen year prison sentence is an egregious violation of international human rights treaties and covenants to which Iran is a signatory state.
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