Petition Tag - evin

1. Call to save Arash Sadeghi-Appel pour sauver Arash Sadeghi

Arash Sadeghi,31 a defender of human rights, imprisoned in the section 350 of Evin prison, is very sick, but the Iranian authorities put Arash’s life in danger by refusing to transfer him to the hospital.
Arash Sadeghi started a hunger strike in October 2016 to protest against the incarceration of his wife, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, a human rights militant imprisoned because she wrote a fiction about stoning – the fiction not even being released yet. Arash Sadeghi ended his hunger strike on Tuesday January 3rd, after 71 days, but hasn’t received any care since. His current status is critical and he needs to go through intensive care. The authorities are playing with the life of Arash by refusing to transfer him to a hospital. Prevent a prisoner to receive proper care is crual and like a torture towards him and his family.
The Iranian authorities must immediately transfer Arash Sadeghi to a hospital to provide the care he needs urgently.
We strongly protest against this situation and call for Arash Sadeghi to be freed and immediately transferred to the hospital.
By signing this letter, we call the international organisations of human rights to take urgent measures to save the life of Arash Sadeghi. If we don’t act today, tomorrow might be too late.

Please sign this petition to help us save Arash Sadeghi.

Links to learn more about Arash Sadeghi :
https://www.amnesty.org/en/press-releases/2017/01/irans-authorities-endangering-life-of-critically-ill-imprisoned-activist-by-refusing-hospital-transfer/
فراخوان برای نجات جان آرش صادقی
آرش صادقی 31 ساله یک فعال حقوق بشر میباشد که در بند 350 زندان اوین زندانی است. او بشدت بیمار است، اما ماموران زندان اوین با دستور از بالا با جلوگیری از رفتن او به بیمارستان جان او را در خطر انداخته اند. آرش صادقی برای اعتراض به دستگیری همسرش گلرخ ایرایی به یک اعتصاب غذا در اکتبر 2016 دست زد. گلرخ ایرایی یک فعال حقوق بشر است که بخاطر نوشتن یک رمان منتشر نشده در رابطه با سنگسار زندانی می باشد. آرش صادقی به اعتصاب غذای خود در 3 ژانویه بعد از 71 روز پایان داد. اما تا بحال از درمان او جلوگیری کرده اند. امروز او در وضعیت بسیار خطرناکی قرار دارد و باید بصورت اورژانس تحت معالجه درمانهای تخصصی قرار گیرد. با اجازه ندادن انتقال او به بیمارستان، با جان او بازی میکنند. جلوگیری از معالجه یک زندانی جنایتکارانه و مصداق شکنجه در حق او و خانواده اش می باشد.
آرش صادقی باید فورا به بیمارستان منتقل شود تا بصورت اورژانس تحت معالجه قرار گیرد.
ما بشدت به این وضعیت اعتراض داریم و خواهان آزادی و انتقال بی وقفه آرش صادقی به بیمارستان هستیم.

با امضای این فراخوان، از تمام ارگانیزاسیون های حقوق بشری میخواهیم، به اقدام فوری برای نجات جان آرش صادقی دست بزنند. اگر امروز کاری نکنیم فردا دیر خواهد بود .

2. Immediate & Unconditional Release of Shahnaz Akmali, the Mother of Killed Street Protester

Iran's Regime Cruelly Dashes Hopes of Shahnaz Akmali's Family


Shahnaz Akmali's family went to court to submit a financial bail for her release today morning, but they have been told that there's no verdict issued for her release on bail, and she will be kept in jail.

The security agents have provided Shahnaz's family with repeated misleading information and made them perplexed and worry since her arrest. Such a scheme undertaken by the regime thugs has inflicted substantial pressure upon her desperate family.

This is only one of the numerous cases exercised by the regime thugs in order to impose pressure on the detainees and their families as a punishment to silence them into more silence. The regime practices many intimidating procedures against several imprisoned activists for years.

There's also another doubt over her transfer to hospital that officials told the family, says HRANA.

Shahnaz Akmali was allegedly transferred to hospital on Wednesday night for a few hours, according to the news.

However, in a phone call from Evin prison on Thursday, Shahnaz, who was arrested by security forces on Wednesday morning, notified her relatives that authorities have agreed to release her on bail estimated to be a $25,000 USD. The family was told that they should submit the demanded bail on Saturday, January 28, 2017, according to the news.

Shahnaz Akmali told her family that authorities has currently locked up her in Ward 209 of Tehran notorious prison, confirms HRANA.

Shahnaz Akmali, the mother of Moustafa Karimbeigi, a 26-year-old peaceful street protester who was shot and killed in Iran during the 2009 Ashura uprising, was reportedly arrested at her work place on the morning of Wednesday January 25.

According to sources close to the Karimbeigi family, Iranian regime authorities took Ms. Akmali to her house and confiscated all of Shahnaz's personal belongings. The HRANA news agency reported that at least five regime agents were involved in Shahnaz's arrest and transfer to an unknown location.

In this regard, Iranian activists have started #FreeOurMom to draw attention to the unlawful detention of Shahnaz Akmali, a brave & peaceful mother.

Iranian activists are deeply concerned about Shahnaz's situation and are calling on the international community to take action.

She is currently kept in cells of Ward 209 along with a few of inmates at Evin prison in Tehran. Ward 209 is a solitary confinement ward run by the regime's Ministry of Intelligence. Although ward 209 is inside Evin, it operates outside prison jurisdiction. Ward 209 is in the complete control of the Ministry of Intelligence, and they have immunity to do as they please.

In addition, Since the death her son, Shahnaz and her family have faced repeated threats by Iranian authorities and are under constant pressure and surveilance.

3. Demand for Immediate & Unconditional Dismissal of Charges against Iranian Activist Amir Amirgholi

Iran's Authorities Issues a Heavy Sentence against Amir Amirgholi.

Amir Amirgholi, 33 arrested in the street by security forces under Branch 6 of Ghods Court warrant has been sentenced to 19 years and six months in prison at Branch 15 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran. Judge Abolghasem Salavati handed down the sentence.

Amir is a dismissed student of the Islamic Azad University of Ghazvin and the son of Abbas Amirgholi. Officials had taken him to his father's house and seized his personal belongings: a laptop, cell phone and hard drive of his PC. He was transferred to Ward 8 after an intense two-month investigation in solitary confinement.

Branch 6 of Shahid Moghadas Court of Evin court chaired by Amin Naseri, where he was accused on vague charges of "assembly and collusion against national security", "blasphemy", "insulting the Supreme Leader of Iran", "propaganda against the regime of Iran".

Amnesty International has stated that Amir Amirgholi, Iranian activist was sentenced to 19 years and sex months incarceration on charges in connection with his peaceful activities, following an hour-long trial in early 2016. He is being held in prison under extremely poor conditions while waiting for his appointment with the appeals court.

The leftist activist was arrested and taken to the Evin prison on August 30, 2007, after taking apart on the anniversary of the massacre of political prisoners in Khavaran. He was then held in solitary confinement in Ward 209 of Evin Prison without access to legal counsel and with no contact with his family for 56 days. Almost a month after the arrest, he was granted permission to speak with his family in a brief phone call, stated Amnesty International He had reportedly served 16 days in solitary confinements at the Islamic Republic chambers.

Amirgholi was previously arrested in the peaceful demonstration supporting Kobani on September 2014. He was released after spending a night at the chambers of Intelligence and Public Security Police of NAJA, according to the reliable sources. According to the reports, he also was arrested by security forces in front of Milad Hospital; officials released him after a few days.

According to his family, it is of urgent concern at this time that Amir suffers from a pancreatic disorder and require medical attention. Previously he was held at Ward 8 of Evin prison alongside hardened criminals convicted of pirating, theft, embezzlement, fraud and forgery. Evin prison is notorious for it's poor treatment and torture of political prisoners.

Branch 36 of Tehran's Appeal Court will hold a retrial session to re-examine Amirgholi's verdict on August 3, 2016.

4. Immediate & Unconditional Release of the Imprisoned Christian Convert Maryam Naghash Zargaran

Updated on June 21, 2016.

***Critical Condition of the Imprisoned Christian Convert Maryam Naghash Zargaran
- Maryam (Nasim) Naghash Zargaran, a prisoner of conscience, who is kept at the Women's Ward in the notorious Evin prison, is in grave danger of her life. Maryam had started a hunger strike on May 26 in protest against the systematic violence of her basic rights such as medical care, conditional release and her unknown fate in the prison, whereupon, she was transferred to the hospital because of her physical deterioration. Officials returned her back to the prison without any medical treatment as she was unconscious, HRANA reported.

Maryam, 35, suffers from atrial septal defect (ASD), diabetes, blood fat, severe pain in her ears and chronic dizziness. The Christian prisoner also contracted lumbar disc, arthritis, and anemia because of poor nutrition and inappropriate conditions in the prison.

Intelligence Service officials summoned Maryam in 2013 and she was taken to Evin prison. She endured severe tortures both physically and mentally during the investigating in the Islamic regime’s chambers of Iran. Officials kept her in an isolation place where she had not necessary sanitary facilities, BCR Group has learned.

Iran’s authorities accused her on the vague charges of “propaganda against the regime of Iran” at Branch 2 of the Shahid Moghadasi Court in Evin, but the officials released her on the bail of 23000 $ (70 million Rials) after 19 days of temporary detention.

She was sentenced to four years in prison for ambiguous charges as- acting against national security through assembly and collusion at Branch 28 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Tehran, chaired by the infamous Judge Mohammad Mogheyseh.

After all complications and being denied medical attention or temporary release, she was released on bail for 33,000$ in June 6, 2016.

Finally, on June 6th, 2016, Maryam was returned again to Evin on June 27th, 2016, to serve her remaining sentence.

5. Immediate & Unconditional Release of Mahmoud Masoumi

Updated on June 21, 2016.

Arbitrary Arrest of Mahmoud Masoumi Continues in Jail

Mahmood Masoomi was arrested along with three others civil rights activists by Iran’s security officials on May 12, 2016. He is kept in the jail for unrealistic reasons since the arrest.

Mahmoud Masoumi, Shima Babai, Elham Rasoolibaghi and Freydoon Ahmadpoor was reportedly detained during a peaceful protest to support the Iranian researcher on alternative medicine Mohammad-Ali Taheri. The 14 detainees were brutally beaten by officials in a raid to the protest, rights groups said.

Mahmoud was taken to Fashafooyeh prison for alleged conflict with officials and then transferred to the infamous Evin prison. He was accused of the vague charges at Branch three of the infamous Shahid Moghadasi Court of Evin.

Finally, he was released on the bail 65,000$ (2 billion Rials) on June 12, 2016.


ادامه بازداشت محمود معصومی فعال مدنی
«محمود معصومی» به همراه سه تن دیگر از فعالان مدنی روز پنج‌شنبه ۲۳ اردیبهشت‌ماه، در جریان تجمع هواداران عرفان حلقه، توسط نیروهای امنیتی بازداشت شد. او پس از گذشت پنج روز بدون تفهیم اتهام همچنان در بازداشت به سر می‌برد.
«محمود معصومی»، «الهام رسولی باغی»، «شیما بابایی» و «فریدون احمدپور» از جمله فعالین مدنی بودند که در کنار هواداران محمدعلی طاهری با مطالبه آزادی این زندانی عقیدتی با برخورد نیروهای امنیتی مواجه شده و در نهایت بازداشت شده‌اند.
«محمود معصومی» متولد ۱۳۷۴ اهل گنبد کاووس، دانشجو و شاغل است، او پس از بازداشت به زندان فشافویه و سپس به زندان اوین منتقل شده است.
“محمود معصومی به اتهام درگیری با ماموران به زندان منتقل شد. قاضی پرونده به نام حسینی (شعبه ۳ بازپرسی اوین) در ابتدا وعده داده بود با قید وثیقه تا زمان برگزاری دادگاه اصلی، محمود معصومی را آزاد کند اما اینگونه نشد. او هنوز بدون تفهیم اتهام در بازداشت است.”

6. Immediate & Unconditional Release of Civil Rights Activist Shima Babai!

Updated on June 21, 2016.

IRGC’s Officials Arrest Civil Rights Activist Shima Babai.

Shima Babai, the civil rights activist, was arrested by IRGC officials in a raid at her father’s house on May 25, 2016. Officials seized her personal belongings- books, hand writings and cell phones- in the attack, BCR Group has learned. The civil rights activist was reportedly taken to the notorious Ward 2-A of Evin prison.

She, 21, was previously arrested along with Mahmoud Massomi and Elham Rasoolibaghi two weeks ago. She was released after hours.

Finally, Shima Babai, the 21-year-old civil rights activist, was released on bail of $33,000 (100 million Tomans) on June 1, 2016 after enduring eight days in solitary confinement in Evin in the hands of the IRGC.


شیما بابایی فعال مدنی بازداشت شد!
شیما بابایی فعال مدنی و حقوق‌بشر در شامگاه چهارشنبه 5 خرداد‌ماه 1395 توسط ماموران اطلاعات سپاه بازداشت شد. بنابر گزارش فعالان حقوق بشر داخل ایران؛ ماموران سپاه پاسداران با ورود به منزل پدری شیما بابایی او را بازداشت کرده و وسایل شخصی مانند کتاب و دست‌نوشته و گوشی‌های تلفن همراه خانواده را نیز با خود برده‌اند.
گزارش‌ها حاکی از آن است که این دانشجوی رشته معماری داخلی به بند دو-الف سپاه در زندان اوین منتقل شده است. تا کنون از علت بازداشت و اتهام شیما بابایی اطلاعی در دست نیست.
پیش از این نیز او به همراه محمود معصومی و الهام رسولی‌باقی در 23 اردیبهشت‌ماه 1395 بازداشت شده بود که پس از ساعاتی آزاد شد.

7. Immediate & Unconditional Release of Afshin Sohrabzadeh, a Kurdish political prisoner

Iran's Authorities Deny Medical Treatment for Afshin Sohrabzadeh

Afshin Sohrabzadeh, the 24 years old Kurdish man and political prisoner who exiled to Minab prison in Feb 2012, is at imminent risk of death due to intestine cancer and internal bleeding, BCR Group has learned. Afshin is in very dire health condition as he is suffering from intestinal cancer and internal bleeding. He is currently kept in Minab prison of Hormozgan Province. The political prisoner was transferred to the hospital out of prison for medical treatment due to an intensity of bleeding, but he was returned to prison twice without treatment by resistance of the Minab prison officials on June 1, 2016.

Afshin has been frequently transferred to the medical centers out of prison, yet, he has not had an adequate medical care. Then, he returned back to prison without appropriate treatment, HRANA said.

He, allegedly vomits blood, was deprived of having rights medical care, and so long as, the respiratory problems of him have been progressing, and his health condition seriously is in grave danger. The authorities confirmed his “colon cancer.” At least, once Afshin has survived from death because of his ill, the documents of Minab prison’s warden has clearly cited.

Afshin had reportedly experienced severe tortures during his interrogation in the chambers by Deputy Intelligence Service of Kamyaran; his nose is broken.

After much delay, some of the Iranian Human Rights organizations released a joint statement of the political prisoner concerning the excruciating life of Afshin Sohrabzadeh.

Afshin, who is serving a 25-year-term in prison, was sentenced to imprisonment for alleged charges of “Moharebeh (enmity against God) through membership in one of the opponent Kurdish Parties known as Komoleh” at Branch 2 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court in Sanandaj City on June 8, 2010.

He, born in 1990, was arrested by the intelligence authorities of Kamyaran near the dam of Gavoshan in the road on a coach on charges of fleeing the country to join one of the Kurdish parties on June 8, 2009, HRANA said.

“Afshin Sohrabzadeh, a member of Iran’s Kurdish minority serving a 25-year prison term in “internal exile” at a remote prison in southern Hormozgan province, is in urgent need of specialized medical treatment outside prison. He suffers from a life-threatening gastrointestinal condition, exacerbated by prolonged lack of adequate treatment”, Amnesty International said.

Finally, Afshin Sohrabzadeh was sent to medical furlough on June 25, 2016.

8. Immediate & Unconditional Release of Majid Moghadam

Majid Moghadam, Civil rights activist, was taken to solitary confinement in notorious ward-240 due to his hunger strike which is started on 6 April 2015.

He has reportedly begun a hunger strike in order to protest his unjust verdict and inhumane condition in Evin prison. The hunger strike started due to unfair sentence and excruciating life in the prison such as overcrowding of prisoners in ward eight and lack of adequate food both quantity-quality.

Majid who is one of the victims and detainees of Kahrizak has been arrested by Revolutionary Guards officials on 3 Dec 2014, in the future, he was convicted to six years imprisonment by Revolutionary Court of Tehran.

He was accused of the charge of propaganda against the regime of Iran, illegally way-out of the borders and lack of Military Service ID.

Officials have apparently seized the personal belongings as a satellite receiver, flash memory, some books and CDs during the raid at his father house.

Majid had been previously arrested during the unrest after the presidency election in 2009 by plainclothes officials (Basiji) that as a witness of horrible occurrences in Kahrizak has unfolded the details regarding the cruel repressions by officials and plainclothes against demonstrators through his testimony.

He had previously been kept a 2-Alef Sepah ward of Evin prison at the beginning of his detention.

Reports of rights groups confirm that over 25 political prisoners have deliberately been held at ward 8 as these prisoners have purportedly been abused and harassed by those prisoners who have had accused of committing offences such as rubbery, murdering and possession of narcotics.

9. Immediately & Unconditionally Release Omid Alishenas, an Iranian activist

Updated on Dec 10, 2016.

Omid Alishenas, an Iranian civil rights activist, was arrested by IRGC officials in front of his father's house on Sep 4, 2014 and taken to Ward 2-A Sepah (IRGC). He was accused of the vague charges of "assembly and collusion to attempt crimes against national security", "propaganda against the regime" and "insulting the Supreme Leader of IRI" at Branch 28 of the Islamic Revolutionary Court of Tehran chaired by Judge Mohammad Mogheyeseh on March 7, 2015.

He was in isolation for 132 days, his relatives said. In addition, officials denied him the right to access his family (face to face meeting) for more than nine months while Omid was kept in Ward 8. Omid has just spoken to his relatives from behind bars via phone.

He, 32, was sentenced to ten years in prison, the maximum punishment by the court for his peaceful activities as a child labor activist, as well as for gatherings he attended to protest the situation of Kobani children in Syria. The sentence was announced by the Head of Office of Branch 28 on May 12, 2015, and the case has been allegedly referred for re-examination to Branch 36 of the Appeals Court chaired by Judge Seyed Ahmad Zargar. The biased court accused him of “supporting the political prisoners’ families in the 80s”, “protest against systematic human rights violence in Iran, especially in cyberspace”, “opposition to the death penalty”, and “condemning the mass execution in the 80s”.

Omid, son of Atila, was very hopeful of being released on bail; Iran's judiciary officials refused his release on bail of $33,000 (1 billion Rials) despite the initial decision for conditional release, reliable sources said, which means he will have to spend the best years of his life in the notorious Evin prison.

Finally, He was released on bail of $ 230,000 (7 billion Rials) after spending 17 months in the regime’s chambers on January 18, 2016. The appeal court will issue its final decision on July 5, 2016.

Officials had confiscated his personal belongings such as cell phones, flash memory cards, three Personal Computers and a lap top, camera and CDs.

Mr. Alishenas, who has an academic degree in the field of Civil Engineering, has reportedly experienced severe torture both physically __ psychologically in the Islamic Republic chambers. He was frequently beaten during his interrogation periods that were mostly at night; officials used the barbaric procedures such as holding in isolation where in about 2 Square Meters he was kept without basic needs.

He had been in the solitary confinements at Ward 2-A Sepah (IRGC) for 132 days, and then was transferred to the public Ward 8 amongst criminals imprisoned for serious offenses such as murder, rape, drug smuggling, embezzlement, fraud and forgery (Ward Eight is officially labeled as a financial crimes ward).

The prisoners are kept in one of the crowded wards of the prison known as the infamous Ward 8, where the unsuitable circumstances could menace their health. It is an aging office building with low ceilings which has no proper sanitary facilities and has poor air circulation.

Branch 36 of the appellate Court issued 7-year prison term against Omid Alishenas. The court was conducted by Judge Ghomizadeh.

Finally, Omid Alishenas was arrested in a raid at his father house by Sarrallah Base forces of IRGC on December 10, 2016. He was taken to Evin prison to serve his 7 year prison term.

10. Condemning Brutal Attack on Political Prisoners of Notorious Evin Prison in Iran

On the morning of 17 April Ministry of Intelligence officials, along with about 100 guards dressed in riot gear reportedly entered Section 350 of Evin Prison, possibly to conduct a search…At least four of the injured prisoners have been transferred to a hospital outside of the prison."

Dozens of prisoners were transferred from the ward to solitary confinement. A number of prisoners in the ward have gone on hunger strike. Families of political prisoners protested the attack and have since gathered outside Evin prison to demand answers.

Such mistreatment of defenceless prisoners is indicative of the desperation and erratic hate the Iranian regime has directed towards dissidents. These acts illustrate the desperate state of a dying regime that cannot tolerate any form of dissent or resistance, including from those living in the dungeons of its most notorious prisons.

11. STOP THE PERSECUTION OF RELATIVES OF IRANIAN STUDENT BEHNOUD RAMEZANI, MURDERED BY REGIME AGENTS

The parents of Iranian student Behnoud Ramezani, who was brutally murdered by Islamic Republic regime agents during the Fire Festival of 2011, have been sentenced to eight months in prison--for the "crime" of openly mourning for their son!! Similarly, his aunt has received a prison sentence of four months for the same "crime."

Behnoud Ramezani, born in 1992 and a second-term student at Noshirvani University of Technology in Babol, was killed on the night of the Iranian Fire Festival (ChaharShanbe Soori’s night) at the hands of the Basij forces in Tehran. His body was eventually delivered to his family two days after his death, under the condition that he be buried outside of Tehran. The two initial forensic reports described the cause of death as “multiple blows to the head by a hard object”. The “final” cause of death, however, was announced as a result of an “explosion of a hand grenade”. Security forces banned any burial ceremonies for Behnoud Ramezani in Tehran. He was finally buried on March 18, in his native village of Gharakhil in the province of Ghaem Shahr.

BEHNOUD'S FATHER RECOUNTS THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF HIS SON'S MURDER:
“Basiji thugs had broken my son’s legs and arms.…
They had crushed one of his testicle. All parts of his body was bruised. My son was beaten to death by Basiji thugs. They had hit him with club and baton. My son was a freshman in Babol University. He was studing Mechanical Engineering there. He had gone home for Nowruz. He was killed in the Narmak Square (22nd Sq.). His friends told me that motorbike riders came and without asking any question, they began to hit all of us. Behnoud was saying why?, and they hit him more than others. The Basiji bastards should say why they hit my son. The Basiji bastards should say why they killed my son. My son was a student of “Exceptional Talent” school. His mother has become mad. She could not accept what has happened. We were Muslim. We were Iranian. But the Basiji thugs killed our son. Their motorbikes had no registered number. The regime should tell us why they allow Basiji thugs to have unregistered motorbikes. Why do they kill Iranians? Why did they kill my son? why? why? “

http://iransnews.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/behnoud-ramezanis-tragedy/

A CLOSE FRIEND OF BEHNOUD'S RECALLS CONVERSATIONS WITH HIM ABOUT THE FUTURE OF IRAN:

"We both believed that everything should be based on humanity. Neither of us were particularly religious. In our discussions, we came to the conclusion that we want behave like decent human beings without harming anyone [in our actions]. Whenever we had discussions, we came to the conclusion that in this country we will never be able to do the things we like. There will always be obstacles and problems. There are always people who won’t allow us to live how we like to live. All in all, it is impossible to do anything here. Our thought was to study for four years and then leave the country. Behnoud and I had differing political views. Behnoud was completely against the current ruling government. He always watched the programs on satellite, even though I personally disliked some of these programs. There were times when we had lots of discussions. For example, we would argue every day for two weeks in a row. We would discuss how we should change this corrupt regime. We would talk about how lives would have to be sacrificed. My friend and I would explain that we were not willing to die for this cause. We wondered whether people would stand by us and follow in our path if we paid such a price. What if we paved the way and the people did not follow? Behnoud did not agree with our analysis and would say: “You may be right, but in the end lives have to be sacrificed, there has to be bloodshed…”

THIS SAME FRIEND RECALLS THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF BEHNOUD'S BRUTAL MURDER THE NIGHT OF THE 2011 FIRE FESTIVAL:

"The security atmosphere in Tehran was undoubtedly tense. At around 4:00pm, when we left Iran Pars Square, you could see security agents every step of the way. We later went to Narmak, because that neighborhood has approximately 150 to 200 squares and even if they placed 10 agents at every square they would need to deploy tons of agents. In any event, there were lots of motorcycle-riding security agents watching the neighborhood. We didn’t witness any particular political protests in the square. We had no intention of holding political rallies, not because we were against the idea of protesting, but rather because we saw our Iranian Fire Festival as a night for happiness, celebrations, and festivities.

At around 6:00pm, a number of motorcycle-riding agents filled the square. Those in front were fully equipped Basij’s, followed by special security forces who were covered in gear and also well equipped. We all ran away and about fifteen minutes later, we returned to the square. At around 8:00pm, the security agents once again attacked the square. The 22nd Square was very busy. There were approximately 40-50 of us young men in the square. Later on in the night, when the crowd dispersed and Behnoud and I were standing with a few others in the middle of the square, we noticed that a group of motorcycle-riding agents had entered the main street. They revved their motorcycles and drove towards us causing us to flee. After a few seconds, I turned around and saw a boy with a short beard running away. At first I didn’t think he was a Basij, but then I heard a women at the end of the street shouting: “They have killed someone! The Basij’s have attacked and killed someone!” Initially, I had no idea that it was Behnoud she was talking about. I saw two of the neighborhood boys running after the Basij who had jumped into a White Samand with the license plate “44-Iran-246S61″ and had fled the scene....

"A few of our friends who had witnessed what happened, explained that they first hit Behnoud from afar with an electric shocker (I must say that I am sure of this fact) and later Behnoud slipped. When I went to stand above him, I saw that Behnoud’s body and face were black and bruised. He had not even shed a drop of blood...

" I saw Behnoud’s body. Later the forensic experts confirmed the details in their report. The bone in his right thigh was crushed. One of his testes had exploded. His right or left hand was broken. His neck was broken, but an injury to the spinal cord does not lead to death. The cause of his death was the heavy blows to his head. It is unclear what caused the head trauma that led to the rupturing of an artery in his brain and cerebral hemorrhaging. He was taken to the Alghadir hospital by ambulance where he was declared dead."

12. Free Mehdi Farahi Shandiz, Iranian Teacher And Labor Activist

Iranian teacher and labor activist Mehdi Farahi Shandiz was arrested in the first week of Januar, 2012 to serve a three-year jail term.

Mr. Shandiz had been previously detained on May 1, 2010 and had spent more than eight months in solitary confinement in the notorious Evin prison before being released on January 26, 2011.

Intelligence Ministry agents have arrested the 51-year-old teacher and labour activist Shandiz numerous times before.

While the ostensible basis for the conviction and prison sentence of Mr. Shandiz remain unclear, the fact that is that he is doubly vulnerable to persecution at the hands of the Islamic Republic regime's war against Iran's civil society by simple virtue of being both a teacher and a labor activist.

As for as labor activists are concerned, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has called for urgent action regarding the arrests of and acts of harassment against several Iranian trade unionists, including Shandiz, Shahrokh Zamani, Mohammad Jarrahi, Nima Pouryaghoub, Sassan Vahebivash, Sheys Amani, Sadiq Karimi, Sharif Sa’ed-Panah, Mozaffar Salehnia, Maysam Nejati-Aref, Ebrahim Madadi, Reza Shahabi, Mohammad Hosseini and Mehdi Farahi Shandiz.

As far as the plight of teachers, Zamaneh has recently reported:

Iran’s “Campaign to Support Jailed Teachers” has issued an announcement in protest against the “worrying situation” of teachers in Iran’s prisons.

Zamaneh reports that the Campaign made its announcement at the start of the academic year and in the run-up to World Teachers’ Day, aiming to be the voice of incarcerated teachers in Iran and rallying the public to demonstrate against how teachers are treated in the country.

The announcement calls on the Islamic Republic to heed the demands of teachers and urges all civil activists to become in every way possible the voice of “jailed teachers” between September 20 and October 5, World Teachers’ Day.

While pointing out the arrest of many teachers and the execution of Farzad Kamangar in 2010, the Campaign adds that many teachers are also being subjected to expulsion and exile, and being denied the right to participate in union activities.

In addition to the stated political persecution, the statement also indicates that many teachers in the provinces will be facing cuts to their salaries in the coming year, while nowhere in the country will educators be granted a raise.

Following the 2009 presidential elections, the government began a widespread crackdown on civil and political activists all across the country. Teachers have been one of the chief targets of government pressure including arrests, interrogations and prison sentences.

Names of some of the jailed Iranian teachers are: Mehdi Farahi Shandiz, Rasoul Badaghi, Abdolreza Ghanbari, Mohammad Davari, Abdollah Momeni, Ali Poursoleiman, Hashem Shabaninejad, and Hadi Rashedi.

13. Immediate release of Iranian lawyers Abdolfattah Soltani, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah and Mohammad Seifzadeh

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14. Free Mostafa Tajzadeh

UPDATE Radio Zamaneh 05/26/2013

Reformist slams Supreme Leader’s “absolute monarchy”.

Political prisoner Mostafa Tajzadeh, a top reformist figure, announced in a letter from jail that the establishment has left no alternative for reformists but to boycott the elections.

Tajzadeh writes that the disqualification of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Esfandiar Rahim Mashai and other volunteers for the presidential race has simply “left the road open for the victory of the Supreme Leader’s chosen candidate… which means Iran’s political system has been turned into the absolute monarchy of the clerical leader.”

Tajzadeh’s letter was published on the Norooz website, which is linked to the banned reformist group the Islamic Iran Participation Front. He writes: “In view of the calamities that the establishment has brought upon our country, creed and people, we expected that with an apology to the people, they would take the path of recovery by allowing a free, legal and conclusive election so that a window of hope out the current dismal situation would appear.”

Iran’s Guardian Council disqualified Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the top candidate for the reformists, and Esfandiar Rahim Mashai, the candidate endorsed by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his supporters. The final eight candidates approved by the council are basically figures that will act in complete obedience to the wishes of the Supreme Leader.

Tajzadeh, who was involved in the Interior Ministry in the reformist government of Mohammad Khatami, was arrested immediately after the presidential elections of 2009, as allegations of vote rigging in favour of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sparked major street protests across the country.

Tajjzadeh predicts “a decline in public participation in the election, especially compared to 2009; widespread problems in economic leadership, government corruption, growing fissures between the conservatives, growing pressures of international sanctions and ever-increasing public discontent will bring the absolutist system into crisis sooner that they think.”

He adds that since the election is “engineered and illegitimate” and the ruling conservatives have stolen the “right of free elections” from the people; therefore, there is no alternative but to boycott the elections.

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UPDATE 7 FEBRUARY , 2013

Tajzade's medical treatment in Farabi Hospital prevented

HRANA News Agency - Islamic revolutionary guards agents prevented the continuation of medical treatments on Mostafa Tajzade's teeth and eye in Farabi hospital and claimed that since now all the process will be continued in a hospital which is under revolutionary guards management.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), quoted from Norooz, After a few months of internal eye bleeding the medical treatments on Mostafa Tajzade started in Farabi hospital but islamic revolutionary guards transferred him from Farabi hospital to Baqiatollah hospital and prevented the continuation of medical treatment process. This happens while the judge issued permission for Tajzade to be under medical treatment in Farabi hospital.

According to Tajzade's wife, she has been informed 2 days ago that the medical treatment for teeth and eyes of this prisoner could not be continued in Farabi hospital anymore and he will be under medical treatment in another hospital under revolutionary guards management.

The head of election committee during reform time has detained and quarantined illegally since 30 months ago. He started fasting as a way to protest and the consequences affected his body in different ways.

Some of the consequences of his protest are eyes problems and blood pressure which increased because of delay in treatment. Tajzade's family is concern about his medical treatment in the revolutionary guards hospital.

Recently, the wife of this political prisoner through a letter to Hossain Taeb claimed that he is responsible for what happened to her husband and asked him to introduce the guilty person if he himself is faultless.

Translated by: Ramyar Hassani

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UPDATE Radio Zamaneh 01/14/2013

Jailed reformists have joined with former interior ministry chief Mostafa Tajzadeh to publish another letter from Evin Prison that urges Tajzadeh’s peers to give their firm support in the quest for free elections.

The Kaleme website quotes Tajzadeh’s latest letter as saying: “In effect, free elections is the strategy of Iranian reformists, and as the Green Movement took shape through the elections, its victory is tied to free elections, and in such a case, whoever really wins the majority vote would naturally gain the respect of all.”

The prominent reformist writes: “In the recent fanfare, we must not fear and we must stand firm with integrity for free elections, because in Iran we can either have free elections or, God forbid, an ignominious one.”

Tajzadeh stresses once more that the key to the country’s survival is free elections, adding: “If I were on the outside, I would launch the biggest campaign for the defence of free elections, which is a legal and legitimate concern.”

In recent weeks, after a number of top reformists called for commitment to free elections, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei snapped back at their statements, saying that to insinuate that the elections are anything but free is to fall in line with the country’s enemies. He stressed that talk of free elections should be considered as the “new code of sedition.”

Mostafa Tajzadeh went on to add in his letter: “I urge any individual who is concerned about Iran’s independence, territorial integrity and security, and who does not want our country to end up with the fate of Libya, Yemen or Syria, to work hard for free elections in Iran, and that is not only in the coming election but for all elections to come.”

Tajzadeh was arrested after the 2009 election, when reformist allegations of vote fraud were followed by mass street protests.

The establishment chose to crack down violently on challengers of the election results and labelled election protesters as “seditious elements.”

SOURCE : Radio Zamaneh

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Mostafa Tajzadeh:
Reformist sentenced to six years in prison

Mostafa Tajzadeh, member of the Islamic Iran Participation Front (Jebhe-ye Mosharekat) and Islamic Revolution Mujahedin Organization. Tajzadeh was a high official, serving as Deputy Interior Minister in the Khatami cabinet and Interim Head of the Interior Ministry after the sitting Minister, Abdollah Nouri, was impeached. Prior to that, he had served as Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance in the Mir Hossein Mousavi cabinet during the time Mohammad Khatami was Minister of Culture. Tajzadeh also worked at Hamahsahri Newspaper.

On 13 June 2009, only one day after the disputed presidential election, Tajzadeh was arrested. He spent about four months inside solitary cells at Evin Prison, where he was pressured to give television interviews and confessions. He was finally transferred to Evin's General Ward on 14 October 2009. During the first 100 days of his arrest, Tajzadeh was not allowed contact with his family and lawyer.

Tajzadeh was one of dozens of individuals arrested following the election who were tried during a group trial at Branch 15 of Tehran Revolutionary Court under Judge Salavati. The trials, which were later referred to as "show trials," convened without the presence of the suspects' lawyers and their families and government media reported on their proceedings.

Tajzadeh and his party faced heavy charges in his indictment. During the fourth session of the trial on 24 August 2009, many detainees who had been under pressure and torture were forced to make confessions against themselves. Tajzadeh attended two more trial sessions, but did not offer any defense and did not allow his lawyers to defend him, either. His charges were "assembly and collusion with the intent to disrupt national security," "propagating against the state," "insulting the authorities," and "keeping classified documents." On 17 April 2010, Tajzadeh was sentenced to six years in prison and ten years' ban on activities in parties and media. Tajzadeh did not appeal the court's decision and it became final.

After nine months in prison, on 10 March 2010, Tajzadeh was granted furlough and was temporary released. He had refused to post bail and his release was made possible without posting bail.

Tajzadeh was one of seven leading reformists who filed a law-suit against several commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) for their alleged intervention in Iran’s rigged presidential elections. When he refused the Intelligence Ministry's demand that he "take back his lawsuit," he was arrested again on 15 August 2010 and transferred to solitary cells inside IRGC's Ward 2-a at Evin Prison, banned from having visitations. Eleven months' detention inside solitary cells led to a deterioration of Tajzadeh's health. He was allowed six days of leave in June 2011, five days in August 2011, and one day of leave in March 2012, after which he was immediately transferred back to prison. Tajzadeh has embarked on several hunger strikes to protest inhumane prison conditions.

Tajzadeh has written several letters from prison which have angered the authorities who have in turn put him inside Evin Prison's Methadone Ward, a ward generally reserved for hardcore criminals and drug addicts. His wife, Fakhrossadat Mohtashamipour, was also arrested and detained for several weeks in 2011, after she engaged in activities to protest her husband's detention and to form a support group for prisoner families.

SOURCE : IRANIAN.COM

15. Letter to President Barack H. Obama to release Javid Houtan Kian

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16. 20th June 2011, Global day in support of political prisoners in Iran

Since the Islamic regime of Iran took power in 1979, people in Iran have been deprived from their basic rights including their freedom of expression. Soon after the regime established its power, mass imprisonment and execution of dissident started.

Since 1979, no opposition has been tolerated, and slightest resistance to the establishment has been faced with fiercest punishment. This has been the living situation in Iran for more than 31 years, and since then, the number of political prisoners have been on the rise.

17. Free Ramin Parchami

Iranian actor and filmmaker Ramin Parchami, who was arrested during anti-government protests on 14 February, has been sentenced to a year in prison.

The 38-year-old was arrested during protests held in solidarity with the Arab uprisings of Egypt and Tunisia in February 2011. According to Green Movement website Kaleme, until a few days ago, the actor had been held in solitary confinement in ward 209 of Evin prison under the supervision of the Intelligence Ministry. However, he is now being held in ward 350.

“There’s no precise information about Parchami’s case, but it’s been said that the reason for his arrest on 14 February was his insistence to stay in the protest. Plain-clothed agents who had spotted him in the crowd warned him a number of times to leave the demonstrations, but he ignored their words and was arrested in the end,” reported Kaleme.

According to the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, Parchami’s one year jail-term was issued by branch 13 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran under Judge Eslami on charges of “acting against national securiting through taking part in an illegal assembly, attempting to film and disrupting public order.”

Parchami’s trial was held on Wednesday 12 April and his transfer to the court took place “under security measures” and he was seen “handcuffed, with long a beard and a not-so-appropriate appearance while accompanied by a number of policemen.”

Parchami has a master’s degree in directing and acting, and has directed and acted in a number of films and television series. He is also a former editor-in-chief of the cultural weekly Naghsh Afarinan.

The barbaric human rights violations carried out by the Iranian regime cannot be allowed to continue.

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Ramin Facebook Page:
http://www.facebook.com/RaminParchami

18. Free Mehdi Ramezani Father of Martyr Ramin Ramezani

Father of Iranian martyr Ramin Ramezani, who was killed On June 11, 2009, during the post-election protests has been arrested on 7 Dec 2010 after visiting his son's gravesite.

In the one and a half years after his son’s death, his father who has not been without sorrow even for a day has now been arrested and jailed. This is the first time that the father of a slain protester is arrested and jailed.

On 25 Dec 2010 Mehdi Ramezani contacted his family and told them that authorities has issued 200 million toman ($200.000) bail for his release. Mr Ramezani's family have told the reporters they are unable to provide such amount bail for his release.

The human rights violations carried out by the Iranian regime cannot be allowed to continue.

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19. Free Hamed Rouhinejad

After the election and the eruption of widespread anti-government protests, through intimidation and false promises, Iranian student Hamed Rouhinejad was forced to plead guilty in a show trials which resulted in issuing a death penalty by branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court. According to his father, Rouhinejad was initially charged with spreading propaganda against the Islamic Republic. At his trial, he was accused of membership in the Association of Iran's Monarchy.

Rouhinejad has denied the charges. On Jan 2010 the death sentence of Hamed was reduced to 10 years of suspended imprisonment by the supreme court.

Hamed suffers from multiple sclerosis, and is in critical condition in Zanjan prison, northwestern Iran, where he is being held in solitary confinement. He has been denied visits and phone calls.

On Oct 19 2010 his father in an interview with radio farda said I visited Hamed 3 weeks ago on that occasion "He was in very poor health, physically and mentally."

He added that physicians at Evin prison and Imam Khomeini hospital have said that Hamed should be released from jail for at least three months for medical treatment, but neither the judge, nor the prosecutor agreed to that.

When he was transferred from Tehran to Zanjan, Hamed’s health deteriorated considerably due to lack of medical care. He is now at serious risk of dementia and death.

His Father added : I ask from all internal and international organizations, the Secretary-General of the UN, and Doctors without Borders to please examine my son’s situation. If they conclude that my son can endure being in prison under these conditions, there will be no objection. But anyone who sees Hamed just for a few minutes knows that he will not survive these conditions. I don’t believe my child will survive another month.

The barbaric human rights violations carried out by the Iranian regime cannot be allowed to continue.

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Hamed Facebook Page:
http://on.fb.me/99MibR

News Sources:

http://www.rferl.org/content/Iranian_Father_Worried_For_Jailed_Sons_Health/2194687.html

http://persian2english.com/?p=15308

20. URGENT ACTION! Release Attorney Dr. Mohammad Oliayifard! Diagnosed with Leukemia, No Treatment!

Prominent attorney Dr. Mohammad Oliyaifard was detained earlier this year for defending human rights and this week he was diagnosed with Leukemia by the prison clinic doctor!

DR. OLIAYIFARD IS IN URGENT NEED OF MEDICAL CARE AND NEEDS TO BE IMMEDIATELY RELEASED!

Lawyer Dr. Mohammad Oliyaifard who is serving a one year prison sentence for defending human rights was sent to the Evin prison clinic after not feeling well.

According to RAHANA, the doctor in the Evin prison clinic diagnosed Dr. Oliyaifard with leukemia after observing several lumps on his body. The clinic stated that Oliyaifard needs to visit a specialist. Dr. Oliyaifard needs to be transferred to a specialist clinic outside of prison immediately.

Dr. Mohammad Oliyaifard was detained on May 1, 2010 under the pretext of beginning to serve his one year sentence under the charge of “anti-regime propaganda” for conducting interviews. He is currently held in ward 350 of Evin prison. He was previously detained another time on March 8th and was released a week later.

Mohammad Oliyaifard has been the legal representative for various political prisoners. He was also one of the attorneys for the executed juvenile Behnoud Shojaee. After the execution of Behnoud Shojaee, Dr. Oliyaifard gave an interview where he called Shojaee’s execution “illegal.” He was consequently arrested.

Source: http://persian2english.com/?p=15431
http://www.rahana.org/archives/27485


نیاز فوری محمد اولیایی‌فرد برای اعزام به مراکز تخصصی پزشکی

محمد اولیایی‌فرد وکیل زندانی بند ۳۵۰ اوین نیاز مبرم و فوری به اعزام به مراکز تخصصی پزشکی خارج از زندان اوین را دارد.

بامداد امروز محمد اولیایی‌فرد وکیل بازداشتی که به یک سال زندان محکوم شده و دوران محکومیت خود را پشت سر می‌گذارد، به خاطر بد شدن وضعیت جسمی خود به بهداری زندان اوین مراجعه کرده است.

به گزارش رهانا، پزشک بهداری زندان اوین وجود تعدادی غده در بدن این وکیل زندانی را «سرطان خون» تشخیص داده و گفته است که او را باید یک پزشک متخصص معاینه کند.

با توجه به این وضعیت حاد این وکیل و مدافع زندانیان سیاسی باید هر چه سریع‌تر به مراکز تخصصی خارج از زندان اعزام شود.

دکتر محمد اولیایی‌فرد در تاریخ ۱۱ اردیبهشت ماه ۱۳۸۹ به بهانه‌ی گذراندن محکومیت یک ساله‌اش به اتهام تبلیغ علیه نظام از طریق مصاحبه بازداشت و روانه‌ی زندان شده و اکنون در بند ۳۵۰ زندان اوین به سر می‌برد.

وی پیش‌تر در تاریخ ۱۷ اسفند ماه ۸۸ بازداشت و پس از یک هفته از زندان آزاد شده بود

21. Appeal for Nasrin Sotoodeh to International Lawyers, Judges and Prosecutors

Please support Nasrin Sotoodeh by demanding International lawyers, judges and prosecutors to take immediate action by signing the following appeal addressed to the competent organizations.

22. Free Political Prisoner Heshmatollah Tabarzadi

Heshmat Tabarzadi is an Iranian journalist and democratic activist. He was arrested on December 28, 2009, in front of his wife and son by agents who also seized his books, papers, and computer, and is currently being held at an unknown location.

Tabarzadi published an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal on December 17, 2009. In his op-ed, he wrote: "If the government continues to opt for violence, there very well may be another revolution in Iran. One side has to step down. And that side is the government—not the people.

On the evening of December 27, Tabarzadi was interviewed on Voice of America Persian, and said that the protests were the largest he had ever seen. He also called on protesters to keep the protests nonviolent.

Tabarzadi was viewed by the regime as one of the leaders of the student protests of July 9, 1999. He was arrested and spent nine years in Evin Prison, including two in solitary confinement, for his activities as a student leader.

On October 3rd Heshmatollah Tabarzadi Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison and 74 Lashes

According to the report, the 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pirabbas, has sentenced political activist and Secretary- General of the Democratic Party of Iran to 9 years in prison and 74 lashes.

He has been convicted of conspiracy and assembly to commit a crime against national security and insulting the Supreme Leader. Tabarzadi was detained on December 28th after the Ashura protests and transferred to solitary confinement in Ward 209 of the Evin Priosn. He was later transferred to the Rajaei Shahr prison for protesting the execution of the 5 Kurdish activists including Farzad Kamangar.

His first court session was held on June 9th and after the objections made by his lawyers, the charges of destructing the public property, espionage, and insulting Ayatollah Khomeini were dropped.

The barbaric human rights violations carried out by the Iranian regime cannot be allowed to continue.

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23. Release Hengameh Shahidi

UPDATE - 12 APRIL 2013 :

Hengameh Shahidi has suffered a heart attack (coronary) last night, 11 April 2013, she's in the CCU clinic in Tehran [persian: http://goo.gl/X5SJf and english: http://archive.radiozamaneh.com/english/content/iranian-journalist-shahidi-has-stroke ; during the last months she has been on sick leave from prison; the violent atmosphere has woken up the artist in her, in January 2013 she presented her paintings in an exhibition to " help raise awareness about the plight of 200 or so political prisoners still in Iranian jails, many of them forgotten or ignored by a population afraid to speak out ..""[ http://www.enduringamerica.com/home/2013/1/5/iran-feature-how-a-political-prisoner-found-art-for-her-acti.html ].

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Sept 2010

- Journalist and human rights activist Hengameh Shahidi is in need of urgent attention. She is currently detained in Evin prison serving a six-year prison term. She is charged with “gathering and colluding with intent to harm state security” (5 years prison) and “propaganda against the system” (1 year prison).

Hengameh suffers of various diseases: of a heart disease, of rheumatism, of lower back pain, of intestinal [stomach] problems, of nervous rheumatism and of severe drops in blood pressure. SHE NEEDS MEDICAL CARE

alarming details about her situation "Untold Details about Hengameh Shahidi’s Case: Beatings, Torture, Mock Execution" had been revealed by her lawyer Mohamad Mostafaei; English: [http://persian2english.com/?p=14611]
farsi ناگفته هاي پرونده هنگامه شهيدي- محمد مصطفايي وکيل هنگامه شهيدي
[http://www.modafe.com/NewsDetail.aspx?Id=454]
Deutsch "Mohammad Mostafaei enthüllt Einzelheiten aus dem Fall Hengameh Shahidi: Schläge, Folter, Scheinhinrichtung"; http://goo.gl/kNCYD ].

Authorities have banned Hengameh Shahidi from phonecalls. No explanation is provided. [http://www.rahana.org/archives/25083]

On August 21, 2010, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran [http://www.iranhumanrights.org/2010/08/despite-dire-need-hengameh-shahidis-requests-for-medical-leave-denied/] reported that Hengameh Shahidi’s health condition is not in good shape and she suffers of a heart disease, of rheumatism, of lower back pain, of intestinal [stomach] problems, of nervous rheumatism and of severe drops in blood pressure. She needs regular medical attendance, her state of health has deteriorated !

Tehran's prosecuter has set a bail on US $ 600 000 for her release, which her family is unable to come up with [http://www.rahana.org/archives/25325].

15 October 2010 "Fruitless Efforts to Reduce Shahidi’s $600,000 Bail" despite her family’s efforts to reduce her $600,000 bail, authorities at the Prosecutor’s Office have not agreed to the family’s request. According to the source, Shahidi’s health is unfavorable and pursuing her medical needs requires treatment outside of the prison. Prosecuting authorities have said that Shahidi’s family’s appeal for bail reduction is being considered but no decision has been made yet. [http://www.iranhumanrights.org/2010/10/fruitless-efforts-to-reduce-shahidis-600000-bail/]

Earlier, in May 2010, Hengameh Shahidi endured a suspicious interrogation session [http://persian2english.com/?p=11061] and and an attack [http://persian2english.com/?p=11279] in prison

On August 30th, the Jaras website published her letter [http://www.rahesabz.net/story/22419/] she wrote from prison to her lawyer Mohamad Mostafaei, who was forced to flee Iran. [http://persian2english.com/?p=14146]

24. Save Farah Vazehan! Death Sentence Overturned, but She is Sick in Prison!

*UPDATE February 25, 2011*

January 20th: The Supreme Court has overturned Farah Vazehan’s death sentence. HOWEVER, even though her death sentence has been overturned, since she is suffering from illness, prison is comparable to slow death sentence for her. In September, she was transferred to an outside hospital due to her heart problems.

http://www.rahana.org/en/?p=9404

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*UPDATE: Sept 10, 2010*

Death row prison Farah Vazehan has been transferred to a hospital outside of prison after suffering a heart attack!
http://www.rahana.org/en/?p=6929
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On August 4th, reports surfaced that Farah Vazehan was sentenced to 15 years in prison. However, a reliable source has told RAHANA that her sentence is actually death.

The anonymous source told RAHANA that Vazehan’s family has not informed her that she is sentenced to death to prevent her from worrying. Salavati from branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court is the presiding judge on the case that is still open for appeal.

Farah Vazehan was arrested on December 29, 2009 (two days after the Ashura protest). She is currently detained in the general women’s ward of Evin prison.

Vazehan was charged with participating in street protests and Moharebeh (waging war against God) by cooperating with the PMOI. She was living abroad for many years and came back to Iran because her 19 year old daughter who is diagnosed with cancer was receiving chemotherapy treatment.

Following the Ashura protests, hundreds of people were detained and many received heavy sentences. Article 27 of the Iranian Constitution declares freedom of assembly, “provided arms are not carried” and the assemblies “are not detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam”.


صدور یک حکم اعدام دیگر برای یکی از متهمان حوادث روز عاشورا | رهانا

یک منبع مطلع به رهانا گفته است که برای فرح واضحان یکی از متهمان حوادث بعد از انتخابات حکم اعدام صادر شده است.

در تاریخ ١٣ مرداد ماه خبری مبنی بر صدور حکم ١۵ سال زندان برای فرح واضحان از متهمین روز عاشورا از سوی شعبه ١۵ دادگاه انقلاب اسلامی منتشر شده بود که یک منبع مطلع به رهانا گفته است، برای واضحان حکم اعدام صادر شده است.

این منبع که نخواست نام‌اش فاش شود به رهانا، سامانه خبری خانه حقوق بشر ایران گفته است که خانواده‌ی واضحان برای عدم ناراحتی وی حکم اصلی وی را که اعدام بوده است به اطلاع‌اش نرسانده‌اند و حکم اصلی وی اعدام بوده است.

این حکم که از سوی قاضی صلواتی در شعبه ١۵ دادگاه انقلاب صادر شده است و حکم دادگاه بدوی است.

فرح واضحام که هم اکنون در بند عمومی زندان اوین به سر می‌برد حدود هفت ماه در «بازداشت موقت» بوده است. واضحام دو روز بعد از حوادث روز عاشورا در تاریخ ١٠ دی ماه ١٣٨٨ در منزل خود بازداشت شده بود.

اتهام فرح واضحام شرکت در اعتراض‌های خیابانی و «محاربه از طریق همکاری با سازمان مجاهدین» اعلام شده است. وی سال‌ها خارج از کشور زندگی می‌کرده است و به خاطر دختر ١٩ ساله‌اش که به سرطان مبتلا است و شیمی درمانی می‌شود به ایران بازگشته است.

در طی حوادث روز عاشورا که در اعتراض به نتایج انتخابات سال گذشته ریاست جمهوری در ایران شکل گرفته بود، صدها نفر بازداشت شدند که بسیاری از آنان به دلیل شرکت در اعتراض های خیابانی حکم‌های سنگینی گرفتند. این در حالی است که بر اساس اصل ٢٧ قانون اساسی تجمع و گردهمایی به شرطی که مخل مبانی اسلام و بدون حمل اسلحه باشد در ایران آزاد است.
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خبرگزاری حقوق بشر ایران - رهانا

فرح واضحان، زندانی محکوم به اعدام در پی ناراحتی شدید قلبی به بیمارستانی خارج از زندان اوین منتقل شده است.


--RAHANA

25. Save Mohammad Valian from Execution

PETITION UPDATE 5/17/2010: MOHAMMAD AMIN VALIAN DEATH SENTENCE HAS BEEN OVERTURNED TO A 3.5 YEAR IMPRISONMENT! THIS IS VERY GOOD NEWS, THIS FOR NOW HAS SAVED HIS LIFE. PLEASE CONTINUE TO SIGN PETITION AGAINST THE IMPRISONMENT SENTENCE.

HOWEVER, THERE ARE NOW 6 OTHER PROTESTERS ON DEATH ROW WHICH THEIR SENTENCES HAVE BEEN UPHELD THIS WEEK! PLEASE SIGN THEIR PETITIONS BELOW, YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Save Abdolreza Ghanbari from Execution!
http://www.gopetition.com/online/34874.html
Save Ali Saremi from execution!
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-ali-saremi.html
Save Mohammad Ali Haj Aghaei
http://gopetition.com/online/36277.html
Save father Mohsen Daneshpour & son Ahmad Daneshpour from Execution!
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-father-mohsen-daneshpour-and-son-hassan-daneshpour.html
Save Jafar Kazemi from Execution!
http://gopetition.com/online/36276.html

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SIGNATURES! FREEDOM & HUMAN RIGHTS FOR IRAN!

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Mohammad-Amin Valian, 20 years old, who is a student at the University of Dagham and a member of the Student Muslim Council in Iran, has been charged with “Moharebeh” (acts against God) and has been sentenced to death for participating street protests on Dec 27, 2009 along with the rest of the Iranian people asking for freedom and human rights.

According to the international UN Human Rights Charter, which the Iran government is a ratified state party since 23 March 1976, every person has the right to voice their thoughts, opinions, beliefs, and religion without persecution by its government. By sentencing Mohammad Valian, the government of Iran is abusing its power over another life, persecuting, and breaking the international human rights laws.

Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.”

Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
“No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

We condemn these horrible sentences by the Iranian government and ask for the United Nations to recognize that these laws have been broken.


محمدامین ولیان، ۲۰ ساله ، دانشجو دانشگاه دامغان، اعضاى شوراى مرکزى انجمن اسلامى، نیز بوده است، در ستاد تبلیغاتى میرحسین موسوى در این شهر فعالیت داشت و پس از حوادث خونین روز عاشورا، ۶ دی، ۱۳۸۸، بازداشت شد. ولیان در جریان تظاهرات روز عاشورا به دستگیر شد و متهم به “محاربه با خدا” شد.


Mohammad-Amin Valian, 20 years old, who is a student at the University of Dagham and a member of the Student Muslim Council in Iran, has been charged with “Moharebeh” (acts against God) and has been sentenced to death for participating street protests on Dec 27, 2009 along with the rest of the Iranian people asking for freedom and human rights.

According to the international UN Human Rights Charter, which the Iran government is a ratified state party since 23 March 1976, every person has the right to voice their thoughts, opinions, beliefs, and religion without persecution by its government. By sentencing Mohammad Valian, the government of Iran is abusing its power over another life, persecuting, and breaking the international human rights laws.

Article 2 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.”

Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
“No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”

Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights:
“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

We condemn these horrible sentences by the Iranian government and ask for the United Nations to recognize that these laws have been broken.


محمد امین ولیان دانشجوی بیست ساله دانشگاه دامغان و عضو انجمن اسلامی دانشجویان ان دانشگاه باتهام «محاربه» (جتگ با خدا) بعلت شرکت در تظاهرات روز عاشورا در روز ۲۷ دسامبر ۲۰۰۹ همراه با سایر ایرانیان در پی درخواست ازادی و حقوق بشر دستگیر و محکوم به اعدام شده است.
بر طبق اعلامیه جهانی حقوق بشر سازمان ملل متحد، که ایران از تاریخ ۲۳ مارچ ۱۹۷۶ یکی از امضاء کنندگان ان میباشد، هر فردی از حق داشتن ازادی هر گونه عقیده ، ایمان و مذهب بر خوردار بوده بدون اینکه مورد ازار و تعقیب از طرف دولت مربوطه خود قرار گیرد. با محکوم کردن محمد ولیان ، دولت ایران از کنترل و اختیاری که بر مردم خویش دارا میباشد سوء استفاده کرده و باین وسیله قوانین جهانی حقوق بشر را نقض کرده است۰

ماده ۲ اعلامیه جهانی حقوق بشر؛
هر فردی میتواند بدون هیچگونه تمایزی از قبیل نژاد ، رنگ ، جنسیت ، ربان ، مذهب ، عقیده سیاسی و یا هر عقیده دیگر ، ، ملیت ، وضع و موقعیت اجتماعی ، ثروت ، ولادت ، یا هر موقعیت دیگری ، از تمام حقوق و کلیه ازایهای ذگر شده در اعلامیه حقوق بشر بهره مند کردد.
بعلاوه هیچ تبعیضی که مبتنی بر وضع سیاسی ، قضائی و یا بین المللی کشور و یا سرزمینی باشد که شخص بان تعلق دارد، خواه این کشور مستقل بوده ، و یا تحت قیمومیت ، و یا غیر خود مختار بوده ، و یا حاکمیت ان بشکلی محدود باشد، بعمل نخواهد امد۰

ماده ۵ اعلامیه جهانی حقوق بشر؛
احدی را نمیتوان تحت شکنجه یا مجازات یا رفتاری قرار داد که ظالمانه ، غیر انسانی و بر خلاف شئون بشری و تحقیر کننده باشد.

ماده ۱۹ اعلامیه جهانی حقوق بشر؛
هر فردی حق ازادی عقیده و بیان دارد. و این حق شامل انست که در داشتن عقاید خود از هر دخالتی مصون بوده و برای کسب اطلاعات و افکار دیگر و اخذ و انتشار انها بتمام وسائل ممکن ارتباطی و بدون ملاحظات مرزی ازاد باشد۰

ماده ۲۶ اعلامیه جهانی حقوق بشر؛
هر فردی حق دارد که از اموزش و پرورش بهره مند شود. اموزش و پر.رش حد اقل تا حدود تعلیمات ابتدائی اجباری و رایگان باشد. اموزش حرفه ای باید عمومیت پیداکن و اموزش عالی باید با شرایط مساوی برای همه امکان پذیر باشد تا همه بنا بر استعداد خود بتوانند از ان بهره مند گردند

ما صدور این حکم بنهایت ناگوار را که توسط دولت ایران صادر شده است محکوم میکنیم و از سازمان ملل در خواست میکنیم که این حکم را بمنزله نقض قوانین مصوبه اعلامیه جهانی حقوق بشر اعلام کند

*Special thanks to Mina Z.*

26. Appeal to Free Mr. Abolfazl Abedini Nasr

We, the undersigned call on the Iran Government Judiciary Branch to grant immediate release of Abolfazl Abedini, who is being detained in Evin prison and sentenced to 11 years confinement.

Journalist and human rights activist, Abolfazl Abedini who is a member of the Pan-Iranist Party has dedicated his life to journalism and defending human rights in Iran.

Abolfazl Abedini has been sentenced to eleven years in prison by branch 1 of the Revolutionary Court in Ahvaz in his absence. He is sentenced to eleven years of confinement. He is charged and convicted of Being a Human Right Advocate in Iran (five years prison sentence), convicted of having relationship with foreign countries ( another five years sentence), and propaganda against the regime for interviews with foreign media (one year in prison).

The court judgment for Abolfazl Abedini was issued in mid March 2010, but it was not announced to his lawyer Mohammad Oliyaifard until March 28, 2010. The court order is related to a previous case which led to Abedini’s arrest in July 2009. In November 2009, he was released on a bail in the $300,000 range.

He was brutally arrested at 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 3, by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps Intelligence agents (IRGC's), violently attacked his residence in the southern province of Khuzestan. The order that the agents presented for raiding the home was illegible and its issuing authority was not indicated. The activist who suffers from a serious heart condition was severely beaten during the arrest. Few days before the raid , Abedini had been repeatedly threatened with arrest., the reason for Abedini’s arrest has yet to be announced to his lawyer.

Like many others he is charged and convicted on the unjust charge of Human Rights Advocacy,‘acting against national security’, and outrages Charges of spreading propaganda against the Islamic Republic, giving interviews to foreign press.