Petition Tag - exile

1. 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.

2. Abolish Exiling Prisoners to Prisons in Remote Locations

The practice of combining prison sentences with exile is an illegal practice of Iranian judiciary system commonly used for political prisoners in the past few years. This practice on one hand punishes families of the prisoners by forcing them to travel long distances to visit their loved ones, and on the other hand inflicts intense psychological harm on the prisoner as he or she worries about the family members' safety and health while going through long distance travels.

Such was the case of Amir Reza (Peyman) Arefi who was first arrested in March 2009, a couple of months before the election in June 2009 on charges of supporting a monarchist group. Even though he was in prison at the time of the protests following the disputed June 2009 presidential election, Arefi was put on trial on charges of interfering in the 2009 elections after he made confessions under torture about his involvement in the protests. The Revolutionary Court first sentenced Arefi to death, however the appeal court reduced his sentence to 15 years of prison in exile at a prison in Masjed Soleyman, a city in the Southern Iran province of Khouzestan.

Arefi lost his mother and his wife in a car accident on December 19th, 2013 as they were heading back to the nearest train station to return to Tehran from visiting him at the exile prison. Ironically his wife, Ziba Sadeghzadeh, in one of her last facebook status updates had pointed out that Peyman has been asking her not to visit him in exile, because he was afraid that something happens to them in one of these trips which would make him eternally miserable.

Regardless of one's political views, one cannot stand the burden of the silence that is indifferent to the denial of the most basic human right of a man or woman to grieve his or her family members' loss by attending their funeral and saying goodbye to them for the last time.

December 21st 2013: Peyman Arefi was released on 1 billion Tomans bail for a week-long furlough to participate in the funerals of his late mother, Nahid Rahmani, and wife, Ziba Sadeghzadeh. At the end Ziba Sadeghzadeh was finally able to get her husband a furlough - one that was caused by her and her mother in law's tragic deaths.

Every prisoner in exile goes through tremendous psychological stress as he or she awaits the hours before his or her family arrives safely from long distance trip to his or her visit. Denying the prisoners the right to contact the family members amplifies the impact of the psychological harm of the exile on the prisoners who cannot be sure of the safe arrival of their loved ones to their home returning back from visiting the prisoners in exile.

3. Help bring those responsible for crimes against humanity and human rights violations in West Papua to the International Criminal Court in The Hague

The National Government of the Republic of West Papua in exile wants to bring those responsible for decades of torture, genocide and human rights violations against the people of West Papua to justice.

The goal with this petition is to collect 100.000 signatures and send a request to the icc
(International Criminal Court, in The Hague),
to start investigating crimes against humanity committed by the TNI(Indonesian army) & Kopassus(Special forces) against the people of West Papua, since 1969). This includes the terrible massacre of Biak, in 1998 in West Papua where three hundred peaceful protesting Papuans were mercilessly tied up and thrown in the ocean, by special TNI and Kopassus units of the Indonesian army.