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Executions, arbitrary killings, deaths in custody, and death sentences


Iran hangs person in Shirvan

According to the Fars News Agency from Bojnourd and as stated by the Public Relations of the North Khorasan Judiciary, the Public and Revolutionary Prosecutor of Shirvan announced that the death sentence for a narcotics trafficker was carried out in this town.

“This person was arrested and sentenced to death on charges of possessing and carrying 989 grams of crystal”, Reza Rashid said.

“The sentence was carried out after it was confirmed by the Attorney General and after his request for amnesty was refused by the Judiciary’s Amnesty Commission”, he stipulated. (Fars state-run News Agency – July 18, 2010)  

Iran executes three men in Kerman

Three narcotics traffickers were hanged in the Kerman Prison.

According to the issued sentences by the Revolutionary Court in Kerman, Abbas Y. was convicted of carrying and possessing 5 kilos and 720 grams of crack (type of very addictive chemically made narcotics), Rohollah B. was convicted of carrying and possessing 440 grams of heroin and Mohammad Naiem Sh. was convicted of selling 275 kilos of opium. They were all sentenced to death for these charges. (ISNA state-run news agency – July 19, 2010)  

Man hanged in public in Ahwaz

The death sentence of a drug trafficker was carried out today in public in Ahwaz.

The death sentence for A. Sh. a drug trafficker in the Mashali Akhar Asphalt neighborhood was carried out in the morning.

It has been some that death sentences are carried out in public in Khuzestan and this issue has had a great affect in the decrease of the province’s crime rate. (Asre Iran state-run website, Fars state-run news agency – July 19, 2010) 

Iran hangs man in Ahwaz

The death sentence of a drug trafficker was carried out in the morning in Karoun Prison in Ahwaz.

According to the Khuzestan Public Relations Office of the Judiciary, the death sentence for S.H who was sentenced to death by the Ahwaz Revolutionary Court on charges of buying, selling, carrying and possessing 990 grams of heroin was carried out in Karoun Prison. (Fars state-run news agency – July 21, 2010)  

>Deaths in custody 

Kurd political prisoner probably killed under torture; no news on condition for past 7 months

According to an Intelligence official in the town of Saqez who asked not to be named and received money for this report, Aziz Mohammad Zadeh, a death row political prisoner was taken from a solitary cell in the Intelligence Agency in Saqez to a solitary cell in the Sanandaj Intelligence Agency while in critical physical health last autumn. Mohammad Zadeh’s family has had no information about his condition and whereabouts for the last 7 months.

According to this report, Mohammad Zadeh was under the most severe torture in Sanandaj until a few months ago. No one saw or heard from him after this. According to this Intelligence official, he probably died under torture and that is why officials claim to have released him.

Notably, Aziz Mohammad Zadeh was sentenced to death in a Saqez court on charges of acting against national security and moharebeh (enmity with God). He is the son of Ali and is 26 years old. He was arrested on October 13, 2009 by security forces in Baneh and was transferred to the Baneh Detention Center. He was then transferred to a Saqez Prison after 3 moths of abuse and torture. (Campaign in Defense of Political and Civil Rights Prisoners – July 19, 2010)  

>Death sentence 

Father and son await execution for relations with Ashraf resident


Mohsen Daneshpour Moqadam, his wife Motahareh Bahrami, their son Ahmad Daneshpour and two of their relatives named Reihaneh Haj Ibrahim Dabagh and Hadi Qaemi were arrested on December 27, 2009 in their homes and have been sentenced to death and long prison terms in an unclear and secret legal procedure.

Meisam Daneshpour, the son of Mohsen Daneshpour said regarding his family’s arrest, “I was not home that day. A number of agents came to our house and after conducting a search, arrested them. They announced that my father and mother were arrested on the streets in last years protest which is not true because my father and mother have trouble going out because of their physical condition”.

Despite this, in April the Tehran Revolutionary Court sentenced these five people to death on charges of moharebeh (enmity with God). This family was trialed with an appointed lawyer in the initial court hearing.

“They had an appointed lawyer”, Meisam says. “But a lawyer who only comes two minutes before the trial to ask your name and last name and is only present so that it could be said that you have a lawyer is actually not a lawyer”.

“For our family, it was as if they did not have a lawyer”, he added.

In light of the procedure of the arrest, trial and the lack of a lawyer for defending their case, it seems that Ahmad Daneshpour Moqadam and the other members of the family do not actually have any charges except the fact that one of their sons is in Camp Ashraf. This kind of sentence has been issued to scare dissidents in the past.

Mohsen Daneshpour is 67 years old and is in poor health. There are concerns for his health in prison…

The sentence for Mohsen and Ahmad Daneshpour was confirmed in the court of review while the sentence for Motahareh was reduced to 10 years of prison to be served in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj. Reihaneh Haj Ibrahim Dabagh was sentenced to 15 years of prison to be served in Gohardasht Prison while Hadi Qaemi was sentenced to 15 years of prison to be served in Gonbad Prison.

Mohammad Sharif who is the family’s lawyer said that the case procedures were illegal.

After constant follow ups he was finally able to represent Motahareh, Reihaneh and Hadi.

“After reading the case, I made out a defense bill and sent it for the three open cases in the 53rd branch of the Court of Review. Unfortunately, regarding the two cases in the 36th branch of court (the cases of Mohsen and Ahmad Daneshpour) despite my constant pursuit of the cases I was not able to represent them. They said again that they had not received power of attorneys for the Daneshpours. We once again made out new power of attorneys for them and gave them to the 36th branch to at least be able to review their cases”, Sharifi said.

But they were still not given access to their files and were not able to represent them.

“After more pursuits of this case, the court of review said that the initial sentence had been upheld without us being able to review their files and defend them and told us that our requests to represent them were now irrelevant”. Therefore despite all our efforts, we were not able to do anything. Despite our constant visits to the prison and court, they did not allow us access to the Daneshpours’ files and only informed us that the sentence had been upheld”.

“We are still following the case to see if we can work on it from another angle, but until now, there is absolutely no hope”…

“The truth is that my father is innocent. My brother and my whole family are innocent. We have faith in God and hope that they are released”, Meisam said. (Committee of Human Rights Reporters – July 19, 2010)  

Political prisoner on death row for fabricated drug charges

> According to reports, prisoner Loqman Abdollah Zadeh Moqadam awaits execution on the false charge of possessing narcotics.

Abdollah Zadeh, 32, was arrested six months ago after agents raided his home and was taken to the Sanandaj Police Station on charges of possessing drugs. According to his family he was under physical and mental torture to make false confessions. His case was then transferred to the first branch of the Sanandaj Revolutionary Court where he was tried and sentenced to death. He did not have a lawyer during the trial.

According to his family, the charges made against him are false and were planned from before to execute him. Abdollah Zadeh was arrested before this for killing intelligence agents but was released after proven innocent. His new arrest is related to this charge. The drug related charge has been made to justify the death sentence. He is currently awaiting execution in Sanandaj Prison.

His wife Ameneh Manaf Zadeh, 45, was arrested in their home a short time after his arrest on charges of political activities against the regime and was transferred to a solitary cell in the Orumieh Intelligence Detention Center. After a few months she was transferred to a solitary cell in the Orumieh female cellblock and she is currently kept in an undetermined state in this prison. (Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran – July 23, 2010) 

Inhumane treatment and cruel punishments

Amputation, flogging, torture and humiliation 

Political prisoner in poor health in Gohardasht Prison

According to reports, political prisoner and journalist Massoud Bastani is in poor health in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj.

He is suffering from ailments of the mouth and teeth and is not able to tolerate these problems. According to his family, he is deprived a prisoner’s most minimum rights and authorities refuse to grant him a leave.

Massoud Bastani has been detained for a year without a leave and was transferred to Gohardasht Prison in February. (Human Rights Activists in Iran – July 17, 2010)  

Kurd death row political prisoner in critical condition denied treatment

Rashid Akh Kandi, a death row political prisoner is under special security conditions in prison and is denied medical treatment and visits with his family.

He was sentenced to death on charges of moharebeh (enmity with God) and is denied visits with his family. Despite his various ailments, Saqez Prison authorities prevent him from receiving medical treatment.

Kandi is suffering from pain in his eyes and kidney infection and has so far not received any kind of medication for his condition. (Human Rights Activists in Iran – July 19, 2010)  

Gohardasht Prison officials suppress rightful protests of political prisoners

Political prisoners in cellblock 4 in Gohardasht Prison protested after elderly prisoners and political prisoners in this cellblock were kept outdoors and in the sun under the excuse of a headcount and prisoners were banned from making calls to outside prison.

Political prisoners threatened that they would go on a hunger strike if these pressures continued.

These protests were met with severe reaction from prison officials and led to clashes among prisoners and prison guards. Two interrogators named Mahdavi and Moqiseh who are experienced and well-known torturers in this prison personally attacked prisoners with batons. (Student Committee in Defense of Political Prisoners – July 20, 2010)  

Jailed dissident cleric in critical condition

The physical health of Ayatollah Hossein Kazemini Borujerdi is very poor and he is enduring severe hardships in Evin Prison.

In light of his serious eye and leg problems, prison officials prevent him from receiving medical attention.

According to his family, he is near blindness and cannot keep his balance. His legs are also near paralysis.

Ayatollah Borujerdi is a dissident cleric who was arrested in 2006 and was sentenced to 11 years of prison and the confiscation of his property. (Human Rights Activists in Iran – July 21, 2010)  

Political prisoner suffering from numerous illnesses denied treatment

According to reports, the physical condition of political prisoner Ali Moezi, 57, is deteriorating but he is deprived of serious treatment.

On July 19 after he went to the Gohardasht Prison infirmary, he was denied a visit with the general practitioner under the excuse that the specialist doctor was away on vacation and despite his severe pain and Hematuria, Shabani, a prison guard, forcefully returned him to his cell. This is while because of the crowdedness of the prison, prisoners have to wait up to 3 months to be visited in the infirmary.

Moezi has a history of kidney diseases such as nephritis, kidney stones and kidney cysts and small intestine diseases and varicose veins which are all symptoms of his time in prison in the 80’s. He has received numerous surgeries for his conditions. 

Ali Moezi suffered a severe kidney infection last July but was prevented from being hospitalized in the Labafi Nejad Hospital in Tehran. He was taken back to prison in that condition.

This political prisoner has been denied in person visits and getting possessions from his family for a year now.

Moezi was arrested on November 11, 2008 by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence under the command of Reza Arefian who is a head interrogator at the Intelligence agency and was transferred to a solitary cell in Gohardasht Prison. He was detained in the Sepah cellblock in this prison for seven months and Mohebi, another interrogator had the responsibility of interrogating and mentally and physically torturing him. Moezi is currently in cellblock 4 in this prison.

This political prisoner was arrested in the 80’s and was detained in the Ghezel Hesar Prison from 1981 to 1984. He suffered many injuries as a result of the physical and mental torture and still suffers from the aftermath. (Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran – July 21, 2010)  

Iran amputates the hands of 5 people in Hamedan

Akbar Bigleri, the prosecutor of Hamedan said that crimes are divided into two groups which include personal crimes and crimes related to God.

“Robbery is a crime that has two aspects and is in both groups and if the criminal is granted amnesty by the complainant, in the end he/she will be convicted because the aspect as related to God still exists”, he said.

“The five robbers, whose sentences were carried out in the Hamedan Prison, were all above 25 years old”… 

“When a hand gets used to stealing and causes harassment for the people, it has to be cut short”, he added…

He said regarding not carrying out the sentence in public, “The global arrogance (the west) misuses the implementation of these sentence and claims that Iran violates human rights”. (ILNA state-run news agency – July 22, 2010)   

Jailed blogger in poor physical health in Evin Prison

>Your browser may not support display of this image. The physical health of Hossein Ronaqi Maleki who is detained in a solitary cell in cellblock 1A in Evin Prison is very poor but prison officials refuse to give him medical treatment.

This blogger and human rights activist is suffering from heart and kidney problems. Despite this, prison officials and interrogators refuse to allow him to receive medical attention and are oblivious to his physical health.

He has been under torture and physical and mental pressure in the months of his detention and this has led to numerous physical problems for him…

Hossein Ronaqi Maleki was arrested in the home of his brother, Hassan Ronaqi Maleki, on December 13, 2009. His brother, who did not have any previous political activities, was under severe physical torture for one month to force him to give false confessions. He was severely injured in the neck as a result of the torture. (Committee of Human Rights Reporters – July 21, 2010)  

Gohardasht Prison guards attack and beat political prisoners

According to reports, political prisoners in cellblock 4 in Gohardasht Prison were violently beaten.

On Thursday July 22, the head of cellblock 4, Mahmoud Moghnian and his prison gangs attacked and violently beat political prisoners in this cellblock.

At about 10:30 am political prisoner Khaled Hardani who was in cell number 15 was attacked by a dangerous prisoner. After this attack, he was summoned and reprimanded and insulted by Moghnian. When Mr. Hardani protests his actions, Moghnian attacked and beat him with a baton. Hardani was then transferred to solitary.

After this measure, Moghnian ordered his prison gang who follow his orders in the cellblock in dealing drugs and suppressing prisoners, to attack political prisoners.

Student prisoner Hood Yazerlu was violently attacked by this gang. Hood lost a portion of his eyesight as a result of strikes to his head and he also sustained abrasions on his body.

Moghnian then ordered Hood Yazerlu to be transferred to the cell where the prison gang was detained. With this transfer he intends to subject this young political prisoner to serious danger. Other political prisoners protested this transfer.

Mahmoud Moghnian played a part in the killing of political prisoners in the 80’s especially in 1988 in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj and personally executed a large number of political prisoners. He also plays a part in attacking political prisoners and in these attacks, Amir Heshmat Saran, who was killed under torture, Behrouz Javid Tehrani, Afshin Baimani and other prisoners were seriously wounded.

The attack on political prisoners is decided by the offices of Khamenei because of its international sensitivity, is planned by the intelligence Agency and carried out in prison by Ali Haj Kazem and Ali Mohammadi, the head and assistant head of the prison, Kermani and Faraji, the head and assistant head of the Prison Intelligence Department and the head of the cellblock. (Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran – July 22, 2010)  

Arbitrary arrests 

Political arrests 

Iran arrests three lawyers

Three lawyers who are also master’s degree students at the Beheshti University in Tehran are in detention.

Zubin Nasiri, Kazem Qadiri and Ali Tahami who are also master’s degree students studying general law, international marketing and international law were detained from more than 20 days ago by security institutions.

These people have not had any visits with their families and their charges have not been officially announced. (Advar News – July 18, 2010)   

Iran arrests two Kurds in Mahabad for political activities

In the past few days, two Kurd citizens from Mahabad by the names of Kambiz Ibrahim Zadeh and Nader Darvishi were arrested by security forces in this city.

Darvishi was arrested on July 13 and was transferred to the Mahabad Prison yesterday while Ibrahim Zadeh was detained in a detention center for some time before recently being transferred to the Mahabad Central Prison.

Official sources have not announced the reason behind these arrests but according to reports, they have been charged with cooperating with the opposition. (Mukarian News Agency – July 19, 2010)  

Iran arrests writer for criticizing religion

Hojatollah Nikuyi, a writer and translator was arrested on Sunday by plainclothes agents in Tehran and was taken to an unknown location.

This writer had been fired from his job in the past for his debate with religious scholars.

One of his friends said that this illegal arrest was because of the recent publication of an article in websites in which he had criticized some religious concepts.

Notably, Nikuyi was fired from work and was later jailed for his opposition to Shiite Islam. He was later released after signing a written pledge. (Human Rights Activists in Iran – July 21, 2010)   


Prison Condition 

Political prisoner thrown in solitary for practicing martial arts

Karim Poursamad, a political prisoner in cellblock 350 was transferred to a solitary cell.

According to reports, he was thrown in solitary for practicing and teaching other prisoners martial arts in the prison yard.

This measure by prison authorities is a violation of Prison Organization laws. (Human Rights Activists in Iran – July 18, 2010)  

Political prisoner goes on hunger strike in protest to inhumane prison conditions

> According to reports, political prisoner Reza Jushan announced in a letter sent to us that he was forced to go on a hunger strike as of July 21 because of the intolerable and inhume conditions in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj.

This 25 year old prisoner was arrested on December 1, 2009 after agents of the Intelligence Agency raided his home. He was taken to a solitary cell in the Sepah cellblock and after two months was taken to cellblock 4. Intelligence Agents once again raided the home of this family on December 7 and arrested his mother, Zahra Asadpour Gorji. She was also taken to the Sepah Cellblock and after weeks of interrogations and physical and mental torture, was transferred to Gohardasht Prison’s female cellblock. Gorji and her daughter Fatemeh Jushan were arrested before this for visiting their family members in Camp Ashraf in Iraq and were detained for 16 months in Gohardasht Prison. They were released after serving their prison term. Gorji and her son were sentenced to one year of prison to be served in Zanjan Prison and four years of exile in the Qeilar Village in Zanjan.

The below letter was written by Reza Jushan to Gerami, Gohardasht Prison’s manager and has been sent for us as well:

I announce in this way that I, Reza Jushan, son of Mohammad Salam, have been banned from having visits and making telephone calls in my detainment in cellblock 17 since April 10, 2010.

I have gone on a hunger strike for the below reasons:

My future state has not been determined and I have not been transferred to the public cellblock.

I am banned from making calls and visiting my mother Mrs. Zahra Asadpour Gorji, son of Habibollah, who is currently in the female cellblock in Gohardasht Prison.

Not having the right to call or see my family outside of prison.

All of these three stated issues are the minimum rights of a citizen and prisoner.

I have not received any answers to my previous letters I wrote to you.

Therefore I announce in complete physical and mental health that as of now I will go on a hunger strike for an unlimited amount of time.

It is obvious that until all the above mentioned issues are seen to I will not break my hunger strike.

Political prisoner Reza Jushan (Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran – July 22, 2010) 

Prison sentence 

Dissident doctor sentenced to 3 years of prison and a 3 year ban on practicing medicine

According to reports, Dr. Ali Asghar Jamali was sentenced to 3 years of prison by the 2nd branch of the Qazvin Revolutionary Court.

He was charged with ‘insulting the leader and spreading propaganda against the government’. He was also banned from practicing medicine in his private clinic. This sentence can be appealed within 20 days.

Dr. Jamali was arrested last July and after two months of detention in the Qazvin Intelligence Detention Center was temporarily released on a 160 million toman (about 160,000 dollar) bail. (Committee of Human Rights Reporters – July 20, 2010)  

Student prisoners sentenced to 6 years of prison

Arsalan Abadi, a constructional engineering student at Qazvin University who was sentenced to 9 and a half years of prison by the 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court, was sentenced to six years of prison in a court of review. The six year prison sentence was issued by the 54th branch of the Revolutionary Court.

This student was arrested on Ashura (Dec. 27, 2010) and is currently in cellblock 350 in Evin Prison.

Abdi has been jailed for 210 days and according to reports, his sister and fiancé  were detained for 30 days to put pressure on him. (Committee of Human Rights Reporters – July 21, 2010)  

Basic freedom and rights abused 

Labor activist tried twice on one charge

The sixth branch of the Revolutionary Court in Karaj once again charged Mansour Osalu, the head of the Union of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, with spreading propaganda against the government.

This is while Osalu was tried on these charges and sentenced to prison before this. He was arrested in July 2007 and was sentenced to five years of prison on charges of acting against national security and spreading propaganda against the government. (Human Rights Activist in Iran – July 18, 2010) 


Iran tries bazaar merchants in sham trial

On Wednesday July 14, Javad Lari and Mohsen Dokmeh Chi, two well known Tehran Bazaar merchants who have been jailed in Evin Prison in an undetermined condition for months were taken to the 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court and tried by Salavati, the head of the court. Salavati treated them inhumanely and violently during the trial much like interrogators of the Intelligence Agency.

Javad Lari is 51 years old and married. After close to a year of being kept in an undetermined condition in Evin Prison he was trialed on Wednesday in the 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court.

Salavati trialed him based on charges made by the Intelligence Agency such as moharebeh (enmity with God), acting against national security, spreading propaganda against the government, managing trips (family trips in holidays to various Iranian cities), forming an organization, giving financial support to the PMOI and other charges. The judge did not allow the Lari and Dokmeh Chi families to attend the trial.

Mohsen Dokmeh Chi, 50, is a well know and popular Tehran Bazaar merchant who has also been kept in an undetermined state in Evin Prison. He was also tried by Salavati in the 15th branch of the Revolutionary Court. Dokmeh Chi was charged with giving financial support to families of political prisoners and the presence of his daughter in Camp Ashraf in Iraq.

Lari and Dokmeh Chi were detained for several months in solitary cells in cellblock 209 in Evin Prison under mental and physical torture by intelligence agency interrogators to make false confession against themselves and give interviews on state television. They were then transferred to cellblock 350 in this prison and are still kept under inhumane conditions with other political prisoners.

Another Tehran Bazaar merchant who has been detained since December is Mohammad Banazadeh Amir Khizi. He is kept under inhumane conditions and an undetermined state.

Notably, Mr. Dokmeh Chi and Lari were political prisoners in the 80’s and have served years in prison where they were violently tortured. (Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran – July 20, 2010)  

Right to education 

Students summoned to Tehran University Disciplinary Committee, three students expelled for peaceful protests

A large number of Tehran University students have been summoned to the Disciplinary Committee from the beginning of Tir (Persian month from June 22 – July 22).

Because of the half closed state of universities, exact numbers of the summonses are not available but a student said that more than 50 students have been summoned after protests on May 1, June 12 and June 14.

Notably, three students have so far been expelled from this university according to initial sentences issued by the Disciplinary Committee. Students have also been told that films and pictures were taken (showing their participation in protests). (Daneshju News – July 21, 2010)  

Right to employment  

Iran puts more pressure on labor activists

Iran has increased pressure against labor activists and is carrying out security measures against them to the extent that in the past two months several members of the Central Council of the Union of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company and other labor activists including Mr. Saied Torabian and Reza Shahabi were arrested. There is no news on the condition of Saied Torabian and in light of his heart condition and the fact that he has not contacted his family since his arrest, there are growing concerns for his physical health…

Three members of the Bus Union named Davoud Nourozi, Ata Babakhani, Amir Takhiri who have received authorizations to go back to work from judicial sources and other commissions have been banned from going to work by the managing board of the Vahed Company which acts as if it is above the law.

Two members of the Bus Union by the names of Abdollah Hosseini and Seyed Reza Neimati Pour were once again expelled from work.

These pressures are mounting while the government claims that it is obligated to respecting the rights of laborers according to international treaties in the ILO. The latest reports from the yearly session of the ILO say that (Iran) made a promise to release Mansour Osalu and Ibrahim Maddadi but this was not only not carried out but new charges have been issued against Mr. Osalu and there is mounting pressure on his family. Recently Reza Shahabi’s wife was summoned to the Intelligence Agency over the phone.

In the five years that the Union of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company re-established itself, its members and their families have been under severe pressure and have been faced with widespread arrests, numerous threats, expulsion from work and being deprived of social and medical rights.

With all these pressures and the security like atmosphere of labor activism, the Union of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company still continues its defense of labor rights and will not halt any of its efforts for the defense of labor interests. We request more help and support from all civil and human rights institutions and organization and labor unions especially the ITF. (Union of Workers of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company – July 19, 2010)  

Suppression of religious and ethnic minorities 

Organized violence in the Zahedan Bazaar

A number of plain clothes agents attacked the shops of Baluch residents last night and set them on fire after vandalizing them.

According to reports, after explosions in the Jame Mosque in Zahedan on RGC Day, a number of the elements of plainclothes agents who according to eye witnesses were young Shiites attacked the businesses of Baluch residents.

This violence continued until this morning and the Salman Bazaar and Rooz Bazaar which is run by mostly Baluch Sunnis were attacked. (Human Rights Activists in Iran – July 18, 2010)  

Baha’i man arrested in Sari

Qavamoddin Sabetian, a Baha’i man in Sari was arrested today by agents of the Intelligence Agency in his home.

Before this, on June 9, 2010, his home was searched by intelligence agents who first introduced themselves as employees of the Estates Department, and his Baha’i books, CDs, pictures and personal belonging including his computer were confiscated.

In light of the recent actions against activists fighting for the right to education of (Baha’is) in Sari, it seems that the arrest of Sabetian is because of his cooperation in the activities of those who have been banned from education. (Committee of Human Rights Reporters – July 18, 2010)  

Security forces attack innocent Baluch residents after mosque explosion

One week after the Zahedan explosions, sources report the atmosphere in Baluchistan as volatile with clashes in this town. According to informed sources in Baluchistan, after the explosion plainclothes agents with knives and batons attack Baluch residents on streets and alleys.

This source said that a number of these residents were injured in the past few days.

“Close to 100 people were taken to hospital for their injuries and hospitals have problems in providing the necessary blood (for their patients)”, the source said.

Security measures have been carried out in most towns in Baluchistan especially Zahedan and a large number of forces have been deployed to the region from other towns. A large number of plainclothes agents are among these forces.

An eyewitness said that plainclothes agents show no mercy and freely go about in town beating whoever they deem suspicious without any excuse.

“Plainclothes agents attacked my car damaged it. They have no mercy as if all the people of Baluchistan are murderers”, he said.

“There were reports that some of those who were stabbed by plainclothes agents have passed away”, he added. (Rooz Website – July 21, 2010)  

Baha’i female prisoner in poor physical health in Mashhad Prison

The physical condition of Rozita Vaseqi, jailed Baha’i resident in the Vakil Abad Prison in Mashhad has been reported as critical according to a recent visit with her family.

She has been in solitary for the last 125 days and in this time has become thin and weak which has led to a low blood pressure and severe pain in the soles of her feet and hands.

She has trouble moving her hands and feet and suffers from severe pain. This is while Intelligence authorities have said regarding her condition that Vaseqi is not willing to cooperate and until she does, her condition will not change.

Notably, her family were asked to pay a 50 million toman (about 50,000 dollar) bail on June 27 for her release but no measures have been taken for her release and officials seeing to her case do not give her family clear answers. (Human Rights Activists in Iran – July 21, 2010)  

Suppressive maneuvers 

Government forces confiscate satellite equipment from homes in Kermanshah

Violence against women 

Woman sentenced to 2 years of prison for peaceful protest

Leila Tavasoli was sentenced to two years of prison in a court which only lasted 20 minutes headed by Judge Moqhiseh.

The 28th branch of the Revolutionary Court sentenced Tavasoli to two  years of prison on charges of participating in the June 15, 2009 and Ashura (December 27, 2009) marches in Tehran citing article 610 of the Penal Code and observing article 46 of the Penal Code. The court stipulated that she did not participate in the ‘seditions’ and gave an interview with Radio Farda and BBC as an eye witness to the death of a citizen who was run over by a State Security Forces automobile.

The murdered man was Shahram Faraji Zadeh who died after a SSF car intentionally went over his body in Valiasr Square.

Leila Tavasoli was arrested in the middle of the night on Ashura (Dec. 27, 2009) by agents of the intelligence agency in her father’s home. He father is an engineer and the head of the offices of the Iran Freedom Movement. After two months of detention in cellblock 209 in Evin Prison she was released on bail on February 23.

Her sister, Dr. Sara Tavasoli was also arrested on January 3 and after 50 days of detention in cellblock 209, was sentenced to 6 years of prison and 74 lashes by the 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court and the case is currently being reviewed by a court of appeals.

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