Monday, January 2, 2017

Update news of political prisoners in Iran:

Violent Prison Raid on Religious Minorities
Two Sunni Iranian political prisoners go on hunger strike in Gohardasht prison

Two Iranian political prisoners of Sunni faith went on hunger strike in protest to torturing of prisoners and their transfer to solitary confinement. Seyyed Towhid Ghoreishi and Hamzeh Darvish, the two prisoners, are currently being held in solitary confinement in Gohardasht prison, Karaj.
On Thursday, prison guards raided the hall where Sunni prisoners were incarcerated and attacked the prisoners. Eight prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement. At least six of the prisoners have been severely wounded, but prison officials have returned them to their wards without any medical care. Ghoreishi and Darvish are still in solitary.
Along with Ghoreishi and Darvish, six more prisoners were forced into solitary with their hands and feet tied after being severely beaten. The prisoners’ names are Marivan Karkouki, Namegh Deldel, Anwar Khezri, Farhad Salimi, Teymour Naderi Zadeh and Jamal Ghaderi. The prison guards used pepper spray and batons to force the prisoners into solitary.
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Security forces attack women’s prison

Feb. 10, 2019 - Security forces of Qarchak Prison in Varamin, southeast of Tehran, cracked down on the inmates of this women’s prison on Thursday night local time, using tear gas and pepper spray. Wards 1 and 2 came under a vicious attack and reports indicate these attacks continued into Friday.
Many female prisoners have reportedly been severely beaten and are in need of medical care.
This raid began when the inmates of Ward 1 and 2 requested authorities provide medical care to one of their cellmates, protesting the prison officials’ neglect. The prison guards attacked the wards following this protest.
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Iranian political prisoner Mehdi Farahi Shandiz taken to solitary confinement
Dec. 28,2018 - The Iranian regime has transferred Mehdi Farahi Shandiz, teacher and political prisoner in Karaj Central Prison, to solitary confinement. Farahi Shandiz has been kept in solitary confinement for an entire week for unknown reasons. There’s no news of his conditions.

Farahi Shandiz has been in prison for eight years and has been under constant torture and persecution by Iranian regime authorities and prison guards.  In 2011, Farahi Shandiz was sentenced to three years in prison. But after eight years, he was given an extension until 2023 under trumped-up charges and made-up allegations.
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Hunger strike by political prisoners in northwest Iran, week of protest

Oct. 23, 2018 - More than 70 political prisoners are on hunger strike in Urmia (Orumiyeh) Central Prison despite pressures and hollow promises provided by the prison authorities. These political prisoners have now been on hunger strike for over a week now.
On Sunday, a large number of these political prisoners’ families held a rally outside the facility demanding authorities responding to their loved ones’ demands.
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Political prisoners continuing hunger strike
Oct. 19, 2018 - Ten political prisoners held in ward 13 of Orumiyeh (Urmia) Central Prison in northwest Iran have joined the 60 other political prisoners in ward 12 who launched a hunger strike recently, reports indicate.
Two political prisoners by the names of Hamid Rahimi and Kamran Darvishi, transferred to solitary confinement after being severely attacked and beaten, have also joined the hunger strike movement.
As a result, the number of political prisoners on hunger strike in Orumiyeh (Urmia) Central Prison has reached 72 up to this day. The political prisoners are protesting a raid carried out by prison guards and special anti-riot units in this prison on Tuesday.
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Iranian Resistance calls for the formation of an international panel to investigate Iran's prisons
Iranian prison guards’ brutal attack on political prisoners in Urmia prison
The grave situation in Zahedan prison

On Monday evening, October 15, anti-riot security guards raided political prisoners in Ward 12 of Orumieh prison, beating them and transferring some of them to solitary confinement. The attack came after prisoners protested the beating of another prisoner and his transfer to solitary confinement. On Tuesday, October 16, prisoners went on hunger strike and refused to eat food in protest to this brutal attack.
Prisoners in the central prison of Orumieh have been deprived of the minimum medical treatment, and only last month three prisoners died for this reason.
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Thousands of #deathrow and #politicalprisoners call for the #abolishment of executions in #Iran
In a conference on the occasion of the World Day Against Death Penalty, held in the municipality of the 5th arrondissement of Paris, a call for the abolishment of executions in Iran was read.
The signatories included 2,320 prisoners on death row from nine cities of Iran, political prisoners as well as the families and relatives of the inmates.
Behzad Naziri, a member of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, who read out the statement at the conference, told the audience, “I want to draw your attention to news that has been coming out of the prisoner of Iran. Since September 23, The Iranian resistance has been engaged in a widespread campaign regarding executions in Iran.
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Iranian Resistance calls for the formation of an international panel to investigate Iran's prisons
Iranian prison guards’ brutal attack on political prisoners in Urmia prison
On Monday evening, October 15, anti-riot security guards raided political prisoners in Ward 12 of Orumieh prison, beating them and transferring some of them to solitary confinement. The attack came after prisoners protested the beating of another prisoner and his transfer to solitary confinement. On Tuesday, October 16, prisoners went on hunger strike and refused to eat food in protest to this brutal attack.
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More than 700 inmates on hunger strike in NW Iran prison
October 11, 2018 - According to credible reports from Urmia Central Prison in northwest Iran, over 700 inmates in ward 15 launched a hunger strike following the suicide of one of their cellmates.
Mohammad Ahupa, from the village of Karib Abad located near Urmia, was sentenced to 25 years behind bars for drug-related charges. He had served eight years of his time in Urmia Central Prison.
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Iran will not become another Syria
Excerpts from Fouladvand's letter
From the Dec/Jan uprising when protests across Iran have been linked with resistance units [associated to the PMOI/MEK], the inhumane mullahs’ regime senses its overthrow nearing more than ever before.
The Iranian regime has campaigned all domestic and foreign resources, including its lobbyists, to carry out terrorist attacks targeting the sole organized opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and its pillar member, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). This plot was foiled, fortunately.
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Women political prisoners in Evin condole Moradi family
Women political prisoners Atena Daemi, Golrokh Iraee and Maryam Akbari Monfared offered their condolences to the family of the slain political activist, Eghbal Moradi, from behind the bars in the women’s ward of the Evin Prison.
they addressed their messages of condolence to Zaniar and Loqman Moradi, death-row Kurdish political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj.
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Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh indicted with new charges

Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been indicted with new charges, Reza Khandan, husband of the Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, informed the press and media.
Human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh was summoned last week to Branch 2 of Evin Prosecutor’s Inspections Office to be informed of new charges.
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Kurdish student ‘disappeared’ in Iran tortured to death
Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian called on the people of Iran as well as international human rights organizations to take action to abolish the death penalty in Iran.
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Zeinab Jalalian denied treatment despite progress of illnesses
The general conditions of political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian has deteriorated in the Prison of Khoy, in northwestern Iran, and she continues to be denied medical treatment despite progress of her illnesses.
According to reports on June 5, 2018, Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian who suffers from pterygium, canker sores in her mouth and serious infection, is still denied medical care and treatment. Despite progress of her illnesses, prison officials continue to oppose her treatment outside prison and by a specialist doctor.
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Condemning the arrest of Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh, lawyer and human rights activist
On Wednesday, June 14, intelligence agents of the clerical regime arrested lawyer and human rights activist, Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh, at her house in Tehran and transferred her to Evin Prison.
She was previously arrested for taking over the cases of political prisoners and spent three years in captivity at Evin prison from 2010 to 2013 on charges of "acting against national security." She was denied the right to practice law for three years. She was later arrested again for protesting acid attacks on young women.
The Women's Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, while expressing its disgust at this repressive action of the clerical regime, calls on the international human rights organizations to condemn the arbitrary arrests by the clerical regime and calls for urgent action for unconditional release of Ms. Sotoudeh.
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Amnesty International UK
Maths teacher Esmail Abdi faces six years in Iran's notorious Evin prison just for defending workers’ rights. He’s now been on hunger strike since 24 April to protest his awful treatment in prison. He needs your urgent help.
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The International Workers' DayIran’s labor movement should unite against the regime, says political prisoners

Payam Shakiba, a political prisoner in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran in Iran, wrote the following message marking International Labor Day.

“In this time period and following the 2017/2018 uprising, and considering the explosive status of our society, the Iranian regime lacks the ability to respond to any of the numerous crises. This regime is literally in a limbo and facing an increasing number of dilemmas with each passing day. Rifts and endless divides, redemption amongst ranks and files, and widespread corruption practiced by literally all individuals linked to the regime, all coupled with the end of the appeasement policy and international concessions that are now leading to further isolation for the Iranian regime in the region, the Islamic World and the world over, are depriving Tehran of even the slightest legitimacy for inside Iran or abroad.
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Majid Assadi, a political prisoner detained in Gohardasht Prison wrote is a message:
"We are approaching the International Workers' Day, as well as the Teachers' Day, while we are still witnessing the arrest and imprisonment of workers and teacher.
The official salary of the workers is three times less than the poverty line.
The ruling regime has shut down all independent organizations and institutions with brutal methods or hi-jacking their identity and substance by putting them in the hands of its own mercenaries and governmental institutions…
The glory of these days stems undoubtedly from the strong wills, who will not give up in the path of their organized and harmonized efforts to bring about freedom and equality, efforts that overcome any obstacle and result in rising up to join the glorious resistance.

Ali Moezi, a prominent political prisoner in the "Greater Tehran Prison", sent a message on the occasion of the International Workers' Day.

The following is an excerpt from his message :
"Congratulations to all workers whose efforts our lives depend on. In our homeland, workers, as well as all other employees, have been put under more and more pressure by each passing year.
Under the present circumstances, the ratified minimum wage is not sufficient for even one person. But beyond that, we see that unemployment and starvation pressure the deprived strata of the society to the point where they are obliged to accept harsh working conditions at half the minimum wage, putting them in a situation that resembles slavery.
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Message Of Political Prisoner To Demonstrators In Ahvaz
In a message from the Karaj Central Prison, political prisoner Mehdi Farahi Shandiz supported the demonstrations of Arab compatriots in Khuzestan province and wrote: “As a political prisoner who spent many years of my life in the prisons and torture chambers of Khamenei, I salute the compatriots in Khuzestan and the cities of this province, and I share your cries (for freedom and justice) and stand on your side every moment.”
The reality is that in the shadow of a lying, deceitful and plunderer government, all national resources and people assets, culture and beliefs are threatened and on the verge of extinction, and all Iranian people from Turks and Fars, Lors, Arabs and Shiite and Sunni, and Baha'i and Christian are under pressure and oppression of these oppressors.
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Human rights defender to resume strike: Abdolfattah Soltani
Amnesty International, March 27, 2018 - Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani went on hunger strike on 21 March, after the authorities denied his request for judicial review and blocked his leave for the Iranian New Year holidays. On 26 March he temporarily halted the strike but expressed his intent to resume it on 20 April. He has a number of health conditions, including digestive and intestinal complications. He is a prisoner of conscience who should be released immediately and unconditionally.

Iranian human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani

Zeinab Jalalian sends IWD message from inside her cell

“No power can bend a woman who has chosen to be free,” so said woman political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian in a message sent out of Khoy Prison, northwestern Iran.
Excerpts of her message:
When we glance over history, we can see that freedom-loving women have always struggled against dictatorial regimes throughout history. These brave women also registered March 8, with their own blood
O’ oppressors, did you see that you cannot prevent women from demanding their rights by massacre, torture and jail? No poweror force can bend a woman who has chosen to be free.
I learned this truth when I was captive in the clutches of the oppressors of the Islamic Republic. They tore my clothes I was wearing. They blindfolded me. They chained my feet to the iron bed and they viciously tortured me. They hit the soles of my feet with cables so much that they swelled and were bruised. They tortured me so much that I could no longer feel anything. All my body was numb, and I had not control over my body…

Kurd Female Prisoner Denied Much Needed Medical Leave
Ali Jalalian, the father of political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian, who has been detained since 2008, said that phone calls to Zainab are constantly cut off and that she cannot talk to her family. “The last time I saw Zainab, her eye condition was very bad. And because of this her sight has been impaired and she needs surgery and other treatment outside of prison. But they have not given her permission as yet. We applied for a medical leave many times. They requested documents, and we provided them but they did not give her a leave. This is while all prisoners are allowed leaves but Zainab has been denied a leave for the past 11 years”, Ali Jalalian said.
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Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the immediate release of Iranian journalist and human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, who completed her thousandth day in detention yesterday, and urges the international community to react.
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 Narges Mohammadi,

No Reports Of Political Prisoner After Being Held In Solitary Confinement
Mehdi Farahi Shandiz
There are no reports of political prisoner Mehdi Farahi Shandiz after he was beaten and transferred to solitary confinement in Central Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran.

He has been denied family calls since January 5 on the order of judge Shahravi, after chanting “Death to Dictator” from his cell.

The judge had not specified the period of his detention in the quarantine ward and restrictions he would face.

In response to the repeated referrals of Mr. Farahi’s family to the prison, another judge Mohammad Moghiseh said Mr. Farahi will not be transferred from solitary confinement to the communal ward.

Political Prisoner Released After Serving Five Years Behind Bars

Reza Akbari MonfaredAfter enduring five years behind bars without even one day of leave, political prisoner Reza Akbari Monfared was released from Rajaei Shahr Prison.
Four of Reza Akbari Monfared’s siblings were murdered by the Iranian regime during the 1980s and the 1988 massacre. Maryam Akbari Monfard, another sister, is currently held in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison.
The former political prisoner, has written an open letter condemning the actions of the Justice Minister who served on the death committee during the period.
His family was denied the ability to bury their relatives or hold a public memorial service. During a private funeral at their house, security agents raided and took many mourners prisoner including Akbari Monfared’s mother, who passed away later due to stress and heartache caused by the deaths of her loved ones.
Akbari Monfared, has states that he doesn’t fear the regime because they can’t subject him to that much more. He said: “We don’t have any fear of being executed, and by sacrificing our lives we proudly declare these massacres and crimes have nothing to do with Islam and our prophet.”

Ali Moezi

Exacerbating Pressures on Political Prisoners
On Wednesday, January 8, the political prisoner Ali Moezi was summoned to attend a show trial again. He refused to wear the prisoners’ uniform as before. The prison guards forcefully put the prison clothes on him and took him to the court with his hands and feet chained.
At the court, Ali Moazi protested against the guards repressive measures, took off the prison clothes, and refused to accept the lawyer appointed by the regime's judiciary. He told the executioner presiding the court that he did not recognize that show trial. Therefore, the so-called court was closed down. According to the regime’s judiciary orders, his sentence had ended two years ago, but the regime continued to keep him in jail under torture through repeated frame-ups.
In addition to cancer, he suffers several other illnesses due to many years of imprisonment and torture, but he has always been denied essential medical care.
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 Zeinab Jalalian
 Zeinab Jalalian still on medical strike, denied of visitationKurdish Iranian political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian is still on medical strike and has been deprived of her family visits.
Ms. Jalalian who is imprisoned for life has been on medical strike, refusing to take any medicines, since February in Khoy Prison, northwestern Iran. She is protesting negligence of prison officials, ignoring her health condition and registering false information in her medical record. They have deprived her since September from having her weekly visits with her family.
The illnesses of Ms. Jalalian including canker sores in her mouth and pterygium, have deteriorated due to lack of medical treatment and her therapy strike.
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Prominent Iranian female prisoner has forgotten how her children look like
Narges MohammadiOn the birthday of her twins, Narges Mohammadi, deputy of the Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran, lit a candle in the solitude of her cell.This is the third time in a row that the political prisoner has had to miss her twins’ birthday. In an open letter reported by Iranian site Radio Farda, Mohammadi wrote: “I do not have a real and clear image of my twins, anymore”.
Mohammadi, 45, has been illegally banned by Iranian authorities from seeing her children, Kiana and Ali, according to the report, citing statements from her husband Taghi Rahmany.
Hrana, a human rights activists news agency, stated that the twins have been living in exile with their father in Paris since 2011.
Rahmany added in his interview that his wife is suffering from psychological issues, and that doctors have confirmed that remaining in prison poses a danger to her life.
Mohammadi was arrested in May 2015 for demanding the elimination of the death sentence and for defending political prisoners.
Kurdish political prisoner, Afshin Hossein Panahi,
The Iranian regime authorities of Intelligence prison in Sanandaj placed a Kurdish political prisoner under the worst torture.
According to reports, the Intelligence agents of Sanandaj prison tried to force the Kurdish political prisoner, Afshin Hossein Panahi, to false confession and TV interview by Denailing and Parrilla (electroshocking) torture to his head and body but he did not surrender to to the demands of the agents.
The reports indicate that part of Hossein Panahi’s head in burned due to the electricity being connected to his head and he has also suffered severe damages to his back and knee.
He is deprived of medical treatment in central prison of Sanandaj and the prison authorities prevent his transfer to medical centers or hospital outside the prison.
The political prisoner Afshin Hossein Panahi has been sentenced to eight and a half years imprisonment in a sham trial that lasted only a few minutes. He was charged with propaganda against the regime and cooperation with one of the Kurdish parties.
Ongoing Torture, Inhumane Pressures on Political Prisoners

Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of the Iranian capital, Tehran, are refusing to respond to the demands raised by prisoners in hall 10, ward 4 of this facility. These prisoners were transferred to this section on July 30 following a vicious and sudden raid, and continue to be without any telephone connection and necessary medical attention. The conditions of Mohammad Banazadeh, 71, suffering from heart and intestinal illnesses, and Majeed Assadi, suffering from chronic stomach illness, is reported as extremely dire.
According to reports, the political prisoners Mohammad Amirkhizi and Payam Shakiba were each sentenced to 11 years imprisonment on three alleged charges. Mohammad Amirkhizi was also sentenced to two years compulsory residence in exile in Nik Shahr of Sistan and Baluchistan province. Based on another report, Majid Assadi, a student activist and political prisoner, was sentenced to six years imprisonment. He was also sentenced to two years of exile and compulsory residence in the town of Borazjan in Bushehr.
The authorities are also preventing any medical care for Arash Sadeghi, another prisoner in this ward who is suffering from numerous illnesses due to a hunger strike lasting more than 70 days.
Imprisoned Human Rights Defender Awarded Sakharov Prize
Narges Mohammadi American Physical Society, APS has awarded Prisoner of Conscience and deputy president of the Center for Human Rights Defenders, Narges Mohammadi its prestigious Sakharov Prize 2018.An Indian researcher, Ravi Kuchimanchi has also been awarded the same prize “for his continued research in physics while simultaneously advocating for global policies that reflect science; for leading sustainable development, human rights, and social justice efforts; and for creating a vibrant international volunteer movement that learns from, works with, and empowers communities in India.”

Despite a ruling against the initial ruling for political prisoner Emadodin Mullazehi by the Sistan and Baluchistan Provincial Court of Appeals, ordering his release, the interrogators of the Ministry of Intelligence refuse to release this political prisoner.Emadodin Mullazehi miraculously lived through an ambush set up for him by the Revolutionary Guards Corps in 2016 for his assassination. The agents mistakenly assassinated one of his friends, Khalil Jahan Dideh, instead of him.
When they realized they had killed someone else, they arrested Emadodin Mullazehi and physically and mentally tortured him for several days to force him into false confessions in order to cover up their mistake. This prisoner is now suffering from kidney complications and bleeding in his stomach as a result of the torture. Despite this, agents have deprived him of much needed medical treatment

Female prisoner says prisoners kept for prolonged time in solitary confinement
Female prisoner says prisoners kept for prolonged time in solitary confinement
October 12, 2017 by IranHRM 0  182
Political prisoner Narges Mohammadi, who is detained in Evin Prison, wrote a letter to Majlis requesting an investigation into the conditions of solitary confinement. In her letter, she stressed that 15 female prisoners who have been kept in solitary were detained with her in Evin Prison. They have been detained for about 140 months overall in solitary confinement and security sections.
This letter reads in part:
“You are certainly familiar with the phenomenon of “solitary confinement” and know that civil activists, political prisoners and prisoners of conscience are held in solitary confinement upon their arrest and under the pretext of ongoing preliminary investigations, for days, months, and even years, and this method has become common practice in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
You know that it is unlawful to keep prisoners in solitary confinement and that security and judicial institutions, without observing any time limit, use solitary confinement at their total disposal…
You are aware that “solitary confinement,” is a well-known form of torture. It is purposeful, has specific effects on prisoners and has victimized many people…
The tragedy has alarming aspects, the minimum of which is:
– Prisoners suffering from physical illnesses and especially mental illnesses
– Obtaining false confessions from prisoners under psychological pressure
– Issuing heavy sentences based on confessions received from prisoners in solitary confinement
– Suppression of the civil society and its activists
– Shocking incidents including the murders of Zahra Kazemi, Zahra Bani Yaghoub and Sattar Beheshti etc…
– Immoral, physical and sexual aggression against prisoners.

Political prisoner Abu Bakr Rostami

Young political prisoner goes on hunger strike in Zahedan Prison
Political prisoner Abu Bakr Rostami went on a hunger strike in protest to his transfer to solitary confinement and torture in Zahedan Prison.
During the Ashura speech of two clerics who insulted Sunnis, the 23-year-old prisoner protested and prison officials reciprocated by throwing him in solitary and torturing him. Abu Bakr Rustami was arrested in 2015 by the Revolutionary Guards Corps on his way to Pakistan to continue his studies. He was subjected to torture for three months and was forced to give false televised confessions. The young prisoner was then sentenced to five years of prison.

Five Years of Imprisonment for an Activist Teacher for Bogus Security Charges

Mahmoud BeheshtiNCRI - According to the state-run IRNA News, the Spokesman of the Judicial System of Iran in a news conference on Sunday, September 17 responded to a question about the arrest of the teacher activist, Mahmoud Beheshti. Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'I claimed that people will not be arrested because of their union or religious activities in Iran. He added, "No one gets arrested due to his occupation or religion. It does not make sense to say that the person is arrested because he is of Bahai' faith, a teacher or a journalist."
The Spokesman of the Judiciary also announced that Mahmoud Beheshti is sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment for security offenses and the verdict has been finalized. Mohseni-Eje'I utters such remarks while thousands of people from different ethnic and religious groups, as well as the teachers and journalists, are being imprisoned and executed. The regime's authorities call the activities of union and political activists and the journalists as "security offenses."
The Spokesman of the Teachers' union, Mahmoud Beheshti was arrested in his home on Tuesday, September 12. The agents of the Prosecutor's office called the union activist on Monday, August 28, 2017, asking him to report himself to the prosecutor's office. Mahmoud Beheshti called their warrant as illegal announcing that he will not return to the prison.
According to the reports, Mahmoud Beheshti refuses to meet his family as he was forced to wear prison's uniform during visitations. The Teachers' Association of Tehran Province expressed concern over the arrest of Mahmoud Beheshti, calling for the unconditional release of all teachers imprisoned or on exile.
It is noteworthy that Mahmoud Beheshti has recently written a letter stating that," 14 years of imprisonment for the legal union and civil activities?! I will continue my way with calmness and

Christian Couple Arrested in Iran
NCRI - On Wednesday, September 20, a Christian couple were arrested by security forces after being summoned to the Iranian regime's intelligence office in Tehran. These new Christians are accused of acting in a burial ceremony in Tehran’s Behesht-e Zahra cemetery according to Christian rituals and Christianity.
According to the report, on September 10 this year, while the burial ceremony was held at section 300 of Behesht-e Zahra cemetery, Mehrdad Houshmand and his wife Sarah Nemati participated as new Christians in the ceremony. During the ceremony, they held a ritual and prayer according to their religious way.
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Raheleh Rahemipour

Raheleh Rahemipoor in Ward 209 of Evin
Raheleh Rahemipour was arrested at her residence in Tehran, Iran.
Ms. Rahemipour is a plaintiff for the 1960s executions in Iran. She has been demanding the regime to account for her missing brother, Hossein Rahemipour, a dentist, and niece, Golrou Rahemipour, was born in prison in 1984.
She was arrested Sunday night, September 10, 2017, by a woman and two men who identified themselves as intelligence ministry officers who thoroughly searched the house and subsequently took her away.
There has been no explanation on the sudden nightly arrest of this human rights activist.
Amnesty International has issued a statement demanding urgent release of Ms. Rahemipour.
AMNESSTY INTERNATIONAL:  Arrest of human rights defender seeking truth about disappeared family members

Arrest of human rights defender seeking truth about disappeared family members

The Iranian authorities must immediately and unconditionally release a human rights defender arrested from her home last night, who has previously been targeted by the authorities for her peaceful activism, said Amnesty International.
Raheleh Rahemipour has spent years trying to uncover the truth about what happened to her brother and baby niece who were forcibly disappeared while in custody during the early 1980s. She was sentenced to a year in prison earlier this year in connection with these efforts and has been awaiting the outcome of her appeal.
“Raheleh Rahemipour has already been forced to endure the anguish and distress of having her loved ones forcibly disappeared and faces an unjust prison sentence for her efforts to learn their fate. Her arrest provides further evidence of the Iranian authorities’ ruthless determination to intimidate her into silence and prolong her suffering,” said Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International.
“Instead of lashing out against aggrieved families searching for their loved ones, the Iranian authorities must meet their legitimate demands for truth and justice.”
Prisoner’s father says daughter is denied needed treatment
 Zeinab Jalalian The eyes of Iranian Kurdish political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian are not in good condition, said Ali Jalalian, the prisoner’s father.
Zeinab Jalalian has been imprisoned since 2008. She is not permitted to leave prison for treatment in a hospital.
Mr. Jalalian said the authorities do not agree to grant her a medical leave, nor do they allow her transfer to a hospital outside prison.
The 35-year-old prisoner has been sentenced to life imprisonment and is detained in Khoy prison, in East Azerbaijan Province. Jalalian has been deprived of prison leave throughout her captivity.

Kurdish woman arrested in Mahabad
Kurdish woman arrested in Mahabad
Five residents of Mahabad, western Iran, including a Kurdish woman, were arrested by security forces on Sunday, September 10, 2017. The woman was identified as Kobra Khalandi. The activists were arrested for participation in a gathering in support of Baneh residents who are protesting the arbitrary killing and shooting deaths of Kurdish porters by security forces.
A number of Kurdish citizens have been arrested over the past few days by security forces in Baneh, Sanandaj, Kermanshah and Mahabad in protest rallies against the arbitrary killing of porters.

ITUC Calls for Immediate Release of Iranian Labor Prisoner
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) General Secretary Sharan Burrow, has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of Reza Shahabi, a member of the board of directors of Iran’s Syndicate of Workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company (UWTSBC).
Burrow, while referring to what she has described as years of torture and inappropriate treatment of Shahabi behind bars, reiterated, “[Reza] the labor rights activist was on medical furlough but Tehran’s prosecutor-general refused to extend his parole.”
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Labor Activist to Remain Behind Bars for Another 17 Months
Iran regime’s public prosecutor has informed the wife of Reza Shahbi that this labor activist must remain in jail for another 17 months, according to a statement issued by the Tehran Bus Drivers Syndicate. Shahabi has been told he will remain behind bars until January 8th, 2019.
Shahabi has been condemned to another year in prison based on charges described by this syndicate as “fabricated.” Furthermore, the public prosecutor has said the five months he was on medical leave – with approval from the coroners – is considered absence from his prison time.
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Navid Khanjani
Prisoner of conscience goes on hunger strike, protesting the poor condition
Prisoner of conscience Navid Khanjani, was transferred to solitary confinement on August 15, 2017. This happened after the Baha’I prisoner staged a hunger strike protesting continued detention of political prisoners in the high security hall 10 of Rajaie Shahr Prison, where is equipped with CCTV and security dividers that separate it from the rest of the prison.
Mardani, the head of this prison has threatened the inmates with solitary confinement if they go on hunger strike to protest the existing condition.
Interrogators of the IRGC Intelligence prevent the release of two political prisoners
Emadeddin Mollazehi The interrogators of the Revolutionary Guards Corps Intelligence, after overturn of the 10-year heavy sentence of two political prisoners, continue to block their release. According to reports, the 10-year heavy prison sentences of political prisoners, Emadeddin Mollazehi and Hafez Yaghoub Jahandideh, have been overturned in Sistan and Baluchistan Province's appeals court, and they should be released in practice. But the Revolutionary Guards Corps Intelligence interrogators blocked the release of these two political prisoners and kept them in limbo.On Saturday, July 26, these two prisoners were taken to Branch 1 of the Revolutionary Prosecutor's Office and were again interrogated. Despite the overturn of their verdict by the Appeal Court of the province, Toroughi, the investigator of this branch called for a 300 million tomans bail to release each of them.

prisoner Youssef Emadi has been transferred to the quarantine of Evin prison 3 weeks ago by the order of the prison head, and there is no news about him due to cut-off of phone calls and weekly visits. He was summoned to the prison warden’s room after protesting against one of the prison officers and his phone calls and family visits were cut-off and he was then transferred to quarantine cells of ward 4 as a punishment.   Read more

Ali Moezzi Political Prisoner Welcomes U.S. Congress's Sanctions on Iran Regime
Prominent Political Prisoner Welcomes U.S. Congress's Sanctions on Iran Regime
NCRI - On July 28, 2017, political prisoner Ali Moezzi congratulated the new US Congress sanctions and the Revolutionary Guard Corps terrorist designation in a message from Evin prison.
The message reads:
The adoption of the sanctions bill is by the House of Representatives and the Senate in spite of the delay is welcome.
Because the more this repressive and looting rule is pressed, the more Iranian people will benefit, especially the Revolutionary Guards should have been sanctioned much sooner. The IRGC has grabbed daily lives of people inside the country and exports regional crises abroad.
In the hope of a serious and complete implementation of the sanctions, I would like to congratulate its adoption to my dear compatriots.
We do not forget that we owe this point to Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, a charismatic and capable figure of the Iranian resistance.
For several years of sustained international efforts, she convinced the major part of the international community to abandon the appeasement policy as well as abandoning a policy of pinning hope for changing the regime's behavior.
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Political prisoner Khaled Hardani's Letter to U.N. Special Rapporteur Concerning Inhumane Pressures
Political Prisoner's Letter to U.N. Special Rapporteur Concerning Inhumane Pressures

NCRI - Political prisoner Khaled Hardani in an open letter to Mrs. Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, wrote about increasing repression against prisoners and Iranian people and killing of a young woman shot by the Iranian regime.
Khalid Hardani, held in Rajai Shahr prison, discussed cowardly killing and shooting Asghar Nahvi, and wrote: "Inhumane and cruel treatment on the streets in the name of promotion of virtue and prevention of vice, and evil and negative treatment of agents of “fire at will” toward young girls and boys with the pretext of mal-veiling or mischief, is an insult to the Iranians’ intelligence, an insult to the will of the younger generation for freedom."
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Why is Changiz Ghadam Kheiri, a political prisoner on hunger strike?
Why is Changiz Ghadam Kheiri, a political prisoner on hunger strike?

Iran, 28 July 2017-- Iranian political prisoner, changiz Ghadam Kheiri has been on hunger strike since Monday July 24 to protest pressures on him by the prison officials.
Despite certification by the prison physicians that he needs surgery due to his deteriorating health situation, Changiz who is currently in Masjed Soleiman Prison in the Khouzestan province (Southwestern Iran) has been deprived of receiving medical care imposed by the Ministry of Intelligence.
In protest to the Ministry of Intelligence's impedement in releasing him on medical grounds, and his inadequate situation in prison, he has gone on hunger strike since Monday July 24.
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Political Prisoner Writes a Letter Addressing Iranian Regime's Official's Confessions on Massacre of PMOI  Members

NCRI - Pointing to remarks made by Iranian regime’s former Intelligence Minister ‘Ali Fallahian’, who confessed in a recent TV interview to parts of regime’s crimes during the ‘80s including the 1988 massacre, political prisoner ‘Ali Moezzi’ has penned a letter titled ‘inevitable confessions of an executioner’ to Iranian people, saying:
“As pointed out in Fallahian’s interview and also previously stated by Ahmad Khomeini, anyone who supported PMOI in the ‘80s, including minors, adults, teenagers, pregnant women, and those who used to read PMOI papers or even buy them bread, was subject to execution. The fact is, however, that even before there was any speaking of PMOI safe houses or anyone buying them bread, regime had declared war against them, by attacking PMOI’s offices and their gatherings while chanting ‘no party but Hezbollah, no leader but Rouhollah (Khomeini)’.
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The Mother of a Political Prisoner Insulted and Harassed

According to reports, despite the passing of more than two weeks after the arrests of a Kurdish political prisoner, his fate in not clear, and his mother was disrespected by Iranian regime’s security forces.Despite the repeated pursuit by Ramin Hossein Panahi's family and their referral to security agencies, there is no news about the fate of this political prisoner. In the past few days, the elderly mother of Ramin Hussein Panahi, after referring to the regime’s Intelligence Office in Sanandaj to ask for his son’s whereabouts, she was insulted and harassed by the agents of the Intelligence Ministry.

political prisoners have gone on hunger strike, as the Iranian regime has increased judicial and security pressures on the imprisoned converts.

According to the news, the physical condition of Amin Afshar Naderi has deteriorated since July 6 when he started the hunger strike. He has lost 10kg and his blood pressure has dropped to 100/60 mm Hg. He has been allegedly charged with acting against the national security and insulting the sanctities by establishing a church. He was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment and banned from traveling abroad for 2 years.

Azari civil activist, Habib Samanian

Deterioration of Political Prisoner's Health on the 40th Day of Hunger Strike in Tabriz Prison

an Azari civil activist, is reported to be deteriorated on the 40th day of hunger strike in Tabriz prison and his family are extremely worried about his physical and health situation.
According to Sasanian’s wife, in a meeting with Habib on Tuesday, July 18, she found out about serious health condition of this political prisoner and added: “I did not recognize him at the beginning of the meeting.”
Christian prisoner, Amin Afshar Naderi

Latest Report on the Condition of a Christian Prisoner on 15th Day of Hunger Strike

The New-Christian prisoner, Amin Afshar Naderi, incarcerated in Evin prison, has been on hunger strike for 15 days but the prison officials do not show any reaction to his legitimate requests despite his deteriorating physical and health condition.

Security forces arrest female civil rights activist

Civil and women’s rights activist Safieh Gharebaghi was arrested by agents of the Intelligence Department of Zanjan as she was leaving home on Monday morning, July 17, 2017.According to a close relative, a few hours after her arrest, Ms. Gharebaghi was returned home along with three agents who conducted a house search.During the search, her laptop, notebooks, books and personal documents were confiscated.Ms. Gharebaghi told her family that she has been charged with dissemination of propaganda against the government, distortion of public opinion and publication of falsities.
A Christian political prisoner called Ebrahim Firouzi,
Ebrahim Firouzi, a Political Prisoner, Goes on Hunger Strike in Gohardasht Prison

IRAN, 19 July 2017--  A Christian political prisoner called Ebrahim Firouzi, in Gohardasht prison located in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran, went on hunger strike to protest the pressures on his fellow christian inmates.
The text of his letter

The Truth About Iran's Evin Prison

Gohardasht political prisoners chant down with the principal of the "Velayat Faghih"

Iran, July 16, 2017 - Political prisoners in Gohardasht notorious prison in the city of Karaj, northwestern Tehran on Saturday, July 15, braved the suppressive measures imposed by the prison guards and chanted death to the dictator and 'Death to the principal of the Velayat Faghih'(Guardianship of the Islamic Jurist).This happened at 16:40 on Saturday, July 15th, after the prison warden Yousof Mardi, his deputy, Mirzaie and a number of suppressive guards raided the Ward no. 4 of Hall no. 12 of Gohardasht Prison attacking and beating up on prisoners, especially the prominent opposition figure, Khaled Hardani.

Imprisoned women protest guided tour of Evin Prison                

The clerical regime organized a guided tour of Evin Prison for ambassadors of 45 countries on July 5, 2017

In a letter addressed to the ambassadors who visited Evin Prison on a guided tour on July 5, 2017, political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared said what they had witnessed was a “Potemkin village.”
Maryam Akbari Monfared, mother of three, has been in prison for eight years for having contacts with her sisters and brother who are members of the opposition. She has already lost four siblings in the mass executions of the 1980s and the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. 

political prisoners Golrokh Iraee and Atena Daemi wrote an open letter to the above-said ambassadors on July 8 and explained the intolerable conditions of Evin Prison.In part of their letter, Ms. Iraee and Ms. Daemi wrote about “solitary cells that have no windows, ventilation and lavatory.”
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Political prisoner, Reza Akbari Monfared, incarcerated in Gohardasht prison wrote an open letter addressed to the wakeful consciences and human rights activists to expose the scenes and conspiracies of the Iranian regime regarding the visit of ambassadors of some countries to Evin prison.                                                            Read the text of the letter

pressure and harassment on political prisoner in Karaj Prison

Iran, July 8, 2017 - Political prisoner Mehdi Farahi Shandiz is being held in solitary confinement in Karaj Prison (west of Tehran) since June 8, 2017. According to reports, this political prisoner is deprived of making phone calls or having visits by his family. The family of this political prisoner have been told that it is unclear how long Mr. Farahi Shandiz will be remaining in solitary confinement.

Political prisoner Mehdi Farahi Shandiz, held in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, issued a statement calling on his fellow countrymen to boycott the upcoming presidential election
Following is the text of his statement
The Political Prisoner Goes on an Unlimited Hunger Strike
The political prisoner, Khaled Hardani The political prisoner, Khaled Hardani has gone on hunger strike to protest against the inhuman pressures exerted in the prison. In a letter, he writes, "I have suffered from oppressions in the past 17 years. I was banned from the visitations and calling my family. They prohibited my sick leave and forbade me to visit my mother's grave or attend my daughter's wedding. The oppression and severe constraints still exist."
Political Prisoners' Letter to U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran

NCRI - In a letter to UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran ‘Mrs. Asma Jahangir’, political prisoners in Gohardasht prison ( West Tehran) have warned over Mullahs regime’s oppressive measures.
Titled ‘Human rights beaten down by blows of dictator’

Iran: Political Prisoners Warn of Mullahs' Exploitation of Tehran Terror Attacks
prisoners in Evin, Gohardasht, Fashfaviye in Greater Tehran, Zahedan and Ahvaz issued a letter to Amnesty International, United Nations Human Rights Council and all human rights entities of the Iranian regime capitalizing on recent events in Tehran.

Iran Teachers Organization: "Ismaeel Abdi's Life in Danger"The Iran Teachers Organization issued a statement on May 24th warning about the ongoing hunger strike by Ismaeel Abdi, former secretary general of Iran’s Teachers Guild. This has not only raised concerns amongst his family members and teachers across Iran, but also a large portion of the Iranian population.Abdi, a mathematics teacher from Islamshahr in Tehran Province, was arrested at his home on November 9th.Read more
Warning the Iranian regime officials, lawyer of a”Esmaeil Abdi, , said that they will be responsible if anything happens to his client.“I consider the head of judiciary, head of supreme court, Attorney General, Tehran Prosecutor, head of Prisons Organization, Intelligence Minister, and other security officials responsible for my client’s life”, said the lawyer.“It’s now four days that my client is on hunger strike”, he added, “As my client’s lawyer, I warn the officials to do something about it before it’s too late.”

Returning Political Prisoner to Prison From the Hospital Without Treatment
hours after a political prisoner from Evin prison was transferred to the hospital, he was returned to the prison without completing treatment.Ali-Reza Golipour, a political prisoner  was transferred from the prison to Tajrish hospital on May 17, 2017, and was returned to prison the same evening. Earlier, Mr. Golipour was taken to Taleqani hospital, but without the necessary tests and treatment, he was returned to more

An Iranian Sunni prisoner on Hunger Strike due to the authorities’ refusal to provide him medical care.
Golrokh Iraee
Human rights activist Golrokh Iraee sent an open letter from Evin Prison and wrote about the reasons she will not participate in the upcoming presidential election in Iran. 

Political Prisoners in Southeast Iran Issue Statement on Farce Presidential Election
On May 12th a number of political prisoners in Zahedan Central Prison in southeast Iran issued a statement calling on the Iranian people, ethnic and religious minorities, especially the Sunnis to boycott the farce presidential election.
To read the part of the statement click here
Dangerous Interruptions, in Medical Treatment of a Female Political Prisoner

political prisoner in Evin prison, charged with supporting the MEK, is suffering from severe tendon rupture in her leg as she has been deliberately denied medical treatment and access to hospital by prison officials.
Fatemeh Mosanna suffered from a leg injury earlier this year and was denied access to a hospital by prison officials at the time of the incident. After months of delay and enduring pain, a clinic outside of prison has diagnosed her with chronic tendon rupture and have stated the denial of medical treatment to this political prisoner as the reason behind her worsening situation.
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Political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian went on therapy strike

Mahsa Roj'ati is suffering in solitary confinement”
Following the death of dozens of miners in the Azadshahr Yurt mine of Golestan Province (northern Iran) Labor activist and political prisoner Behnam Ebrahimzadeh sent a message saying the Iranian regime is responsible for this tragedy.
To read the Parts of this letter click here
Shir Ahmad Shirani, a Baluchi prisoner, was transferred to the quarantine section of Ardebil Prison following a clash between ordinary and political prisoners instigated by prison authorities.Mohammad Reza Bakhtiar, the counterintelligence chief of Ardebil Province prisons, inspected ward 7 of Ardebil Prison where political prisoners are held. He threatened and insulted the prisoners and transferred Mr. Shirani after he protested.
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Lack of access to medical care and prison officials’ refusal to transfer Mohammad Reza Seifzadeh to a medical center has left him facing dire physical conditions, reports indicate.
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Political Prisoner Supports Boycott Sham Presidential Election

Pprisoner Shahin Zoghi Tabar, called for boycotting of the clerical regime’s fake elections. Under the title of “the strength or weakness”, he wrote: The strength or weakness; some animals when faced with danger, to scare and to maintain their own security, try to pretend they are more powerful and bigger than what they are. Just like the clerical regime, which once wanted to portray itself as powerful by obtaining a nuclear bomb and meddling in the region, and now with the sham elections wants to gain legitimacy for its rule. But everyone knows that the elections is an intellectual posture for the velayat-e faqih, because he chooses the candidates, and even if there is no fraud between various gangs and factions of the regime, people can just choose one of the options set by the Supreme Leader and have no other option.
Abolghasem Fooladvand
A political prisoner of Gohardahst (Rajai Shahr) Prison and supporter of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), Abolghasem Fooladvand, released a statement supporting the boycott of the Presidential Election in Iran.To read the text of his statement Click here

Political Prisoner Says the Harassments and Intimidations Will Not Stop Us

prisoners of Ardabil Prison, in a statement, boycotted the sham Presidential Election that is going to be held on May 19th, 2017. They have urged all Iranians to make rational and right decisions on the future of Iran, as well as its problems. The prisoners also asked the Iranians not to participate in the Election and to stand against the oppressive regime.

Response Letter of Political Prisoners in Iran About Accusations on Ms. Asma Jahangir

A Political Prisoner in Tenth Day of Hunger Strike

The Sabotage of Sending the political prisoner,Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, to the Hospital

According to the news, the political prisoner, Omar Farhang, went on a hunger strike on April 16th, in Ardabil Prison to protest against the unbearable pressures and the lack of medical care in the prison.

Female Political Prisoner on Hunger Strike in Critical Conditio

Zeinab Jalalian is deprived again from medical leave
Zeinab JalalianPrison officials have once again refused to grant medical leave to political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian jailed in Khoy Prison, West Azerbaijan Province.Ms. Jalalian suffers from pterygium and risks losing her eye-sight.In an international campaign in December 2016, Amnesty International circulated a petition for freedom of a number of human rights activists including Zeinab Jalalian who is deprived of needed medical treatment.Read more

Political Prisoners Write a Letter to Asma Jahangir

Mrs. Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, political prisoners ‘Khaled Hardani’ and ‘Ebrahim Firouzi’ have demanded that any relations with the Iranian regime be conditional on the regime’s stopping the executions and human rights violations.

Status of Student Activist Unknown

reports, two months after the arrest of Majid Asadi  one of the supporters of MEK-
Mojahedine Khalegh by security agents, there’s still no news of him.

Political prisoner and student activist Majid Asadi was arrested on 18 February 2008 in his house in Karaj by the agents who neither presented any warrant nor did they introduce themselves. Asadi was then transferred to Evin prison.

Seven Years of Uncertainty and Lack of Medical Care, for a Prisoner of Conscience

Political Prisoners Condemned the Detainment of a Sunni Cleric

Political prisoner, Abolghasem Fouladvand
Political prisoner, Abolghasem Fouladvand in a message on the occasion of the International Women's Day stated: “we commemorate the International Women's Day while the Iran regime has always represented misogynistic conducts towards the women during the whole 38 years. They have actually disregarded women's rights through oppression and violence in my country."
prison, political prisoner Khaled Hardani

Political Prisoner Commemorates International Women's Day

In his letter from Karaj Gohardasht prison, political prisoner Khaled Hardani commemorates the International Women’s Day and praises Iranian women’s resistance against the misogynist Iranian regime, saying “Iranian women’s resistance to imprisonment, lashing, torture, and execution, as a driving force and fundamental change in the face of misogynistic policies of the Mullahs’ regime, should be respected, and their courage lauded and saluted.”
Two political prisoners incarcerated in Evin and Gohardasht prisons issued a message and congratulated women on the International Women's Day.

Two women executed in Rasht

In January, a young woman in Iran committed suicide. Now, sadly, suicides have become increasingly common among Iranian women due to a variety of social ills, including state-mandated misogyny. But, in Mahdis's case, it happened one day after she was released from prison. She was sexually abused by Iranian suppressive forces. Wrote Soona Samsami in ‘THE HILL’ on March 5, 2017. The following is the full text of this article.Read more

Widow of IRGC soldier set herself ablaze

30 young women and men arrested in party in Ahwaz

Over 30 young men and women were arrested in a party in Kianpars district of Ahwaz, southern Iran. They were arrested on Friday, March 3, 2017, by moral security forces and remain in detention since.

Woman detained for contacting her brother

Fereshteh Arghavani, 52, was arrested and sentenced to one year in jail for contacting her brother who has lived abroad for 35 years.
Ms. Arghavani has children and grandchildren and is very ill

A woman was found scorched in the mountains

Farzaneh JalaliThe charred body of a young woman, a teacher, was found in the mountains of Ramhormoz, in the southwestern Khuzistan Province, on February 27, 2017. 
The Iranian Judiciary announced February 28, 2017, that civil and women's rights activist Farzaneh Jalali was accused of acting against national security. They refused to accept her lawyer, Mostafa Ahmadian.

 Two Christian women arrested in Tehran and Orumiyeh

To put more pressure on prisoners in ward 4 of Gohardasht Prison by applying white torture on them, the Iranian regime’s judiciary and Prisons Organization have installed eight jamming devices there.                                                   Read more

Journalist tells family not to wait for her!

In her last telephone call to her family, Tahereh Riyahi told them not to expect her anymore!The journalist who is imprisoned in the Evin Prison got to call her family once within the past 10 days. 
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Soheila Minaii transferred to solitary cell                                                                                                   Political prisoner Soheila Minaii was transferred to solitary confinement of Kerman Prison on February 22, 2017. She is due to stay in a solitary cell for one week for insulting Khamenei, the mullahs' supreme leader, and other government officials.                 Read mor
Ahmad Montazeri must be freed
Ahmad Montazeri Reporters Without Borders (RSF) firmly condemns progressive cleric Ahmad Montazeri’s arrest yesterday. The editor of the website of his late father, Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, he was returned to prison after being summoned before a special court for clerics.                   Read more
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In a shocking crime in Ardebil Prison, northwest Iran, authorities chained an inmate by the name of Abbas Alipour to a light pole in the prison courtyard and left him in the winter cold. This hideous torture method continued for many days and nights, resulting in the prisoner’s death on February 15th.                                                       Read more
Human rights advocate and activist mother, Shahnaz Akmali, was temporarily freed from jail on Saturday, February 18, 2017, on a 100-million-touman bail ($30,800) until her trial convenes.
Shahnaz Akmali, who was arrested last month, became outspoken after her son was killed in post-election unrest in 2009
A few weeks ago the brutal regime arrested this dear mother, and Mrs. Akmali's husband said she's been in solitary confinement for days and they have no news about her current condition. Her only crime is her activism and support for freedom. She is an anti-death penalty activist.
The Women's Committee of the NCRI has issued a call to the United Nations to urgently intervene and help release her.
Please join this call to demand her immediate release. Please help be her voice.

Cry of a Father Whose Son Was Killed by the Regime in 2009 Uprising

Martyr Mostafa Karim Beigi in a statement condemned the agents of the Ministry of the Intelligence for arresting his wife and intimidating to set his house on fire.
The statement reads:"you told us that Shahnaz will be released provided that we keep silent. Lies after lies, oppression after oppression! I proudly announce that I am the father of Mostafa Karim Beigi; a 26-year old boy who sacrificed his life to Iran and freedom."

NCRI Women's Committee Calls for Urgent Action to Free Activist Mother, Shahnaz Akmali

Political prisoners call for unconditional release of Shahnaz Akmali

Four political prisoners detained in the women's Ward of Evin Prison expressed serious concern about the detention of Shahnaz Akmali in Ward 209 of Evin Prison.

Shahnaz Akmali Agents of the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) have called Maryam Karimbeigi and threatened to burn their house.

Read moreNews about the whereabouts and condition of Shahnaz Akmali who is the mother of Mostafa Karim Beigi. He is one of the victims of 2009 uprising in Iran .She is deprived of access to legal counsel and visitation by her family despite passage of nine days since her arrest.
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Evin Prison mothers

Political prisoner Nargess Mohammadi sent out a letter from Evin, in which she explained the situation of mothers in the Women's Ward of Evin Prison.
According to Ms. Mohammadi, eight of the 31 women imprisoned in Evin are mothers who are allowed to see their children only once a week on Wednesdays and only for one hour in the presence of the prison guards while being monitored by five closed circuit cameras.

 Political prisoner Zeinab JalalianPolitical prisoner Zeinab Jalalian is having serious problems because of winter. She is suffering from pterygium which has not been treated due to restrictions created by prison officials.The Kurdish woman is also deprived of having visitations by her family. She is deprived of being transferred to hospital and is going blind.                                                                  Read more
Parvaneh Hossein Panahi, Parvaneh Hossein Panahi, elder sister of human rights activist Amjad Hossein Panahi, was arrested at home by plainclothes agents of the Department of Intelligence in Dehgolan (Iranian Kurdistan Province) on January 30, 2017.              Read more
prisoner of Gohardasht (Rajai Shahr) prison of Karaj – Western Tehran, in a letter to the UN Rapporteur Asemeh Jahangir, warns about the human rights condition and in particular the killing of political prisoners in Iran.Khaled Hardani at first asks: why the political prisoners should be suppressed and why the number of executions is growing in the wake of sham elections.
Following is the text of the letter click here

In a letter from inside Zabol Central Prison Southeastern Iran, the political prisoner Arjang Davoudi describes prison’s humiliating conditions and how the prisoners are tortured there

Her husband, former political prisoner Mohsen Dokmechi, lost his life on March 27, 2011, due to cancer and because he was deprived in prison of his much needed treatment. He was a renowned Bazaar merchant who was arrested for aiding the families of political prisoners.

Haleh Gholami Woman arrested for helping a charity fundHaleh Gholami was arrested on January 27, 2017, for participating in the formation of a charity fund to help street children and child laborers.  Read more

Inhumane Pressure on Prisoners and Their Families

The Message of a Prominent Political Prisoner in Iran

Political prisoner Arzhang Davoudi, incarcerated in Zabol prison in exile, in a message on the occasion of January 20 and freedom of the last group of political prisoners from the Shah’s prisons in 1979 in Iran wrote:
Kurdish painter, Neshimal Sohrabi

Kurdish painter, Neshimal Sohrabi, was arrested on Saturday, January 21, 2017, by agents of the Department of Intelligence of Boukan.
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Marjan Davari, researcher and translator, was transferred from the women's ward of Evin Prison to the infamous Shahr-e Ray Prison for women, also known as Qarchak Prison.

Political Prisoner Writes Revealing Letter to UN Special Rapporteur

prisoner ‘Mohammad-Saber Malek Raeesi’ writes a revealing letter to Asma Jahangir, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, describing parts of the inhumane conditions as well as Iranian regime’s medieval tortures in prisons.
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