Golrokh Iraee ever more determined to bring about change
Political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee who ended her 81-day hunger strike on April 24, 2018, has been returned to the Women’s Ward of Evin Prison, as she had demanded. Following are excerpts of the first letter she has sent out after going back to Evin.
She began her letter with commemorating martyred Kurdish teacher, Farzad Kamangar, who was executed on May 9, 2010, along with four other Kurdish political prisoners. The rest of her letter is filled with expressions of gratitude to those who supported her during her hunger strike and with vows to continues her struggle for a free Iran.
Text of excerpts of her open letter
Political prisoner Golrokh Iraee ended her hunger strike after 81 days on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.
The news came from an informed source who announced that Ms. Iraee had “ended her hunger strike and taken food” while hospitalized at IRGC’s Baghyatollah Hospital.
Ms. Iraee was transferred to hospital from Qarchak Prison as she was no longer able to stand up or walk. She refused to take IV serum injections. Ms. Iraee’s mother said when they met her at the hospital, “her eyes’ cornea did not stop in one place. She staggered at us with wonder and could not remember us in the first moments.”
Ms. Iraee and her fellow inmate, Atena Daemi, went on hunger strike on February 3, 2018, in protest to their unlawful exile to Qarchak Prison on January 24, 2018, and breach of the principle of separation of prisoners’ categories. They demanded to be returned to the Women’s Ward of Evin Prison.
By Edward Carney
Thursday marks 70 days since the start of a hunger strike by political prisoners Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee and Atena Daemi. The two women are currently being held in Qarchak Prison, a converted chicken farm with markedly poor conditions including a lack of adequate access to potable water. The facility is ordinarily reserved for violent female offenders, and the transfer of Iraee and Daemi to Qarchak was emblematic of Iranian authorities’ neglect for domestic laws regarding the separation of prisoners according to the nature of their offenses.
Iraee is serving a six-year sentence on the charge of “insulting Islam,” based largely on an unpublished, fictional short story that was found in a notebook in her house during an unlawful search. The story reportedly describes a woman setting fire to a Quran after witnessing another woman being stoned to death. Daemi, meanwhile, is serving a seven-year sentence stemming from her meetings with the families of political prisoners and her critical posts on Facebook, including some which called attention to the mass execution of political prisoners in the summer of 1988.
Calls For Hunger-Striking Prisoners In Iran To Be Released
Human rights activists are calling on Iranian authorities to release several prisoners that have been partaking in a hunger strike. The activists say that the three prisoners who are on hunger strike are being imprisoned in dangerous and inappropriate conditions.
The three prisoners are Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, Atena Daemi and Arash Sadeghi.
Ms. Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee who is today in her 68the day of hunger strike, received a six-year prison sentence for “insulting Islam”. She was arrested after police and suppressive forces entered her home and started to search it. They did not have a warrant for the search but carried it out anyway.
Political prisoner Golrokh Iraee had a visit with her father under tight security measures on April 8, 66th day of her hanger strike. Her life is in grave danger as she has lost 22 kg She told her father : I will continue my struggle
Jailed Rights Defender Ailing
HRW- Beirut- April 10, 2018 - Iranian authorities should immediately release Golrokh Iraee, a human rights defender hospitalized in Tehran, Human Rights Watch said today. Iraee was sentenced to six years in prison in April 2015 on charges solely related to her peaceful activism, after an unfair trial.
NCRI Women’s Committee calls for urgent action to save political prisoner,Golrokh Iraee r political prisoner Golrokh Iraee
The Women’s Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran expresses grave concern over the critical helt conditions of political prisoner Golrokh Iraee after 62 days of hunger strike, and lack of knowledge about her whereabouts. The NCRI Women’s Committee urges all international human rights authorities particularly the special rapporteurs on arbitrary arrests, torture and the right to life, as well as women’s rights defenders to take urgent, effective action to save the life of this political prisoner and secure her unconditional release.
Maryam Akbari goes on hunger strike to support Golrokh Iraee
Political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared declared on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, that she will to on hunger strike for three days in solidarity with the hunger striking political prisoner Golrokh Iraee. She urged international human rights organizations to take urgent action to save the life of Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee.
Political prisoners in Gohardasht prison voice their support for Golrokh Iraii
April 6, 2018 - Political prisoners, Majeed Asadi, Payam Shakiba, Saeed Masouri, Saeed Shirzad, Zaniar and Logman Moradi, all political prisoners at the Gohardasht prison in the city of Karaj (north west of capital, Tehran), have expressed their support for Golrokh Iraii and her demand to be freed or to be returned to the Evin prison in Tehran.
Golrokh Iraii is a political prisoner who has been in hunger strike for more than two months. She is in critical health condition and was recently transferred to the hospital in a
Political prisoner Golrokh Iraee went into a coma and was transferred to a hospital. This is after she has been on a hunger strike for nearly two months in Qarchak Prison, demanding to be returned to Evin Prison.
Golrokh Iraee has been on hunger strike since February 3, 2018, in protest to her unlawful exile from Evin Prison to Qarchak Prison, in violation of the principle of separation of prisoners of different categories, on January 24. She demands being returned to the Women’s Ward of Evin Prison. The political prisoner has refused injection of serum and breaking her hunger strike. She is in critical conditions. The assistant Prosecutor of Evin has declared that he will not allow Ms. Iraee back to Evin even if she dies.
Ms. Iraee is sentenced to six years in prison for writing an unpublished story against the inhuman sentence of stoning. Her husband, Arash Sadeghi, is also imprisoned and sentenced to 19 years.
Golrokh Iraee has been on hunger strike since February 3, 2018, in protest to her unlawful exile from Evin Prison to Qarchak Prison, in violation of the principle of separation of prisoners of different categories, on January 24.
Four UN experts issued a statement on March 19, calling for immediate release of political prisoners Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee. They expressed alarm at the beating and mistreatment of the two prisoners. They said their efforts to have dialogue with the Iranian regime on the situation of Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee have proved to be futile. They said, “Their cases are illustrative of a continuing pattern of harassment, intimidation and imprisonment of those undertaking peaceful and legitimate activities in the defence of human rights and prisoners of conscience, often through using vaguely worded or overly broad national security-related charges.”
Also on March 15, Chair of the Human Rights Subcommittee (DROI) of the European Parliament, Mr Pier Antonio Panzeri (S&D, IT), expressed alarm by the detention of two women human rights defenders in Iran. He said in his statement:
Golrokh Iraee in coma
Political prisoner Golrokh Iraee went into coma on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, the 17th day of her hunger strike demanding to be transferred back to the Evin Prison.
The political prisoner has lost a lot of weight. She had previously went into coma on the fifth day of her dry hunger strike.
Haj Moradi, assistant Prosecutor of Evin Prison, has announced that he would not allow the return of the two resistant women to Evin.
Golrokh Iraee and Ahena Daemi were unlawfully transferred to Qarchak Prison from Evin on February 4, 2018, after being beaten by interrogators of the Prosecutor's Office in Evin as a reprisal for the messages the two imprisoned women sent out in support of the uprising and encouraged them to continue their protests.
Political prisoner, Maryam Akbari Monfared, imprisoned in the Women’s Ward of Evin, sent out an open letter to protest officials’ lack of reaction to the hunger strike of her former inmates, Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee.
The text of her letter
Glorak Iraee suffered a heart attack on Monday evening on day 10th of her hunger strike and 3th day of dry
Read the latest news of Atena Daemi and Glorak Iraee news here
Political Prisoner Arash Sadeghi Announces End of Hunger Strike in a Letter
At the request of his cell-mates, the political prisoner Arash Sadeghi has ended his hunger strike which he started two weeks ago to protest against beating and exiling his wife ‘Golrokh Iraei’ and Atena Daemi.
It was not long ago when Sadeghi just came out of another 70-day hunger strike, the complications of which still hurt the political prisoner.
On February 7, 2018, Sadeghi wrote a letter to announce the end of his hunger strike.
The letter reads “when I heard about transfer of Golrokh and Atena to Gharchak Prison, the images of oppression throughout all these years came alive in my mind, especially considering that the two prisoners were subject to insults and beatings once being transferred. That’s the same old story of filing fake lawsuits, this time planned and carried out from within the prison.
“When they take advantage of their own law to force more pressure and oppression, then resistance and protest is the only way to preserve human dignity. That’s why I started a hunger strike despite suffering from severe physical weakness.
After pointing out the reasons behind his hunger strike, the prisoner of conscience then describes his physical condition, saying “due to being denied of timely medical treatment, my health status has deteriorated so much that I started suffering such complications like low blood pressure, rectal bleeding, breathing problems, irregular heartbeat and frequent nausea only a few days after I started the hunger strike.”
Political Prisoner’s Complaint Letter Against Five Prison Authorities to UN Human Rights Rapporteur
In a letter to the United Nations human rights rapporteur on January 31, the political prisoner Arash Sadeghi, who is on hunger strike, warned about the situation of Atena Daemi and Golkorki Iraee, while accusing five authorities of the Iranian regime's Prisons Organization.
Political prisoners Arash Sadeghi and Soheil Arabi have launched hunger strike & refusing to take any medication, protesting the beating of political prisoners Golrkh Iraee and Atena Daeimi
NCRI Women’s Committee calls for freedom of Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee
Political prisoners Atena Daemi and Golrokh Ibrahimi Iraee were brutally beaten up and subsequently transferred to the Qarchak Prison in Varamin, on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
The inhuman practice came in the wake of a fabricated case just recently filed against the two prisoners for which they had been summoned to the Directorate for the Implementation of Sentences. They were subsequently taken for interrogation to the IRGC Ward 2A of Evin Prison.
The two brave women refused to be interrogated separately and demanded to see their transfer warrant. This is when they were badly beaten up and wounded.
They were subsequently transferred at night to Qarchak Prison for women in Varamin on the order of Haji Moradi, one of the henchmen who serves as assistant judge in Evin Prison.
Atena Daemi, 29, is an activist defending human rights and children’s rights. She has been sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of “propaganda against the state, association and collusion against national security” and insulting Ali Khamanei, the mullahs’ supreme leader.
Golrokh Ibrahimi Iraee is also a human rights activist sentenced to six years in jail on charges of “insulting the sanctities” and the mullahs’ supreme leader, Ali Khamenei.
Qarchak Prison in Varamin is notorious for its deplorable conditions and the clerical regime transfers political prisoners there in total disregard for the principle of classification of crimes.
The brutal treatment of Atena Daemi and Golrokh Iraee comes in reaction to their declared support for the Iranian people’s uprising and is an attempt to scare Iran’s courageous women, especially the young high school and university students, who played a significant role in the Iranian people’s nationwide uprising.
A Letter by Female Political Prisoner: Protesting IRGC, Is Why I Am Imprisoned
NCRI - Golrokh Iraei, a female political prisoner in a women's ward of Evin Prison, wrote a letter last week in response to the exile of her husband, Arash Sadeqi, from Evin to Rajaei Shahr prison in Karaj.
In this letter, while noting the Iranian regime’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, who said that all Iranians are members of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), Golrokh Iraei wrote: “Contrary to his view, as an Iranian who devoted my peace and security and safety to the improvement of my country's condition, not only I am not a member of IRGC, but also I am imprisoned because of the protest against the atmosphere of oppression created by the Revolutionary Guards in the society.
In her letter Ms. Iraei speaks about the lack of independence of the prisons organization and inhumane treatment of the political prisoners by the prison authorities and emphasizes: “The imposition of the influence of the prison authorities and their hostility and antagonism towards the political prisoners is such that the medical documents of the prisoners generally disappear after a short period of time from their medical records and their history of illness as a whole is totally destroyed.”
She regards her husband's exile as an arbitrary act, committed by the head of the Evin prison with the intention of personal influence in this case.
Ms. Iraei adds that the heads of prisons repeatedly go to political prisoners' files and in various ways disturb the political activists’ peace and calmness in the ward.
According to this political prisoner, exertion of influence in the cases of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience, also complicity and collusion with the interrogations and detaining authorities, as well as personal conflict and preparing lawsuit against prisoners who stand firm on their opinions point to this fact.
Part of the letter reads:
“My husband, Arash Sadeghi, was also the victim of the authorities’ malice in Evin prison, and he was sent to exile because he did not bow to their demands and did not accept whatever they wanted him to do.”
“The influence of prison authorities and their hostility to political prisoners is so much that the medical documents sent from the hospital are usually removed from the medical records of individuals and the history of their illness is totally sestroyed, and in general, and they completely deny the prisoner’s and prevents subsequent dispatch to hospitals and continuation of the treatment process.”
“Lack of timely medical attention ultimately leads to surgery and removal of an organ of their body.”
“The amount of budget received by the Prison Organization was reduced due to the inclusion in the sanctions list. Therefore, they leave most of their financial deficiencies and needs on the shoulder of the prisoners. Under any pretext, either in ordinary prisoners’ ward or political prisoners ward, instead of meeting their requirements, they say ‘We do not have funds,’ and the charity donations to the prisoners are confiscated and used for personal needs of the prison agents and cash donations and gifts are used for construction and repair of jail...”
Signed: Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraei Women’s ward of Evin prison=22 October 2017
Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraei and her husband Arash sadeghi were arrested on September 6, 2014 and subsequently sentenced to six years imprisonment by Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court on May 2015 on the charges of “insulting the scared and propaganda against the system”. The verdict was confirmed by Branch 15 of the Appeal Court without their presence.
Ms. Ebrahimi Iraei was then arrested again on October 24, 2017 by security agents abruptly without receiving a written notice and transferred to Evin prison for implementation of the 6-years prison term.
She has been accused of criticizing the medieval punishment of ‘stoning’ and considering stoning as sacred to blaspheme, according to an unpublished story.
Her other charges include the discovery of hijab and the promotion of unveiling through the sharing of her scarf-free photos with her husband on Facebook, opposition to the sharia law of Qesas (retaliation), signing the statement in opposition to the death penalty, participation in gatherings to support political prisoners, and meeting with political prisoners.
Ms. Iraei, who suffered a severe illness earlier, went to jail without a full medical treatment, and now needs medical attention and treatment.
She is currently serving her sentence in women’s ward of Evin prison. Considering the reduction in her prison term on the occasion of the Nowruz (New Year), her sentence was reduced from 60 months to 30 months.
The appeal by Golrokh Iraee against her sentence was rejected by the 33rd Branch of the Supreme Court on July 20, 2017.
Ms. Iraee is presently serving a six-year sentence at Evin Prison for writing a fictional story against the cruel punishment of stoning, a book that has not been even published.
She was arrested on September 6, 2014, by the IRGC’s Intelligence unit and sentenced to six years imprisonment for insulting the sanctities and propaganda against the state.
Amnesty Urges Iran regime to release Arash Sadeghi and Kolrokh Ebrahimi
Iranian prisoner of conscience and human rights defender Arash Sadeghi is being subjected to torture by Revolutionary Guard officials who are blocking his access to urgent medical care. He is suffering from respiratory problems and a stomach ulcer that has led to internal bleeding, abdominal pain and digestive complications.
Golrokh Iraee seeks justice to save her husband's lifePolitical prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee who is imprisoned for writing an unpublished story against the inhuman punishment of stoning, sent an open letter from Evin Prison where she is detained. In this letter, she enumerates the instances of breaches of law and breaking of promises by the Prosecutor and Judicial authorities of the clerical regime.
Ms. Iraee has urged everyone's support to save the life of her husband, political prisoner Arash Sadeghi, by granting him prison leave so that he could be treated in hospital.
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Members of the European Parliament demand the immediate release of human rights activists Arash Sadeghi and Ali Shariati
Golrokh Iraee was arrested while leaving home Amnesty International condemns stoning writer's re-arrest by Iran regime
Student activist Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was arrested by the Revolutionary Guards Corps on Sunday, January 22, while leaving home. She was transferred to the Department of Implementation of the Verdicts at Evin Prison.A source close to the Iraee family said, "Arash Sadeghi (Golrokh's husband) had been taken to hospital before noon that day to do some tests. Ms. Iraee was heading to the hospital when she was arrested by forces of the IRGC Sarallah Corps." Read more
prisoner, Arash Sadeghi, was transferred to Evin prison infirmary 3 times in just 24 hours due to his deteriorating health condition.
On 70th day of Arash hunger stike's Sholeh Pakravan Stages Hunger Strike in Support of Political Prisoner Arash Sadeghi
This morning Monday January 2nd 2017, hundreds of people gathered in front of Evin prison demanding the release of political prisoners Arash Sadeghi and his wife golrokh Ebrahimi.A group of mothers of political prisoners and human rights defenders can be seen among the demonstrators.
Holding the photographs of Arash and Golrokh demonstrators call for immediate release of them and other political prisoners.
Arash Sadeghi, is the imprisoned student rights activist. He started an indefinite hunger strike following the arbitrary arrest of his wife Golrokh Iraee on October 25, 2016. He plans to continue his hunger strike until Iran’s officials release his wife Golrokh from prison, say local sources.
Arash is on hunger strike in ward 8 of Evin Prison since 44 days ago. The prison clinic specialist has recommended that Mr. Sadeghi be transferred to a hospital, but Mr. Sadeghi has refused hospitalization for medical treatment for as long as the wardens force him to be handcuffed and wear official prisoner clothes.
Political prisoner Arash Sadeghi has been on hunger strike for the past 37 days, protesting inhumane prison conditions and the arrest of his wife, Golrokh Ibrahimi Iraie. His conditions are currently reported as dire.
“The freedom lovers are the pride of history and freedom will never be imprisoned,” wrote Golrokh Ibrahimi to her imprisoned husband… “I know we have suffered injustice and you are protesting this with your all. The tomorrow that we yearn so is coming. You must remain to rejoice the morning of freedom alongside our country’s flag,” she added.
To international human rights organizations she wrote, “Despite the passing of one month from when my husband, Arash Sadeghi, launched his hunger strike, and despite the fact that his conditions are deteriorating and has once again suffered internal bleeding, and his blood pressure is 8 over 4 according to the prison clinic, his case has gone unnoticed with no action taken by the relevant officials…
Monday January 2nd 2017, Arash Sadeghi’s health condition is dangerous