Open Letter From 7 Political Prisoners: “Hanging Is Murder by the Government, under any Circumstances”
Following the recent death sentence of Ramin Hosseini Panahi in Sanandaj, several Iranian political prisoners in Rajai-Shahr (Gohardasht) Prison in Karaj, penned an open letter titled “Hanging is murder by the government, under any circumstances”. In this letter, they called on international organisations and conscientious people, to fight towards the eradication of this inhumane form of punishment.
Following reports of the transfer of #RaminHosseinPanahi to the quarantined section of Sanandaj Central Prison in preparation for his execution on Thursday, Nishteman Hossein Panahi, Ramin's niece, committed suicide today,25 years old she was a mother.
#AMNESTY: Imminent execution of Kurdish man must be halted
We have unfortunately just received news that Ramin has been transferred to a death row cell in the Sanandaj prison and might be executed on Thursday.
immediate twitter storm now!
We depend on your voice to not allow this injustice to be carried out.
#AMNESTY: Imminent execution of Kurdish man must be halted
Ahead of the scheduled execution on Thursday of Ramin Hossein Panahi, a 22-year-old man from Iran’s Kurdish minority who was sentenced to death in January for “taking up arms against the state” after a grossly unfair trial and amid serious torture allegations, Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said:
UN rights experts call on Iran to annul death sentence against Ramin Hossein Panahi
GENEVA (19 April 2018) – United Nations human rights experts have called for Iran to annul the death sentence against an Iranian Kurdish prisoner, Ramin Hossein Panahi, amid serious concerns that he has not received a fair trial and has been mistreated and tortured in detention.
“Executing Mr. Panahi, following his torture, and unfair trial and on the basis of charges that do not meet international standards for the use of death penalty would be unconscionable. We urge the Government of Iran to annul the death sentence,” the experts said in a joint statement released in Geneva.
On April 15,2018 Iranian Security forces arrested #RaminHosseinPanahi ‘s parents & transferred them to unknown place and after few hours they had been released.
You even afraid of us shame on you Dayeh Sherafat ramin's mother told to the agents and add we are not going to give up and are not going to be silent, Do you think by executing Ramin your problem will be solve?
Despite the many risks Ramin's parents arrived to the city center of #Sanandaj to stage a public protest against the execution order of their youngest son. And they have been arrested for few houres.
In an open message they announced that they will end their lives in front of the prison. if Ramin has been executed.
The Security forces of the Iran have been mobilized to the Freedom Square in #Sanandaj to disperse any larger gatherings in today’s public protest against Ramin Hossein Panahi's death sentence.
Upholds “Unjust” Death Sentence against Kurdish Activist
The Supreme Court of Iran failed to fully consider the defense’ arguments before it upheld the death sentence against Iranian Kurdish political rights activist Ramin Hossein Panahi, his lawyer Hossein Ahmadiniaz told the Center for Human Rights in Iran.
“The preliminary court determined that he was a combatant and issued a death sentence even though it was proven in court that he was not armed and did not open fire on anyone and now the sentence has been quickly confirmed on appeal without paying attention to the defense arguments,” Ahmadiniaz told.
The Department of Intelligence of Sanandaj, capital of the Iranian Kurdistan province, summoned Mrs. Dayeh Sahrifeh on February 2, 2018. Mrs. Sharifeh’s sons, Ramin and Afshin Hossein Panahi, are political prisoners condemned to death. She was pressured to ask her sons to break their hunger strike.
Dayeh Sahrifeh braved the Intelligence Department officials and said, “My sons have been unjustly sentenced to unfair sentences. A great injustice has been done to them. If the regime does not answer their demand, their father and I will set ourselves on fire in front of the Department of Intelligence of Sanandaj.”
Ramin is said to have ended his hunger strike today after nine days following a promise to receive an attorney.
However, Ramin is still in solitary confinement and we've been told that his health has deteriorated since he began the hunger strike.
Political Prisoner to be hanged Soon
IRAN, Oct. 30, 2017 - After 124 days of neglect and disregards, the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence on October 26 told the family of a political prisoner that he has been detained by the Ministry and will be hanged soon.
Ramin Hossein Panahi was shot in his waist area and arrested by the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on 23 June 2017 when he was going to visit his family.
Shortly after that, he was transferred to the Intelligence detention center and endured torture and interrogation while still wounded.
Eventually, after releasing no news about the fate of this political prisoner for four months and his family's frequent pursuit, the Ministry of Intelligence told Ramin's mother and sister that he was arrested by the ministry.
They told his family: “He will not be transferred to anywhere else, and he will not be allowed to have visits and you should just wait to receive the news about his execution and burial at night and therefore your frequent visit here will amount to no result.
According to reports, after this news, Ramin's mother collapsed and fell unconscious and transferred to the hospital.
Parents of political prisoner assaulted and harassed by the intelligence agents
The plain cloths of Iranian intelligence minister assaulted, harassed and verbally abused the parents of Kurdish political prisoner Ramin Hussein Panahi as they arrived in Sanandaj, capital of Iranian Kurdistan Province on October 29, 2017.
They were referring to the regime’s Intelligence Office to ask for their son’s whereabouts and protest to his imminent execution.
The intelligence agents told the couple that even God cannot save their son and he will be executed soon.
The parents were also threatened that if they are not silent, their whole family will be arrested and executed.
On October 26, the Iranian Regime’s Ministry of Intelligence, addressing the family member of a political prisoner after 124 days, announced that he has been detained by the Ministry and will be executed soon.
The political prisoner, Ramin Hossein Panahi, was arrested on June 23, 2017, after being shot by three bullets by the Revolutionary Guards and transferred to un unknown location. Shortly after, he was transferred to the Intelligence detention center and underwent torture and interrogation while still wounded.
Eventually, after releasing no news about the fate of this political prisoner for four months and his family’s frequent pursuit, the Ministry of Intelligence told Ramin’s mother and sister that he was arrested by the ministry.
They told his family: “He will not be transferred to anywhere else, and he will not be allowed to have visits and you should just wait to receive the news about his execution and burial at.
According to reports, after this news, Ramin’s mother collapsed and fell unconscious and transferred to the hospital.
According to another report, Ramin’s brother, Afshin Hossein Panahi, was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison by the regime’s judiciary in the city of Sanandaj. The civil activist, who has a history of cooperation with environmental institutions, has been sentenced on charges of holding the Nowruz ceremony and cooperating with a Kurdish party.
Afshin Hussein Panahi was arrested on June 26 this year after his brother, Ramin, was arrested in his house.
The Hossein panahi family wrote a letter to the UN Special Rapporteur Asma Jahangir regarding the unknown fate of their son. This letter which was written on October 11 reads in part:
“Our youngest son, Ramin Hossein panahi, was visiting Sanandaj to see his family, when he was shot by the Revolutionary Guards Corps and was then taken to the hospital in this town. IRGC forces transferred him to an unknown location after half an hour. Hours after the attack, IRGC forces attacked our house, beat our daughter Afshin Hossein panahi, and her elderly father and then arrested our other son Afshin Hossein panahi and transferred him to an unknown location.
Grave Situation of a Kurdish Political Prisoner
NCRI - The mother of Ramin Hossein Panahi, a Kurdish political prisoner, worrying about her son's condition stated: "We do not have any information from Ramin." in a video message posted on social networks.Nearly one month has passed since the violent arrest of Ramin Hossein Panahi. There is still no information about his health and fate. In this regard, the family of this political prisoner expressed concern in a video message of the fate of their son
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