Amnesty International Calls on Iran Regime to Release All Protesters
The Iranian regime’s response to the largely peaceful protests that spread across Iran over the past week was mass arrests.
In a letter dated August 8th, 2018, Amnesty International calls upon the Iranian authorities to release any individual held solely for peacefully taking part in the protests. They also called for authorities to conduct a prompt, impartial, and independent investigation into the killing of a protester in Karaj, north-west of the capital, Tehran, on August 3rd, 2018
Young Man Killed in Karaj by Regime Forces; A Number of Protesters Were Arrested
On Friday, August 3, a young man from Karaj, Reza Otadi, was shot dead by the Iranian regime’s repressive forces during the demonstrations in the city, and a large number of protesters were also arrested.
On Saturday night, August 4, the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) Fars News Agency announced: “During last night riots in Karaj, one person was shot dead by unknown individuals, and 20 others were arrested. According to field observations of Fars news reporters, leaders of the riot were mostly selected from women this time.”
In order to deceive the public opinion, the IRGC wrote, "The assailant fired from inside the car 206 with a non-military weapon. Earlier and in the riots of December 28, several gunmen who had group affiliations were arrested by the security forces.” This way, the IRGC tried to portray the protesters and the PMOI as those who killed Reza Otadi; a story that does not deceive anyone anymore and the regime must be held accountable for all its crimes over the past four decades.
Such lies by a regime that, in spite of the Belgian and German prosecutors and police statements and the arrest of its terrorist diplomat, attributes the terrorist plot against the Iranians gathering in Paris on June 30th to the PMOI, is not unexpected.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
August 5, 2018
Young Arab murdered by intelagents
The Iranian regime’s Intelligence Ministry in Ahvaz has murdered a 20-year-old local under torture, reports indicate.
Ahvaz intelligence authorities contacted the family of Hatam Marmazi on Tuesday to have them come and receive his corpse.
Marmazi, a political and cultural activist born in the city of Susangerd, was arrested by Ahvaz intelligence authorities on June 12th, 2017, in a village while returning from the home of his relatives.
His family was kept in the dark despite the fact that they constantly sought information about his whereabouts. All security and intelligence entities denied any knowledge of his arrest.
A number of Dec/Jan demonstration protesters arrested by intelligence agents had seen Marmazi in the Ahvaz Intelligence Department and informed his family of his whereabouts at the time.
A number of people killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in Kazeroun
02:30 Thursday local time: According to local reports, a convoy of 40 armored police vehicles has entered Kazeroun. The convoy, which was dispatched from Shiraz, was sent to the city to quell protests.
So far, the tragic death of at least two protesters has been confirmed. Many more have been injured, including several women.
The PMOI/MEK has called on the people of Kazeroun and neighboring cities to help the injured and support the arrested protesters.
02:15 Thursday local time: According to local reports, the people of Seif Abad, south of Kazeroun, have blocked the roads to prevent the regime’s backup security forces from reaching Kazeroun and suppressing the protesters.
MARYAM RAJAVI HAILED THE PEOPLE AND MARTYRS OF KAZEROUN, URGED DISPATCH OF UN PROBE MISSION
Despite regime’s vicious crackdown, Kazeroun residents have carried on with their protests and demonstrations
The people of Kazeroun took to the streets once again this morning, Thursday, May 17, 2018, in protest to the clerical regime’s atrocities last night. The protesters were again attacked by the State Security forces and clashes broke out. Shootings and tensions have continued throughout the city.
Wednesday night, the regime’s intelligence and State Security forces opened fire on people, killing a number of people protesting against the arrests of a large number of the city’s youths. More were wounded or arrested. At least two persons were shot to death according to reports from inside Iran.
Maryam Rajavi, hailed the heroic martyrs of Kazeroun and the city’s brave and bereaved people. She has called for the immediate release of those arrested and urged her compatriots to rush to the aid of those wounded. Maryam Rajavi also called for the dispatch of a UN investigative delegation and a representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to examine the situation first hand.
In the wake of the regime’s criminal attacks Wednesday night on the defenseless people of Kazeroun, the PMOI’s Social Headquarters inside Iran called on the residents of Kazeroun and nearby cities to rush to the aid of the wounded and victims and support those arrested.
Young Balooch man killed by regime forces in Kerman
Iran, April 15, 2018 - Farhad Lakzaei, a young Balooch man from the south eastern province of Kerman, was killed by bullet wound to his head, fired by the Iranian regime's criminal forces in the area. The young man's father said: 'The bullet hit my son's head, and his vehicle crashed, tuned upside down and got on fire, and my son was burned in the fire. My son used to provide transportation services with his car, and had nothing on him, and all his documents were complete, but he was shot in the head by the agents despite being clean.'
Ghasem Savari, Another Inmate Killed Under Torture In Ahwaz
Ghasem Savari, 50, an inmate of Shiban Prison of Ahwaz, south west of Iran, was killed under torture, reports indicate.
Savari was held behind bars for four years. He was killed by a man known as “Hamidian.”
According to the victim’s relatives, clear signs of torture which led to his death in custody, were evident on his body.
The denial of medical care, physical abuse, either in overcrowded prisons or in solitary confinement and other forms of torture and ill-treatment exposes prisoners to risk of serious injuries and even death in the country’s jails.
At least two other prisoners have lost their lives in Iran’s prisoners due to being denied access to medical treatment.
Iran Regime Buried the Body of Dervish 'Killed During Interrogation' Overnight
The website of Majzoban Noor, Gonabadi Dervishes News Agency, has reported the death of a dervish named Mohammad Raji “due to beating and blows during interrogations”. Muhammad Raji was one of the hundreds of Dervishes who were detained on February 20 following their gathering in Tehran.
The body of Mr Raji, who was killed while in police custody was buried in Aligudarz, Lorestan province, Monday night, the dervishes’ official website Majzooban reported.
The report says that security forces and a small number of Raji’s family members were present at the burial.
Iranian security forces had reportedly ordered the body to be buried at night March 4, despite protests from his family.
It is noteworthy that regarding the killing of Mr. Raji, Ms. Heather Nauert the spokesperson of the U.S State Department in her briefing on Mach 6, 2018 had the following announcement:
“I’d like to turn to Iran right now, where we are saddened to hear that yet another prisoner of conscience has passed away while in custody. It’s being reported that Mohammad Raji, a member of the Gonabadi dervish community, passed away while being interrogated in custody in Iran. We also continue to receive disturbing reports of the Iranian regime’s ongoing forceful crackdown on the Gonabadi dervish community across the country, in which hundreds have been reported arrested and some have been hospitalized. We call on the Iranian regime to respect the rights of its citizens and to release all prisoners of conscience who are unjustly imprisoned.”
Mr. Raji's family told Majzoban Nour that Shahpour intelligence officials had contacted them several times on Saturday (March 3rd) and asked them to go to the intelligence office to identify the prisoner with photos and documents. The agents told the Raji family that the move was aimed at identifying prisoners.
According to Raji family, when they went to the intelligence office on Sunday, the intelligence agents told them that Mohammad Raji was in Coma but a few hours later they inform the family that he passed away. According to Majzoban Nour, when the family go to the police station (intelligence office) they announced that he died due to blows on him during interrogation.
It is, of course, strange that the police confess that a prisoner was killed during interrogation. Nevertheless, it is clear that on February 20 large numbers of Dervishes were subjected to beating and mayhem and hundreds of them were arrested while injured.
Mohammad Raji has had no contact with his family since he was arrested on February 20.
He was a former commander of the Revolutionary Guards during the eight years Iran-Iraq war commanding several battalions in Kurdistan region. He was also injured during the war.
Raji was born in 1961 in Aligoudarz and defected and separated from the Revolutionary Guards in 2004. He has been working on farming in his hometown ever since.
This Gonabadi Dervish has five children and right now one of his children, Mohammad Ali Raji, who was arrested during the incidents on February 20, is now imprisoned in Fashafouyeh prison (central prison of greater Tehran) in southern Tehran.
According to Majzoban Nour website, a number of Dervishes are accused of “assembly and collusion against the country’s security and propaganda against the system, participating in illegal gatherings and disturbing public order,” and are transferred to Qarchak prison after a bail is issued for them.
MARTYRDOM OF GHOBAD AZAMI, DETAINEE OF THE UPRISING, UNDER TORTURE
The henchmen of religious fascism ruling Iran tortured Ghobad Azami to death, and the number of the victims of the detained protestors killed in the detention centers reaches to at least 14 people. Ghobad Azami, from Javanrood, Kermanshah province, was arrested on February 28 and after two days his family was informed of his death. The security forces of the clerical regime announce his death ruthlessly, as committing suicide by taking poison.
Giving the fact that murder under torture is a crime against humanity and inaction against it is a continuation of crime, all the international community must condemn the blatant violation of human rights in Iran and take urgent measures to impel the clerical dictatorship ruling Iran to free all the detainees of the recent protests in Iran.
The Iranian Resistance calls on all the Iranian people, especially the brave youth of Javanrood and Kermanshah province, to protest this terrible crime, and emphasizing that torture is a clear indication of crime against humanity, it asks the Secretary-General, the United Nations Security Council and all international human rights organizations to strongly condemn the mullahs’ regime for the systematic killing of prisoners under torture, and to take urgent action to stop these horrific crimes. Silence and inactivity against the murder of at least 14 political prisoners under torture, within two months, only encourages the religious fascism ruling Iran to continue its crime against humanity.
Another Detained Protester Lost His Life Under Torture
Taleb Basativand, a Kurdish student at Ilam University who was arrested during the recent protests earlier this year and was transferred to an unknown location, was murdered under torture in Ilam prison.
Taleb Basativand, was once arrested by law enforcement agents during the uprising of January. He was temporarily released on bail. Subsequently, on February 18, the regime intelligence arrested him again and after eight days, authorities informed his family on February 26, that their son “lost his life” and they should come to receive his body. Intelligence agents warned the family against going public about his death. A ceremony was held on February 27, for him.
Iran intelligence told the family that their son was arrested for filming the recent protests and “communicating with the media affiliated with Kurdish parties.”
With the killing of Taleb Basativand, under the number of detained protesters who were killed under torture reaches at least 13.
The Fourth Inmate Murdered In Sanandaj Prison
Authorities in Sanandaj Prison murdered an inmate by the name of Hossein Gholizadeh on Feb 13, reports indicate. His body was found in the jail’s bathroom. Prison authorities said he committed suicide, a claim rejected by his cell-mates.
Hossein Gholizadeh is the fourth inmate who has been murdered in this facility in recent month. Sarou Ghahremani, Kianoush Zandi and Hossein Ghaderi were also killed under torture. Authorities claimed they committed suicide.
Iranian Academic’s Death Puts Spotlight on Political Infighting
Feud between hardliners, president expands to surprise arena
• Involvement of Western-linked activists fuels showdown
Bloomberg, February 13, 2018 - Iran’s environmental woes have ignited a new front between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his hardline opponents, with the stakes raised by the death in prison of an Iranian-Canadian environmentalist and several arrests.
An area of activity once considered innocuous in Iran has taken on political overtones, in part because it involves dual nationals and expatriates, disparaged by hardliners as tainted by Western mores. At least four environmentalists have been taken into custody, and Iran’s hardline judiciary said several people were detained for “giving classified information from sensitive centers” to U.S. and Israeli intelligence services.
The feud turned more fraught over the weekend with the death of Kavous Seyed Emami, an academic, and confusion about the whereabouts of Kaveh Madani, the deputy head of Iran’s Department of Environment.
Iranian Resistance Strongly Condemns Dr, Kavous Seyed Emami’s Murder Under Torture
Calling for urgent action to stop brutal treatment of political prisoners
Iranian Resistance strongly condemned Dr. Kavous Seyed Emami’s murder under torture by the clerical regime's henchmen and called for an urgent international action to stop brutal treatment of political prisoners and killing them under torture. In recent weeks, at least 12 prisoners have been martyred under torture following their arrest during the uprising.
Dr. Kavous Seyed Emami, 64, a sociologist and university professor, was arrested on January 24, 2018 and the criminal henchmen informed his family on February 8, that he had committed suicide in prison.
Mr. Seyed Emami, author of several books and research papers on the environment and former director general of the Parsian Heritage Wildlife Organization was arrested along with a group of environmental activists. Like other detainees in this file, he was deprived of the right to have a lawyer and meeting with his family. Abbas Jafari Dawlatabadi, a criminal prosecutor in Tehran, without indicating the arrest and murder of Dr. Seyyed Emami, said on February 10, several individuals were arrested on allegations of espionage in the area of the environment.
The ridiculous lies of the religious fascism ruling Iran about the suicide of prisoners would deceive nobody. In recent weeks, at least 12 persons detained during the uprising have been murdered under torture. But the regime has declared the cause of their death as "suicide" or "non-availability of narcotics" or "the excess use of narcotics". Mullah Hassan Nowroozi, a spokesman for the Legal and Judicial Committee of the parliament, said in a vulgar comment: "Prisoners are so regretful of their deeds that they die of sorrow or have committed suicide thinking of their own ugly behavior”.
Authorities refuse to release Canadian-Iranian academic’s body for independent autopsy in “callous cover-up”
Amnesty International, 12 February 2018 -
In response to reports that the Iranian authorities have said they will refuse to release the body of the Canadian-Iranian academic Kavous Seyed-Emami to his family unless there is an immediate burial and no attempt to conduct an independent autopsy, Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty international’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and Africa said.
“The authorities’ refusal to allow an independent investigation into the extremely suspicious death of Dr Seyed-Emami smacks of a deliberately orchestrated attempt to cover up any evidence of torture and possible murder. He was detained in Evin prison where detainees are held under constant surveillance and stripped of all personal possessions. It would have been near impossible for him to commit suicide.
ANOTHER DETAINED PROTESTER HAS KILLED UNDER TORTURE IN kERMANSHAH
After killing Gholamreza Mohammadi,an athlete under torture in Kermanshah,
Khaled Gheisari is another protester who has killed under torture .
they buried his body silently.
on Feb 2th the family held a funeral for him.
Iran Regime’s Mp Reveals Judicial Case-Fabrication for the Attorney of a Protester Who Died in Custody
A member of the Iranian regime’s parliament revealed that the security officials have fabricated a judicial case against a lawyer who proved that his client was neither a drug addict nor a drug dealer contrary to what the judicial authorities are claiming.
The 23-years-old youth, Vahid Heidari, was arrested in the city of Arak following the recent uprising and protests in various cities across Iran and later his body was handed over to his family. The regime officials had claimed suicide as the cause of his death.
The spokesman for the regime’s judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeii, referring to his case had said: “This person was an addict and was carrying some drugs. A case that was established for him by the judiciary in Arak is still in progress.”
However, Mohammad Sadeghi, the regime’s MP, in his tweet on Thursday wrote: “One of the noble lawyers of the Justice Department has done local investigations in the village of the youth who died in a police custody in Arak and has proven that he was not a drug addict and nobody knows him as a drug dealer.”
According to the MP, for this reason “the security authorities filed a case against him (the lawyer) and want to force him to confess that he was involved in the formation of the protest groups” during uprising.
Sadeghi did not name the lawyer, but according to the news reported previously, the person is Mohammad Najafi, a lawyer in Shazand of Arak, who is following the case of Vahid Heidari, the youth who was arrested by the security forces in front of his home and died in custody in the detention centre of Arak’s police station number 12.
Mr. Najafi has been summoned and detained several times for his activities, including on November 17 when he was charged with propaganda against the regime.
According to the relatives and close friends of Vahid Heidari, when they saw his body, they observed the sign of beating and mayhem on his body and bruises on his head and face.
Killing a young athlete under torture
Spokesman of the Judiciary Committee of the Parliament: Protesters have died under sorrow and committed suicide in prison for their ugly acts
On Saturday, January 20, 2018, the henchmen of the Ministry of Intelligence in Kermanshah, handed over the body of Martyr Gholam Reza Mohammadi, a young athlete who was arrested on January 2 in protests by the people of this city, to his family. The clerical intelligence flagrantly declared “lack of drugs” as the cause of his death.
Repeating the chain of lies against those killed under torture is while the news of forcing prisoners to take toxic drugs, forcing arrested high school and university students to take methadone pills, has been confirmed by released prisoners as well as other sources, including members of the regime's parliament.
Meanwhile, Mullah Hassan Nowroozi, the spokesman for the Legal and Judicial Committee of the regime’s parliament, in a haphazard commentary, claimed 'death under sorrow' and 'suicide' of prisoners and said: 'Deceased prisoners have died of guilty feelings. The deaths of many of these people in prison may be related to their sorrow for their acts. They thought of the ugliness of their acts in prison and maybe that led to their suicide. '
These jumbled statements indicate the clerical regime Gestapo's fears of the consequences of crimes against humanity against rising people and the brave children of the Iranian people. The day to be held accountable for the criminal record of religious fascism is close.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran January 23, 2018
Iran protesters ‘tortured and killed’ in prison as body is dumped outside family’s home
Hannah Lucinda Smith, Istanbul
The Times, January 19 2018 - Iranians who took part in anti-regime demonstrations are being tortured and killed in prison, human rights groups say.
The body of Seyed Shahab Abtahi, 20, was dumped outside his father’s house in the western city of Arak on January 5, three days after he was detained by security forces, according to an opposition group. He was covered in injuries that appeared to have been caused by baton blows. Three other men, named as Hossein Qaderi, 30, Sarou Ghahremani, 24, and Kianoush Zandi, 26, died under torture in the central prison of Sanandaj, in the Kurdistan province in eastern Iran.
Fears are growing for the thousands of people arrested in protests over New Year.
Thousands of people have been arrested since small provincial protests over rising food prices erupted into a nationwide uprising late last month.
Mahmoud Sadeghi, a reformist member of the Iranian parliament, said that 3,700 were in prison. The People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran, an opposition group based in Paris, claimed that the number was as high as 8,000.
The former president and hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad , who has grown increasingly critical of the regime since being barred from standing in elections last year, was arrested on January 4, accused of “inciting unrest”.
The New York-based Centre for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has gathered evidence that some of detainees are being pressured into confessing to drug crimes. At least two, Vahid Heydari, 22 and Sina Ghanbari, 23, died while in police custody and were reported by the authorities to be drug addicts who had committed suicide. One of Mr Heydari’s relatives who saw his body said there was a deep gash to the side of his head, which looked like it had been caused by a blow from an axe.
“He was busy working. He was not an addict. What they are saying about him is untrue,” the relative said.
Amnesty International reported that a prison of the northeastern city of Mashhad had carried out an amputation by guillotine on Wednesday. A prisoner, 34, who is named only as A. Kh, was sentenced to the punishment six years ago after being convicted of theft. Such punishments are regularly meted out in the Iranian justice system, which is based on Islamic Sharia law.
“Meting out such unspeakably cruel punishments is not justice and serves to highlight the Iranian authorities’ complete disregard for human dignity. There is no place for such brutality in a robust criminal justice system,” Magdalena Mughrabi, Amnesty’s deputy Middle East and north Africa director, said.
Baghdad Post, Jan. 21, 2018 - While going through its last throes, with signs of regime change on the horizon, the Mullah regime has begun to take foolish measures to cover up its crimes against protesters, who have taken to the streets since December 28th.
One of these measures is giving detained protesters deadly pills that make them sick then cause their death. By doing so, Tehran believes it will not be held accountable for its heinous crimes, as it will claim that those protesters have committed suicide.
The Washington Times, January 16, 2018-Iran tortures and kills protesters; West mostly silent as 8,000 citizens arrested
By Rowan Scarborough
Iran’s rulers have inflicted death by torture and gunfire on citizen protesters in a crackdown since the Dec. 28 street uprising erupted, the main opposition group said Tuesday.
The Europe-based National Council of Resistance of Iran says the Islamic republic’s ubiquitous security apparatus has arrested more than 8,000 citizens and killed at least 50, all while the West has remained mostly silent. The council attributes at least five deaths to torture.
President Trump has spoken out in support of the protesters. The Treasury Department on Friday slapped further sanctions on the regime’s judiciary chief, Sadeq Amoli Larijani. Mr. Larijani has been singled out by the West for years for endorsing cruel punishments that include torture and amputation.
“As the head of the judiciary for the past nine years, Larijani is a key official in the regime’s suppressive apparatus, who has played a direct role in the execution of thousands of people, in the crackdown and arrest of dissidents, as well as in censorship and repression,” said Shahin Gobadi a council spokesman based in Paris.
The opposition group said protests have spread to 130 cities. The protesters complain of dismal economic conditions, of military adventures in Iraq and Syria, and of being ruled by clerical Shiite Muslim hard-liners led by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The grim repeat of torture, deaths in Iranian prisons after protests
Al Arabiya, 13 January 2018-- Hardly anyone outside Iran doubts the difference between the present protests unfolding in Iran and the previous ones in the country. The closest in the way of comparison is the 2009 uprising. In the present instance, what started as protests for “bread” quickly spread across 141 cities of Iran and engulfed all of its 31 provinces.
According to a classified report obtained by Iranian opposition, People Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) from sources in the regime, 35 percent of those arrested during the uprising were students. Earlier, IRGC brigadier Hossein Zolfaghari, security deputy Minister of Interior, confirmed that more than 90 percent of the detainees are youth under the age of 25..
Amnesty International: Fears Grow Over Safety of Iran Protesters
Some of those arrested for participating in Iran protests are being tortured and murdered in custody, according to recently released prisoners and the families of those still held without charges.
At a rally outside Iran’s infamous Evin prison, activist Amir said: “People inside are being tortured, maybe tortured to death.”
A friend of his was released after a week in jail and has now gone into hiding over fears for his family’s safety. The friend, who was badly beaten whilst in custody, told Amir that 400-500 people were forced into rooms with a 120 person capacity, deprived of sleep and food and so much more.
There are additional reports that the alleged suicides of detainees Sina Qanbari, Vahid Heidari, and Ashkan Absavaran are the result of abuse by the Regime authorities, especially as prisoners are deprived of items that they would use to hang themselves.
Amnesty International has called for thorough investigations into at least five reported deaths in custody during the protests, denouncing the “shroud of secrecy and lack of transparency over what happened to these detainees”, especially given the intimidation of relatives of the detainees.