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IRAN IS MISLEADING THE PUBLIC BY CLAIMING IMMINENT EXECUTION OF TEENAGE BOY IS “LAWFULAmnesty - The Iranian authorities are making a mockery of juvenile justice and misleading the Iranian public by claiming that the scheduled execution of Amirhossein Pourjafar, a teenager who was arrested at 16, is lawful. The organization emphasized that international law absolutely prohibits the use of the death penalty against individuals who were below 18 at the time of the crime and reiterated its calls on the Iranian authorities to immediately halt the execution of Amirhossein Pourjafar and commute his death sentence to imprisonment.

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No Information about Ramin Hossein Panahi after more than 100 Days of Detention

Abbas Hossein PanahiHRANA News Agency – Afshin Hossein Panahi’s mother, met with her son after about two months since his arrest by the security forces. The meeting was held at the intelligence ministry in Sanandaj with the presence of security guards. The fates of Abbas and Ramin Hossein Panahi are still unknown.

A Juvenile Offender on Death Row in Ardabil Prison

Mehrab EyvaziHRANA News Agency – Mehrab Eyvazi, juvenile offender from Ardabil was arrested at the age of 17 with nine other defendants. Mr. Eyvazi was accused of participation in kidnapping and rape. He was severely beaten at the police station and was threatened with rape by the police officer while he was naked in front of the camera. Mr. Eyvazi was sentenced to death, despite his young age. He believes that the verdict has been issued just based on his confessions which have been obtained while he was denied to access his family and lawyer and was subjected to torture and ill-treatment.

Labor Activist Dies From Cancer Left Untreated in Iranian Prison

A photo of Mohammad Jarrahi visiting the grave of fellow labor activist Shahrokh Zamani, who died of a stroke in September 2015 after being denied medical care as a political prisoner.CHRI - Labor activist Mohammad Jarrahi has died from thyroid cancer that was left untreated while he was held as a political prisoner in Iran's Tabriz Prison, his former lawyer, Naghi Mahmoudi, told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

Innocent Bystanders Killed in Anti-Smuggling Operations in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan Province

CHRI - More than 100 people, including innocent bystanders, are killed every year in anti-smuggling operations in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan Province, according to human rights campaigner Habibollah Sarbazi.

Rights Activist Barred from University Under Ahmadinejad Faces Same Roadblocks Under Rouhani

CHRI - Mahdieh Golroo: "I have lost hope along with the years of my youth."

Iran's Intelligence Ministry has blocked formerly imprisoned civil rights activist Mahdieh Golroo from attending Alzahra University in Tehran despite being accepted as a graduate student.

Iranian Reformist Leaders Sentenced To Prison, Political Ban

Mohammad Reza Khatami and six others were found guilty of “anti-regime propaganda” activity.RFL/RE - A court in Iran has sentenced seven reformist politicians, including a brother of former pro-reform President Mohammad Khatami, to one-year prison terms and barred them from political and media activity for two years, a lawyer says.

The seven were leaders of the major reformist party, the Islamic Iran Participation Front, that was banned in 2010 in a state crackdown that followed mass street protests against the disputed election that handed hard-line incumbent Mahmud Ahmadinejad a second term.

Hojat Kermani, a lawyer who represents five of the reformists including Khatami’s brother Mohammad Reza Khatami, told the semiofficial ILNA news agency on October 2 that they have been found guilty of “anti-regime propaganda” activity.

Iran often sentences political activists, journalists, and critics to vague charges, including spreading anti-regime propaganda and acting against national security.

“Based on the court’s ruling, my clients have also been banned from membership in political parties and press and social media activity for two years,” Kermani added.

He said that the sentences, which were issued in September following a trial held behind closed doors last year, are not final and can be appealed.

"I can confirm this report, but we will have to appeal," one of the seven, university professor Mohammad Reza Jalaipour, told the news agency AFP in a text message.

ILNA reported that one of the reformists, Mohammad Naimipour, has been sentenced to two years in prison.

In apparent reference to the seven, Tehran Prosecutor-General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said last week that they had been sentenced to prison "and other terms" without providing details.

Lawmaker Bahram Parsayi, who is also the spokesman of the reformist faction in parliament, criticized the sentences against the reformist leaders and called on the judiciary to review them.

He suggested that the sentences are politically motivated.

“In our view, these sentences are political rather than having a judicial aspect,” Parsayi said on October 3.

“It’s wrong that the reformists...always have to face threats. This policy has to change," he said.

With reporting by ILNA, ISNA and AFP

    Iranian Bus Drivers and Activists Express Solidarity with Imprisoned Labor Activist Reza Shahabi

    CHRI - Dozens of Tehran bus drivers and labor activists rallied in front of the Labor Ministry in Tehran on September 25, 2017 in solidarity with their imprisoned colleague Reza Shahabi, who has been on hunger strike for more than 50 days.

    Iranian Teachers’ Rights Activist Facing 14 Years Behind Bars for Peaceful Advocacy

    CHRI - Imprisoned teacher's rights activist Mahmoud Beheshti-Langroudi is facing 14 years behind bars in Iran after the confirmation of his latest prison sentence, his son told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

    Iranian Workers in City of Arak, Peacefully Demanding Unpaid Wages, Beaten and Arrested by Anti-Riot Police

    CHRI - Anti-riot police forces stormed peaceful protests by workers at two industrial units in Arak, the capital of Iran's Central Province, on September 19, 2017, and arrested several people, according to information received by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

    Two Political Prisoners on 48th Day of Hunger Strike at Rajaee Shahr Prison as Others Shift to Fast

    TwoCHRI - At least two political prisoners remain on the hunger strike they began on July 30, 2017, along with more than a dozen inmates in Rajaee Shahr Prison. The other inmates have since shifted to a fast in response to pleas by their family and supporters, the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) has learned.

    Prominent labor activist Reza Shahabi and Kurdish political activist Mohammad Nazari have been refusing food for more than a month and a half.

    As many as 20 political prisoners and prisoners of conscience at the prison, located in the city of Karaj west of Tehran, began refusing food after they were moved from Ward 12 to the security-enhanced Ward 10 without prior notice or their personal belongings on July 30.

    "The prisoners have still not been checked by a doctor," a source close to one of the protesters told CHRI on condition of anonymity. "Some of them are suffering from digestion problems and others have developed dental issues."

    "They have had no hot water during this time and they can't even use the cold water because the pressure is too low to reach the ward on the third floor and so the prisoners have had to use a water hose to take showers in the courtyard during fresh-air breaks," added the source.

    In a statement from prison, a copy of which was obtained by CHRI, the hunger strikers thanked their supporters.

    "We greatly thank all our friends and sympathizers inside and outside Iran, who are familiar with the plight of political prisoners, and especially parliamentarians from different countries who rushed to our support in these dark days to carry our voice to the world," said the protestors.

    "We will continue to be steadfast in seeking all our demands as we shift our hunger strike to a political fast," they added.

    Sources with information from inside the prison told CHRI on September 13 that the protesters are now starting to take food and liquids after sundown to avoid further deterioration of their health.

    The prisoners are demanding the return of their personal belongings, including vital medications that they were not allowed to bring with them during the move, and are protesting the installation of new cameras and other surveillance devices, as well as poor ventilation in the new ward.

    All the political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in the ward have been banned from shopping for basic supplies at the prison store and are being denied newspapers.

    Article 161 of the State Prisons Organization's Regulations bans "mass protests and strikes by prisoners." However, conditions in Rajaee Shahr's Ward 10 are in violation of Article 37, which states that prison authorities "must exercise sufficient care and attention in the safe return of convicts' personal effects at the time of their release or during transfers," according to legal experts.

    "The Iranian's judiciary's denial of these political prisoners' legitimate demands may cost the lives of prisoners who have no other way to attract attention to the inhumane conditions at the prison," said CHRI's executive director Hadi Ghaemi in a statement on August 30.

    "The judiciary's response to date is a complete abrogation of their responsibility for the prisoners' lives," he added.

    Protestors Detained Outside Prison

    CHRI has also learned that police detained several people at a peaceful gathering held by about 20 activists in front of Rajaee Shahr Prison on September 13.

    The detainees include As'ad (Behnam) Ebrahimzadeh, Valeh Zamani and Peyman Salem.

    "We were only sitting in a corner holding roses to boost the morale of families of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience who had come to visit their relatives in prison," a source, who requested anonymity for security reasons, told CHRI.

    "When the police arrived, they went into action and resorted to violence," added the source. "They first tried to take away the phones, but when the activists resisted they were accused of violating the law and arrested."

    Ebrahimzadeh was released from prison in May 2017 after serving seven years as a political prisoner for allegedly "collaborating" with the outlawed Mojahedin-e Khalgh (MEK) organization and "assembly and collusion against national security."

    "Behnam had just gotten out of prison and we were dealing with our son's illness," Ebrahimzadeh's wife, Zobeideh Hajizadeh, told CHRI.

    "I told him not go in case he might get arrested. But he said the authorities would not mind this gathering because it was going to be just a peaceful group holding roses," she said. "But he called and said he had been detained and expected to be released on bail on Saturday [September 16]."

    Prior to his detention on September 13 outside the prison, labor activist Valeh Zamani was briefly detained for taking part in a number of other protest gatherings.

    The relative of a third detainee, 19-year-old university student Peyman Salem, confirmed to CHRI that he had been taken into custody, but would not comment for fear of state reprisals.

    Imprisoned Teacher’s Rights Activist: I am Legally Entitled to a Public Trial

    Iranian labor rights activist Mahmoud Beheshti-Langroudi.CHRI - An imprisoned teachers' rights activist has been refusing food and water, pledging to continue his hunger strike until his 14-year combined prison sentence is reviewed in a public trial.

    Iran: Arrest of human rights defender seeking truth about disappeared family members

    Iran: Arrest of human rights defender seeking truth about disappeared family membersAmnesty - 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.

    Iranian Authorities Ignore Starving Political Prisoners at Rajaee Shahr Prison, Restrict Family Visitations


    CHRI - Forty days after more than 15 political prisoners went on a mass hunger strike in Iran's Rajaee Shahr Prison, the authorities are preventing some of the strikers in the poorest physical condition from receiving outside medical treatment and punishing the protesters by restricting family visitations.

    Critically Ill Political Prisoner Refused Medical Leave with One Month Left to Serve on Sentence

    CHRI - The lawyer for ailing political prisoner Ehsan Mazandarani has requested his client spend the month remaining for the completion of his sentence on medical leave but so far Iranian judicial authorities have refused.

    "Ehsan has twice lost consciousness in prison," the reformist journalist's mother Azam Eghtesad told the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on August 31, 2017. "His condition is critical. If anything happens to him the Tehran prosecutor Mr. (Abbas) Jafari Dowlatabadi is responsible."

    She added: "His lawyer (Hossein Taj) has asked for his early release on medical grounds. Why don't you release him? He only has a month left on his sentence. The authorities say Ehsan must file a request for temporary release but he refuses because he says he doesn't want to ask for a pardon."

    For nearly 10 days the former editor-in-chief of Farhikhtegan has only been able to ingest liquids as his stomach has been rejecting solid food. Despite a severe drop in weight and blood pressure, he has been denied treatment by specialists outside prison.

    Mazandarani, 35, was violently returned to Evin Prison on March 11, 2017, less than a month after he was released by mistake, according to judicial officials. He had spent more than 13 months behind bars for peacefully engaging in his profession before being returned to the prison.

    Mazandarani's mother told CHRI that her son had been transferred to the Taleghani Hospital in Tehran eight times in recent weeks but each time he had been returned without receiving any treatment.

    "Because of the beatings he has received, his knee was badly injured," Eghtesad said. "He was taken for an MRI but the result was never given to us. There is bleeding in his kidney and he is suffering from digestive problems and anemia. His body is rejecting food. We don't know what's wrong with him because we have not been given his test results."

    "We are very worried for his health," The imprisoned journalist's mother continued. "If they want to kill my son they should let us know. If not, what's the danger in letting him go?"

    To help her husband, Mazandarani's wife, Maliheh Hosseini, has also been making pleas on social media to get the attention of the authorities.

    "Ehsan has been seriously ill for about a week. He is not on a hunger strike, but he can't ingest anything but water and he could slip into a coma at any moment," wrote Hosseini on Instagram on August 23. "Maybe this is what the security establishment wants. Whatever happens to him will be a stain on Dowlatabadi and (Judiciary Spokesman Gholam-Hossein Mohseni) Ejei."

    UN Expert Concerned at Condition of Prisoners on Hunger Strike in Iran

    CHRI - The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, Asma Jahangir, today expressed her deep concern about the situation of a number of prisoners who have been on prolonged hunger strike to protest against their transfer to a high-security section of Rajai-Shahr prison in Karaj, West of Tehran, and about their treatment while in detention.

    Families Dismayed Over Lack of Attention to Hunger Strikers in Iranian Prisons

    Political prisoners Majid Asadi (right) and Jafar Eghdami.CHRI - The parents of two political prisoners on hunger strike have expressed concern about their condition and treatment inside Rajaee Shahr Prison, where more than a dozen inmates have been on hunger strike, some for nearly a month.

    "He's not good after almost 30 days on hunger strike," said Zahra Eghdami, the mother of Jafar (Shahin) Eghdami, in an interview with the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI) on August 27, 2017.

    "When I visited my son on Wednesday (August 23)," she added, "he could hardly stand on his feet or walk. They don't have a decent clinic there and because of that many of the families are worried what might happen but no one is doing anything about it wherever we complain."

    Jafar Eghdami, who has less than one year left of his 10-year prison sentence for peaceful political activities, is one of 15 to 20 political prisoners and prisoners of conscience who have been refusing food after the unannounced transfer of more than 50 inmates from Ward 12 to the security-enhanced Ward 10 on July 30, 2017.

    The hunger strikers are demanding the return of their personal belonging left behind during the transfer, including vital medications and clothes. They are also protesting the additional security cameras, listening devices, mobile phone jamming apparatus and poor ventilation in their new quarters.

    Zahra Eghdami told CHRI that her son had been sent to solitary confinement for 10 days as punishment for going on a hunger strike but he had refused to end his protest.

    "They sent my son to prison for no reason and he has been serving his time but they can't stop harassing him," the 60-year-old mother said. "One day they move them and take away their belongings, then on another day they cut off visitations. Every day they are harassing them. They do nothing but endanger the prisoners' lives. Let them finish the prison term imposed on them and stop bothering them."

    Jafar Eghdami was arrested on August 29, 2008 during a gathering at Khavaran Cemetery in south Tehran to commemorate victims of the 1988 mass political executions. He was initially sentenced to five years in prison by Judge Mohammad Moghisseh of Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court, but his sentence was doubled on appeal when the prosecutor demanded a heavier punishment.

    Mohammad Asadi, the father of Majid Asadi, another political prisoner on hunger strike at Rajaee Shahr, told CHRI that the authorities were not responding to pleas from the families to check on the hunger strikers' condition or paying attention to their demands.

    "We, the families, have gone to every office in the prison system but nobody listened," Mohammad Asadi said. "The Tehran prosecutor's office said they are not in charge and they told us to go to the Prisons Organization but over there they told us that the Rajaee Shahr officials are responsible."

    A former student activist, Majid Asadi was arrested in February 2017 without a warrant by Intelligence Ministry agents at his home in Karaj. He has been changed for acting against national security but no trial date has been set, according to his father.

    Among the confirmed hunger strikers, CHRI has learned that the following are especially in poor health: Saeed Masouri, Saeed Shirzad, Shahin Zoghitabar, Reza Akbari Mofared, Abolghasem Fouladvand, Hassan Sadeghi, Reza Shahabi, Mohammad Nazari, Payam Shakiba, Mohammad Banazadeh, Amir Khizi, and Mohammad Ali (Pirouz) Mansouri.

    Soheil Arabi Resumes Hunger Strike to Protest Harassment of His Family

    CHRI - Prisoner of conscience Soheil Arabi has restarted his hunger in Tehran's Evin Prison to protest the persecution of his family by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

    "I have forgiven all the injustices against myself but I can never stay silent in the face of your constant and unjust harassment against my family," Arabi wrote in a letter from prison on August 24, a copy of which has been obtained by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

    "I will go on a hunger strike to demand all charges be dropped against my mother-in-law and my dearest wife Nastaran Naimi," he added without giving details about the charges.

    Arabi, 32, has been in prison since his arrest in November 2013 by the IRGC's Sarallah Headquarters. He was initially sentenced to death for "insulting the Prophet" in comments he posted on Facebook that were critical of the Islamic Republic of Iran and some senior officials.

    But upon appeal, the sentence was reduced to seven and a half years in prison, two years of religious studies to prove his repentance, and a two-year ban from traveling abroad.

    The 32-year-old broke a hunger strike on August 7, 2017 after six days when his wife was released from IRGC detention to answer accusations regarding contacts with foreign media.

    In his August 24 letter from Evin Prison, Arabi indicated that he is resuming his hunger strike after discovering that the IRGC was continuing to harass his wife and relatives.

    "Our phones are tapped, [online] accounts are hacked, relatives are threatened and [my wife] Nastaran is interrogated and persecuted. Stop torturing and harassing my love. It is all my fault. Yes, I am to blame," he wrote.

    The prisoner of conscience was referring to the IRGC's threats that speaking publicly about his case would not be tolerated, according to a source with knowledge about Arabi's case who spoke to CHRI on the condition of anonymity.

    "Since her release from detention, Arabi's wife has not dared speak to anyone because she is being accused of contacting the media," said the source. "The authorities are angry about these media contacts because they believe they caused the death sentence against him to be dropped."

    The source added: "The IRGC is holding a grudge against [Arabi] because he and his wife filed a complaint against two IRGC websites for publishing slander and lies. Since then, they have been constantly summoning Nastaran for questioning. Sometimes they make pledges to free Soheil and at other time they threaten to put her in prison as well. Their latest threat is that if any information leaks out about this case, she will be held responsible and her crime will be heavier. That's why she has changed her phone number."

    Arabi's legal counsel has been trying to combine three separate prison sentences against Arabi for his social media posts to make him eligible for conditional release.

    "If these cases are combined, Soheil may be able to request conditional release from prison," a legal expert told CHRI in August 2016.

    Article 134 of Iran's New Islamic Penal Code allows for only the longest sentence to be served in cases involving convictions on multiple charges.

    Reformist Iranian MP Calls for Judicial Investigation Into Imprisoned Journalist's Worsening Health

    CHRI - A member of the Iranian Parliament has called on the judiciary to investigate reports about imprisoned reformist journalist Ehsan Mazandarani's deteriorating health after his wife publicly stated that he has been denied medical treatment despite being unable to keep food down.

    Reformist journalist Ehsan Mazandarani

    On August 23, 2017, Mazandarani's wife, Maliheh Hosseini, tweeted that he had been "transferred to Evin Prison's clinic in a semi-conscious state with his pulse below eight, sugar level below 40 and his heart rate at 130."

    "However, Evin's doctor has declared he will not treat Ehsan Mazandarani until he falls into a coma," she added.

    "Ehsan Mazandarani's stomach has not been able to hold anything but water for six days," she tweeted on August 22. "The prosecutor will not even grant him medical furlough."

    Political prisoners in Iran are singled out for harsh treatment, which often includes denial of medical care.

    Hosseini also stated that Tehran Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi and Deputy Judiciary Chief Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei had not responded to her requests to look into her husband's condition.

    "Ehsan has been seriously ill for about a week. He is not on a hunger strike, but he can't ingest anything but water and he could slip into a coma at any moment," wroteHosseini on Instagram on August 23. "Maybe this is what the security establishment wants. Whatever happens to him will be a stain on Dowlatabadi and Ejei."

    Reformist MP Speaks Out

    In a letter sent to Judiciary Chief Sadegh Larijani on August 24, 2017, reformist MP Elias Hazrati wrote: "Only about a month remains to the completion of his [Mazandarani's] sentence, but his venerable wife's description of his physical condition is truly regrettable."

    "Given the good will I have seen in your Excellency's character, please read the attached letter from Mrs. Mazandarani, and order a legal investigation," he added.

    Hazrati described Mazandarani's condition as a "negative point" for the judicial system, adding: "I wish there was an authority who would investigate these simple requests so that legislators would not have to."

    Mazandarani, 35, was violently returned to Evin Prison on March 11, 2017, by agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) less than a month after he was released. After pointing out that he had been released according to official court documents, a clerk told him there had been a mistake.

    "Ehsan twice corresponded with Ms. Fattaneh Fattahi, the court's clerk, and said that the ruling was different than what was told to him before," Hosseini told CHRI in March 2017. "She replied that the ruling was what it was."

    Mazandarani, the former editor-in-chief of the reformist newspaper, Farhikhtegan, had already served more than 13 months for peacefully engaging in his profession before being returned to the prison. He was officially convicted of "assembly and collusion against national security" and "propaganda against the state."

    Since the election of the current Iranian Parliament in February 2016, legislators have been more vocal than ever in asking questions about detained journalists and civil rights activists targeted by the security establishment for engaging in peaceful dissent.

    In October 2017, fifteen MPs called on the judiciary to reverse the 10-year prison sentence of prominent human rights defender Narges Mohammadi, marking the first time since Iran's 1979 revolution that lawmakers publicly defended a person convicted of anti-state activities.

    "We plead with you to show Islamic mercy and nullify the sentence and order a new trial," said the MPs in a letter to Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani. "Your Excellency is aware that issuing such sentences against critics would only raise the cost of constructive criticism, isolate critics and drive society into stagnation."

    Journalists currently imprisoned in Iran include Hengameh Shahidi, Alieh Matlabzadeh, Sasan Aghaei, Yaghma Fashkhami and Afarin Chitsaz.

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    Iran political prisoners cause international concern

    Al-Arabia - International concern is rising for more than a dozen political prisoners in Iran who are on hunger strike.

    Amnesty International issued a statement on Tuesday describing their conditions as "cruel, inhuman and degrading".

    Amnesty International said that prisoners at Raja’i Shahr prison were recently transferred to a newly opened area where conditions are suffocating.

    “They are held in cells with windows covered by metal sheets, and deprived of access to clean drinking water, food and sufficient beds,” the statement read.

    Magdalena Mughrabi, Deputy Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International said that on July 30 about 53 political prisoners were violently transferred to Section 10 of Raja’i Shahr prison.

    Among them are human rights defenders, trade ists, journalists, students, peaceful political dissidents, and members of Iran’s persecuted Baha’i community.

    At least 17 political prisoners went on hunger strike in protest at the transfer.

    The Paris based National Council of Resistance of Iran said that political prisoners in the notorious Gohardasht Prison are experiencing deteriorated physical conditions and are in dangerous conditions as well.

    “On Monday, August 21, Mr. Hassan Sadeghi was transferred to Farabi Hospital in Qazvin Square of southern Tehran, he is suffering from glaucoma due to the severe blows suffered from prison authorities to his eye,” the NCRI said in their statement.

    “Physicians say there is a possibility that his eye blood veins are torn and may lose his eyesight”.

    Sadeghi was arrested in 2015 for the third time for supporting the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran and sentenced to 15 years behind bars. 

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