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Iran: Sweeping Arrests of Ahwazi Arab Activists

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Mohammadreza Alipayam Summoned to Evin Prison

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Mohammadreza Alipayam

HRANA News Agency – Mohammadreza Alipayam, poet and critic satire, has been summoned to Evin prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Mohammadreza Alipayam has announced that he will go to Evin Prison to serve his imprisonment sentence on Wednesday afternoon at 2pm.

This critic poet was sentenced to one year and half year in prison in branch number 26 of the revolutionary court by chief judge Pirabbasi, on charges of propaganda against the regime, sacrilege and insulting Imam Khomaini and insulting the supreme leader and other officials.

Mr. Alipayam posted a comment about this sentence, which is related to his poems, “I was convicted for the poems that I was put on trial in 2012 and had been convicted in 2013”. He is mentioning the act of Expiry Credit act, in which, if a subject would be put on trial and result in a sentence, the court cannot re-try it again. The judge has claimed that number of complaints is high and has rejected this defense.

Mohammadreza Alipayam, with pen name of Haloo, is known for his poetry and the video clips that have distributed from him mostly criticizing the current condition, specifically after 2009 presidential elections. He has been summoned, interrogated and detained many times by security organizations.

A Report about the Condition of Khezr Rasool Morovat in Mahabad Prison

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Khezr Rasool Morovat

HRANA News Agency- After more than two years of detention and imprisonment, Khezr Rasool Morovat, student and civil activist, is still experiencing difficult circumstances in prison of Mahabad.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Khezr Rasool Morovat, literature expert and former student activist, was arrested in early March 2012 and was transferred to the Office of Intelligence in Mahabad and later, to Mahabad prison.

He was arrested after participation in a rally, supporting Shin Abad students in front of the Department of Education in Mahabad. After a difficult period of interrogations, he was charged with propaganda against the regime, acting against the National Security through gathering and collusion, supporting PEJAK, and was sentenced to five years imprisonment by the court, which was precisely upheld on the court of appeal.

Khezr Rasool Morovat, who has been denied the right of getting a solicitor and right of the furlough, from the moment of his arrest on 8th March 2014, for unknown reasons was exiled to the prison of Urmia, and in April 2014, he was returned back to Mahabad prison.

This literature expert, formerly in August 1999, had been sentenced to 3 years imprisonment and 5 years suspended imprisonment by the Revolutionary Court in Mahabad city. After two years, he was released conditionally, and although he passed the entrance examination, but he was deprived of following up his education on Master Level.

According to HRANA’s sources, political prisoners in Mahabad prison are being held along with non-political prisoners, and sometimes with dangerous prisoners, in a crowded ward.

Also, since the presidency of prison has been changed, a new round of pressure and trample on the prisoners’ rights has started, and the families of prisoners have complained in different ways against this condition, but they have got no response yet.

Dozens arrested during annual festivities in Mashhad

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Radiozamaneh - The Mashhad police chief says 60 arrests were made on Tuesday March 18 during Chaharshanbeh Souri events. The Iranian tradition of Chaharshanbeh Souri is to light bonfires on the last Wednesday evening of the year and jump over the fires as well as set off firecrackers.

Mohammadreza Poorshajari Sentenced to Imprisonment and Exile

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Mohammadreza Poorshajari

HRANA News Agency – Mohammadreza Poorshajari was sentenced to 1 year imprisonment, 2 years exile in Ardakan, a small town near the city of Yazd, and seizure of his personal belongings and his cash which he had during his imprisonment, by the revolutionary Court in Karaj.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Mohammadreza Poorshajari (Siamak Mehr), an imprisoned blogger, was sentenced to endure one year of imprisonment and two years’ residence (exile) in a small town, Ardakan, of Yazd city on the charge of propaganda against the regime by the Revolutionary Court in Karaj, presided by Judge Asef Hosseini. According to the court verdict, an amounted of 4 million and 200 thousands Tomans cash and personal belongings, which at the time of arrest were on him, also were confiscated.

Mr Poorshajari was arrested on 30th September 2014, while it was just couple of weeks after his freedom from prison. Now, this blogger is in Rajai Shahr prison, in Karaj, serving his sentence.

5 Political Prisoners in Evin Prison Transferred to Solitary Confinements

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Amir Doorbin Ghaziani

HRANA News Agency – Amir Doorbin Ghaziani, Samkoo Khelghati, Salar Setodeh, Omid Zareinejad and Mohammad Shojaei, 5 political and security prisoners in the quarantine of ward 7 of Evin prison were transferred to solitary confinements.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), following the protest, by some of political prisoners in the Quarantine of ward 7 in Evin prison, against one of the inmate’s behaviour, all of them were taken to solitary confinement.

Amir Doorbin Ghaziani, Samkoo Khelghati, Salar Setodeh, Omid Zareinejad and Mohammad Shojaei, were taken to solitary confinement, after they complained against one of the inmate’s abnormal behaviour, to the officials of ward 7.

These prisoners who were transferred to quarantine of ward 7 during mass transfer of prisoners from ward 350 in last summer, have many times protested against the lack of “separation of prisoners based on kind of crime, deprivation from primary essential facilities, and also mental and physical pressure from ordinary prisoners”, but they have got nothing.

FOUR GONABADI DERVISHES ARRESTED IN KAVAR

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kavar-majzoobanMajzooban.org - Four Gonabadi dervishes have been arrested yesterday on 19 Esfand 1393 ( March, 10, 2014) in Kawar, a city in Fars province.

Several Detainees of Erfane Halghe Have Been Identified

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Alireza Kimyaee 

HRANA News Agency – The identities of several other detainees from the 25 February 2015 incident – in which security forces and police crushed the Erfane Halgheh (Interuniversalism Mysticism) followers’ protest in front of the Islamic Revolutionary Court – have been revealed.

According to the report of HRANA quoting from the Human Rights Reporters’ Committee; Sajjad Kazemi, Hussein Karim Aghaee, Alireza Kimyaee, Hussein Parandeh, Majid Ali Madadi, Milad Khorasani and Hussein Moammar are among the detainees of the 25 February and there is no further news about their condition. Several other detainees of Wednesday incident have been released on bail.

According to the reports, after the news about the new hearing for Dr Mohammad Ali Taheri – the founder of Erfane Halghe- at the Branch 26 of Islamic Revolutionary Court, hundreds of his followers and activists of Erfane Halghe gathered in front of the Islamic Revolutionary court in his support. However, the peaceful protest turned into violence as protestors were attacked by security forces and plain cloth officers and several protestors have been arrested.

Based on the accounts given by the eye witnesses, security forces used tear gas to disperse the crowd and attacked protestors in front of the Islamic Revolutionary court with batons, punched, kicked them and many were also arrested.

During the last couple of months, supporters of Dr Mohammad Ali Taheri have been gathered several times in front of Evin Prison and Judiciary organisations and they have been attacked and arrested by the security forces.

Dr Mohammad Ali Taheri – the founder of Erfane Halgheh- has been several times arrested by the security and military forces of Islamic Republic of Iran. In 2010 he was arrested by Sepah Intelligence Services on the charge of acting against national security and later on 4 May 2011 on the charges of “Blasphemy, Apostasy, waging war, corruption on earth and insulting the profit”.

It is important to mention that back in 2011; Islamic Revolutionary Court sentenced Mohammad Ali Taheri to 5 years imprisonment, paying fine and 72 lashes. A while ago the media’s close to security forces announced that Mr Taheri has been sentenced to 6 year imprisonment. Fars News Agnecy – Close to Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution- also announced at the same time that his case is being reviewed for the charge of “Corruption on earth” and that the judicial system has been seeking advice from three supreme religion authorities (Marja Taghlid)  who have  confirmed Mohammad Ali Taheri’s Apostate crime  has been agreed upon .

According to Fars News Agency, 40 instructors of Erfane Halghe who held teaching sessions of “Erfane Halghe” have been arrested and 16 of them charged, prosecuted and sentenced. These 16 individuals were instructors (Master) of Erfane Halghe, who held teaching sessions after Mohammad Ali Taheri was arrested. They have been prosecuted based on the same charges and after the hearing these 16 individuals received a total of 37 years imprisonment and 130 Million Tomans fines.

Iranian Islamic government recently has been seriously fighting and confronting religions and mysticisms with contrary views to their Islamic traditional believes and many leaders and founders of such religions and mysticisms have been prosecuted.

Khosrow Dehqani Arrested in Isfahan

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Khosrow Dehqani

 

HRANA News Agency – On March 3, agents from the Ministry of Intelligence in Isfahan arrested Mr. Khosrow Dehqani and took him to the city’s central prison.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), he is one of 20 Bahais who were arrested in central Iran in August 2012, and given sentences ranging from one to 4 years by the Revolutionary Court in Yazd.

They were charged with propaganda against the regime and participation in Bahai community activities.

Mr. Dehqani was sentenced to three years in prison (previously reported as 4 years) and a 12-month suspended sentence, however it is not clear whether the most recent arrest marks the beginning of his sentence, or is for some other reason.

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