Iranhumanrights.org - Ninety-two university student groups have issued a joint letter to President Hassan Rouhani criticizing the persistent "atmosphere of fear and intimidation" in Iran's universities following a spate of attacks and sabotage against peaceful student activities.
The wife of Hashem Zeinali, a 70-year-old man who was given a lashing and prison sentence after peacefully demanding information about his missing son while standing outside Evin Prison, is hoping that the Appeals Court will overturn the ruling.
“My husband, who’s an old man, has been condemned to imprisonment and floggings for a charge that has no basis in reality. He was standing in front of Evin Prison with a portrait of our missing son Saeed, and the authorities prosecuted him on the charge of participating in a gathering in support of Mohammad Ali Taheri, the imprisoned leader of a spiritual group,” Akram Neghab told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. “I already lost my son. I can’t tolerate seeing my husband jailed and flogged.”
While holding a portrait of his son Saeed Zeinali, Hashem Zeinali was arrested in front of Evin Prison on November 21, 2015 along with a group of 13 other peaceful demonstrators who were mostly followers of Mohammad Ali Taheri. Even though some of the demonstrators, including Hashem Zeinali, were not connected to Taheri, everyone who was apprehended outside of Evin Prison that day was sentenced to 91 days in prison and 74 lashes by Branch 1060 of the Tehran Criminal Court on February 22, 2016 for “disturbing the public order by participating in an illegal gathering in support of the head of the Erfan-e Halgheh sect.”
The United Nations has declared lashing a cruel and inhuman punishment tantamount to torture.
Saeed Zeinali was a 22-year-old computer science student at Tehran University when he was arrested at his home on July 10, 1999, five days after student protests—brutally repressed by the government—erupted across university campuses in Iran. Three months later, during a short telephone conversation, Saeed Zeinali told his parents he was well, but he has not been seen or heard from since.
“I have not heard from my son for 17 years. I know I won’t get any answers, but I will not stop asking what happened to him until my last breath,” Akram Neghab told the Campaign.
Iranian officials have denied having any knowledge about Saeed Zeinali’s arrest even though his parents insist they saw him arrested by security agents at their home. In January 2016 Judiciary Spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei said: “so far no document has been found showing that [Saeed Zeinali] was arrested.”
Iranhumanrights.org - Former student activist Arash Sadeghi unexpectedly began serving his 19-year prison sentence in Evin Prison on June 7, 2016 when he visited the jail to inquire about the official start date of his sentence.
Iranhumanrights.org - Hamid Babaei, a PhD student incarcerated for nearly three years in Rajaee Shahr Prison following a trial that lasted less than 10 minutes, has been denied his rights to conditional release and furlough (temporary leave granted to most of Iran's inmates). Babaei has also been suffering from severe gum disease and other dental problems in prison, but the authorities have ignored his need for proper medical treatment, an informed source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
HRANA News Agency – Amir Amirgholi, political prisoner, ended his hunger strike after 18 days in ward eight of Evin Prison, in response to requests from civil rights and political activists.
HRANA News Agency – The physical condition of former student activist and political prisoner in Evin prison, Amir Amirgholi, who is on the 12th day of hunger strike to protest against his conditions, has been reported dwindling.
HRANA News Agency – Amir Amirgholi’s father whose son is on the 10th day of dry hunger in protest against his conditions in prison, by declaring that no action has been taken yet regarding his child’s condition, has urged for his freedom, by the administration of justice.
Radiozamaneh - The Evin Memorial Campaign is an initiative supported by Radio Zamaneh to build a monument in words and preserve the memories of those who suffered in and through Evin Prison. The campaign is also in defiance of those who perpetrated those sufferings and are now planning to clear away every trace of it by tearing down the building and replacing it with a recreation centre rather than a national museum celebrating resistance and the struggle for freedom.
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