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21 August 2013
On August 10, 2013 Adilur Rahman Khan, a prominent activist from Bangladesh was arbitrarily arrested at his home by Detective Branch police forces. Mr. Rahman Khan is the Secretary of the Bangladeshi human rights organization Odhikar. When his wife went to the Gulshan Police Station the following day, the agents denied any knowledge regarding his whereabouts or situation.
However Mr. Rahman Khan was brought to the Magistrate Court that afternoon with a complaint lodged against him by the (...)
16 July 2013
Greetings, With utmost respect I give my acknowledgement and gratitude to the Prosecutor-General, his staff, and prison officials who helped secure medical furlough for my son in the past.
Honorable Prosecutor-General and Honorable Judicial officials,
On May 21, 2013 I wrote a letter to you with a faxed copy to the prison official in charge of Hossein Ronaghi’s case, asking that you please extend Hossein’s medical furlough. I sent you a follow-up letter about this matter with a faxed copy on (...)
9 July 2013
Committee of Human Rights Reporters – A group of prisoners at Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj wrote a letter to Ayatollah Larjani, head of the Ministry of Justice. The letter, which was provided to CHRR, is below.
With respect and regards
We decided to write you a letter hundreds of times to tell you of our grievances and the hardships we endure, but we knew that the letters would never reach your hands. Therefore a group of us prisoners out of desperation feel obligated to send you our message (...)
1 July 2013
Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Per the orders of the Ministry of Justice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, CHRR member Saeed Kalaanaki’s parental home that was collateral for his bail, was set for sale before a directive was given to instead pay 100 million Tomans (around $30,000) in cash. His family is ordered to produce a down payment of 21 million Tomans paid in cash followed by monthly payments of 2.5 million Tomans lasting 36 months.
This enforcement mandate has been handed down (...)
23 May 2013
According to CHRR, Mohammad Bagher Moradi was informed via a phone call that Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir-Abassi had issued him a 5-year prison sentence on the charge of “illegal gathering and collusion against national security.”
Members of Saraye Ahl-e Ghalam (Writer’s Association) have been summoned to the Ministry of Intelligence and subjected to continued threats and pressures. Akbar Amini Armaki was summoned a few days ago along with others who do not want (...)
3 May 2013
Committee of Human Rights Reporters - Hossein Salmanzadeh, refugee in police custody in Turkey, has launched a hunger strike in protest of his request for political asylum being ignored. Salmanzadeh who has been in custody at the Turkey police detention center since April 25th is on his 4th day of hunger strike.
Hossein Salmanzadeh is a former photographer from Fars news agency who left the country due to his lack of safety after he published photographs of the mass unrest following the (...)
10 March 2013
Committee of Human Rights Reporters –
Translated by: Sanaz Fotouhi
Where on my body
are your eyes zigzagging?
I die for you!!
The hungry bludger gambling
With the lice in my empty pocket
and still hung over in the Zipper’s ducts
Where have muted body parts been penetrated by the drill
With shafts as thick as Imperialism
Whose begging is never ending, as the “Taleban” that you are?
Laughter is wounded,
And Samarkand, with a skirt full of pebbles
And a hole,
the forbidden commodity
of the black (...)
5 March 2013
Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Moments ago another 3 journalists, Nasrin Takhoyori, Saba Azarpeik and Sasan Aghayee were released on bail.
According to CHRR, Nasrin Takhayori, editor of the social affairs section of Etemad newspaper and Sasan Aghayee, editor of the Saturday supplement section of this newspaper were detained on January 28th when security officials conducted a simultaneous raid on the offices of 5 media outlets in Tehran. Saba Azarpeik, a former reporter for Etemad (...)
18 February 2013
Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Blogger and political activist Mohammad Reza Pourshajari suffered a heart attack on February 17 and was transferred to the infirmary at Karaj Central prison. According to news provided to CHRR, three physicians at the prison facility by the names of Amjadi, Nejadbahram and Gholizadeh made requests for this political prisoner to be transferred to a medical facility outside the prison. They revealed that the prisoner has blocked arteries, which could (...)
29 January 2013
Committee of Human Rights Reporters – On January 27, 2013, five followers of Ayatollah Dastgheib were arrested in Shiraz. Per a source close to Ayatollah Dastgheib, the name of one of the individuals detained is Taher Faghih. Another 4 individuals were detained at their home in the early hours of Sunday January 27th. There is no obtained information at present regarding the names of the other 4 detained individuals. Ayatollah Dastgheib is a senior cleric and member of Iran’s Assembly of (...)
28 January 2013
Committee of Human Rights Reporters – On Sunday January 27, five Ahwazi Arab death row prisoners contacted their family by phone from Karoun prison in Ahvaz. According to news obtained by CHRR, the 5 minority prisoners who had been moved to an undisclosed location on January 17th have now been transferred back to Karoun prison. There was no information on the whereabouts and fate of the five prisoners on death row for 10 days after they were moved from the prison. In a short phone (...)
28 January 2013
Keyvan Mehregan, Hossein Yaghchi and Saba Azarpeik arrested, Motehareh Shafii released Committee of Human Rights Reporters – In the past three days at least 14 journalists from five media outlets in Tehran were arrested at their homes and their offices. Today January 28, 2013, security forces detained another two journalists Keyvan Mehregan and Hossein Yaghchi. Keyvan Mehregan was transferred to Evin prison with a previous summons and he is facing new charges. Another journalist, Saba (...)
27 January 2013
Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Agents from the Security Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran conducted a simultaneous raid of five reformist news publications; Shargh, Etemad, Bahar and Arman newspapers, and Aseman magazine.
According to informed sources to CHRR, so far the following journalists are confirmed as detained: Nasrin Takhiri, Javad Daliri, Sassan Aghayi, Akbar Montajabi, Motehareh Shafii, Nargues Jodaki, Pouria Alami, Pejman Mousavi, Amili Amrayi. Security agents are (...)
24 January 2013
Human Rights Watch:
(London) – Iran’s judiciary should quash death sentences against five members of Iran’s Ahwazi Arab minority and immediately cancel their execution, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said today. The sentences were handed down by a revolutionary court and upheld by the country’s Supreme Court on January 9, 2013.
The five men – Mohammad Ali Amouri, Sayed Jaber Alboshoka and his brother Sayed Mokhtar Alboshoka, Hashem Sha’bani Amouri, and Hadi Rashidi (or Rashedi) – (...)
24 January 2013
Amnesty International :
A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer was returned to prison on Monday, unexpectedly curtailing a three-day temporary leave to visit her family, which was expected to be extended.
Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been serving a six-year prison sentence since September 2010, was granted her first furlough from Tehran’s Evin Prison on 17 January on production of a hefty bail.
Amnesty International has long campaigned for her unconditional release as a prisoner of (...)
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