Monday, 15 September 2014

Imprisoned Student Denied Medical Treatment despite Severe Illness

Omid Kokabi, an exceptional student serving a 10-year sentence, has not been allowed medical treatment outside Evin Prison despite his worsening kidney stone condition and stomach ailment, a source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
Kokabi, 33, who has not been allowed furlough once in the four years since his incarceration (a customary practice in Iran but routinely denied to political prisoners), was among the country’s top students. He was studying post-doctoral Nuclear Physics at the University of Texas at Austin at the time of his arrest at Tehran’s International Airport as he was about to leave the country on January 30, 2011, after visiting family in Iran.
He was kept in solitary confinement for over a month during his 15-month pre-trial detention. On May 14, 2012, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Salavati for “contact with enemy states” and other falsified charges.
“Omid has been suffering from kidney stones and stomach problems for a long time. His teeth are hurting, too. But even though doctors at the prison clinic have confirmed his need for treatment outside the prison, and despite many requests by Omid, so far there has been no approval for his transfer and his condition in the prison quarantine has worsened,” the source told the Campaign.
The denial of medical treatment, especially in the case of political prisoners, is endemic throughout the Iranian judicial system, even in cases where treatment is needed for life-threatening illness or injuries.
The source described Evin Prison’s quarantine, where many political prisoners from Ward 350 have been transferred to since August 12, as a basement without windows or proper ventilation. It has four rooms with a total of 100 prisoners and only four small toilets and showers. There is no space to walk or exercise.
“Because of lack of proper ventilation and sanitation, there are lots of insects there and many of the prisoners have developed skin problems. Cultural and physical activities are banned, but even if they were allowed, there’s no space for them. Despite all these difficulties, Omid studies and teaches other prisoners, too,” the source added.
Before his trial, Kokabi wrote a letter from detention to the Head of the Judiciary, criticizing his illegal arrest, mistreatment during interrogation, 36 days of solitary confinement, and forced confession.
“Interrogators would take and read every line I wrote. Many times they would angrily yell at me and tell me to write down what they told me and I’m very sorry I did so,” he wrote. Forced confessions, often under torture or threat of harm, is a routine practice in Iran. Such confessions are typically then broadcast on state TV  and used to obtain convictions.

Friday, 12 September 2014

One Woman and One Man Hanged in Northern Iran for Drug-Related Charges

Iran Human Rights, September 11, 2014: A 60 year old woman and a 31 year old man were hanged in the prison of Rasht (Northern Iran) early Thursday morning (September 11), reported the Iranian state media.women
According to the Iranian State Broadcasting IRIB the 31 year old man was charged with possession and trafficking of 4100 grams of the narcotic drug crystal , and the woman was charged with participation in buying, possession, trafficking and distribution of 3198 grams of heroin.
None of the prisoners were identified by name.
In Iran, the drug convicts are tried by the Revolution Courts behind the closed doors. There are many reports of unfair trials and forced confessions which are used as the basis of many death sentences issued by the Revolution Courts in Iran.
http://iranhr.net/2014/09/one-woman-and-one-man-hanged-in-northern-iran-for-drug-related-charges/

Two Young Men Hanged Publicly in Iran

Iran Human Rights, September 10, 2014: Two men were hanged in public in the city of Hamedan (Western Iran) early Wednesday morning September 10, reported the Iranian state media.100914-Hamedan-1
According to the state run Iranian news agency Fars, the two men were convcted of “Moharebeh” (war against God) and Corruption on earth. Disruption of order, creating fear among the people and attempt to rape are among the charges the men were convcted of, said the report.
The news website “Young Journalists Club” reported that the prisoners who were hanged this morning were identified as “Vahid Gh.” (24) and “Bahman Mousavi” (22).

Two Public Executions in Northern Iran

One of the executions was interrupted due to protests from the family of the prisoner, and carried out the next day.

Iran Human Rights, September 4, 2014: Two prisoners were hanged in the public in two different Iranian towns in the Mazanderan province (Northern Iran), reported the Iranian state media. IMG17281271
One of the prisoners was a man identified as “Mohsen D.” charged with a murder in 2008, according to the official website of Mazanderan Judiciary. The execution was scheduled to take place in the town of Mahmoodabad on Monday September 1. But due to protests by the people it was interrupted and carried out on Tuesday September 2, under heavy security measures.
The other prisoner identified as “A. A.” was convicted of a murder in 2004. The execution was carried out publicly in the town of Savadkooh reported Bloghnews. Since the beginning of August 2014 at least 90 people have been executed in Iran. 17 of the executions have been carried out in the public.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Two Public Executions in Northern Iran


One of the executions was interrupted due to protests from the family of the prisoner, and carried out the next day.

Iran Human Rights, September 4, 2014: Two prisoners were hanged in the public in two different Iranian towns in the Mazanderan province (Northern Iran), reported the Iranian state media. IMG17281271
One of the prisoners was a man identified as “Mohsen D.” charged with a murder in 2008, according to the official website of Mazanderan Judiciary. The execution was scheduled to take place in the town of Mahmoodabad on Monday September 1. But due to protests by the people it was interrupted and carried out on Tuesday September 2, under heavy security measures.
The other prisoner identified as “A. A.” was convicted of a murder in 2004. The execution was carried out publicly in the town of Savadkooh reported Bloghnews. Since the beginning of August 2014 at least 90 people have been executed in Iran. 17 of the executions have been carried out in the public.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Two Public Hangings in Iran


57 prisoners have been executed since August 3 (in less than 3 weeks) in Iran. 13 of the executions have been carried out in public.
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Iran Human Rights, August 21, 2014: One man was hanged in public in the city of Qazvin today. The prisoner who was identified as
“A.N.” was convicted of murdering his 9 year old stepchild, reported the state run Iranian news agency Mehr.
Another prisoner was hanged in the Motaheri Square of Khoi (Northwestern Iran) reported the news website Uromnews. The prisoner who was identified by name what charged with rape, said the report. The execution was carried out on Tuesday August 19.

One Public and More Than 10 Unannounced Executions in Iran Today


Iran Human Rights, August 18, 2014: One man was hanged publicly in the town of Mianeh, in the Iranian East-Azerbaijan province, reported the Iranian state media.  According to the Mehr news agency the man was identified as Asghar Azizi, convicted of “corruption on earth” for possession and trafficking of narcotic drugs.  He was hanged on Monday August 18, in front of the eyes of tens of  citizens including children.180814-Mianeh-1
At least10 prisoners were executed in the Gehzelhesar prison of Karaj according to the “human rights activists’ news agency” (HRANA). The executiosn took place early today August 18, said the report. Iran Human Rights (IHR) has confirmed the executions. At the present moment there are no further details about who these prisoners were.
There have been several reports about protests in the Gheselhesar prison yesterday Sunday August 17. According to the reports several prisoners have been killed as a result of the prison guards opening fire on them. IHR is investigating these reports.