Physical Assault Against Ronak Safarzadeh in Prison

ronakMs. Ronak Safarzadeh, an imprisoned student and a member of the Cultural and Social Association of Women of Azarmehr in Kurdistan has been subjected to numerous physical assaults by other prison mates.  These assaults have taken place under the strict direction of prison authorities who have encouraged these kinds of brutal attacks on Ms. Safarzadeh.

Ms. Safarzadeh has suffered serious injuries as a result of these attacks.  Further it has been reported that a number of other political and social prisoners have been subjected to the same types of brutal attacks.

Ms. Safarzadeh has been in pre-trial custody for the past 20 months as a result of her social and women’s rights activities.

It has been reported that about a month ago, both male and female political prisoners I the prison of Sanandaj have been transferred to the section of the prison where very dangerous prisoners are being held.  This has been done under the pretence of repairing the wards where political prisoners are being held.

It must be noted that these prisoners (close to 103 of them) had been held in a very small and confined space for three (3) weeks before they were transferred to where the dangerous prisoners are being held.

Report by:  Cultural and Social Association of Women of Azarmehr in Kurdistan

Suicide of a 20 Yers old woman in the City of Muchesh

Student Council of Defense of Human Rights in Kurdistan:  A 20 years old woman named “Khoshghadam Saedmuchishi” a resident of the city of “Muchesh” in the Sanandaj area, set herself on fire, and after a number of days in the hospital passed away.

Ms. Saedmuchishi had a two (2) years old child and it is stated that the reason for her suicide was social and psychological pressures.

Although Ms. Shabnam Madadzadeh has been Granted Bail Judge Hadad Refuses to Release Her

madadzadehStudent Council of Defense of Human Rights in KurdistanEven though Mr. Shabnam Madadzadeh has been granted a 50 million Toman bail, Judge Hadad refuses to release her.

On May 27th 2009, even though all conditions for Ms. Madadzadeh’s bail had been met and the 50 millio Toman bail had been turned into court authorities, Judge Hadad refused to grant her release.

According to Ms. Madadzadeh’s lawyer Judge Hadad has charged her with “ Fighting against the Regime” and “propaganda against the Regime”.  Judge Hadad is well known for his mistreatment of student activists.

In the past few weeks Judge Hadad convicted numerous “Amir Kabir” University students on charges of “involvement with opposition groups outside the country”, “organizing events against the upcoming election” and “drinking alcohol”. 

It must be noted that Ms. Madadzadeh and her brother have been in pre-trial custody in the Evin Prison since February 20th.  Last week they were both allowed a one hour visitation with their family, where they informed their family that their interrogation had been completed and they had been transferred to the common ward in Evin Prison.  Their families are extremely concerned about their health and well being.

Ms. Madadzadeh is a student in Teachers Training Collage in Tehran and also an executive in student organization “Tahkime Vahdat”.  Her brother Mr. Farzad Madadzadeh is a taxi driver in the city of Karaj.

Sohrab Karimi Ordered to Pay a Large Fine Instead of His Previous Prison Sentance

imagesStudent Council of Defense of Human Rights in Kurdistan:  Sohrab Krimi, a kurdish student attending an Islamic University in Tehran, who according to section 500 of the islamic criminal code was previously sentenced to 2 years prison and 74 lashes, got news of having to pay ransom instead yesterday in an Islamic court.

As such, the court nullified his previous prison sentence and instead ordered him to pay 20 million rials for his previous prison sentence and 1 million rial for having had to endure 74 lashes. 

Sohrab had already spent 74 days in solitary confinement in section 209 of Evin prison.

Behrouz Javid Tehrani on his 16th day of Hunger Strike

behrouzStudent Council of Defense of Human Rights in Kurdistan:  According to news received from Mr. Behrouz Javid Tehrani’s family, Mr. Tehrani is currently on his 16th day of hunger strike.

Mr. Tehrani was forcefully transferred to Section 1 of the Gohardasht Prison (torture chambers) also known as “dark hole” or “the end of the road” more than 2 weeks ago.  While in Section 1 of the prison he has been subjected to brutal torture, including being beaten by batons while blindfolded and handcuffed.

According to his family Mr. Tehrani is in an extremely poor mental and physical state.

Mr. Tehrani is a pro-democracy activist who was originally arrested during the July 9th 1999 (18 Tir) pro-democracy student demonstrations, and has spent most of the last decade in Islamic Regime prisons.  For the past four (4) years Mr. Tehrani has been imprisoned in the infamous Gohardasht Prison, which is known for housing extremely dangerous criminals and for its terrible treatment of political prisoners.

It must be noted that even behind bars Mr. Tehrani has continued his pro-democracy activities and this is one of the reasons behind the inhumane treatment of Mr. Tehrani by Regime Officials.

Student Council of Defense of Human Rights in Kurdistan condemns the inhumane treatment of Mr. Tehrani and urges all human rights organizations and international entities to voice their concern over the torture and imprisonment of Mr. Tehrani in Gohardasht Prison.

Another Street Merchant Shot to Death in Piranshahr

Student Council of Defense of Human Rights in Kurdistan:Mr. Abdollah Azizi Asemani, a resident of the city of “Piranshahr” was shot at by security forces a few days and died as a result.  His body was turned over to his family two days ago.  The security forces subject Kurdish residents to illegal shootings during which many Kurdish citizens have lost their lives. To date, the security forces have not been held responsible for their illegal actions against unarmed citizens.

Mr. Sabah Nasri and Mr. Hedayat Ghazali have been Expelled from University

Student Council of Defense of Human Rights in Kurdistan: Mr. Sabah Nasri and Mr. Hedayat Ghazali who were released from prison in January 2009 after 1.5 years of imprisonment have been expelled from university, due to their student activism.

After their release from prison these students applied to thesabah-u-hidayatir respective universities, in order to be allowed to continue their education, however both universities have rejected this request and expelled these students.

Mr. Hedayat Ghazali was a psychology student in the University of “Tabatabayi” and also wrote for the student paper “Rojame”.  Mr. Sabah Nasri was a political science student in Tehran University.  He was also the editor of the student publication “Mazbur” which was in operation until Mr. Nasri’s arrest.

These two students were originally arrested in the city of Sanandaj.  They were in pre-trial custody for 14 months and were transferred to Section 209 of the Evin Prison on numerous occasions.

After 5 court proceedings they were both sentenced to two years of imprisonment by Branch 13 of the Revolutionary Courts.  They were convicted of “Propaganda Against the Regime” and “Participating in illegal gatherings on the occasion of International Mother Tongue Day.”  However on appeal their sentence was reduced to 1.5 years imprisonment and they were released on January 5th 2009.