IRAN Weekly HR report (December 23, 2012) :(Prisoners of Conscience)

Health Deterioration of Iranian Imprisoned Lawyer, Houtan Kian, Rejected for Medical Examination

Thursday, 20 December 2012

HRANA News Agency – Javid Houtan Kian Iranian lawyer, political prisoner in Tabriz Central Prison is in health deterioration due to lack of medical consideration.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), this imprisoned lawyer is suffering from Kidney and intestinal infections and is being rejected for medical examination.

Mr. Javid Houtan Kian is a lawyer who represented Mrs. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, when she was accused of adultery and sentenced to death by stoning in 2010. He supported her son, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh’s campaign to raise international awareness about his mother’s case.

He was arrested by members of the Ministry of Intelligence in October 2010 following her conviction, together with two German journalists and Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, Sakineh’s son. He was accused of acting against national security and sentenced to 11 years in prison following a televised confession and was barred from practising law for 5 years. The journalists and Sajjad Ghaderzadeh, who had been subjected to severe torture, were later released.

In September 2011 HRANA News Agency conducted an interview with Javid’s defence lawyer, Mr. Naghi Mahmoudi, who had been given permission to visit him. He reported that he barely recognised Javid, who had lost about half his body weight in the 6 months he had been held. He had been severely tortured and kept in solitary confinement. His nose had been broken, as had a number of his teeth and he had been burned with cigarettes many times. He had been tortured for hours at a time and passed round like a football between 20 and 25 guards. He was moved from Evin Prison to Tabriz where he has been kept on a ward designated for the insane and HIV-positive intravenous drug-users. Following the interview, Mr. Naghi Mahmoudi was denied further visits to Javid.

In March last year he managed to send an open letter from prison to important individuals and organisations round the world, setting out his case.

Reza Shahabi, Iranian Imprisoned labor Activist Begins Hunger Strike
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
HRANA News Agency – Reza Shahabi, an Iranian labor leader imprisoned since June 2010, went on hunger strike on 17 Dec 2012 to protest against mistreatment by jail guards as well as prevention of his medical treatment by the judicial authorities.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Reza Shahabi's physical conditions have deteriorated. He has announced that he will refuse taking his medication and eating food until he is allowed to be transferred to a hospital outside prison for complete treatment.

Mr. Reza Shahabi who had gone under major surgery of his neck, and according to doctors’ recommendations was in need of at least “two months rest at home”, and “incapable of withstanding any further punishment,” was sent back to Ward 350 of Evin prison on August 14, 2012. Since then, his health deteriorated significantly. In addition, his jail guards have be very insulting and he has been threatened recently by one of his guards. Reza was taken to hospital on December 15, 2012 but the jail guard accompanying him refused to allow him for proper examination and forced Reza, with threats of beating and assaulting him, to go back to prison.

Reza Shahabi is the Treasurer and Executive Board member of the Syndicate of workers of Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company, which belongs to the Municipality of Tehran and has more than seventeen thousand employees. All Executive board members of this union have been persecuted, dismissed and many were jailed since the formation of the Syndicate in 2005. He has recently been sentenced to 6 year imprisonment and five year ban on all union activities as well as 7 million Toman fine; the appeal court seems to have confirmed his sentence for four years imprisonment, five year ban on all union activities and 7 million toman penalty. Reza Shahabi's health deteriorated significantly after severe beatings and mistreatment following his arrest. The authorities of the Islamic Republic of Iran are directly responsible for any consequence resulting from continued imprisonment and mistreatment of Reza Shahabi.

Political prisoner Majid Assadi begins hunger strike
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
HRANA News Agency –Political prisoner Majid Assadi in Ward 350 of Evin Prison began hunger strike for one week protesting the measures of the branch 15th of Iran’s Revolutionary Court by Judge Salavati.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Political prisoner Majid Assadi in Ward 350 of Evin Prison began hunger strike for one week protesting the measures of the branch 15th of Iran’s Revolutionary Court by Judge Salavati toward two political prisoners in Ward 350 in Tehran’s Evin Prison. These two prisoners are Ali Moezi and Vahid Asghari, who were transferred to solitary confinement and banned from any visits.

By this action, he wants to attract the attention of world community to consider the situation of Political Prisoners who are banned of visiting their families.

Majid Assadi is a graduated Economic student at Allameh University in Tehran. He was arrested on Thursday, July 3, 2008 and passed 78 days in Solitary Confinement.

He was sentenced to four year in prison in May 2010. He was summoned to Evin prison to serve his sentence on Wednesday, October 5, 2011.

Furthermore, for the second consecutive week Gholamreza Khosravi refused to meet with his family in protest to Ali Moezi and Vahid Asghar being banned from any visits.

Jailed lawyer transferred to hospital
Thu, 12/20/2012
Abdolfattah Soltani, a jailed Iranian human rights lawyer, has reportedly been transferred to Sinai Hospital in Tehran for treatment of complications in his digestive system.
The Kaleme Website reports that Soltani has been in Sinai Hospital since Tuesday December 18, and so far the cause of his problems has not been determined by the medical team.
Abdolfattah Soltani, a prominent human rights lawyer, was jailed for the charge of “propaganda against the regime, establishing the Defenders of Human Rights Centre in Iran, assembly and collusion against the regime and acquiring pelf.”
After the election protests of 2009, independent organizations such as the Defenders of Human Rights in Iran became targets of a severe crackdown, and many members of the outlawed NGO are currently serving stiff sentences in prison.

Political Activist Asal Esmaeilzadeh Returns to Prison
December 16, 2012
Persian2English – Asal Esmaeilzadeh, political activist, turned herself in to Evin Prison this morning to endure the remainder of her prison sentence. She was sentenced on January 7, 2011 by Judge PirAbassi in branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court to four months imprisonment and eight months *suspended imprisonment. Her charges include, “Propaganda against the regime” and “Gathering and Colluding…”
Esmaeilzadeh was first arrested by plainclothes agents at her home in May 2011. She endured 31 days in solitary confinement in ward 209 of Evin prison before she was released on a $100 thousand [USD] bail on June 1, 2011.
*A suspended imprisonment sentence means that the sentence will not be implemented, unless the person is found guilty on another charge. There is usually a time limit associated with the suspension.

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, Iranian Labor Activist Transferred to Solitary Confinement
Thursday, 20 December 2012

HRANA News Agency – Behnam (As'ad) Ebrahimzadeh, imprisoned labor activist in Ward 350 of Evin Prison was transferred to Solitary Confinement in Ward 240.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Behnam (As'ad) Ebrahimzadeh, imprisoned labor activist in Ward 350 of Evin Prison was transferred to Solitary Confinement in Ward 240 on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.

There is no information about the reason of his transformation to solitary confinement.

Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, an employee of a piping company in Shahr-e-Rey, is one of the most well-known activists against child labor and protecting the rights of street children. He is also a member of the Committee to Facilitate Creation of Free Labor Organizations.

During his arrest, Ebrahimzadeh was brutally beaten by police forces. Two of his ribs were broken and his chest was badly wounded. Following the physical abuse, he was sent to Evin prison.

2009: arrested during May Day rally at Laleh Park
12 June 2010: brutally arrested in Tehran - sent to Evin clinic
Serious injuries sustained in prison then to block 7
5 Oct 2010: Still in solitary 290 begins a hunger strike to protest his condition
3 Jan 2011: Sentenced to 20 years: 10 yrs in Evin and 10 yrs in Rajaee Shahr
27 Apr 2011: Supreme Court overturned the sentence and ordered the case sent back to branch 28 of Revl Court for review
21 Jun 2011: Beginning of Appeals trial - still waiting for furlough
05 Jul 2011: Sentenced reduced by Appeals to 5 years

Political Prisoner Afshin Baymani Begins Hunger Strike
Sunday, 23 December 2012
HRANA News Agency – Afshin Baymani, political prisoner in Rajai Shahr Prison began hunger strike for five days, protesting his inhuman condition.

According to a report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Afshin Baymani, political prisoner in Rajai Shahr Prison, who has passed 12 years in prison, began hunger strike on Saturday, 22 December 2012 for five days, protesting his inhuman condition and lack of medical consideration.

Afshin Baymani, suffering from heart disease, was arrested on Tuesday, September 5, 2000 convicted of helping his brother to flee the country. He was sentenced to death and his verdict was confirmed in Supreme Court. But six years later, his verdict was changed to life sentence.


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