Majid Dori, student activist, exiled to Behbahan prison

Majid Dori, student activist, has been transferred to the Behbahan Prison in the Province of Khuzestan from Ward 350 of the Evin Prison. He had been sentenced to 6 years of imprisonment in the Izeh Prison.

Other prisoners who are serving their sentences in exile are  Zia Nabavi, Hamed Rouhinejad, Ahmad Karimi and Fatemeh Rahnama.

According to Kaleme, the family of student detainee Majid Dori is very concerned about the exile sentence. Based on the verdict, he has to serve the remaining of his 5 year sentence far from his family’s place of residence.

Dori’s family had asked the judicial authorities and the Tehran Prosecutor to prevent his exile to Khuzestan Prison.

His family resides in Karaj, close to Tehran. Therefore, prison in exile will not only be difficult for Dori who has to be held in the same cell as other [non-political] prisoners, but it is an added strain on his family who has to travel to Behbahan which is kilometers away from their residence in order visit their son.

Dori was suspended and eventually expelled from Alameh University when he objected to the flaws in the University’s leadership and the imposed security atmosphere on campus. He founded the Right to Education Committee along with several other students in 2008 (they became known as “star” students – receiving a star from the ruling establishment meant they were not allowed to continue their education).

When Ahmadinejad denied the existence of star students (students deprived of continuing their education), Dori participated in student protests in objection to Ahmadinejad’s false remarks.

The lower court sentenced Dori to 11 years in prison on the charges of  Moharebeh (waging war against God), “acting against national security,” and “disturbing public order” on November 24, 2009. His sentence was reduced to 6 years of imprisonment by the appeals court but his exile sentence to Izeh remained the same.

During the 15 months of his detention, he has submitted requests to authorities several times through his family but the officials have failed to respond.

Human Rights House of Iran

Majid Dori

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