Monthly Archives: October 2011

Kouhyar Goudarzi in solitary confinement at Evin’s ward 209

Kouhyar Goudarzi spent 17 days on hunger strike in solitary confinement at Evin prison.

Kouhyar Goudarzi who was detained on July 31st is behind bars in solitary confinement in ward 209 of Evin prison.
Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) has reported that when Kouhyar Goudarzi was apprehended he was taken to ward 240 which is under the control of the Ministry of Intelligence. He was later transferred to solitry confinement in ward 209.

Kouhyar Goudarzi went on hunger strike while behind bars in protest of the intense pressures put upon him along with the illegal detainment of his mother. Goudarzi continued his hunger strike for 17 days after which he had to stop due to the dangerous deterioration of his health.

More than 65 days have passed since the arrest of this CHHR member. However there has been no contact with his family or friends, who have expressed their deep concern as every day passes by with no official information. According to obtained reports, Goudarzi has resisted the physical and psychological pressures inflicted upon him and he is in good spirits despite his dire situation and being held in solitary confinement for this long period of time.

In the past days following the suicides of two of Kouhyar Goudarzi’s friends, human rights activists created the “green protest” campaign sharing their deep worry for the missing activist. The campaign has announced gatherings in cities around the world in protest of the lack of information and the illegal treatment of Goudarzi.

Goudarzi’s mother, Parvin Mokhtare, who was arrested one day after her son, is awaiting her sentencing behind bars in prison in the city of Kerman. She has also spent this time without receiving any information about the whereabouts or condition of her son.

This is not the first time the courts have arrested a mother for verbally defending her child in Iran. But it has been unprecedented in the past years to press charges, conduct a trial, and hand down a verdict to a mother for the crime of speaking of the plight of her son.

Parvin Mokhtareh is being held among dangerous criminals in the public ward of Kerman’s prison for more than 2 months. She has been deprived of her right to a lawyer and threatened by the judge with a one-year prison sentence.

Human Rights House of Iran

http://www.rahana.org/archives/44962

Kouhyar Goudarzi


Kouhyar Goudarzi was on hunger strike for 17 days

Committee of Human Rights Reporters –  According to informed sources from Evin prison, human rights activist Kouhyar Goudarzi is currently held in ward 209, solitary confinement of Evin prison. Kouhyar Goudarzi was arrested along with two of his friends on July 31st, and, according to unofficial reports, he was taken to ward 240 of Evin prison but later transferred to ward 209. It is believed that Kouhyar Goudarzi was on hunger strike for 17 days to protest the intense pressures he has endured and the imprisonment of his mother Parvin Mokhtare. According to the unofficial reports, Kouhyar Goudarzi ended his hunger strike due to the deterioration of his health. However, since the Iranian authorities have remained silent on the human rights activist’s condition and location of confinement, there is no official confirmation on the details in this report.

More than two months have passed since the arrest of the CHHR member and his subsequent enforced disappearance, however, he has not been permitted to contact his family or friends, who have expressed deep concerns regarding the fact that no official information has been announced.

According to the unofficial reports, Kouhyar Goudarzi has resisted the physical and psychological pressures inflicted on him. He is said to be in good spirits, even though he has been held in solitary confinement.

Following the suicides of two of Kouhyar Goudarzi’s friends, Behnam Ganji and Nahal Sahabi, human rights activists launched a campaign to express their deep concerns over Kouhyar’s condition and unknown state. The campaign has announced gatherings in cities around the world for the month of October, in protest to the lack of information on Kouhyar Goudarzi and the illegal actions of the Iranian authorities toward him.

Parvin Mokhtare was arrested on August 1st, a day following her son’s arrest. She is awaiting her sentencing while detained in Kerman prison. She has not been provided with any information regarding her son’s state.

This is not the first instance that the courts have arrested a mother for verbally defending her child in Iran. But, it is unprecedented that a mother has to face charges, a trial, and a court verdict for speaking up about her son’s plight.

For the past two months, Parvin Mokhtare has been held among dangerous criminals in the public ward of Kerman prison. She has been deprived of her right to a lawyer and threatened by the judge with a one-year prison sentence.

CHRR

http://chrr.biz/spip.php?article16268

Kouhyar Goudarzi