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Saeed Kalaanaki-Judicial decree to collect the bail money for parental home

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – CHRR member Saeed Kalaanaki’s parental home that was collateral for his bail, was set for sale per the orders of the Ministry of Justice of the Islamic Republic of Iran, before a directive was given to instead pay 100 million Tomans (around $30,000) in cash. His family is ordered to produce a down payment of 21 million Tomans paid in cash followed by monthly payments of 2.5 million Tomans lasting 36 months.

This enforcement mandate has been handed down despite the fact that Kalaanaki’s family does not even have the funds to pay the installments. Saeed Kalaanaki, member of CHRR and former head of The Committee for Defense of Political Prisoners was sentenced to 6 years in prison for his human rights work. He was arrested by Intelligence agents in the years 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2009. During the past 2 years, judiciary officials from Shahid Moghaddas court in Evin prison sent four written subpoenas to Kalaanaki’s family warning them that if he did not present himself, their collateral would be seized.

According to Committee of Human Rights Reporters, Intelligence agents detained Saeed Kalaanaki for the fifth time on November 30, 2009, a few months after the contested presidential elections. After his home was searched, Kalaanaki was transferred to Ward 209 of Evin prison. He was held for 100 days in custody at Evin prison; 28 days in solitary confinement and the rest in a 7-meter cell holding 3 prisoners. He was released on 100 million Tomans bail in March 2010. That same year, Intelligence agents arrested nine CHRR members who were held for long periods of time in solitary cells in Ward 209, Ward 240 and Ward 2-A – under the jurisdiction of the IRGC.

In May 2010, Judge Pir Abassi presiding over Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court handed human rights activist Kalanaaki a 3-year prison sentence on the charges of “membership in Committee of Human Rights Reporters”, “propaganda against the regime”, and “insulting the leadership.” Kalaanaki denied the last 2 charges brought against him.

The founding member of CHRR was summoned numerous times and received threatening phone calls demanding that he cease his human rights activities. From 2003 to 2005 he was detained four times by Security agents and was held in Evin solitary cells in Wards 209, and 240. He also spent time in Hall 3 of Evin prison. Judge Hadad presiding over Branch 26 of the Tehran Revolutionary Court handed him a fine and a 3-year prison sentence, which was suspended for 5 years. With the two rulings, Kalannaki now faces a 6-year prison sentence.

Saeed Jalalifar, another member of CHRR was granted furlough on June 26 after enduring almost 2 years behind bars. He was arrested on November 30, 2009 during the aftermath of the disputed presidential elections and handed a 3-year prison sentence on the charges of “illegal gathering” and “propaganda against the regime.” On July 31, 2011 he was arrested and transferred to Evin prison after he presented himself at the Revolutionary Court in Tehran to prevent the reversal of his bail.

Shiva Nazarahari, founding member and former head of CHRR has been arrested numerous times stemming from her human rights work. After her last arrest on December 20, 2009, she was handed a 4-year prison sentence and 74 lashes on the charges of “moharebeh” (enmity with God), “propaganda against the regime,” and “Illegal gathering with the intent of disturbing national security.”  She was also banned from continuing her education towards a Masters degree. She is spending her prison term behind bars in Evin prison’s women’s ward.

Kouhyar Goudarzi, member and former head of CHRR was arrested numerous times and expelled from Sharif University of Technology due to his human rights work. When he was last arrested on July 31, 2011, his whereabouts and condition were unknown for several months as authorities refused to acknowledge he was in custody. The journalist was later handed a 5-year prison sentence in exile in the remote city of Zabol on the charges of “propaganda against the regime,” and “assembly and collusion against national security.”

Saeed Haeri, former member of CHRR is spending his 2-year prison sentence behind bars in Evin prison and Navid Khanjani, another former member is spending his 12-year sentence in Rajai Shahr prison. Parisa Kakai, former CHRR member was handed a 2-year prison term and Ali Kalaei, another former member was handed a 7-year term. Other former members of CHRR who have been harassed and investigated by the security apparatus are Hesam Meysaghi, Sepehr Atefi, and left-wing student activist Saeed Habibi.

The Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) condemns the oppression and prosecution of all human rights defenders, and demands the unconditional release of all present and former members of CHRR, along with an immediate termination to the harassment and intimidation inflicted on its members by the security and judiciary apparatus.

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Judicial decree to collect the bail money for activist Saeed Kalaanaki

Saeed Kalaanaki


Kouhyar Goudarzi appeals for support of jailed activist Arash Sadeghi

Kouhyar Goudarzi:

Arash Sadeghi, one of the most oppressed Green movement political prisoners, is on his 22nd day of hunger strike. For 22 days Arash has been on hunger strike in protest of his mistreatment behind bars, yet not one international institution has expressed concern. Arash’s father still has no information about the condition of his son. The only hope of a prisoner on hunger strike is the support of those who have compassion and value for the life of their fellow human being.

Let us be the voice of Arash.

Before it is too late, please spread the word, and share Arash’s plight.

Arash Sadeghi, student activist and member of Mir Hossein Mousavi’s 2009 presidential election campaign, was studying for his masters degree in philosophy at Allameh Tabatabai University until he was banned from his studies. He was arrested on July 9, 2009 during the time of protests following the disputed presidential elections. In November 2010, Arash’s mother lost her life after suffering a heart attack when her home was violently raided at night by security agents who were searching for her son. Arash was able to visit the gravesite of his deceased mother when he was temporarily released from prison.

Arash was first released after 50 days of being held in temporary detention while being interrogated. He was detained again on December 27, 2009 and temporarily released on bail in March 2010.

This political prisoner was handed a 6-year prison sentence and 74 lashes by Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir Abbasi. His charges were “gathering and conspiracy against the regime” and “propaganda against the regime.” The prison sentence was later reduced to 5 years by the court of appeals.

This is not the first time that Arash has launched a hunger strike. He had gone on hunger strike for 17 days in Evin prison when he had convulsions, suffered a seizure and ended up in a coma.

Since his last arrest on January 15, 2010, Arash Sadegh has been kept in custody in Ward 209 of Evin prison, which is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Intelligence.

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Arash Sadeghi

 


Kouhyar Goudarzi has exited Iran

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – KouhyarGoudarzi, member of Committee of Human Rights Reporters and former head of the group has left the country due to the increased pressures on him while facing a 5-year prison sentence in the remote city of Zabol. He is now outside the country and in a safe place.

Kouhyar Goudarzi, human rights activist, journalist and blogger, was first arrested in March 2006 on Women’s Day as he was taking pictures with Shiva Nazarahari and was released soon after. He was detained again in May 2006 on Worker’s Day while attending a Tehran Bus Company rally.

He was detained a third time in the summer of 2009 during the street protests after the disputed presidential elections and was released after a short period. His fourth arrest was on December 20, 2009. Goudarzi was among a group that was detained by regime forces as they were travelling to the city of Qom to attend the funeral services of the senior dissident cleric Ayatollah Montazeri. He spent time in solitary confinement and went on hunger strike before being released after one year.

Goudarzi was detained a fifth time on July 31, 2011 by plainclothes agents at his friend’s house. For months, officials refused to acknowledge his arrest and Goudarzi’s whereabouts and situation were unknown. A day after he was detained, Goudarzi’s mother Parivin Mokhtare was also arbitrarily arrested in the city of Kerman in order to inflict added pressures. She was kept in Kerman prison among criminals and was handed a 23-month sentence, which was later commuted to a suspended prison term, and she was released on bail.

Kouhyar Goudarzi was first held in solitary confinement in Ward 240 then transferred to Ward 209 in Evin prison where he was subjected to harsh interrogations. He was eventually charged with “propaganda against the regime,” and “assembly and collusion against national security.” Judge Pir Abassi presiding over Branch 54 of the Revolutionary Court handed down a 5-year prison sentence in exile in the remote city of Zabol. With the insistence of the security apparatus, the sentence was later upheld at Branch 54 of the Revolutionary Court.

In 2010 while behind bars, Goudarzi was awarded the John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award from the National Press Club. Alan Bjerga, the president of the club said at the award ceremony, “This award is meant to honor those who have done their utmost to advance the cause of press freedom and open government.”

CHRR   Kouhyar Goudarzi has exited Iran

Kouhyar Goudarzi


5-year prison sentence and exile to the city of Zabol for activist Kouhyar Goudarzi has been upheld by the court of appeals

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – The appellate court has upheld the 5-year prison sentence in exile at Zabol forKouhyar Goudarzi, human rights activist and member of CHRR. Dr. Alizadeh Tabatabai in an interview with Committee of Human Rights Reporters confirmed this news and said the sentence for Kouhyar Goudarzi has been upheld.

Alizadeh Tabatabai said in regards to the case file of Kouhyar Goudarzi, “The judge in charge, Mr. Pourarab said after carefully reviewing the case he would suggest an acquittal. After the month of Ramadan when I followed up on this case, I noticed that the sentence was upheld and the judge in charge said his suggestion for an acquittal was not accepted. Two other judges reviewed the case file and they also recommended an acquittal based on their findings. But despite the findings of the judges and my protests, the prison sentence was upheld because unfortunately the Ministry of Intelligence is very sensitive to this case file.”

Kouhyar Goudarzi, blogger, activist and member of Committee of Human Rights Reporters was detained in Tehran on July 31, 2011 and spent over 50 days in solitary confinement. He had no contact with family for 3 months after which he was able to call and he was denied any visitation with family until the day he was released. After being held for 8 months in ward 209 of Evin prison, Kouhyar Goudarzi was released on bail of 100 million tomans ($200,000).

In 2010 while blogger and human rights activist Kouhyar Goudarzi was incarcerated, he was awarded the prestigious Freedom of the Press prize from the National Press Club.

5-year prison sentence and exile to the city of Zabol for activist Kouhyar Goudarzi has been upheld by the court of appeals

Kouhyar Goudarzi


Kouhyar Goudarzi released from prison

Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR)- Human rights activist Kouhyar Goudarzi was released today on $88,000 bail.

Incarcerated human rights activist Kouhyar Goudarzi had been issued a 5-year prison sentence and exile to the city of Zabol. Today after enduring 8 months behind bars in solitary confinement in Ward 209 of Evin prison, Goudarzi was granted temporary release.

Kouhyar Goudarzi was arrested on July 31, 2011 and kept in solitary confinement for over 50 days. His whereabouts were unknown for over 3 months and he had no visitation with his family during the duration of his incarceration.

The Committee of Human Rights Reporters congratulates Kouhyar’s friends and family on this occasion of his freedom.

Kouhyar Goudarzi released from prison

Kouhyar Goudarzi


Human Rights Activist Kouhyar Goudarzi Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR)- Kouhyar Goudarzi, human rights activist and member of the Committee of Human Rights Reports was sentenced to 6 years in prison by the 26th branch of the Revolutionary Court presided by Judge Pir Abassi. Ghoudarzi was charged with “propaganda against the regime” and “assembly and collusion against the regime”.

Kouhyar Goudarzi was arrested a second time on July 31st, 2011. Following his arrest he was kept in solitary confinement for 60 days. His whereabouts were unknown for three months after his arrest. His family believes that he continues to be held in Evin’s security ward 209 [a ward under the supervision of the Ministry of Intelligence] and security authorities continue to prohibit his transfer to the general ward at Evin.

It is worth mentioning that Goudarzi is being kept at Evin’s security ward 209 despite the fact that his interrogation process has been completed and as stipulated under the law, he should be transferred to Evin’s general ward 350. Goudarzi has now spent 7 months at the security ward 209.

Parvin Mokhtareh, Kouhyar Goudarzi’s mother arrested in the city of Kerman one day after her son’s arrest was also sentenced to 23 months in prison. Her sentence was later reduced to a suspended imprisonment by the appeals court. However, as a result of another case against Mokhtareh at the 104th branch of Kerman’s General Court, the Judge presiding over her case has refused to release her from prison.

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Human Rights Activist Kouhyar Goudarzi Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

Kouhyar Goudarzi


Kouhyar Goudarzi held behind bars in solitary confinement

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Incarcerated human rights activist Kouhyar Goudarzi was again transferred from the public cells in Ward 209 to solitary confinement in Evin prison. According to reports, prior to this Kouhyar Goudarzi was being kept with another prisoner in a 10-meter cell in Ward 209. This area of the ward is comprised of very small cells referred to as “suites.” Kouhyar’s cellmate was recently taken to another location and Kouhyar was transferred back to solitary confinement.

After Intelligence Ministry agents detained Kouhyar Gourdarzi on July 31, 2011, there was no news of his condition or his whereabouts and he was kept behind bars incommunicado without the right to contact his family for 3 months. During this period of time, Kouhyar was kept behind bars in solitary confinement for 60 days.

During his court hearing which was held on January 17, 2012, Judge Pir-Abassi presiding over Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court charged Kouhyar Goudarzi with “propaganda against the regime” and “gathering and collusion against the regime.” As he awaits his sentencing, Kouhyar has objected to his continued incarceration in Ward 209, and has requested to be moved to the public ward of the prison.

Kouhyar Goudarzi is being kept in the detention center of Ward 209 despite the fact that his interrogations ended a while ago, indicating that the only reason he is still behind bars in this area is for the officials to continue harassing, intimidating and pressuring him.

Kouhyar Goudarzi, member of Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR), was first arrested on December 20, 2009 and was sentenced to one year in prison. He was released on December 2010 after serving his time behind bars.

Kouhyar’s mother Parvin Mokhtareh was also arrested one day after he was detained. She is being kept behind bars in Kerman prison and she is waiting for the appellate court’s ruling regarding her sentence.

Kouhyar Goudarzi held behind bars in solitary confinement

Kouhyar Goudarzi