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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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Iranian Authorities Remain Silent on Kouhyar Goudarzi’s Condition

The Committee of Human Rights Reporters — Nearly two months following Kouhyar Goudarzi’s arrest, there is still no information available on his condition. According to earlier unofficial reports, Kouhyar Goudarzi was held in ward 240 solitary confinement in Evin prison. However, since Iranian authorities have remained silent on Kouhyar’s condition and location, it is not possible to confirm his current situation.

According to the citizenship regulations approved by the Iranian judicial system in 2006, holding a prisoner in solitary confinement is considered a form of psychological torture and has been declared illegal. Nevertheless, holding political prisoners in solitary confinement has become a common method of torture in Iran.

Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader stated the following in a speech he delivered two years ago: “I spent 17 days in solitary confinement during the Shah’s regime.” He had acknowledged that being held captive in a solitary cell is a form of psychological torture.

The continued silence on Kouhyar Goudarzi’s current condition is considered inhuman. Since his arrest, Kouhyar Goudarzi has been denied the right to call his family members or meet with them. According to the civil rights regulations, a person arrested has the right to immediately notify their family on the location of their detention. Telephone calls and visitation rights with the family are legal rights explicitly emphasized as a defendant’s rights.

Kouhyar Goudarzi was arrested in Tehran on July 31st along with two of his friends, including his roommate Behnam Ganji, who was held in prison for eight days and committed suicide shortly after his release. The reason for the suicide is unknown. On the night of September 28th, Nahal Sahabi, Behnam Ganji’s girlfriend also committed suicide. According to unofficial reports, she was suffering from depression after Behnam’s death. Behnam Ganji’s suicide has raised serious concerns regarding Kouhyar Goudarzi’s unknown situation.

Kouhyar Goudarzi’s mother Parvin Mokhtare was arrested on August 1st at her home in Kerman. She is held in the general ward of Kerman prison. Recently, Parvin Mokhtare was tried in court then transferred back to prison.

Previously, Kouhyar Goudarzi was arrested by security forces on December 20, 2009, as he was on his way to Ayatollah Montazeri’s funeral in Qom. The court sentenced him to one year in prison. He was held in both Evin and Rajai Shahr prisons. The human rights activist was released on December 14, 2010, after completing his sentence.

In the past two months, various international human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders, and Front Line have issued statements expressing concern over Kouhyar Goudarzi’s unknown condition and location.

The Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) is concerned about the continued incommunicado detention of Kouhyar Goudarzi. CHRR condemns any acts, such as physical and psychological pressure, to obtain confessions from the accused. CHRR requests from the public to focus on the damaging effects solitary confinement has on a defendant.

Iranian Authorities Remain Silent on Kouhyar Goudarzi’s Condition

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Further Details on the Arrest of Parvin Mokhtare; Still No News from Kouhyar Goudarzi

Committee of Human Rights Reporters – After ten days of no information on Kouhyar Goudarzi and his mother Parvin Mokhtare, there is news from Parivn Mokhtare, who is jailed in the Kerman central prison. She was able to have a visit with her mother and sister yesterday (August 10th).

According to reports, during the short visit, Parvin Mokhtare told her family that, on August 1st, while she was taking a shower she heard the voices of strangers in her home. She had confronted four plainclothes agents who had unexpectedly climbed the house’s wall and entered inside. Even though the conditions were inappropriate, the plainclothes agents asked her to go along with them.

Parvin Mokhtare was arrested without the presentation of a valid arrest warrant from any organization. She was transferred to the women’s ward of the Kerman central prison. In the family visit, Parvin Mokhtare said that she is being held under poor hygienic conditions and with non-political prisoners.

Kouhyar Goudarzi’s mother added that the Kerman security agents had told her Kouhyar is jailed in Evin prison, but this has not yet been confirmed. Attempts by Kouhyar Goudarzi’s family and attorney to find detailed information about his condition have so far proven fruitless.

Parvin Mokhtare, who has no history of political or civil activism, said she has been accused of, “Insulting the Supreme leader”, “Propaganda against the regime”, and “Acting against national security”.

Kouhyar Goudarzi is a banned university student, a journalist, a human rights activist, and member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR).

Earlier, before news about Parvin Mokhtare’s location of detention was published, one of Kouhyar Goudarzi’s relatives, who had tried to obtain information about Kouhyar and his mother, told CHRR, “In recent days we have been searching for them in the Revolutionary Court at Arg Square. [Authorities at the Revolutionary Court] told us they had not ordered Kouhyar’s detention. We visited a few other judicial archive centers, but the [authorities there] did not provide us with any answers [either]. We were not allowed to visit the Attorney General and, finally, we were led to the Shahid Moghaddas court in Evin prison. Unfortunately, the questions we posed to the Evin Attorney General also went unanswered. They asked us if we were certain whether Kouhyar was there, but they did not allow us to enter inside. One of the court agents recommended that we refer to a local police station and declare [Kouhyar and his mother] lost and file an abduction complaint.”

Further Details on the Arrest of Parvin Mokhtare; Still No News from Kouhyar Goudarzi  

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