Iran Human Right News

Kurdish Iranian political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian is still on medical strike and has been deprived of her family visits.

Ms. Jalalian who is imprisoned for life has been on medical strike, refusing to take any medicines, since February in Khoy Prison, northwestern Iran. She is protesting negligence of prison officials, ignoring her health condition and registering false information in her medical record. They have deprived her since September from having her weekly visits with her family.

The illnesses of Ms. Jalalian including canker sores in her mouth and pterygium, have deteriorated due to lack of medical treatment and her therapy strike.

Zeinab Jalalian, 35, was arrested by Kermanshah’s Intelligence Department forces in March 2007 and interrogated under torture. On December 3, 2008, she was sentenced to death, but her sentence was commuted to life in prison in November 2011. She has been under pressure and tortured to make false TV confessions.

Iran HRM - Seyed Iman Hossein Moghaddam, whose public execution sentence was announced on charges of rape, has denied the charges against him.

“I am 35 years old and did not have a criminal record before this”, he said.

“I was in the construction business and also bought and sold cars. In 2013, I went to the carnival with my children. I was sitting in the park when a man came up to me and said that he knew me and that I had stolen from his home and had tried to rape his wife. After some time, they arrested me in my mother’s home… The tortures started. When I was first brought to the Shapour Police Station, I was 123 kilos and when I was taken to prison I weighed 78 kilos… The torture was so severe that if you look at the videos that were taken when I was talking in the Police Station, you would see that I passed out a number of times while talking and that I had become delirious… We had 147 documented reasons on why I was innocent, none of which were taken into consideration… In general, they there were 40 plaintiffs assigned to me but only 16 of them showed up in court … It is very obvious that this case had many suspects (but they pinned everything on me.)”

Bob Blackman is MP for Harrow East.

 

Conservative Home - Oil, gas, weapons, and kidnapping. These seem to constitute the most lucrative parts of the Iranian economy – with the latter potentially surging further quite soon if a “ransom” for Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe is paid.

Nazanin is a dual citizen mother whose British daughter was taken from her when she was arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the airport in Tehran and sentenced to years in prison. Her husband back in the UK has campaigned desperately for her release.

The charges against her? Well, they are extremely vague. In fact, they have never been presented in full details, but somehow involve spying. This does not just represent a flimsy case, or a grave injustice: it also represents a blatant attempt by the Iranian regime to take the British foreign policy hostage to extort concessions and dictate term.

The price tag that Tehran now has put on Nazanin’s release is over £300 million. Cash that the regime in Iran desperately wants and needs to develop weapons, support terrorism and militias that will harm countless more lives asides from Naznim’s.

Naznin deserves to be released and reunited with her family in the UK. Every minute she spends in prison is not just a minute of her life wasted, it is a minute away from a husband that loves her, a daughter that misses her while she continues to live without her mother, and it is weekends with friends and family that will never happen.

Meanwhile, Iran has just had the 64th UN resolution criticising its egregious human rights record passed against it. The prison Nazanin is locked in, the notorious Evin Prison, has seen incinerations for years that resulted in just those types of resolutions. This include the imprisonment of thousands of innocent Iranians who were part of the 30.000 political prisoners, majority of them activists of the People’s Mojahedon Organisation of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the principal Iranian opposition movement, executed in a matter of weeks in 1988. This behaviour is not new: it started just after the revolution when American hostages were imprisoned, and this is simply the latest chapter.

This imprisonment is a high-stakes showdown, and indicates that the regime is so desperate that its leaders are willing to make headlines and risk action for cash. A British policy that does not yield to this extortion attempt is the only one that will break a cycle of kidnappings and apparent ransom that has been repeated since 1979. By not giving into the Iranian government’s demands, it will also make continuing to hold Naznim a losing strategy. When they add up future business dealings with the UK that they will lose out on and the cost of additional sanctions, a release of their prisoner looks a whole lot better.

This same policy of holding firm in the face of extortion attempts that will fund terror against the UK and its allies should not stop at Naznin’s case either. The IRGC, which has been involved in massacring civilians in nearly every country in the Middle East, has also carried out facilitated attacks globally, including on European soil, through its proxy, Hezbollah. Behind their prolific terrorist activities is a well-known business empire, since the guards control or hold a stake in major companies in nearly every major industry in Iran. Unfortunately, European governments and the UK have gone ahead with massive business dealings that risk to fund this very group despite knowing the consequences. We must penalise terror groups, not shower them with cash.

The cost of rewarding Iran’s terror activities is more kidnapping, deadlier weapons, more terror, and also a far more dangerous UK. Iranian activities have been a primary catalyst for mass migration from Syria, Lebanon, and beyond. And terrorist groups such as Daesh capitalised on the reaction to the sectarian policy that Tehran ideologically pursues, and has thrived in Iranian-dominated areas.

We must demand that Naznim be released – and that will only happen without a far higher cost if we are to penalise the regime for its unacceptable actions and make them costly instead of profitable. Failure to push back against the current system, risk to reward terror which will mean more bloodshed, more refugees, and more kidnapping. As Sir Winston Churchill would say, “an appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.”

Iran HRM - A prisoner identified as 43-year-old Hussein Aflato, who was detained in the Greater Tehran Prison died as a result of not getting necessary medical attention.

The prisoner, who suffered from diabetes, had lost his eyesight from some time ago. Prison officials did not take any measures to address his condition which led to his deteriorating health and he eventually came down with tuberculosis.

The severity of his illness and the deterioration of his physical condition was to the extent that he could not walk or do anything on his own.

Prison authorities eventually transferred him to a hospital outside the prison due to protests from his cellmates. However, it was too late and the prisoner died on November 16, due to the severity of his condition.

Former political prisoner, Nasrin Sotoudeh, Iranian lawyer and human rights activist, has been once again summoned to the Prosecutor’s Office based in Evin Prison.

In remarks made to the media on Monday, November 20, 2017, Ms. Sotoudeh said, “Since the Revolutionary courts and prosecutor’s offices are not independent and do not attend to political crimes according to the law, I would refuse to refer to the Prosecutor’s Office.”

The summons indicated a five-day time limit for Ms. Sotoudeh to report in but did not indicate what her charges were. The agents who delivered the summons insisted to have the day on which Ms. Sotoudeh would report to the Prosecutor’s Office, which she refused to specify.

Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested in September 2010 and initially sentenced to 11 years in jail. She was deprived of practicing law and of leaving the country for 20 years. The Appeals Court subsequently commuted her sentence to six years in jail and 10 years for being deprived of lawyering. In September 2014, she was released from jail after serving two-thirds of her sentence. In November 2014, she went on a sit-in protest outside the League of Justice Ministry Lawyers, to demand revocation of her professional deprivation. Other lawyers joined her and she finally managed to renew her license to practice law.