Link Between Hard-Line Media and Arrests

Sources From NYT 

By THOMAS ERDBRINKNOVEMBER 8, 2015

TEHRAN — Iran’s president publicly criticized its hard-line media on Sunday, hinting that some outlets are connected to the security forces responsible for a wave of recent arrests in the country aimed at crippling Western influence.
President Hassan Rouhani, in a speech broadcast live, accused some outlets of acting as “undercover police” and said that “they even tell their audience who is going to be arrested tomorrow.”
After endorsements of the historic six-nation nuclear accord with Tehran by Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and by Parliament, the ayatollah has been speaking out against what he has called attempts by Western powers to “spread their influence” in the country.
Since Ayatollah Khamenei’s speeches began, five activists and journalists have been arrested, with a member of the intelligence unit of the Revolutionary Guards Corps explaining on state television that they are accused of being “pens for hire” and that they had been working — some unwittingly — for the Central Intelligence Agency.
In recent months, an Iranian-American businessman, Siamak Namazi, and a Lebanese information technology expert, Nizar Zakka, who has legal permanent residency in the United States, have been arrested in Tehran. On Saturday, state television showed pictures of a man it said was Mr. Zakka in military dress. He is accused of espionage.
“Through close associations with some political movements, he intended to intensify a bipolar current inside Iran so that Western and American intelligence services could increase their activities in Iran,” a presenter on state television said.

What Happens In Ward 8 Of Evin Prison

  
Iranian retired university professor Hossein Rafiee is in Evin prison ward 8. In a recently letter he describes the situation of prisoners in this ward: 

About 30 political prisoners in ward 8 of Evin prison are housed in the same boat as the smugglers, international and national financial prisoners, pirates … we are with the prisoners infected with the diseases like HIV, hepatitis B and C and skin diseases. We can find in any place presence of ticks and mosquitoes, the bacteria, staphylococcus, tuberculosis…

There is almost never hot water for washing. There are no gas or heating. A permanent violation of prison rules and separation of prisoners. The meals are often the infected food and the sick prisoners are always denied medical treatment…
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Hossein Rafiee has begun serving a prison sentence handed down in 2004 for his peaceful political activism. Hossein Rafiee is 70 and has several health problems, including high blood pressure and a heart condition. He is a prisoner of conscience.
Hossein Rafiee only found out the reason for his arrest after about a month later, when he was told he had to start serving a four-year prison sentence handed down by a Revolutionary Court in 2004 for “membership of an illegal group”, as he was a member of the banned political party Melli Mazhabi (National Religious Alliance).
On 25 May 2015, Hossein Rafiee received an additional six years by Branch 15 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran, over his writings on social and political issues on his website. The court sentenced him to five years in prison for “membership of an illegal and anti-national security group [Melli Mazhabi]”, one year for “spreading propaganda against the system” by giving interviews to media “who are against the state” and for “issuing statements against the state’s security”, and fined him for use of a (banned) satellite dish. He was also banned from political and journalistic activities for two years. His has lodged an appeal but no date has been set for the hearing.
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Iran’s Human Rights

A report released this month on “The Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran” reveals that Iranians are worse off under “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani than his more conservative predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and that, based on their current trajectory, they are expected to exceed well over 1,000 executions by year’s end.
“The human rights situation in the country remains dire,” Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN’s special rapporteur on Iran, said during a briefing at the United Nations last week.

Iran executes more individuals per capita than any other country in the world. In his 26-page report, Shaheed notes that between January 1 and September 15 of this year, Iran executed at least 694 people by hanging, which included at least 10 women and one juvenile. In 2014, Iran clocked in at a shocking 753 executions.

Shaheed’s analysis also found that “more than 480 persons were flogged during the first 15 days of Ramadan for not fasting,” but that the Iranian regime has falsely maintained that only three individuals were subject to this punishment for their non-observance of the fast. Additionally, two people who were convicted of theft had their limbs amputated mere weeks prior to the conclusion of the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) in July.

A man identified as “Hamid S.” reportedly had his left eye and right ear surgically removed in January of this year after being found guilty of attacking another man with acid in 2005, which caused the victim to lose the same body parts. Another man was also forcibly blinded in March of this year in a process known as qisas, or “retribution-in-kind,” for throwing acid on another man in 2009.

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Two Baha’i Prisoners Released

According to BahaiNews, two baha’i prisoners, Hassan Bazrafkan and Vahid Taghvajou were released from Marvdasht prison in Shiraz at the end of their sentence. They have been in jail for one-year.

On September 11, 2013, security forces searched their home and seized computers and books relating to the Bahai Faith. They detained these two men as well as five others, who were released soon after.

A Zahedan Prisoner Committed Suicide

According to the site hrdai, on Tuesday, November 3, a prisoner aged about 36 years in the name of Yadu’llah Amiri at the central prison of Zahedan ward 8, because of the inhuman conditions, tried to end his life and committed suicide. But in the last moments while his neck was injured, he was transferred out of the prison. There is no information on the place and the fate of this prisoner.
Selon le site hrdai le mardi 3 Novembre, un prisonnier âgé d’environ 36 ans au nom de Yadu’llah Amiri à la prison centrale de Zahedan section 8, à cause des conditions inhumaines, a tenté de mettre fin à sa vie et s’est suicidé, mais dans les derniers moments alors que son cou avait été blessé, il a été transféré à l’extérieur de la prison. Il n’y a pas d’information sur le lieu et le sort de ce prisonnier.  

یک زندانی در زندان زاهدان اقدام به خودکشی نمود

به گزارش hrdai روز سه شنبه ۱۲ آبان ماه زندانی یدالله امیری که حدودا ۳۶ سال سن دارد در بند ۸ زندان مرکزی زاهدان برای رهایی یافتن از شرایط غیر انسانی و پایان دادن به زندگی خویش اقدام به خودکشی نمود ولی در آخرین لحظات حیاتش در حالی که گردن وی شکسته بود او را به خارج از زندان منتقل نمودند.از زمان انتقال وی تاکنون از وضعیت و شرایط این زندانی هیچ خبری در دست نیست

4 Karaj Prisoners At Imminent Risk Of Execution

According to HRANA, four death row prisoners of the central prison of Karaj were transferred on november 4 ,2015, to solitary confinement to awaiting imminent execution.

Their names are: Iraj Tiz maghz, Mehdi Aflaki, Sirous Cheshmeh and Kouchak Kambiz.

The family of these prisoners met them for the last time.

All of them are accused of drug trafficking.

Ali Moezzi Moved To Evin Quarantine

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According to HRANA, it’s more than 3 days that Ali Moezzi, political prisoner of the central prison of Karaj was moved to quarantine of Evin prison in Tehran.

Ali Moezzi suffers from prostate problems, kidney, bladder and was denied medical treatment while in detention. In autumn 2008, he had already been arrested and jailed sentenced to 2 years in prison and 3 years probation.

He was released after 2 years of imprisonment and he was arrested again in June 2011 with a sentence of 4 years in prison.

He was to be released in March 2015, but new charges were assigned against him as « propaganda against the regime ».

Since these 4 years of imprisonment he never had any furlough.

Selon HRANA, cela fait plus de 3 jours que Ali Moezzi, le prisonnier politique de la prison centrale de Karaj a été placé en quarantaine de la prison d’Evin, à Téhéran.

Ali Moezzi souffre de problèmes de prostate, du rein, de la vessie et a été privé de traitement médical pendant sa détention. En automne 2008, il avait déjà été arrêté et emprisonné condamné à 2 ans de prison et 3 ans avec sursis.

Il avait été libéré après 2 ans d’emprisonnement et de nouveau il a été arrêté en juin 2011 avec une condamnation de 4 ans de prison.

Il devait être libéré en mars 2015, mais de nouvelles accusations lui ont été assignées comme « la propagande contre le régime ».

A savoir que depuis ces 4 ans d’emprisonnement jamais il n’a eu de permission de sortie.