Iran: Political Prisoner Says the Harassments and Intimidations Will Not Stop Us

NCRI - The political prisoner of Gohardasht Prison – Western Tehran, Mehdi Farahi Shandiz in a statement wrote about the inmates who were executed at the dawn of April 19:

"The mercenaries cannot achieve their objectives by intimidating and harassing the political prisoners and human rights activists.

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UN Human Rights Expert Condemns Fabricated and Malicious Stories of Iran Regime's Press

GENEVA (24 April 2017) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Asma Jahangir, has denounced a report published by the Iranian News Agency (IRNA) alleging that she was planning to undertake a visit to Saudi Arabia in order to defame the authorities in Tehran.

The report also suggested that Ms. Jahangir intended to carry out the mission on behalf of military interests. But the Special Rapporteur has condemned and vehemently denied the news item.

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Iran: A Political Prisoner in Tenth Day of Hunger Strike

NCRI - On April 22, the health condition of a political prisoner called Omar Farhang became more critical and his blood pressure tremendously dropped in his tenth day of hunger strike in Ardebil's prison (North Western Iran).

This political prisoner who is from Iranian Sunni religious minority, is 45 years old and has been in jail for 9 years up to now, he is very ill and has been suffering from a tumor (nodule) in his neck and throat which has been causing him great discomfort for more than three years.

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Iran:  825 Days Pending Imprisonment of Youths

NCRI - Nasirabad’s youths (part of the city of Sarbaz in Sistan and Baluchistan, southeastern Iran) are continuously kept incarcerated in pending for more than 27 months.

While last year, it was promised to these prisoners that their trial will be held on March 9, 2017, so far only three of them have been tried  in closed door courts.

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Iran: Musician, Cameraman in Critical Condition at Evin Prison

NCRI - Due to lack of access to medical facilities, the detained musician Mehdi Rajabian is now losing his ability to walk after being diagnosed with MS a few months ago.

Based on the warnings his doctor gave, Rajabian’s family had informed Evin Prison official from the first day he arrived there, that he would be afflicted with MS and his life put in danger unless he received necessary medical services.

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Iran: A Look at the News of the Prisons in Last Week

NCRI - Last week, political prisoners of Evin and Gohardasht prisons in a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council condemned the attack on the women's ward of Evin prison.

The letter partially said: "The Prison Guards, under the command of the Organization of the Prisons, attacked the women’s ward of Evin prison (who are political prisoners) and with humiliation and insult, destroyed all personal equipment and facilities. Therefore, we, the political prisoners of Evin and Gohardasht prisons condemn this repressive measure and inform your human rights body that these measures by the Organization of the Prisons are simply aimed at suppressing and intimidating prisoners in order to frighten them not to raise awareness about what is going on in prisons.

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Iran: Latest News From Prisons, the Situation of Conscience & Political Prisoners

NCRI - Threats of building new cases for two political prisoners:

Shahin Zoghitabar was called to information security and Farhang Pourmansouri was summoned to the inspection of the prison, on Tuesday, April 17th. At the information security, Shahin Zoghitabar was threaten by IRGC elements that if he gets involved in political activities or writes letters to those outside of the prison, he would face a new prison case. At the same time, Farhang Pourmansouri was threatened that there was a complaint against him, claiming misconduct from the prison master “Mohammadi”. Therefore, a new case has been prepared for him.

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IRAN: The Political Prisoner Goes on Hunger Strike in Ardabil Prison

NCRI - According to the news, the political prisoner, Omar Farhang, went on a hunger strike on April 16th, in Ardabil Prison to protest against the unbearable pressures and the lack of medical care in the prison.

The family of this political prisoner lives in Urmia (northwest of Iran). He and his family have repeatedly requested of the Judiciary and the criminal warden to transfer him to the hospital, but the authorities did not pay attention to these demands.

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Iran: The Sabotage of Sending a Prisoner to the Hospital

NCRI - The political prisoner, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, in Gohardasht (Rajai Shahr) Prison protested against the sabotage of the prison guards, since they refused to take him to the hospital for treatment.

The agents of the regime in prison said that they will not transfer Ebrahimzadeh to the hospital unless he wears the prison uniform and handcuffs. The political prisoner refused and protested against the order.

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