Democratic Republic of Iran جمهوری دموکراتیک ایران

The Only Way Forward

پیام عیسی سحرخیز به مناسبت راهپیمایی ۲۵ بهمن: «دیکتاتور ایران را نیز شما مردم، رفتنی کنید» / Issa Saharkhiz sends message from prison to the Iranian people: “Send away the Iranian dictator too!”

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عیسی سحرخیز، روزنامه‌نگار و فعال سیاسی زندانی در ایران، در پیامی به مخالفان دولت در ایران، با اعلام حمایت از خواست آنان بر راهپیمایی در روز ۲۵ بهمن، «رهایی مردم تونس و مصر از اسارت دیکتاتورهای‌شان» را تبریک گفته و ابراز امیدواری کرد که: «دیکتاتور ایران را نیز شما مردم، رفتنی کنید.»

مدیرکل مطبوعات داخلی وزارت فرهنگ و ارشاد اسلامی در دوران ریاست جمهوری سید محمد خاتمی، در این پیام نوشته است: «تاریخ آینه عبرت ماست. آنچه در مصر و تونس دیکتاتورها را رفتنی کرد، اراده مردمان بود. اراده ای که اگر بین ملت فراگیر شود و عزم مردمان راسخ، هیچ نیرویی را بر آن چیرگی نخواهد بود.»

این روزنامه نگار زندانی که در جریان اعتراضات به انتخابات ریاست جمهوری در ایران و در تاریخ ۱۲ تیر ۱۳۸۸ بازداشت شد و اکنون دوران محکومیت خود را در زندان گوهردشت کرج سپری می‌کند، در پیام خود آورده است: «آرزو می کردم که بین شما بودم و می توانستم همگام با شما در چنین روز تاریخی حضور داشته باشم و فریاد خشمم بر سیاهی و نکبت را رها می کردم. ای کاش سعادتی بود که میتوانستم بی شمار بودن را حس کنم. اکنون که چنین فرصتی ندارم، از درون سلول و پشت میله های زندان، با صدای رسا، از عزم شما برای حضور اعلام حمایت کرده و برای تان از صمیم قلب آرزوی پیروزی را خواهم داشت.»

گفتنی است اقای سحرخیز پیش از این در سوم مرداد ۱۳۸۹ از زندان رجایی‌شهر نامه‌ای سرگشاده خطاب به رئیس قوه قضائیه ایران منتشر کرد که در آن خواستار تشکیل دادگاه علیه سید علی خامنه‌ای، محمود احمدی‌نژاد و محسنی اژه‌ای شد. او در این نامه اعلام کرده‌است در صورتی که ظرف مدت یک‌ماه به شکایت‌اش رسیدگی نشود از طریق شیرین عبادی از این افراد به مجامع بین‌المللی شکایت خواهد برد.

Imprisoned journalist Issa Saharkhiz sent a message to the Iranian people on the eve of the planned protest for Feb. 14, 2011 (25 Bahman).  Issa was arrested on June 20, 2009, following the fraudulent election of Ahmadinejad and is currently in Gohardasht prison.  He has publically labeled Khamenei a dictator and has threatened to file suit against him in the international court.

In his message, he congratulated the Egyptian and Tunisian people on gaining their freedom from dictatorship.  He continued, “no power can overcome the people’s will.”

He also announced his support for the planned protest on 25 Bahman (Feb. 14) and urged the Iranian people to send away the Iranian dictator too.  “I wish I was among you and I could have walked with you on such a historical day and release my angry scream against this darkness and shame.”

He ended by saying, “I wish I had the good fortune to get the feeling of walking among you.  Now that I don’t have this opportunity, from behind these bars, with a loud voice I support your will and I wish you victory from the bottom of my heart.”   

English translation by Droi 

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Unprecedented attacks on prisoners in Orumieh and Karaj

Orumieh – On Monday around 2:00 pm, the head of the prison, the head of prison security, internal affairs director of the prison, along with 30 agents from Intelligence Ministry including the deputy General Director of the Intelligence Bureau of West Azerbaijan Province raided ward 12, took the clothing of some prisoners off, dragged them to the yard and started to beat and offend them.

In this organized raid, the political prisoners who are on hunger strike (in protest to the execution of Hossein Khezri) and were already in poor physical condition were severely injured.  In addition, all the prisoners’ belongings were smashed and their notes and diaries were confiscated.

It should also be mentioned that after the announcement of the hunger strike by the prisoners, they were cut off from the outside world and their families are not allowed to call.  They are also not allowed to have any contact or dialogue with other prisoners.

Note:  10 political prisoners are on hunger strike now at Orumieh’s prison.

Karaj – On Jan. 20th, the youths who had protested against the inhumane conditions of Gohardasht (Rajai Shahr) Prison were attacked by the prison’s Pasdarans (IRGC members) and guards, taken to the main corridor of the prison and beaten with batons for a lengthy period of time. The officer on duty, Alizadeh, was taunting them while they were getting beaten and said: “did you get your lesson not to even think of protesting!”

This vicious raid and group torturing was conducted under the supervision of Ali Haj Kazem (the head of the prison), Ali Mohammadi (deputy to Kazem) and Faraji (head of prison’s intelligence).

The youths were transferred on Wednesday, Jan. 19th, from saloon 12 of ward 4 to ward 3 and were kept in a cold corridor. They are between16 and 20 years old, and they are kept amongst prisoners more than 40 years old. There are reports of sexual abuse of these youths already.

Filed under: gohardasht, Hossein Khezri, iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, IRGC, revolution, ایران iran,

Gohardasht prisoner beaten because his case was publicised in international media

Farzad and sister Shabnam

According to reports, on Sunday December 12, Farzad Madadzadeh was transferred to the Intelligence Agency’s Sepah Cellblock in Gohardasht Prison in Karaj and was physically tortured by intelligence agents for a prolonged amount of time.

This political prisoner was transferred to the Sepah Cellblock at about 3 pm. He was taken with blindfolds and shackles to this cellblock and was interrogated and pressured for several hours on why news on his condition and that of his jailed sister was published in international media.

Intelligence agents constantly punched and kicked him in the face and other parts of his body leaving him with injuries and bruises.

Filed under: farzad madadzadeh, gohardasht, Iran News, Iranian protests, revolution, ایران iran

Prisoner goes blind due to lack of timely treatment

Nov. 13, 2010 – According to reports, a prisoner was blinded in his right eye after an attack by a gang which works under the command of the head of Gohardasht Prison, Ali Haj Kazem.

Prisoner Zare Javadzadeh, 29, is detained in Hall 3, Cellblock 1 in Gohardasht Prison. Some time ago, a prison gang which has been organized under orders of the head of this prison to suppress dissident prisoners and sell narcotics attacked this prisoner with knives and clubs. He was stabbed in the eye and sustained a serious injury.

He was told in the prison infirmary that he had to pay a large sum of money to have an eye surgery and that the prison would not pay for his surgery. He was told that they could only take his eye out; otherwise, the prisoner would have to pay for the expenses of surgery. Javadzadeh accepted to pay the expenses for fear of going blind but said that he needed about two weeks to come up with the money. The heads of the infirmary said that they would postpone the surgery for two weeks and would wait for his payment.

After two weeks, he was able to come up with the money for surgery but a specialist doctor told him that because he waited too long for the treatment, his eye is untreatable and that he would be blinded and he did lose his eyesight in his right eye. 

Zare Javadzadeh was arrested in 2007 and was detained for a long period of time in the Shahpour Detention Center, Intelligence Agency detention center and the notorious Kahrizak ‘death’ camp. He was under severe inhumane torture for 48 days in the Kahrizak Camp. Javadzadeh was tortured along with other prisoners by Ahmad-Reza Radan and Yahaqi, two State Security Forces commanders, for two weeks in this death camp. 


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Prisoners of Gohardasht to Prosecutor Dowlatabadi: “We have no fear from prison and execution”

August 17, 2010 – In a letter to the Prosecutor General, Jafari Dowlatabadi, some of the political prisoners of Gohardasht Prison wrote: “Mr. Prosecutor for time and again you are announcing that if we want freedom or even leave we must ask for a pardon…but you have received no answer other than silence from us. 

The more we think, the less we see any reason for asking for a pardon.  Should we repent because defenseless women and men who sought their rights were killed in the streets by fully armed agents?  Or should we repent because you have made parents to mourn their children such as Neda, Sohrab and or because you have buried those you killed at night in unknown graves. 

Should we repent and ask for pardon because our youths have been tortured and kept in Kahrizak or because you have forced the prisoners to confess as you wish them too?   Let us warn you that we have no fear from prison and execution at the course of freedom of our homeland”.

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Protest letter of political prisoners of Gohardasht Prison addressing Tehran’s Prosecutor

In a protest letter addressing Tehran’s Prosecutor political prisoners of ward four of Gohardahst Prison pointed to violation of human rights in the prison and the deplorable conditions of prisoners there. Some of the issues pointed at in this letter are as follows:

1 –  Water is cut till afternoon in some days causing fungal skin diseases and spread of louse.
2 –  The number of toilets and bathrooms are three or four for each 300 prisoners.
3 –  There is no ration of toothpaste, toothbrush, towel and slippers for the prisoners who are banned from having visitors.
4 –  By the regulations of (Prison) Organization there must be 80 to 100 prisoners at each saloon but for example in saloon No. 11 there are about 450 to 480 prisoners.
5 –  The room dedicated to each prisoner is less than one square meter in the building and less than 0.5 square meters at the yard.
6 –  Mixing political prisoners with addicts and psychics who are mostly equipped with ‘cold weapons’ (knives and etc.) is a serious potential danger for political prisoners.
7 –  Beating of political prisoners by the criminals imprisoned and threatening them of murder and transferring them to the hot and dreadful solitary cells famous as ‘Dog House’ takes place. Behrooz Javid Tehrani, Rasool Bodaghi and Shir Mohammad Rezaie have been subject of such terror.
8 –  In person visits are banned and prisoners are not taken to hospitals outside the prison when they are in deed of it. Ali Moezi, Khaled Hardani and Mansour Osanloo are subjects of such treatment.
9 –  Each prisoner can go to prisons treatment room only once every 45 days and if some one is in need in addition to that the head of the room will tell him ‘go and die one less the better’.
10 –  The medicine given are not affective, the excuse; lack of budget. Despite the fact, families of the prisoners are not permitted to bring medication for the prisoners.
11 –  Windows of the cells are blocked with brick causing lack of light and fresh air which is the main reason for skin and lung diseases as prison physicians admit.
12 –  No milk, vegetable or fruit is in nutrition diet of the prisoners and the goods in prison’s shops are without quality.
13 –  Rape and suspicious and systematic murder is committed at the prison. Narcotics are easily at hand.
14 –  The rights of religious minorities are violated and not only they cannot perform their religious ceremonies but they are even mocked and offended.

Iran Student’s  Committee

Filed under: gohardasht, iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, revolution, ایران iran

Mansour Osanloo transferred to solitary confinement

Iranlaborreport – Human Rights and Democracy Advocates in Iran report on transfer of the Mansour Osanloo, the leader of the Tehran and Municipality Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate, to solitary confinement in Karaj Gohardasht prison. Osaloo has been going under heavy interrogation in the prison for the past three days by the intelligence ministry operatives.

Osanloo has been taken to the solitary confinement since 10:30 a.m. on May 29 from the ward number 5, the special ward for those prisoners being treated with Methadone or inflicted with Hepatitis, and AIDS in Gohardasht. The transfer is said to be related to a new case against him alleging making contacts with the members of the opposition in the prison. The case was opened last March.

Osanloo in a visit with five doctors at the forensic commission in the city of Karaj in April was found to be in need of proper treatments outside the prison compounds. The care he has been denied.

Filed under: gohardasht, Iranian protests, Iranian workers protest, mansour osanloo, revolution, ایران iran

Unionist Severely Beaten in Gohardasht Prison in Iran

Iranlaborreport – Rasoul Bodaghi, a member of the board of directors of the Iranian Teachers Trade Association, has been severely beaten in prison by the prison guards on May 28. The assault has taken place at 7:00 a.m. with one of the guards by the name of Ghasem Mohammadi cursing Bodaghi in Karaj Gohardasht prison where Bodaghi is being held. When protesting, Rasoul Bodaghi has been physically assaulted by two other Revolutionary Guards by the names of Sheikh and Aghvaii getting hit on different parts of his body.

Bodaghi has then been taken to the prison corridors, tied to the prison bars and repeatedly beaten sustaining injuries on his head, face, and his teeth.

His fellow inmates protesting the guards’ actions have also been beaten including Dr. Ahamd Zeid Abadi, the incarcerated journalist, member of the board of directors of the Iranian Journalists Trade Association, and the head of Islamic Iran Students (Advar Tahkim Vahdat).

Following the assault, the prisoners of conscience in Gohardasht ward number 6, in an statement, condemned the assault and called the attention of the world human rights organizations and activists on lack of any security on the lives of the political prisoners in Iran.

Bodaghi has been imprisoned since September 2009. He has been teaching in Iran for 20 years.

Two other members of the teachers union have also recently been arrested in the city of Yazd. They are Mohammad Ali Shahedi and Mohammad Ali Shirazi, members of the board of directors of the Yazd union.

On a separate note, Mansour Osaloo, the leader of the Tehran and Municipality Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate, has been transferred to ward no. 5 of Gohardasht, the special ward for those prisoners being treated with Methadone or inflicted with Hepatitis, and AIDS. The transfer follows the complaint by an inmate by name of Seyyed Mohammad Rouhollah Hashemi, serving time for murdering his brother and brother in law. It is reported that those behind the complaint are the head and the deputy head of security at Gohardasht.

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Iranian Labor Leaders Face Reprisals Following the Joint Statement and the Call to Hunger Strike

Mansour Osanloo

Iranlaborreport – 10 independent workers organizations issued a joint statement on the occasion of the international workers day in Iran. The statement presented the workers demands and condemned the suppression of workers and general populance since last May day in Iran. Following the statement, authorities have increased suppressive tactics on the labor leaders.

Based on reports by the Human Rights and Democratic Activists in Iran, new charges have been opened against Mansour Osaloo, the incarcerated leader of the Tehran and Municipality Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate. On April 25, took Osaloo with hand and leg shackles to branch 6 of the prosecution office of Karaj revolutionary court. In new accusations by Ali Haj Kazem and Ali Mohammadi, Gohar Dasht prison chief and his deputy, Osaloo is facing with new case of ties with regime’s illegal opposition. On the months leading to the May day, Osaloo has been put under excessive duress in prison ranging from solitary confinement to transfer to addicted and AIDS and Hepatitis patients in Gohar Dasht.

Additionally, another leader of the Vahed Bus Workers Syndicate, Homayoun Jaberi was sentenced to one year in prison with lashes. The sentence by the branch 14 of the revolutionary court was handed down to Jaberi on the eve of the May day. Jaberi has been accused of assembly and attempts to disturb the peace, propaganda against the Islamic system, and disturbance of peace related to the last years May day gathering in Park Laleh. Jaberi was arrested two hours prior to the event last year.

Jafar Azim Zadeh, the head of the Free Assembly of Iranian Workers, one of the independent unions signing the joint May day statement has also been called in to appear in court by the branch 26 of the revolutionary court. No reasons have been given in the written call in. Azim Zadeh was among the 150 workers arrested in last years Laleh Park May day gathering and spent 53 days in prison. Other labor activists such as Mohammad Ashrafi, Alireza Saqafi, and Mohsen Saqafi also have received sentences for their participation in last years gathering.

Free Assembly of Iranian Workers in a statement condemned the prison sentences and considered Azim Zadeh’s call to the court as measure of exerting pressure on the labor activists to refrain from participation of this year’s May day activities.

The teachers organizations calling for hunger strikes on May 2 to May 8 have also faced similar pressures. Alireza Hashemi, the head of the Teachers Organization of Iran was arrested at his home on April 28 by the security agents. Ali Akbar Baghani and Mohammad Beheshti Langarudi, the head and spokesperson of the Teachers Trade Union Center of Iran were also arrested on the same day at their homes. A day earlier, Tofigh Mortezapour, another member of the Teachers Trade Union Center, was arrested in the city of Tabriz. A total of seven member of the Trade Union Center have now been arrested. The hunger strike has been called to protest the incarceration of several teachers and long and death sentences handed for several of them.

Filed under: gohardasht, iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, Iranian workers protest, revolution, ایران iran,

Mansour Osanloo Taken to Forensic Commission in Shackles

IranLaborReport – According to the reports by Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran, on Tuesday, April 13, Mansour Osanloo, the leader of the Tehran and Municipality Vahed Bus Syndicate, was taken to the forensic commission in one of the hospitals in the city of Karaj in shackles.

Osanloo was taken there at the request of the Gohar Dasht Prison Clinic doctors and spent 9 hours going through various examinations.  Osanloo is suffering from different ailments ranging from acute heart problems, back ache requiring surgery, and problems with his eyes. The shackles on his ankles were clearly making visible marks.

The doctors of the forensic commission have for more than three times certified in the past that he is not fit to be serving jail sentences.  The certifications have been turned to the revolutionary court as well as the prison authorities.  Based on the existing laws, those receiving certificates for not being fit serving sentences must be released to receive necessary treatments.

Osanloo, however, not only has been denied any treatments, but also put under excessive psychological duress in recent months.   These have ranged from long solitary confinements to his transfer to the addicts and AIDS and Hepatitis patients Ward in Gohar Dasht prison.  The harsh measures are administered by the Intelligence ministry interrogators and the prison authorities.

Several labor groups world wide have called for Osanloo’s immediate release from the prison.

Filed under: gohardasht, iran election, Iran News, Iranian protests, Iranian workers protest, revolution, ایران iran,

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Brave Women Of Iran

A special note we would like to share with the brave and beautiful women of Iran; You have shown extraordinary courage, passion, pride, humility and humanity in the face of great injustice. The world has taken notice and we are all humbled by your strength and determination. If you are the future, then we all are comforted by how bright it will shine.

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