A Daughter’s Plea: Free My Father from Iran’s Prisons

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My father, an Iranian blogger, is being psychologically tortured and imprisoned—all for blogging about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
At this very moment, my father, Mohammad Reza Pourshajari, also known as Siamak Meher, is being detained in Karaj Prison in Iran.  He was arrested by security forces two months ago in Orumieh and was held in solitary confinement for 14 days by the Ministry of Intelligence.  He was subjected to harsh investigation and psychological torture. His interrogators repeatedly threatened him with the death.  Once transferred to Karaj Prison, he spent an additional 15 days in solitary confinement.

For a month after his arrest, my family had no idea where my father disappeared to.  We were terrified.  My father is now awaiting a court trial for the following so-called crimes: acts against national security, propaganda against the system, attempts to leave the country illegally, contacts with Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, the Special Rapporteur on Iran, contacts with anti-revolutionary individuals and organizations and contacts with Zionist organizations and individuals.

My father is a blogger—not a criminal.  In March, my father, who suffers from cardiac arrest, diabetes and kidney stones, wrote, “When the intelligence agents of the Islamic regime first broke into my apartment they beat me to death and took me for interrogations. I was put in a solitary confinement completely cut off from the outside world without even enjoying basic prisoner rights. I was constantly threatened to death.”  He was taken into a room, blindfolded and led to believe he was going to be hanged.

My father continued, “All these sufferings only because I tried to share articles 17 and 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with my fellow citizens; all these because I tried to make my fellow citizens aware of the rights reserved for them by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”  He rightly observed that, “My fate as a blogger and a prisoner of conscience is only one example of the thousands of the victims of human rights violations in Iran.”

What makes his current detainment even more heartbreaking this time is that he was recently released after serving four years in prison. He was arrested in September 2010 and sentenced prison for propaganda against the State, insulting the Supreme Leader and defamation of Islam.

During the first days of my father’s interrogation, security officials asked him to convince me to return back to Iran. They assured him that should this happen, many problems would be resolved. The majority of the questions they asked were related to my work and activities.

From prison, my father noted that he was jailed “as a result of voicing my criticism and concerns at the injustice and the violation of human rights and freedom violations in my country.”  He rotted in a 21-square-meter cell where he was kept with 40 other inmates “most of whom are murderers, rapists, child molesters, smugglers, robbers and psychotic patients.”

My father is now awaiting a court trial for the following so-called crimes: acts against national security, propaganda against the system … contacts with anti-revolutionary individuals and organizations and contacts with Zionist organizations and individuals.

My father’s voice has been silenced by a cruel regime and so I pass on his message to the world:  “The people of Iran are now ensnared in the hands of a religious, medieval and extremely backward regime that has no respect for the values the civilized world has been seeking out for the past four centuries,” he wrote.   “The totalitarian regime of the Islamic republic harshly represses the public so not even one single individual or the media can freely expresses their opinion on the conditions of the country and its people…”

The Iranian regime has refused to release any updated information about my father despite repeated requests.  My father and I always had a very close relationship.  He took care of me throughout my life.  I dream that one day he will be free.  He is always in my thoughts. is a crowdsourcing platform created by Advancing Human Rights which connects activists from dictatorships with people around the world with skills to help them.

Source: The Daily Beast

News from Iran – Week 41 – 2013

Prisoner News


  • Sajad Beit-Abdollah, from Shush, sentenced to 15 years in prison in exile, transferred to Gorgan prison.
  • Ahmad Dabat, from Shush, sentenced to 20 years in prison in exile, transferred to Rasht prison.
  • Ahmad Kaabi (Zaghibi) from Shush, sentenced to 15 years in prison in exile, transferred to Kerman prison.
  • Jafar Kaabi, from Shush, sentenced to 15 years in prison in exile, transferred to Yazd prison.
  • Ali (Jajeh) Kanani, from Shush, sentenced to 20 years in prison in exile, transferred to Sari prison.
  • Yousef Khazaraji, from Shush, sentenced to 10 years in prison in exile, transferred to Shiraz prison.
  • Abdollah Momeni transferred to prison infirmary in emergency.
  • Maryam Naghash-Zargaran (Nasim), Christian convert, transferred from Evin to Modarres hospital.
  • Hasan Naseri, from Shush, sentenced to 20 years in prison in exile, transferred to Sabzevar prison.
  • Sunni prisoner Foad Rezazadeh transferred to Evin prison ward 209.
  • Abbas Sagouri, from Shush, sentenced to 15 years in prison in exile, transferred to Hamedan prison.
  • Maryam Shafeepour transferred to general ward in Evin.
  • Arash Sharifi, Sunni prisoner of Rejaei Shahr prison, transferred to Kashan prison.



  • Journalist Masoud Bastani back to Rejaei Shahr at the end of furlough.
  • Baha’i Hassan Bazar Afkan arrested.
  • Mousavi’s senior adviser Alireza Beheshti Shirazi is back in Evin after 2 weeks out on furlough.
  • Mostafa Faghihi the managing director of Entekhab site, arrested and sent to Evin for one day then released on bail.
  • Green Movement activist Dr. Alireza Rajabianfard arrested and taken to Evin to start serving his 3 1/2 years sentence.
  • Tens of people charged with promoting homosexuality and Satanism arrested in Kermanshah.



  • Journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amouei released on furlough.
  • Journalist/HR activist Ahmad Asgari has been released on bail after more than 3 months detention most of it in solitary.
  • Amir Chamani released from prison.
  • Civil activist Mehdi Hamidi Shafigh has been released from Tabriz central prison.
  • Political prisoner Mohammad Reza Hosseini released from Bandar Abbas prison.
  • Student activist Afshin Keshtkari released from Shiraz Adelabad prison after completing his 6 months sentence.
  • Mohammad-Reza Moghiseh released on furlough.
  • Mohsen Mohagheghi released on furlough.
  • Kurdish political prisoner Hamzeh Sobhani has been released from Dizelabad prison in Kermanshah. He had served half of his 6 years sentence.
  • Mehdi Tajik released on furlough.


Other News

  • Hamed Ghasemi-Shal reunited with his wife in Toronto.
  • Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeini-Boroujerdi suffers a heart attack in prison.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Dervish Gonabadi Hamid-Reza Arayesh sentenced to exile for life to Khouzestan.
  • Dervish Gonabadi Kazem Dehghani sentenced to exile for life to Sistan-Baluchestan.
  • Regime critic blogger Dr. Mehdi Khazali has been sentenced to 6 years imprisonment.
  • Court of Appeals has sentenced Christian Maryam Naghash Zargaran to 4 years.
  • Dervish Gonabadi Mohammad-Ali Shamshirzan sentenced to exile for life to Hormozgan.
  • Morteza Vafaei, Sunni student, sentenced to 21 months in prison.
  • 6 hangings in Yazd central prison.
  • 2 executions in Shahrekord prison.
  • 2 public executions in Babol, carried out by victims’ family member.
  • 3 executions in Ardabil prison.
  • 1 execution in Bandar Abbas prison.
  • 3 executions in Rasht, one publicly.
  • One public execution in Fars province.


University – Culture

  • 13 students from the Shiraz Medical University summoned by intelligence ministry in the past month.



  • Semnan Lining Machine workers protest the delay of 11 month salary.
  • Death row prisoners‘ families gathered in front of revolutionary court in Tehran.


Iran abroad

  • New German and Dutch ambassadors nominated in Tehran.


Iran Economics

  • More than 100 workers of Shiraz Marvdasht Factory have not received wages since 15 months.
  • The Central Bank confirmed that the annual inflation rate exceeded 40% on most essential items for August/September. The cost of food and drink rose by 51%, shoes by 60%, and utilities, water, and fuel by 21%. Health care was 43% more expensive and transport 45%. Only communications and education had increases of less than 15%.
  • 2 auto assembly plants, Kerman Motors and Modiran halt production.


Iran Politics

  • President Rouhani appointed Ms. Shahindokht Mowlaverdi as Vice President and Head of Center for Women and Family Affairs.
  • Elham Aminzadeh said: “Fifty complaints by Ahmadinejad’s government against some media organizations, members of the parliament, political activists and media activists were annulled.”
  • Mohammad Hossein Moghimi was appointed governor general of Markazi province, Mohammad Vakili of Semnan provinces, Hasan Sadeghlu of Golestan province and Mohammad Reza Morvarid of Ilam province.
  • Sorena Sattari has been appointed as vice-president for science and technology.
  • Rouhani appointed Mohammad Shariatmadari as Vice President for Executive Affairs.



  • Iran: attempt to sabotage a nuclear site, four people arrested.
  • 5 IRGC members killed and 2 injured in clashes with the Kurdish PKK Corps in Kurdistan.



Two Prisoners Were Hanged in Western Iran

Sunday 2 June 2013

[English] [فارسى]

Iran Human Rights, June 2: Two prisoners were hanged in the prison of Khoramabad (western Iran), reported the Iranian state media.

According to the Iranian state broadcasting two prisoners who were not identified by name, were hanged in the „Barsilon“ prison of Khoramabad this morning. The prisoners were convicted of possession and trafficking of 2209 grams of synthetic narcotic drugs such as crack and crystal, said the report.

حقوق بشر ایران، ۱۲ خرداد ماه ۱۳۹۲: به گزارش واحد مرکزی خبر دو زندانی صبح امروز یکشنبه در زندان خرم آباد به دار آویخته شدند.

این گزارش به نقل از فرمانده انتظامی استان لرستان اتهام این دو فرد را „حمل و نگهداری ۲ کیلو و ۲۰۹ گرم مواد مخدر صنعتی(شامل شیشه وکراک)“ اعلام کرده است. نامهای این دو زندانی در این گزارش اعلام نشده اند.



Kurdish Former Political Prisoners Intimidated and Harassed in Orumiyeh and Mahabad

Zeinab Bayazidi, a former prisoner of conscience, was released on November 20, 2012, after serving 4.5 years inside the Maragheh Prison. Over the past few days, Bayazidi has received threatening phone calls from individuals with blocked telephone numbers and has been visibly followed by several suspicious vehicles. Pictured: Zeinab Bayazidi and her mother after her release.

Over the past several months, Orumiyeh and Mahabad Intelligence Offices have summoned, detained, and harassed several Kurdish former political prisoners on the pretext of concern over their continued political activities after their release from prison, a local source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. In most reported cases, security forces have gone to the homes of former political prisoners on several occasions. The forces have searched the homes for several hours without providing any explanation for these actions, detaining the individuals and releasing them later.

According to the source, since the fall of 2010, Revolutionary Guards’ Intelligence Unit forces have thrice detained Shirzad Beigzadeh, a resident of Hoosan village outside the city of Orumiyeh. Each time, they held the former political prisoner who served a year in prison for 24 hours, and also searched his house. Over the past month, the Orumiyeh Intelligence Office has also summoned Beigzadeh to their Information Unit. The former prisoner of conscience was arrested on May 12, 2005, and spent six months inside the Orumiyeh Intelligence Office Detention Center under interrogation and physical and psychological torture, and suffered a broken rib. He was later temporarily released on bail. In 2006, Branch One of Orumiyeh Revolutionary Court sentenced him to four years in prison on charges of cooperating with a Kurdish political party. After his appeal, the Supreme Court reduced his sentence to one year in prison and three years’ suspended prison time.

The source, a human rights activist, told the Campaign that Zeinab Bayazidi, a former prisoner of conscience released on November 20, 2012, after serving 4.5 years at Maragheh Prison, has received threatening phone calls from individuals with blocked telephone numbers and has been visibly followed by several suspicious vehicles. During these phone calls, the anonymous callers have told Bayazidi that they are aware of “her secret activities after her release from prison,” and that they “wouldn’t allow her to continue her activities so easily.” Following the arrests of several Kurdish political and civil activists in Mahabad, pressure and threats have mounted. Previously in 2005, a female Kurdish activist from Mahabad, Serwah Kamkar, was arrested violently at a city square in public by forces from the Mahabad Intelligence Office; she was released several hours later with bruises on her body.

The human rights activist told the Campaign that due to the high sensitivity and the Iranian regime’s security approach to all issues, the Intelligence Office and the Revolutionary Guards’ Intelligence Unit in Kurdish regions of Iran routinely put pressure on former political prisoners and their families through summonses, threats, and prosecution of the individuals, in order to create an atmosphere of fear, aiming to dissuade them from continuing their political activities.

Source: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran


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