31 August 2009
30 August 2009
Today Human Rights Activists in Iran
Read his story about the interrogations, the hygienic and food conditions, and the physical and psychological torture he endured during his detension.
released since the recent Iran election protests. The list is long, and the numbers are chilling:
| Killed by government forces||84|
| Arrestes university students||169|
| Arrested university professors||13|
| Arrested journalists||43|
| Politicians and members of reformist presidential|
| Arrested and released||90|
| Human rights, student and women’s rights activists||20|
| Missing people||8|
| Recently arrested||443|
| Arrested and released army officers||24|
According to the comments, the list is not complete. There are still many people unaccounted for.
29 August 2009
- I continue my report on what I heard in Iran… the following is not my opinion but what I heard from people...
- Some might not like it ... please remember that this is just from a fraction of people I meet ....doesn't apply to the whole country ...
- I left with the idea that I would find Pro/fanatic Mousavi (supporters) among people I know…I had some surprises!!!!
- First i start (with) opposition and then the AN supporters
- The opposition is quite divided
- Some are disappointed by Mousavi, they acknowledge him as the accidental hero but dismisses him for the future leadership=he is not strong enough!!!
- Most still disappointed by Mousavi but find excuses and justify his passiveness = He has no choice = He does what he can
- Some still believe in Mousavi and hope against hope…But the hero of the month is Karoubi
- Rafsanjani is more hated than loved!!! Generally described as unreliable, untrustworthy
- Khatami is the most controversial… venerated by some…despised by most…his past is casting a shadow over his present = Unpredictable
- Most tell you that they have voted more against AN than for Mousavi and are determined to support Mousavi…but mostly because it’s their only option
- Now Ahmadinejad's supporters: I meet with two different kinds; First some blind fanatics believing that AN is the (saviour)
- Believing that AN has come to clean the IR from corrupted Mullahs and re-establish the true Rev values???!!!
- They are in the state of denial…They deny everything (murders, torture, rape)…for these people all we hear is just lies from enemies of IR ??!!
- Second group; believe in AN the (saviour) but has serious doubts…they don’t dismiss the report on abuses and are waiting to change with the changing wind
- So AN is trapped in his own game… By blaming the opposition leaders for everything that happened now must answer
- AN now must answer why he does not act against the true traitors (Mousavi, etc).
- AN is under pressure from his supporters to act and punish those who have created the current situation
- Furthermore, the choices of his (AN) collaborators are not always understood by his followers (Rahim Mashaie!!!)
- Finally we have a third group in Iran = the silent opposition…For them these are all games between the same species
- Silent opposition didn't vote or protest against or for anyone…but watch ed (events ??) and awaits.
- Overall ...they are disgusted by the recent events and blame the opposition and hardliners equally
- Overall green or silent opposition all blame IR more that the actual individuals…they believe that IR is rooted beyond repair and has to go.
- I leave the subject of speculations for later…in the matter of speculation…we have champions in Iran!!!
- Try to get more time for tomorrow....Just tell you that most people’s theories are closer to science fiction than speculation :) but good to know
- Iran...as far as I can tell we have a country in deep depression...no matter to whom you talk..old /young, people cry their eyes out at any news
- No matter were you go, family gathering or friend party....the country is mouring ... and with Ramadan...people mental is going from bad to worse
- Most young ppl follow us on twitter....but noone dares to post or participate ... the feeling of being watched is all over the country
- Apparently most of those Twitting from Iran are from the Gov or Twitter from the only secure places in Iran (foreign Embassies)
- The tape/phone treats R ongoing ....random calls to let people know that they have been located/recognized/watched or...
- You understand the meaning of the phrase "worst fear is the fear itself".... and it's contagious ....
- If you ever had a friend or family in deep depression ...you might have an idea on meeting a country in deep depression...just hard to describe
- People just gather and speculate... on what will/may happen ... families are extremely worried for their young ones and lost in fear...
- Do not expect any huge event or protests soon...People may come out and use different occasions but ...not like before.
- Now some good news...most young ppl I meet have received haystacknetwork devices...they use it with caution and love!!!
- These devices are little windows in their big prison...give hope and show them that outside Iran others care for them
- Also there is something new in Iran...A sense of silent understanding....People communicate without talking...they hold hands with out touching
- They share a common sorrow and for the first time after 30 years it doesn't matter whom the victims are if someone is against the gov..its with people
- Even 11/12 year old kids are talking politics and give you the name of all martyrs one by one...and describe their bio for you....just hilarious
- Those who remember 1979 Revolution tells you that even at that time the people were not united like today...today they have one goal....No to IR
- I will be very surprised if the terror and fear stop these people for long... They are determined not to surrender... They are fighting with hearts and mind
- The most surprising in Iran is the appearance of freedom now....always before Ramadan basiji attacks for disrespect of Islamic values was expected
- This year ...NOTHING... No basiji attack for women’s Hejabs or men’s long hair....Nothing
- Yes the arrests continue....random or calculated noone knows....Noone is safe...that's why most families close to the opposition are sending ...
- their kids out...someone should investigate increase of student visa request for Iran. UK embassy is practically under attack with visa requests
"Published reports are available about these types of torture committed against women political prisoners after the 1979 Revolution. The most systematic type of reported rape has been the rape of virgin girls who were sentenced to death by execution because of political reasons. They were raped on the night before execution. These reports have been substantiated by frequent statements from the relatives of women political prisoners. On the day after the execution, authorities returned their daughter’s dead body to them along with a sum considered to be the alimony. Reports state that in order to lose their virginity, girls were forced to enter into a temporary marriage with men who were in charge of their prison. Otherwise it was feared that the executed prisoner would go to heaven because she was a virgin! [...]
[I]t is known beyond a shadow of a doubt, that during the 1980s, the rape of women political prisoners was prevalent."
And Mojtaba Samienejad’s (@madyar) blogpost Memories of Prison and Raped Prisoners also quoted in The Lede.
28 August 2009
Mohammad Ali Abtahi, still imprisoned in Iran, was the first cabinet member in Iran to write a weblog or have an Orkut account during his membership in the cabinet.
On August 26, 70 days after his arrest, the prison authorities gave him "permisson" to write a post on his blog www.webneveshteha.com
Edit, Sept 6:
@IranRiggedElect (Sept 1): Abtahi's website is down because the British hosting company has blocked it: http://bit.ly/2a5RXf #IranElection
- skull fracture
- broken nose
- crushed toe
- missing fingernails
- broken fingers
- signs of brutal rape
- marks from flogging
- deep scratches on her neck
- severe abdominal bruisings
26 August 2009
VOA Newstalk Aug 25:
End of translation highlights at 12:00. Khavand's comments seemed the most pertinent in tonight's program.
via @persianbanoo, August 26
The next 10 tweets are a report on why Kahrizak prison was closed.
- Despite reports that Kahrizak was closed after revelation of Mohsen Rohalamin’s torture and murder
- Other factors may have been involved in closing Kahrizak prison
- Dr. Rohalamin, Mohsen's father, a prominent physician and an insider with high level connections
- After Mohsen's death, Dr. Rohalamin's high level friends started investigating Kahrizak
- In the meantime an un-named journalist had been detained and released from Kahrizak
- This journalist's accounts of Kahrizak may have played an important role in closing this center
- Aftr a high level Government official intervention this journalist was released from Kahrizak after 2 weeks
- In a meeting with this Official, when the journalist was asked to sit down, he replied he can not
- He told the Official, while in Kahrizak he had been repeatedly raped with a baton
- The Official became very disturbed. Two days later the order for closing Kahrizak was issued
The next 10 tweets are some info re Evin prison. Please read and retweet:
- Each intelligence entity of various armed factions of IR GOV has it's own section at Evin
- Section 209 in under the authority of the Inelegance Ministry, has both solitary and non-solitary
- A new section in Evin prison called Guards Secret Sec 204, carved inside a hill with tomb like cells
- This section probably saw it's first prisoners after the post-election unrest
- The cells are built the size of a casket, are sound proof and totally dark
- The only light the prisoner sees is when guards or interrogators visit with a hand held light
- This is where probably Mr. Zaydabadi was kept before being moved to Sec 209
- Zaydabadi told his family he had been kept in a dark casket like place for weeks
- Evin Sec 1, 2A and 204 are under the control of Sepah and the Justice Dept has no authority over them
The 15-year-old boy sits weeping in a safehouse in central Iran, broken in body and spirit. Reza will not go outside — he is terrified of being left alone. He says he wants to end his life and it is not hard to understand why: for daring to wear the green wristband of Iran’s opposition he was locked up for 20 days, beaten, raped repeatedly and subjected to the Abu Ghraib-style sexual humiliations and abuse for which the Iranian regime denounced the United States
- Sleep deprivation for several nights, long term solitary
- Extreme character assassination, threat of bodily injury, obscenity
- Giving false news re family arrest or death, mock executions
- Extreme hot or extreme cold cells, no fresh air for days
- Food deprivation for days, hence weight loss we have been witnessing
- Interrogating the prisoner naked and blindfolded with threats of rape
- Limiting use of bathroom and personal hygiene, causing kidney problem for many prisoner
After more than 40 days in prison he was brought to trial looking like this (photo on the right):
In an interview with ILNA http://tinyurl.com/lpznhb Ahmadinejad's media adviser Ali Akbar Javanfekr commented on a wide range of issues, including Abtahi’s obvious weight loss: