Nabz Weekly - December 6, 2013

This week in human rights in Iran

FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

According to the head of the moral security police Amir Tataloo, an underground musician was arrested on December 3. The location and condition of his arrest remain unknown.  

Meanwhile, Islamic cleric Ahmadreza Ahmadpour,  received a 100 days prison sentence in Ahwaz. Ahmadpour is charged with writing an open letter to the supreme leader and the UN criticizing the procedures of the Islamic Clerics special court.

PRISONERS RIGHTS

According to Majzooban Nour website, Ebrahim Bahrami, an imprisoned Derwish in the AdelAbad Prison in Shiraz is suffering from internal bleeding and is in need of  immediate medical treatment. However, prison authorities are denying him medical attention.

The father and wife of Saeed Abedini, an Iranian American pastor imprisoned in Iran, confirmed that he is in critical condition and being denied medical treatment by prison authorities.

The transfer of 11 prisoners to solitary confinement at Qezel Hessar Prison in preparation for hanging triggered 1,800 prisoners to begin a hunger strike against the death penalty. This week the prisoners ended their strike after authorities made a series of promises. Three thousand prisoners in Qezel Hessar Prison are on death row for drug-related charges.

INTERNET FREEDOM

This week, at least 20 online activists were arrested in various cities across Iran. Some believe the new wave of arrests relate to a government led push to remove filtering of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Minister of Communications Mahmoud Vaezi told reporters this week that he does not want to continue Iran’s policy of stringent control over the Internet, and wishes to see a more relaxed approach towards Internet access for Iranian citizens.

TRIALS

This week, in a surprising turn of events, the court rejects the first degree murder charges in the case of Sattar Beheshti. The charge has been changed to unintentional murder. Gohar Eshghi, Sattar’s mother, said in an interview during the initial investigation that the police inspector believed to have murdered Beheshti confessed to beating her son death.

EXECUTIONS

This week, four Arab activists were hanged in the city of Ahwaz. Their lawyer and family were not informed of the time and location of their execution.