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Free Iranian Student Majid Dorri And Provide Urgently Needed Medical Care!
Petition Background (Preamble):
SOURCE: Radio Zamaneh
March 25--Monavar Hashemi, the mother of jailed student activist Majid Dori, has expressed grave concern regarding her son’s condition in jail and she is urging the authorities to grant him sick leave.
Hashemi has told the Jaras website that her son has been suffering from severe migraine headaches that have been exacerbated in the past year, becoming more frequent and more intense.
She added that the family has put in an application for his sick leave, which remains unanswered.
Dori was arrested in July of 2009 and has not been given a furlough for the past four years. Dori, a student activist who is banned from continuing his education, has been sentenced to six years in jail, five of which must be spent in exile.
Monavar Hashemi reported that two days before Norooz, Dori’s father approached the prosecutor’s office in the hopes of getting him a furlough, but the authorities completely denied the request without providing any reason.
Hashemi describes the toll their son’s incarceration in exile has taken on them, adding that they are at their end of their rope.
Dori has written directly to Ahmad Shaheed, the UN special rapporteur on human rights conditions in Iran, protesting against the violation of his rights as an Iranian prisoner.
Political prisoner Majid Dorri’s health is fast deteriorating while officials in Behbahan Prison continue to deny him the necessary medical care.
Majid Dorri is an imprisoned student activist expelled from Allameh Tabatabai University (ATU) in Tehran. He studied literature at ATU and was a member of the Advocacy Council for the Right to Education.
Dorri was suspended and eventually expelled from Alameh University when he objected to the flaws in the University’s leadership and the imposed security atmosphere on campus. He founded the Education Rights Committee along with several other students in 2008 (they became known as star students).
When Ahmadinejad denied the existence of star students (students deprived of continuing their education), Dorri participated in the protests to Ahmadinejad’s remarks.
In July of 2009, Majid Dorri was arrested by Iranian Intelligence Agency and locked up in Evin Prison. The lower court sentenced him to 11 years in prison for Moharebeh (waging war against God), acting against national security and disturbing public order on November 24, 2009. His sentence was reduced to 6 years of imprisonment by the appeals court but his exile sentence to Izeh remained the same.
In August 2010, without prior notice, prison officials placed Majid Dorri in shackles and transferred him to a prison in the city of Behbahan. Since then, he has been serving his prison term in exile.
According to a 19 October, 2011 report by Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), although Majid Dorri suffers from migraines and anemia and needs to be treated by a specialist, prison officials refuse to transfer him to a hospital outside the prison.
In an interview with HRANA, one of Majid Dorri’s family members reported that the officials have turned down the family’s request to transfer Majid to one of the prisons in Tehran.
In one of his letters written from prison, Majid Dorri described his situation and wrote, “I have not only been behind bars since July 9, 2009, they have also given me the court’s verdict sentencing and exiling me to 6 years in prison so that I forgo my youth and make myself ready to face an unfair and unjust imprisonment as far from the smallest amount of fairness as possible. The judges condemned me to spend this prison term behind bars in the city of Izeh. It was as if Intelligence Agency’s interrogators had forgotten to tell the judges that Izeh had no prisons. Inevitably, I had to be exiled to another prison with the lowest and smallest amount of standards possible, a prison situated in the worst climate under primitive conditions similar to that of the Dark Ages.”
We further demand that he be IMMEDIATELY provided with the proper medical care which he so urgently needs, and which has been denied to him.
On March 25, 2013 it was reported that his mother has expressed grave concerns, fearing for her son's life.
Please hear her desperate plea.
The Free Iranian Student Majid Dorri And Provide Urgently Needed Medical Care! petition to Ahmed Shaheed, UN, UNHCHR, State Department, EU, Navi Pillay, Ban Ki-Moon, European Parliament was written by John S. Burke and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: majid dorri, majid dori, iran, persecution, prisoners of conscience, political prisoners, evin prison, behbahan prison, islamic republic of iran