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Navid Khanjani, a human rights activist and student of Baha’i faith banned from higher education was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined by Judge Pirabbasi of branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court.
The four-page sentence handed down to his lawyer Shima Ghoosheh on January 30, 2011 is the longest prison term that a human rights activist has received. His trial took place on December 20, 2010.
Navid Khanjani was charged with “Acting against national security”, “Propaganda against the regime”, “Disturbing public order”, “Libel”, “Founding the Baha’i Education Rights Committee”, and “Membership in [two human rights organizations], the Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) and Human Rights Activists (HRA)”.
In another written sentence, which was previously given to his lawyer, Navid Khanjani was also banned from leaving the country.
Navid Khanjani was arrested in Isfahan on March 11, 2010. After spending 65 days in ward 2A of Evin prison, and the first 25 days in solitary confinement, he was released on a $100 thousand USD bail. During his detention, in addition to being subjected to intense interrogations, he was forced to record [false] confessions against himself while under duress.
نوید خانجانی، فعال حقوق بشر به ۱۲ سال حبس تعزیری و جریمه نقدی محکوم شد
کمیته گزارشگران حقوق بشر- نوید خانجانی، دانشجوی محروم از تحصیل بهایی و فعال حقوق بشر از سوی شعبهی 26 دادگاه انقلاب اسلامی به ریاست قاضی پیرعباس، به تحمل 12سال حبس تعزیری و جریمه نقدی محکوم شد.
حکم مذکور که سنگین ترین حکم در میان فعالان حقوق بشر به شمار می آید، روز یک شنبه، 10 بهمن ماه جاری، طی 4 صفحه به شیما قوشه، وکیل نوید خانجانی ابلاغ شده است. دادگاه نوید خانجانی روز 29 آذرماه سال جاری تشکیل شده بود.
اتهامات نویدخانجانی در این حکم، «نشر اکاذیب»، «تشویش اذهان و تبلیغ علیه نظام به واسطهی انتشار اخبار و گزارشها و انجام مصاحبه با تلویزیون و رادیوهای بیگانه»، «عضویت در شورای مرکزی کمیته گزارشگران حقوق بشر» و همچنین «تشکیل گروه محرومین از تحصیل» عنوان شده است.
این دانشجوی محروم از تحصیل بهایی پیشتر نیز، طی حکم کتبی که به وکیل وی ابلاغ شده بود ممنوع الخروج شده بود.
نوید خانجانی 11 اسفند ماه سال گذشته در اصفهان بازداشت و پس از گذراندن 65 روز حبس موقت در (بند دو الف سپاه) زندان اوین که 25 روز نخست آن را در سلول انفرادی به سر کرد، 13 اریبهشت سال جاری با قرار وثیقهی 100 میلیون تومانی آزاد شد. خانجانی، طی دوران بازداشت خود، علاوه بر بازجویی های سنگین، برای انجام مصاحبه ویدیویی تحت فشار قرار داشت.
**Update April 15, 2012**
The Committee for Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) in Iran reported that Goudarzi, one of its members, who was given a five-year jail term in March, has been temporarily freed on bail.
An Iranian blogger has published pictures of Goudarzi after release, which shows him along with friends and his mother, who was also jailed following the activist's arrest in July.
A Tehran court sentenced the 27-year-old in March to five years in a prison in the eastern city of Zabol, near the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Goudarzi, an active member of the CHRR, was picked up by plain clothes security officials last July from a friend's house in Tehran. He went missing after the incident with authorities refused to acknowledge holding him.
He was later taken to Tehran's Evin prison, where he spent almost two months in solitary confinement before being allowed to talk to his family for the first time since being held.
**Update August 11th, 2011**
ATTENTION: Kouhyar Goudarzi's whereabouts are currently unknown! On August 1st, Kouhyar Goudarzi, who writes for the Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR), and his mother, Parvin Mokhtare, were arrested by Iranian authorities for unknown reasons, according to CHRR. Mokhtare was arrested in Kerman, where she is currently being detained, multiple news websites reported. JARAS website has emphasized that she is not involved in any political activities. A recent update from news website Kaleme reported that in a phone call from Kerman Prison, Mokhtare said she is being held with prisoners tried for murder and drug trafficking and described the prison's poor hygienic conditions and lack of basic amenities. She said she had been informed of her charges, which included "Insulting the Supreme Leader," "Propagating against the regime," and "Acting against national security" in the interviews she gave during her son's prison term.
Kouhyar was initially arrested in December 2009 and served a one-year sentence for his journalistic activities at CHRR. He was charged with heresy, "propagating against the regime," and "participating in illegal congregations," CPJ reported. Goudarzi is a recipient of the National Press Club's John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award in 2010.
Kouhyar Goudarzi was released from prison December 14, 2010.
**Update December 15th 2010!**
KOUHYAR GOUDARZI IS RELEASED!!!!!!!!
According to Committee of Human Rights Reporters, Kouhyar Goudarzi was released this afternoon from Gohardasht (Rajai Shahr) Prison in Karaj at the end of his one year prison sentence.
**Update Oct 28, 2010!**
It was reported on Oct 26th, 2010 (2 days ago) that Human Rights activist and student Kouhyar Goodarzi was interrogated and threatened with a new indictment in prison, even though he only has less than two months remaining until his release! He was sentenced to one year in prison by the lower court and has been in prison since Dec 20, 2009 and has been on 2 hunger strikes during his detention.
Now today, on Oct 28th, 2010, it has been confirmed with CHRR, the human rights website in which he is a member, that Kouhyar Goodarzi has now been exiled to Rajai Shahr prison!
Sept 15, 2010:
Kouhyar Goodarzi is a student, blogger, human rights activist and member of Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR). After election protests since June 2009, reporters and human rights activists have been targeted for detainment and torture.
Kouhyar Goodarzi, on 20 December 2010, was on a bus with several social activists and families of political prisoners on board, heading for Ayatollah Montazeri’s funeral in Qom, was stopped at Enghelab Square by security forces. After 45 minutes of searching and confiscating identification cards and cellular phones of the passengers, Kouhyar Goodarzi along with others, were arrested.
Last October, through pressure by security forces, Goodarzi, an Aerospace student at Sharif Industrial University, was expelled. The journalist and human rights activist was formerly a member of the Sharif University Islamic Students Association, an editor for the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, a producer for Radio Zamaneh, a member of The Human Rights Committee of Advar-e Tahkim-e Vahdat Alumni Association (Office to Foster Unity), and a member of the Allameh Faction of the Association.
Earlier this year, Kouhyar Goodarzi started a hunger strike along with 17 other political prisoners in May 2010. Goodarzi had been transferred to solitary confinement and was on a dry hunger strike after complaining to Evin prison’s head of Ward 350, he ended his hunger strike after four of his demands were met.
Kouhyar Goodarzi’s four demands were as follows:
1) The uncertain situation regarding his case must be addressed
2) Majid Tavakoli’s wishes must be granted
3) Transfer from solitary confinement back to the general ward and his complaints to the head of 350 must be addressed.
4) Right to visitation and telephone contact.
Kouhyar Goodarzi’s mother was finally able to meet with her son. She reported that Kouhyar’s physical and psychological condition was very weak and that he had lost a lot of weight.
His mother, Parvin Mokhtareh stated, “I raised my son as a single mother. I helped him get accepted to [a gifted school] and then he was accepted to Sharif University of Technology. Is this the reward for a mother who has raised such a [wonderful] child?”
The lawyer for Goodarzi, Mina Jafari, said concerning his case in a battle with judicial authorities: “In my follow-ups so far, I went to the Computer Unit of the Revolutionary Courts where I was told to go to Branch 7 of Investigations. But Branch 7 of Investigations disavowed any knowledge of the case. In the end, I realized that my client’s case has been taken to Evin prison’s court branch. Considering the current circumstances, my client and I have been deprived of access to the file and the ability to review its contents. Such treatment highlights the denial of even the most fundamental elements of justice and the possibility of a fair trial.”
Goodarzi was sentenced around 2 June 2010 to one year’s imprisonment for “spreading propaganda against the system by effective cooperation with the website of the CHRR, gathering and circulating news directed against the system and passing on this news to terrorist organizations based outside the country as well as giving interviews to foreign media and publishing articles on websites.” He is held while awaiting the outcome of his appeal.
On August 25, 2010, The National Press Club awarded the 2010 John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award to Kouhyar Goodarzi! This award is given each year to individuals who have contributed to the cause of press freedom and open government.
English and Persian Sources: ICHRI, CHRR, Persian2English.com
کوهیار گودرزی از جمله افرادی بود که در جریان اعتراضات پس از انتخابات ریاست جمهوری دهم و هنگامیکه برای شرکت در مراسم تشییع آیتالله منتظری عازم قم بود در ۲۹ آذر بازداشت شد و ماهها در زندان و تحت فشار قرار داشت. در اثر این اعتصاب غذا، او بیهوش و به بیمارستان منتقل شد. در ۹ خرداد ۱۳۸۹ خبری منبی بر دستیابی گودرزی به چهار خواستهاش و شکستن اعتصاب غذای خشک، منتشر شد.
دادگاه این فعال حقوق بشر گودرزی، ۱۲ خرداد در شعبه ۲۶ به قضاوت پیرعباسی برگزار شد. اتهامات گودرزی در این دادگاه، «فعالیت تبلیغی علیه نظام از طریق همکاری موثر با سایت کمیته گزارشگران حقوق بشر و جمعآوری و انتشار اخبار جهت دار علیه نظام و انتقال این اخبار به عناصر سازمان تروریستی مستقر در خارج از کشور و مصاحبه با رسانههای بیگانه و نیز انتشار مقاله در سایتها» عنوان شده بود.
باشگاه ملی مطبوعات, برندگان جایزه آزادی مطبوعات جان آبوچون سال 2010 را اعلام کرد, این جایزه هر سال به افرادی داده می شود که در راستای اطلاع رسانی آزاد و حاکمیت آزاد فعالیت کرده اند. برنده بین المللی امسال کوهیار گودرزی, وبلاگ نویس ایرانی است که در زندان اوین در تهران که معروف به شکنجه بازداشت شده گان است نگه داری میشود
On Saturday morning, Sept 8, 2012, human rights activist Shiva Nazar Ahari was sent back to Evin prison to serve her 4 year sentence. She was transferred to the Women's Ward. Please sign the petition for Shiva!
Shiva Nazar Ahari, a human rights activist and member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR), has spent more than 8 months now in prison. She was arrested for the second time in one year on the 20th of December 2009. Previously, she spent 102 days in prison, 33 in solitary confinement up until September 2009.
Shiva Nazar Ahari’s lawyer, Mohammad Sharif, has expressed concern about his client’s upcoming trial considering the heavy charge of moharebeh (enmity with God) in her case. “Shiva Nazar Ahari’s case is being reviewed in the same branch that reviewed Badrolssadat Mofidi’s case. I believe the ruling in Ms. Mofidi’s case to be illegal and therefore am seriously concerned about the court’s potential ruling, considering the fact that my client’s initial charge is moharebeh,” he told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.
According to Sharif, one of his concerns is that even though the presiding judge for Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Courts is a known judge, another judge appeared at Ms. Mofidi’s trial. “My client has been informed of three charges. One of her charges is moharebeh, enmity with God, the subject of Article 186. The other charge is assembly and collusion to commit a crime, the subject of Article 610. Her final charge is propagating against the regime, based on Article 500,” said Sharif. “I have read Shiva Nazar Ahari’s case file. I have written my defense bill and have submitted it,” he added.
Nazar Ahari’s mother, Shahrzad Kariman, told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran that she is unaware of the charges. Regarding whether her daughter was informed of her charges, Kariman said, “Maybe they have served Dr. Sharif, but I don’t know anything about it. The moharebeh charge was conveyed in June 2009, but we didn’t think it was in this case. When Dr. Sharif read the case for the 23 May court session, we realized that when she had first been arrested in 2009, one of the four charges the judge had written in her case was moharebeh. When she was re-arrested on 20 December 2009, moharebeh was not one of her charges.”
“Shiva is in a state of limbo. Her court date was announced so late. They were going to move the date forward, but nothing has happened yet. The situation in the Women’s Ward is dire. Most days there is no water. The situation with hygiene is terrible. The situation with food is extremely bad,” said Kariman. Quoting the lawyer, she described Nazar Ahari’s imprisonment as illegal. “She has been in this limbo for nine months. According to Dr. Sharif, Shiva has been illegally detained for the past three months, because a temporary detention can only be extended up to six months. Continuing a suspect’s detention beyond six months requires a court ruling which Shiva’s case doesn’t have,” she said.
A documentary of Shiva speaking about her activism:
محمد شریف، وکیل شیوا نظرآهاری نسبت به رای احتمالی دادگاه موکلش در ماه آینده با توجه به اتهام سنگین محاربه برای وی که در پرونده اش آمده ابراز نگرانی کرد. وی به کمپین بین المللی حقوق بشر در ایران گفت: «پرونده شیوا نظرآهاری در همان شعبه ای است که پرونده بدرالسادات مفیدی در جریان است و به نظر من رای صادره در رابطه با پرونده خانم مفیدی غیرقانونی است. لذا از آنجا که محاربه در وهله نخست اتهامات مطرح شده به شیوا نظرآهاری است، من به شدت درباره رای احتمالی دادگاه نگران هستم.»
به گفته شریف یکی از دلایل نگرانی وی این است که رییس شعبه ۲۶ دادگاه انقلاب اسلامی شخص معینی است اما در پرونده خانم مفیدی دادرس دیگری حاضر شده بود. محمد شریف در خصوص اتهامات موکلش گفت: «به ایشان سه اتهام تفهیم شده است. یکی محاربه است، موضوع ماده ۱۸۶. دیگری اجتماع و تبانی جهت ارتکاب جرم است، موضوع ماده ۶۱۰ و در نهایت تبلیغ علیه نظام است، موضوع ماده ۵۰۰.» وی افزود: «من پرونده شیوا نظرآهاری را خوانده و لایحه را نوشته و ثبت کرده ام.»
اگرچه شهرزادکریما مادراین فعال حقوق بشر به کمپین بین المللی حقوق بشر در ایران گفت که از این موضوع بی اطلاع است. مادر این زندانی سیاسی در خصوص تفهیم اتهام محاربه به شیوا گفت:” شاید به دکتر شریف ابلاغ کرده باشند، ولی من اطلاعی ندارم، حکم محاربه خرداد پارسال تفهیم شد، ولی ما فکر نمی کردیم در پرونده موجود باشد تا این که به خاطر ۲ خرداد که وقت دادگاه بود دکتر شریف پرونده را خواند، متوجه شدیم وقتی شیوا سال ۸۸ بازداشت شده بود جزو ۴ موارد اتهامی که بازپرس در پرونده گذاشته بود محاربه بوده است ولی وقتی مجددا در تاریخ ۲۹ / ۹ بازداشت شد جزو موارد اتهامی محاربه نبود.»
خانم کریمان درخصوص وضعیت دخترشیوا نظر آهاری به کمپین گفت: « شیوا هنوز بلا تکلیف است، نوبت دادگاهش خیلی دیر اعلام شد قرار بود نوبت دادگاه راجلو بیندازند،ولی هنوز خبری نیست. وضعیت بند نسوان هم که مشخص است اکثر روزها آب قطع است، وضعیت بهداشتی خراب است، وضعیت غذا فوق العاده بد است» .وی به استناد گفته وکیل پرونده حضور فعلی شیوا در زندان را غیر قانونی دانست و گفت:« ۹ ماه است که بلاتکلیف است، به قول خود دکتر شریف، سه ماه است که شیوا غیر قانونی بازداشت است؛چون تا ۶ ماه می شود قرار بازداشت را تمدید کرد، ولی از ۶ ماه به بعد باید حتما متهم حکم داشته باشد که شیوا حکم ندارد.»
Posted on: http://persian2english.com/?p=13616
Link to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, pick any of these laws, and you will see that the Iran government has violated these laws at the basic level.
A letter from Shiva's mother to Shiva: http://persian2english.com/?p=11368
A letter from Shiva to her father on Father's Day:
Being Shiva Nazar Ahari: