20 May 2011  AI Index: MDE 13/051/2011

Amnesty International is concerned by the Iranian government’s continuing clampdown on dissent, including arbitrary arrests and the torture or other ill-treatment of people who express views opposed to those of the government. Some of those arrested have even been executed, after apparently unfair trials, including at least one minor. Amnesty International wrote to the Head of the Judiciary to express concern about these developments on 13 May 2011, but without response; the Iranian authorities rarely reply to communications from Amnesty International.

The Iranian regime has transferred 8 female political prisoners, some of whom are relatives of residents at Camp Ashraf, to Evin Prison from Varamin’s Qarchak Prison.

The names of these prisoners are Shabnam Madadzadeh, Maryam Haji Loui, Maryam Akbari Monfared, Masoumeh Yavari, Kobra Banazadeh Amirkhizi, Motahareh Bahrami, Mahvash Sabet, and Fariba Kamal Abadi.

Authorities didn’t even respect their last wish of hugging their mother

The mother of Fathi brothers, two political prisoners who were accused by the ruling dictatorship of “Moharebeh” or “war against God” and were executed yesterday, said in a message: When during the last visit I was facing my two sons, I told them to keeps their heads high and die with open eyes and look into the eyes of the henchman who is placing the noose around your neck, according to Iran-Khabar.

Mohammad and Abdullah Fathi, Two brothers, 27 and 28 years old charged with “Moharebeh” (waging war on God), were hanged in Isfahan.

On Tuesday May 17, the brutal clerical regime, hanged two political prisoners, Mohammad and Abdullah Fathi, 27 and 28 years old, in the Isfahan’s Dastgerd prison. The henchmen of the regime’s judiciary charged these two political prisoners with “Moharebeh” waging war on God through forming a group which committed armed robbery against the Islamic Republic.

AFP reported on Thursday that the missing Aljazeera journalist is being held in Tehran.

A statement issued by Aljazeera TV yesterday said that its journalist is in a prison in Tehran and that it has asked Iranian officials for information about her and called for her immediate release.

By Struan Stevenson MP
THE INDEPENDENT - On the 8th of April a vicious massacre took place in Camp Ashraf, Northern Iraq, home for the past 20 years to more than 3400 Iranian dissidents. Under relentless pressure from the Iranian government, the Iraqi military sent 5 Divisions of heavily armed troops with tanks and armoured vehicles to mow down unarmed men and women in a brutal assault that shocked the civilised world.

As Head of the European Parliament’s official Delegation to Iraq, I led a small team of Euro MPs to Baghdad days after the massacre to express our horror and outrage to President Talabani and many senior Government ministers. We requested permission to visit Ashraf, to see for ourselves the aftermath of the tragedy, but our request was firmly rebuffed by Foreign Minister Zebari.

On April 16, the al-Rafedain TV broadcasted the cries of an Iraqi mother whose three sons were killed and showed her while calling for removal of Nouri al-Maliki and expelling of Iranian regime from Iraq.

She chanted in a demonstration: “These are my three martyrs who have been killed by al-Maliki. He must go.

A student political prisoner has gone into coma and transferred to a hospital during a hunger strike, according to Hrana news agency on Wednesday.

Arash Sadeqi launched his hunger strike on March 15 in protest to brutal torture committed by the regime’s prison guards. Mr. Sadeqi’s shoulder and ribs were broken as a result of torture.

A member of the regime’s Majlis (Parliament) has revealed that Iranian factory owners were threatened by the regime that if they opposed the lifting of subsidies by the mullahs, they would be imprisoned.

In its 2010 report on executions around the world, Amnesty International said more than 252 hangings were acknowledged by Iranian regime in 2010, but the group received credible reports of more than 300 other executions not acknowledged by the regime.

It also pointed out that several people have been sentenced to death for supporting the main opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), and in some cases, the alleged links amount to no more than having had family contact with PMOI members.