Ongoing Arrests of Civil Activists in Iran

Tuesday 29 December 2009

Change for Equality: At the beginning of the latest wave of arrests, Badr-os-Sadat Mofidi, Nasrin Vaziri, Mashallah Shams-ol-Vaezin, Keyvan Mehregan, Morteza Kazemian, Mohammad Javad Saberi, Saam Mahmoudi and Reza Tajik, all journalists active in Iran, were also arrested.

There are also reports of the arrests of Shahpour Kazemi, brother of Zahra Rahnvard, and Ali Arab-Mazad, economic adviser to Mir Hossein Mousavi.

The Jaras [Jonbesh-e Rah-e Sabz, Path of the Green Movement] website also reported the arrests of Ali Mehrdad, son of Farideh Gheyrat, and member of the youth branch of the Freedom Movement of Iran.

Mansoureh Shojaee, women’s rights activist, Morteza Kazemian, journalist, and Noushin Ebadi, sister of Shirin Ebadi, are also among those arrested last night [ 28th December, Iranian time].

Shirin Ebadi confirmed the reports of her sister’s arrest in a statement. According to this statement, Noushin Ebadi was not involved in any human rights, social, or political activism, and was arrested in order to increase the pressure on Shirin Ebadi.

In the statement Shirin Ebadi wrote, “During the past two months she [Noushin Ebadi] has been summoned several times by the Ministry of Intelligence and they have told her to persuade me to desist from my human rights activities, and what is more they told her that she had to vacate her residence, which is located in the vicinity of my own apartment. They threatened her with arrest and told her that in the event of my continuing with my human rights activities and her not changing her residence, she would be detained.”

Extensive arrests of political and civil activists began on the morning [Iran time] of 28th December. News sources reported that after a bloody Sunday 1100 people were arrested.

During the day of 28th December the arrests of political and social activists took on wider dimensions. According to Iranian news websites, since last night dozens of individuals have been arrested. According to Gooya [a news website], apart from well-known faces such as Emad-od-Din Baghi, Ebrahim Yazdi, Ali Reza Beheshti, Mehdi Arabshahi, Forouzandeh Bagherian, and Behzadian-Nejad, three of Mir Hossein Mousavi’s colleagues, Morteza Hajji, director general of the Baran Foundation and Rasouli, the nominated successor of this centre; Mohammad Sadegh-Rabbani, a retired professor of the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Tehran; Mostafa Izadi, writer and journalist, Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, and Mohammad Taheri, son of Ayatollah Taheri, were also arrested.

In addition to this news, it has also been reported that Mahin Fahimi, one of the Mothers for Peace, along with her son Omid Montazeri (the two of them are respectively the spouse and the child of Hamid Montazeri, one of those killed in [the] 1988 [prison killings]), and Ardavan Tarakameh, a young left-wing activist, are also among those detained. Mahin Fahimi is the cousin of Parvin Fahimi, mother of Sohrab Arabi [one of the martyrs of the immediate post-election demonstrations]. Zohreh Tonekaboni, from the Mothers of Peace, was also among those arrested this morning. Leila Tavassoli, daughter of Mohammad Tavassoli, was likewise detained.

Iranians living outside the country, including in Germany and Sweden, have held gatherings and demonstrations in protest against the widespread repression of the people in Iran. Amnesty International, the European Union, and the governments of the United States, Canada, Germany, and France have likewise condemned the violence against the people.


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