Arrest of Parisa Kakaee: Pressures on Members of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters Intensify

Wednesday 6 January 2010

Change for Equality: As pressures on members of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters continue and intensify, two more members of the Committee have been arrested.

Parisa Kakaee, women’s rights activist and member of the Committee, and Mehrdad Rahimi, a student activist who worked with the Committee, were both arrested at eight in the evening on 1st January 2010.

In addition, Shiva Nazar-Ahari, member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, went on hunger strike after being taken into custody by security organs on Saturday 20th December 2009. Her hunger strike, during which she refused even water, lasted for the first two days of her detention before she was taken to the hospital ward of Evin Prison falling unconscious because of the physical effects of her actions. Her mother after her last visit described her daughter’s condition as “undesirable”.

Shiva Nazar-Ahari was also detained on Saturday 14th June [after the presidential elections], and almost four months later was released on provision of a bail of $202,039.

On the basis of reports that have reached us, two other members of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, Said Jalalifar and Said Kalanaki, who were arrested on Monday 30th November 2009, were transferred to the general ward [of Evin Prison]. On the 1st January 2010 Said Kalanaki was able to receive his first visit.

Furthermore, according to the Committee’s website, on the afternoon of 2nd January, the Ministry of Information contacted for members of the Committee by telephone and requested that they report to the Follow-Up Office [daftar-e peygiri] of that ministry. Of those four people, Parisa Kakaee and Mehrdad Rahimi presented themselves to the Follow-Up Office at around 8.30 and were arrested. Two other Committee members, Said Habibi and Hessam Misaghi were not detained but have been subjected to threatening telephone calls from Ministry of Information officials and remain in constant danger of arrest.

Subsequent to the arrests of Parisa Kakaee and Mehrdad Rahimi, at the present time seven members of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters are being held in Evin Prison. Shiva Nazar-Ahari, Kuhyar Gowdarzi, Said Jalalifar, Said Kalanaki are the other members of the Committee being held.

The Committee of Human Rights Reporters is an independent institution whose aim is the provision of information and the defence of the victims of human rights abuses. The Committee during its four years of activity has published reports, leaflets, statements and articles concerning human rights abuses and has established itself among activists inside and outside Iran as a body that is impartial with respect to political positions.


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