Des Nouvelles d’Iran – Semaine 21-2013

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Nouvelles des Prisonniers

A-Transferts

  • Le chef religieux d’opposition Kazemini Boroudjerdi emprisonné à la prison d’Evine, a été transféré à l’isolement suite à son appel au boycott des élections.
  • Zaniar Moradi transféré à Radjaï Shahr immédiatement après l’opération d’une hernie, battu à son arrivée, un point de suture cède et il est transféré à l’isolement.
  • Roein Otoufat transféré de l’isolement au bloc 350 d’Evine.

B-Arrestations-Incarcérations

  • Bahman Ahmadi-Amouee en liberté provisoire, de retour à Evine.
  • Maurice Bagheri, membre de la campagne de Hashemi à Lahidjan arrêté.
  • Massoud Bastani en liberté provisoire pour raisons médicales, a été rappelé en prison.
  • Ghorban-Ali Behzadiannejad de retour à Evine.
  • Le syndicaliste Behnam Ebrahimzadeh convoqué de nouveau en prison.
  • Hamid Hadissi, membre de la campagne de Hashemi à Lahidjan arrêté.
  • Khaled Hardani est en grève de la faim à Radjaï Shahr pour protester contre la destruction de domiciles à Ahvaz.
  • Bahareh Hedayat en liberté provisoire, de retour à Evine.
  • Mohammad Kabiri, membre de la campagne de Hashemi, arrêté.
  • Jila Karamzadeh-Makvandi est de retour à Evine après une semaine de permission.
  • Ebrahim Khosh-Sirat, membre de la campagne de Hashemi à Lahidjan arrêté.
  • Esmaïl Ali Mirzaï, président du parti réformiste du front de la participation, a été arrêté.
  • Mohammad Mohseni, membre de la campagne de Hashemi, arrêté.
  • Didar Raoufi est de retour à Redjaï Shahr.
  • Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, en liberté provisoire pour raisons médicales, a été rappelé en prison.
  • Foad Sadeghi, rédacteur en chef du site Web Baztab arrêté.
  • Hani Yazerlou commence à purger sa peine d’un an à la prison d’Evine.
  • Shahrokh Zamani est en grève de la faim à Radjaï Shahr pour protester contre la destruction de domiciles à Ahvaz.
  • Ahmad Zeidabadi en liberté provisoire, de retour à Evine.

C-Libérations

  • Goudarz et Rofia Beidaghi bahaïs de Semnan, libérés à la fin de leur peine d’un an de prison.
  • Hamed Mahmoudnejad, syndicaliste, libéré sous une caution de 50 millions de tomans.
  • Akram-Alsadat Sanjari libérée sous une caution de 50 millions de tomans.
  • Milad Yazdannejad libéré sous une caution de 50 millions de tomans.

D-Autres Nouvelles

  • Le Docteur Mehdi Khazali arrête sa grève de la faim.
  • Mostafa Mesri prisonnier politique kurde, commence une grève de la faim et se coud les lèvres.

Nouvelles de l’injustice en Iran

  • Farhad Fahandej, bahaï de Gorgan condamné à 10 ans.
  • Kamal Kashani, bahaï de Gorgan condamné à 5 ans.
  • Navid Khandjani condamné à 5 mois supplémentaires à cause de l’aide apportée aux victimes du tremblement de terre.
  • Payam Markazi, bahaï de Gorgan condamné à 5 ans.
  • La cour d’appel a confirmé la peine de 2 ans du derviche Gonabadi Ali Moazzami.
  • Mohammad Bagher Moradi arrêté lors de l’attaque contre le Forum des Gens de Plume, a été condamné à 5 ans de prison.
  • Amanollah Mostaghim commence à purger sa peine de 5 ans à Evine.
  • Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki condamné à 5 mois supplémentaires à cause de l’aide apportée aux victimes du tremblement de terre.
  • Siamak Sadri, bahaï de Gorgan condamné à 5 ans.
  • Farahmand Sanaï, bahaï de Gorgan condamné à 5 ans.
  • Kourosh Ziari, bahaï de Gorgan condamné à 5 ans.
  • Une pendaison à la prison de Khoramabad dimanche.
  • Deux pendaisons à Téhéran dimanche.
  • Une femme pendue à la prison de Varamine.
  • Flagellation publique à Borazdjan.

L’université – la Culture

  • Les forces de sécurité ont confisqué les antennes satellite lors d’une opération intensive de deux jours au Golestan.
  • Les études sur les femmes retirées du cursus de l’université de Téhéran.
  • 3 cafés internet ont été fermés par la police Fattah police à Bodjnourd.
  • Le site web du journal Mardomsalari a été filtré.
  • Le site d’informations Aftab, proche de Rafsandjani et de Hassan Rouhani, a été filtré.
  • Le site web du journal Bahar proche des réformateurs, a été filtré.
  • 100 des 136 milliards de tomans alloués aux prêts étudiants ont été supprimés.
  • Mohammad Rassoulof, cinéaste iranien interdit d’exercer, présent au festival de Cannes.

Manifestations

  • Les étudiants des universités Azad de Tabriz et d’Oroumieh manifestent contre le changement de dates des examens pour que les universités soient fermées pendant les élections.
  • 1200 prisonniers de droit commun en grève de la faim à la prison de Ghezel Hessar.

L’Iran à l’étranger

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L’économie en Iran

  • 68% de baisse des importations de véhicules en Iran.

La politique en Iran

  • Les centres religieux iraniens Howzehs (séminaires) exemptés de payer leurs charges d’électricité, eau et autres.
  • 40 Députés expriment leur soutien à la candidature de Rafsandjani.
  • Le centre national des jeunes réformateurs, pro-Khatami soutenant Rafsandjani suspend à Téhéran et dans d’autres villes.
  • 8 candidats approuvés : Saïd Djalili – Ghorban-Ali Hadad-Adel – Mohsen Rezaï – Hassan Rohani – Mohammad-Reza Aref – Seyed Mohammad Gharazi – Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf – Ali-Akbar Velayati.
  • Les débats en direct pour les élections présidentielles ont été annulés.

Nouvelles en vrac

  • Accident à la raffinerie de Téhéran / Un ingénieur trouve la mort.
  • Le professeur Parvaneh Vosough, Ange des enfants iraniens atteints du cancer est décédée.

Sur le blog Iran Libre et Démocratique cette semaine

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News from Iran – Week 04 – 2013

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Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

 

  • Student activist Amir Chamani has been transferred from Tabriz Intel detention to Tabriz prison.
  • Human rights attorney Abdolfatah Soltani was transferred back to Evin 350 from Sina hospital.
  • Mehdi Tahaghoghi transferred to Rejaei Shahr  .

 

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

 

  • Reza and Ali Akbari Monfared (father and son) were arrested 2 weeks ago.
  • Mohammad Tavakoli, member of Teachers’ Union of Kurdistan, arrested.
  • Bita Hedayati, Hana Koushkbaghi, Nahid Mahmoudi, Vesagh Sanaei, 4 Baha’i from Gonbad-e-Kavous, arrested.
  • Baha’i Shayda Taeeid was arrested in a raid of her home in Nour.
  • Head of the Kurdistan human rights organization, Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand is back in prison, furlough not extended
  • Furlough extension was denied, lawyer and member of banned Human Rights organisation,  Nasrin Sotoudeh returned to prison.

 

C-Liberations

 

  • Sina Aghdasi, Baha’i, released on bail from Tabriz prison.
  • Journalist Bahman Ahmadi Amouee arrested June 09 released on his first furlough since arrest; wife Zhila Baniyagoub is in prison.
  • 2 journalists, Mahsa Amrabadi and husband Masoud Bastani, released on furlough.
  • Behrooz Ghobadi, brother of filmmaker Bahman, released from prison.
  • Iraj Najafabadi, workers’ rights activist, released on bail in Isfahan.
  • Women’s rights activist and blogger Fereshteh Shirazi has been released from prison.
  • Ahmad Zeidabadi, released on furlough on bail.

 

D-Other News

 

  • Hardline cleric A. Khazali met with his estranged son Mehdi Khazali in Evin Prison.


News of injustice in Iran

  • Vahid Asghari’s death sentence was confirmed. Case sent back to the Supreme Court again.
  • Siavosh Ghanbari has been sentenced to 10 months on charges of collaboration with banned Kurdish group
  • Sentence of 1 year in prison upheld by Appeals for Afsaneh Toghi.
  • One public execution in Urmiah on Sunday.
  • 2 public executions in front of House of Artists in Tehran on Sunday.
  • 3 executions in Zahedan on Sunday.
  • Sentence of fingers amputation of a man convicted of burglary was carried out in public in Shiraz using a special machine created for the purpose.
  • 3 executions on Tuesday.
  • One public execution on Wednesday.
  • One execution in Shahroud on Thursday.
  • One execution in Khorramdareh.
  • 3 executions in Chubin prison.


University – Culture

  • Graphic novelist Marjane Satrapi will debut her paintings in Paris this month.


Protests

  • Retired workers protest at Abadan Petrochemical Company.
  • Protest rally against layoffs at construction company Nasr Jihad.
  • Wave of large-scale protests at most major oil refineries.


Iran Economics

  • $1 over 3500 tomans again.
  • 87,000 retired steel workers have not been paid for the last 3 months.
  • 17 million Iranians to receive food coupons.


Politics in Iran

  • Ex-president Khatami strongly criticizes absence of free elections and political activities in Iran.
  • Political parties compelled to declare funding sources.
  • Parliament receives notice to impeach the Labor Minister.


Iran  abroad

  • Turkey lifts ban on Iranian cargo plane carrying 1.5 tons of gold from Ghana to Iran.
  • First visit to Iran by Russian interior minister since 1979 Revolution.
  • Majlis Speaker arrives in Sudan. He meets with Sudanese President.
  • China freezes $25 billions Iranian assets; they can be released against Chinese goods paid in Yuan.


Miscellaneous

  • A 5.5 magnitude earthquake shook Syrch near Kerman, cell communications have been cut, land line disruptions in the area.
 

News from Iran – Week 03 – 2013

Nasrin Sotoudeh
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Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

 

  • Senior Reformist Abolfazl Ghadiani was transferred to Ghezel Hesar.
  • Asadollah Hadi, political prisoner transferred to hospital for heart surgery.
  • Samkoo Khelghati Kurdish political prisoner, transferred from Evin to Rejaei Shahr.
  • 7 Gonabadi Dervish transferred to solitary in ward 209 from ward 350 of Evin prison.

 

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

 

  • Lawyer Manizheh Bohlouli arrested in Miyaneh without an arrest warrant.
  • Student activist Amir Chamani arrested to serve his 7 months sentence – 40 lashes sentence enforced in Tabriz prison.
  • Medical furlough extension was denied for cleric blogger Mohammad Hossein Honarvar, he returned to prison
  • Activist Mohammad Khatibi arrested in a raid of his home and taken to Intel detention in Tabriz.
  • Dr. Foad Moghadam, a Baha’i on-line university official reported to Evin to start serving his 5 years sentence.
  • BIHE (Bahai Virtual University) professor Shahin Negari arrested.
  • Azad Rasoolnezhad, teacher and student in international law, arrested in Oshnavieh.
  • Member of Teachers Union, civil activist Mohammad Tavakoli summoned and arrested by Intel in Kermanshah.
  • Baha’i Shakiba Vahdat has been arrested in Tabriz. She was in Intel detention in Babolsar for 2 days earlier this week.

 

C-Liberations

Nasrin Sotoudeh

Nasrin Sotoudeh reunited with her children after more than 2 years in prison without leave

 

  • Former Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Aminzadeh released on furlough after 10 months hospitalization.
  • Nazanin Dehimi was released from Evin after serving out her 4 months sentence.
  • After 3 years imprisonment political prisoner Hossein Faraji released on a 3 day furlough.
  • Student activist and Advar member Bahareh Hedayat has been released on 700 million toman bail on furlough.
  • Journalist Mohammad Kimiaei released on bail.
  • Student activist Arash Mohammadi has been released on probation from Tabriz prison.
  • Members of Gonabadi Dervishes Kasra Nouri and Saleh Moradi have launched a hunger strike in Adelabad prison in Shiraz.
  • Human rights attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh has been released on a 3 day furlough on 300 million toman bail.

 

D-Other News

 

  • Political prisoner Esmail Barzegari has started a hunger strike.
  • Imprisoned senior Reformist Abolfazl Ghadiani has been banned from visits.
  • Detained Green leader Mehdi Karoubi’s 10 year old granddaughter has been banned from traveling abroad, passport confiscated.
  • Political prisoner Shir-Ahmad Shirani [who is already very ill with kidney disease] has started a hunger strike.


News of injustice in Iran

 

  • Volunteers of Sarand Camp helping earthquake victims, were sentenced
    • Behrooz Alavi, 2 years and 3 months imprisonment
    • Mohammad Arjomandirad, 6 months imprisonment
    • Morteza Esmailpour, 6 months imprisonment
    • Danial Hasani, 6 months imprisonment
    • Vahed Kholosi, 2 years imprisonment
    • Ali Mohammadi, 6 months imprisonment
    • Hamid Reza Mosibian, 2 years and 6 months imprisonment
    • Milad Panahipour, 6 months imprisonment
    • Farid Rohani, 6 months imprisonment
    • Seyed Hassan Ronaghi Maleki, 6 months imprisonment
    • Seyed Hossein Ronaghi Maleki, 2 years imprisonment
    • Amir Ronasi, 6 months imprisonment
    • Sepehrdad Saheban, 6 months imprisonment
    • Mohammad Amin Salehi, 6 months imprisonment
    • Mohsen Samei, 6 months imprisonment
    • Bahram Shojaei, 2 years imprisonment
    • Mohammad Esmail Soleimanpour, 6 months imprisonment
    • Hooman Taheri, 6 months imprisonment
    • Masoud Vafabakhsh, 6 months imprisonment
    • Shayan Vahdati, 6 months imprisonment.
  • Sentence to execution for young Kurdish activist Reza Mollazadeh confirmed by Supreme Court.
  • One man hanged in Shahrekord on Sunday.
  • One man hanged in Mashhad on Wednesday.
  • One man hanged in public in Sabzevar on Wednesday.
  • Two persons were publicly flogged in Eivanaki on Wednesday.
  • 2 executions in Semnan on Wednesday.
  • 3 public executions in Pakdasht on Thursday.


University – Culture

  • Shokoofeh Derakhshanian, Baha’i, expelled from Tabari University in Babol.
  • Maryam Mirzakhani awarded 2013 Satter Prize in mathematics by American Mathematical Society.
  • Czech Republic rejects Masters students from Iran because of UN nuclear sanctions.


Protests

  • Workers from the Khamana textile plant demonstrated in front of the Majlis .


Iran Economics

  • Iran imports 897,000 tons of rice in 9 months.
  • Maserati and Lamborghini pull out of Iran.


Politics in Iran

  • Members of Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee will visit Evin and Rejaei Shahr prisons.
  • Grand Ayatollah Sobhani proposes election of president through parliamentary system.
  • Women enter Iran Riot Police.
  • Special units guards and police have surrounded the venue where Gonabadi Dervishes were holding services in Shahrekord.


Iran  abroad

  • KLM to cease flights to Iran in April.
  • Arrests in Spain linked to Iran’s nuclear program.
  • Iranian escalating role in Yemen concerns USA.
  • Canada will resettle up to 5,000 displaced Iraqi and Iranian refugees currently in Turkey by 2018.
  • Syria PM meets Ahmadinejad and other Iranian officials in Tehran.
 

 

News from Iran – Week 45 – 2012

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Prisoners’ News

A- Transfers

Mehdi Farahi Shandiz moved to solitary confinement in Evin.

Mehdi Hashemi, son of ex-President Rafsanjani, transferred to hospital with heart problems. Family allowed to visit

Nasrin Sotoudeh, incarcerated Human Rights lawyer on hunger strike, transferred to solitary.

 

B- Arrests/Incarcerations

Jamal Ameli, arrested during raid of Pen Club, is still detained.

Activist Yashar Darolshafaei reported to Evin today to start serving 5.5 year prison term.

Mohsen Mirdamadi Secretary General of Participation Front returned to Evin after furlough extension was denied.

Behzad Navabi released last week on furlough to attend father-in-law’s funeral is back in IRGC solitary in Evin.

 

C-Liberations

Hamid-Reza Abdollahi, blogger and translator, released on 200 million toman bail from Evin 209.

Roxana Foroughi, new Christian convert, released on $25,000 bail.

Ali Ranjbar, blogger and translator, released on 300 million toman bail from Evin 209.

Hossein Ronaghi released on furlough and has broken his hunger strike.

 

D-Other News

Mahsa Amrabadi ends hunger strike. She met her imprisoned husband Masoud Bastani after 80 days.

Zhila Bani Yaghoub ends hunger strike.

Sattar Beheshti, Facebook activist, dies in custody in Evin.

Nazanin Deyhimi ends hunger strike.

Bahareh Hedayat ends hunger strike.

Human Rights activist Mahboubeh Karami joined the other 9 political prisoners on hunger strike; stopped 2 days later.

Zhila Karamzadeh Makvandi ends hunger strike.

Shiva Nazar Ahari ends hunger strike.

Imprisoned blogger, Human Rights activist Hossein Ronaghi has started hunger strike.

Hakimeh Shokri ends hunger strike.

Nasim Soltan Beigi ends hunger strike.

Raheleh Zakaei ends hunger strike.


News of injustice in Iran

Ali Borna, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 3 years by Appeals.

Osman Ghadernezhad, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 3 years by Appeals.

Davar Hosseini Vojdan, leftist student activist, sentenced to 6 years in prison.

Samkou Osmani, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 1.5 years by Appeals.

Soleiman Rahimzadeh, Kurdish activist, sentenced to 4 years by Appeals.

Reza Shahabi’s sentence reduced to 4 years + fine.

Anwar and Mohammad Yaziddoost, Kurdish activists, sentenced to 2 years each by Appeals

Kurdish activist Obeid Zarei fined 20 million Rials in lieu of imprisonment on charges of anti-national security act.

Leaked report of 4 women stoned to death.

On Wednesday 10 people hanged in Tehran, 3 in public in Shiraz and one in Sarand.

7 executions on Thursday.

5 people publicly hanged in Shiraz on Friday, 2 inside prison.


University – Culture

The National Union of Bar Association offices have been ordered closed by Judiciary order for illegal activities

Baha’i student Farid Mohammadzadeh deprived of undergraduate studies.

Nedaii Gross, a Kurdish weekly from Sanandaj, was suspended.

Islamic Association of Students’ of Semnan University has been suspended.


Iran Economics

Housing prices in Iran have gone up by 30% in the past month.

War Economy: Iran freezes import of 77 sorts of goods seen as “luxury”.


Politics in Iran

Iranian war planes fire at an American drone américain over Gulf.

National security commission may investigate death in custody of Sattar Beheshti.


Iran  abroad

Iran seized Saudi fishing vessel.


Miscellaneous

51 people injured as a result of 5.1 magnitude earthquake in East Azerbaijan province.

 

Iran Prisoner Majid Tavakoli Awarded Student Peace Prize 2013

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Imprisoned Iranian student leader Majid Tavakoli is the winner of the Student Peace Prize of 2013. The news was announced in the main library at NTNU on Friday, 21 September, 2012 – the UN’s International Day of Peace. The Student Peace Prize is awarded every other year, on behalf of all Norwegian students. The prize committee wished to acknowledge Tavakoli for his non-violent fight for freedom of speech and democracy.

“The Student Peace Price is this year awarded to a young and brave person”

Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jonas Gahr Støre.

Punished for speaking out

Majid Tavakoli is serving a prison sentence of eight years because of a speech he held in 2009, criticizing the Iranian regime. In June of that year, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been re-elected President; the presidential election was condemned as undemocratic by the opposition, as well as by foreign organizations and leaders. The election provoked large public demonstrations, which led the regime to mount a brutal crackdown. The winner of the Student Peace Prize is honoured with a ceremony during the student festival ISFiT (International Student Festival in Trondheim) and he will also get his own monument in Jomfrugata in Trondheim, as a part of the “Walk of Peace”. In this video of his speech at Tehran’s Amir Kabir University on December 7, 2008, Majid shared the podium with many other students – including student prisoner Bahareh Hedayat – most of whom were later arrested, many tortured and jailed, still others have since fled the country for their own safety to escape the paranoid, insecure regime in Iran, a republic supposedly born out of a student revolution that will destroy itself, by seeking to repress its own offspring. I am certain, if he was free to speak, Majid would dedicate this prize to all of them.

A large area of the video foreground has been blacked out to protect some members of the crowd who were caught on film that day.

Tavakoli studied at Amir Khabir University of Technology in Teheran, Iran, where he was a prominent leader of the student organization Islamic Students’ Association. The Student Peace Prize winner is selected for working with a focus on student rights and democratization through speeches and publications. Tavakoli was imprisoned for shorter periods of time prior to this current prison sentence, and has shown that he refuses to be scared into silence.

Bahareh Hedayat

Majid Tavakoli

In December 2010, Majid Tavakoli, along with Bahareh Hedayat, issued a message on the occasion of Students Day. As a result, they both appeared in a Revolutionary Court on April 30, 2011 to face new charges of “propaganda against the regime” and “conspiring to act against national security.”

In their letter, Majid Tavakoli and Bahareh Hedayat addressed fellow activists:

“We sincerely send you our warm and heartfelt regards from the corners of our cells of injustice and cruelty. Our bodies may be wounded by the blade of tyranny, but our hearts are filled with love and burning flame of hope, and our heads are high for continuing the glorious path of freedom which has been carried away on the shoulders of the Iranian people all across the world.”

The court added a further 6 month sentence to the existing 7.5 years Majid was serving, and 6 months to to Bahareh’s existing 9.5 year sentence. Majid Tavakoli has never stopped fighting for the rights of his fellows students, even as he suffers in one of the most miserable prisons in the world. While in prison, he continued writing strongly-worded letters to the government until his family were placed under such intense pressure by the regime that he was forced to stop in order t0 protect them.

Students constitute an important group of the Iranian society and a very high percentage of young people in Iran attend colleges and universities. However, students are  often deprived of their right to education on spurious grounds and many are prosecuted in response to political activity in opposition to the regime. Students who follow the Baha’i faith are forbidden access to education and many are jailed for studying or for helping others gain access to education.

 “With his own life and future at stake he is fighting for a peaceful reform and progress through participation and democracy. The prize is a clear signal to the regime that the world is paying attention”

Jan Tore Sanner, deputy of the second largest political party in Norway (Høyre)

We are all Majid

We Are All Majid

The current regime in Iran is responsible for serious violations of the human rights. According to Amnesty International over 600 people were executed in 2011. Torture and imprisonment are also common methods practiced by the government. In the aftermath of the arrest, pictures of Tavakoli wearing a hijab [the traditional Islamic head covering for women] were released by the regime in an effort to undermine his popular influence; to humiliate and disgrace him.

Despite this, the pictures created a storm of attention surrounding Tavakoli and his case. Hundreds of Iranian men dressed themselves in hijabs and published pictures of themselves online, accompanied by the slogan “We are all Majid”. The winner of the Student Peace Prize thus became a symbol and a representative for Iranian students and political activists alike.

During the initial period of his detention, Majid spent nearly 6 months in a solitary cell. He was not aware of the reactions outside prison and not aware of campaigns in support of him. He told his friends that when he was in solitary, investigators showed him pictures of himself wearing chador published on websites. The investigators told him that people outside prison were making fun of him, and they even told him that his friends and peers signed a statement condemning his act. However, he told his friend and former room mate that he did not believe those lies. When he came out of solitary confinement, he was informed about the amazing campaign which had been built to support him.

A video compilation features many of the images that were posted as part of the “We Are All Majid” aka “Men in Scarves” Campaign:

The biggest fear: being forgotten

Amir Bayani works for the organization Article 19 and is familiar with Tavakoli and his work. He states: “anyone who has ever spoken to a prisoner of conscience in Iran can tell you that their biggest fear is being forgotten.”

I have never forgotten Majid; I think of him and all the other prisoners every day. I remember him on his birthday, May 22. Majid turned 26 this year and has spent the last three birthdays behind bars.