Iran: Protesters Sentenced in Unfair Trials – Human Rights Lawyer Arrested for Exposing Death in Detention

November 5, 2018

Saba Kordafshari,19, and Yasaman Ariyani, 23, have been sentenced to prison for peaceful protests. © 2018 Private

Iran’s judiciary convicted at least 24 protesters on vaguely defined national security charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Their prison sentences ranged from six months to six years.
They were among more than 50 people arrested on August 2 during a protest in Tehran about deteriorating economic conditions and corruption. On October 28, authorities also arrested a human rights lawyer who had been convicted to three years in prison for reporting a protester’s death in detention.
“Iranian government officials repeatedly advertise to the world that the repeated protests in the country signal that there are real freedoms in Iran, while these same protestors languish in prison for years,” said Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Prosecuting peaceful protesters will only add fuel to Iranians’ boiling frustration and discontent with the situation.”


Three sources with close knowledge of the protesters’ cases told Human Rights Watch that prosecutors charged them with “assembly and collusion against national security” due to “participating in a protest without a permit that disrupted public order.” In the sentencing of at least two people, including Saba Kordafshari, 19, the evidence prosecutors presented was solely their social media posts reporting on the protest.

In reprisal for exposing Heidari’s death in custody and reporting that his body bore marks of torture and other ill-treatment, including cuts and bruises, the authorities arrested Mohammad Najafi, a lawyer. On July 26, Branch 2 of Arak’s criminal court sentenced Najafi to three years in prison for “disrupting public order through unconventional acts such as chanting slogans” and “publishing false information to disturb public opinion.” He began serving his sentence on October 28.

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Le #CCBE veille au respect des #droitsdelhomme et de l’#étatdedroit dans le #monde.
Aujourd’hui, le CCBE a exhorté le président iranienHassan Rouhani حسن روحانی à libérer immédiatement l’avocat Mohammad Najafi, condamné à trois ans de prison et à la peine #inhumaine de 74 coups de fouet.

(Ccbe Brussels Facebook, 14/11/18)

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