Warning of a conspiracy targeting the life of Mr. Ali Moezzi, the Iranian Resistance calls on all international human rights organizations, especially the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein and Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran Asma Jahangir, for urgent and effective action aimed at saving the life of this political prisoner.
Mr. Moezzi, previously detained in hall 12 of ward 4 in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran, was abducted by regime intelligence agents on January 4 following his weekly family visit. Authorities resorted to force, dragging this 62-year-old prisoner on the ground and tearing his shirt, according to eyewitnesses. He has currently been transferred to solitary confinement in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison and banned from any visits. The Iranian regime’s repressive organs are refusing to provide any information of his whereabouts and/or conditions.
Moezzi, also jailed as a political prisoner back in the 1980s, is the father of two members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). He was last arrested in June 2011. In December 2015 he received another year in prison despite his original sentence coming to an end. He suffers from a variety of illnesses, including cancer and ileus, and has repeatedly been transferred to solitary confinement and placed under numerous types of tortures.
On January 13 Gohardasht Prison political prisoners issued a letter to Jahangir on the Iranian regime’s judiciary and Ministry of Intelligence adopting repressive measures.
“Not only do we continuously witness prisoners being executed, tortured and harassed more than ever before, in fact new methods are used for further crackdown and repression… including… inmates being abducted and disappearing during normal commuting inside prisons… This is the new definition of ‘security and power’ in the government of Hassan Rouhani.”
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
January 14, 2017