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Iran: Arrest and torture of student movement activists in various cities

Lion and Sun official symbol of NCRINCRI – According to obtained reports, the mullahs’ Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), by arresting and torturing student activities involved in protest acts, attempts to prevent the growth of the student movement.

In Tehran, on Saturday, February 14, 2009, Ms. Nassim Soltan Beygi, a communications student at Allameh University, who is also a women’s rights activist, was summoned to the mullahs’ revolutionary court. She is scheduled to be tried on February 21, 2009 by henchman Salavati. Prior to this, Ms. Soltan Beygi was abducted by MOIS agents in December 2007, and transferred to solitary confinement in ward 209 of the notorious Evin prison. She was subjected to intense physical and psychological torture for 55 days.

Hossein Tarkashvand, Majid Tavakkoli, Esmail Salmanpour, and Vahid Daneshyar, all of whom are students at Tehran’s Polytechnic University, were arrested by MOIS plain-clothed agents on Thursday, February 5, 2009 and transferred to the notorious ward 209 of Evin prison. Prior to this, Mr. Tavakkoli was incarcerated in the same ward for 15 months and was subjected to some of the most intense forms of torture.

Moreover, Mr. Mohammad Pour-Abdollah, a chemistry student at Tehran University, who was arrested on February 12, was transferred to ward 209 and placed under torture.

The mullahs’ MOIS agents also continue to refrain from providing any information about Mr. Reza Negahdari, a law student at Tehran University, who was abducted by MOIS agents on February 3.

Messrs Ramin and Ebraim Sadeghi Asl, students at Ardebil University, were arrested by mullahs’ MOIS agents on February 3, and taken to the MOIS torture chamber of the city. The henchmen placed the detainees under brutal torture, including electric shock and sleep deprivation, in order to extract information from them. Mr. Ramin Sadeghi has begun a hunger strike in protest.

Younes Mir-Hosseini and Esmail Jalilvand, both Shiraz University students, who during the past week were arrested by MOIS agents and transferred to prison, are under pressure and torture. The mullahs’ MOIS agents continue to avoid resolving Younes Mir-Hosseini’s situation despite the fact that he has been on hunger strike for five days. He is a senior law student.

Ms. Sahar Yazdani, also a Shiraz University student, was arrested on February 13 by the mullahs’ MOIS agents because she had made inquiries about the situation of her husband, Mr. Younes Mir-Hosseini. Regime officials have so far not provided any information about his situation to his family.

In Isfahan, Alireza Davoudi, an accounting student, was arrested on February 13 by MOIS agents and taken to an unknown location.

In Sanandaj, Javad Alizadeh, one of Tehran’s Allameh University students banned from continuing his education, after spending 21 days in detention at the MOIS detention center in Sanandaj, has been taken to the central Sanandaj prison’s quarantine. He was arrested after attending a memorial service for Ebrahim Lotfollahi who was suspiciously murdered last year at Sanandaj prison. Alizadeh has had serious injuries in his arms, back, and neck after being severely tortured, including being thrown off the stairs. His head injuries, as a result of sustaining fractures while at the mullahs’ State Security Forces (SSF) intelligence detention, have also deteriorated

The Iranian Resistance warns about the arrest and torture of student activists of universities across Iran, and calls on all student unions and syndicates to support student protests in Iran and take effective measures to put an end to their widespread suppression.

The Iranian Resistance also calls on all international human rights organizations and authorities, including Amnesty International and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, to refer the mullah regime’s inhumane crimes dossier to the UN Security Council, send a special UN representative to Iran for reviewing the cruel human rights abuses, and adopt internationally binding and immediate measures aimed at stopping the brutal suppression of prisoners in Iran.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
February 15, 2009