Amnesty USA: Political prisoners in Iran, including prisoners of conscience, are routinely subjected to inhuman and degrading prison conditions, including overcrowding, poor food and water, dirty and unsanitary facilities, and medical neglect. Many of them suffered severe injuries as a result of torture in custody that have never been properly treated while many others contract chronic and debilitating ailments including kidney and lung infections. Political prisoners, who seek medical leave to enable them to receive urgent or specialized medical care, as permitted under Iranian law, often see their requests arbitrarily rejected and appear to be routinely discriminated against by the prison administration.
December 06, 2013
December 03, 2013
Abuse, threats and vicious interrogation of Kazemeini-Boroujerdi family in Evin prison’s visiting room
According to reports received by Human Rights Activists for Democracy in Iran," the family of cleric, Mr.Kazemeini-Boroujerdi were verbally abused, and were forced into violative inspection at the hands of agents from the Ministry of Intelligence.
On Saturday, November 30th, the Boroujerdi family went to Evin prison to visit Mr. Boroujerdi. There, they were confronted with severe physical inspections that were much more abusive than the usual treatment. Mr. Boroujerdi's family, including his wife and young daughters, who were verbally abused and insulted. They were even more brutalized when they dared to protest the guards conduct.
November 28, 2013
Mr. Seyed Hossein Boroujerdi, 55-year-old prisoner of conscience is serving his eighth year, of an eleven year sentence. He was charged with calling for the separation of religion and state and has stood steadfast on his principles and has sent letters to international legal bodies from within his cell. He continues his struggle against a tyrannical regime all the while the regime has sought to destroy him by putting various forms of pressure on him and his family. The situation is such that Mr. Boroujerdi’s sons, Mehdi and Mohammad have been prohibited from continuing their higher education and deprived of all work that is in any way related to the government. They are even forbidden employment at private companies, as intelligence agents of the regime continue to make trouble.
November 26, 2013
By Kenneth R. Timmerman October 18, 2013
A good measure of how a regime will behave toward its neighbors can be found in how it treats its own people.
As negotiations resumed this week in Geneva over Iran’s nuclear weapons programs, Iranian regime officials have taken an increasingly hard line, making it unlikely any progress will be made absent significant U.S. concessions.
Before Secretary of State John F. Kerry is tempted to give away the store in order to achieve a Pyrrhic victory, he would do well to listen to the voices of those the regime in Tehran has tried so hard to silence: its political prisoners.
November 22, 2013
According to "Human Rights Activists for Democracy in Iran" inhumane pressures on freedom-loving and anti-regime cleric, Hossein Kazemeini-Boroujerdi, by prohibiting him from receiving all medical treatment was directly ordered by the Special Clerical Tribunal.
In addition to Mr. Boroujerdi’s heart condition which remains untreated, the condition of his eyes has also begun to seriously deteriorate recently. Due to the ongoing physical torture that he has endured throughout the seven years of his arbitrary detention, he is now suffering from damage to his retina. He is said to have lost close to 90% of his sight. Since his eyes have been untreated, he now also has Epiphora as well as Parkinson's disease, heart disease, diabetes, respiratory and pulmonary problems, kidney stones and swollen legs.
November 20, 2013
A new round of pressures and inhumane treatment, threats and abuse against freedom-loving Ayatollah Kazemeini-Boroujerdi
According to Human Rights Activist for Democracy in Iran on Sunday, November 17th, Mr. Boroujerdi was viciously attacked inside his prison cell and then transferred to the Special Clerical Tribunal offices (a building specifically designed for the interrogation and temporary detention of dissident clerics) in the Zaferanieh district of Tehran. However, Mr. Boroujerdi who has stood on his principals refused to go. He was then beaten and verbally abused by a special agent by the name of Rousta. Later the same afternoon, a colleague of Rousta, by the name of Youssefinia (deputy to Ebrahim Raissi, Special Clerical Prosecutor appointed by the Supreme Leader) returned to attack and further abuse Mr. Boroujerdi.
Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) - Hossein Kazemeini-Boroujerdi, dissident cleric and political prisoner detained in the Special Clerical ward at Evin prison is suffering from various illnesses and has been prohibited from receiving all medical treatment.
Based on received reports from HRANA, the 55 year old Boroujerdi has served seven years in prison and has never been given any furlough from prison.
November 12, 2013
I embark upon my eighth Moharram in prison. One thousand four hundred years ago, twenty eight generations back, Imam Hossein who is my ancestor, was also held captive by a religious dictatorship. He had revolted against that political religion in order to free faith from Yazid’s political pollution. So Hossein stood firm, armed with his faith and gave his, his families and friends lives to that cause. Today, that same tragedy has been repeated and I, the descendant of the prophet, who stands in defense of the merciful God who has been misrepresented by the plot of a religious regime which oppresses, violates and suffocates and in the name of divinity promotes the crimes of the Supreme Leader. Therefore, I now suffer the same calamity that my innocent forefathers faced.
November 11, 2013
After telling us throughout the first six months of 2009 that Iran is not totalitarian, i.e., until his bubble was burst when Supreme Leader Khamenei savagely quashed Iran's Green Revolution, Roger Cohen is again seeking to spread his delusional hogwash. In his latest New York Times op-ed entitled "Bibi’s Tired Iranian Lines" (link), Cohen, who doesn't speak Farsi, would have us know:
"It is not just that the world has now heard from Netanyahu of the imminent danger of a nuclear-armed Iran for a very long time. It is not just that Israel has set countless 'red lines' that proved permeable. It is not just that the Islamic Republic has been an island of stability compared to its neighbors Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. It is not just that, as Rouhani’s election shows, Iran is no Nazi-like totalitarian state with a single authority but an authoritarian regime subject to liberalizing and repressive waves."
November 04, 2013
I send greetings to friends, family and supporters and wish them all success in serving our God Almighty and the righteous everywhere
In my eighth years of captivity in the prison of the Supreme Leader, I have come to know about political realities. One cannot be political and defend freedom and justice as it is powerful politicians who set the parameters and in order to awaken the politicians, it is the political activists around the world who should be defending human rights. However, the issue of human rights has become nothing more than an artifice for some activists and therefore politicians, to use, to either promote or to obstruct to their own advantage.
October 27, 2013
They have shamelessly put on the clerical frock in order to legitimize the massacre of innocent people
On the occasion of the Eid Ghadeer, Mr. Kazemeini-Boroujerdi has penned a letter from inside prison, in order to once again expose the regime: “Never will the articulate calendar of history forget my annihilation for having exposed the nature of political Islam and for standing up to the monarchic Mullahs.”
Once again, I send Eid Ghadeer greeting to all humanitarian authorities
I salute all those righteous leaders who are strangers to violence and I greet all those who rule justly and peacefully. I offer my condolences to our Almighty as his guardianship of all his creatures was viciously and audaciously taken hostage by the message of this nefarious revolution, which was the installation of a divine governance for the truly needy and wanting. How awful and unfortunate when an inferior person is called the Supreme Leader! They have made such a mockery of the clerical ranks, toying with the length and breadth of humanity.
October 17, 2013
As I begin my eighth year as a prisoner of dictators, I would like to briefly look back at the theory behind these inexcusable and irrefutable crimes and I will search my mind for the account of all that has happened.
In 1991 when I established the faculty for instruction of traditional and non-traditional Islamic sources, it was in order to expound on the true heart of the religion. I was watched, wiretapped and threatened by Intelligence and Security agents of the regime.