Translated and edited by: Banafsheh zand
The Organization of Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran reports that a number of the supporters of Ayatollah Kazemeini-Boroujerdi are being systematically fired from their jobs.
This wave of terminations began three months ago, prior to the elections in Iran and so far three of the female supporters of the detained cleric, have been ousted from their respective positions. Fatemeh Sawmeni, Zahra Abdollahvand and Maryam Azimi, were each employed by private and non-governmental companies, and despite their individual track record of excellence and professionalism were discharged without any prior notice.
Of the three ladies, one made inquiries about the reason for her dismissal, to which the employer had replied: “I am exceedingly satisfied with the quality of your work, however I have been forced to discharge you!” The lady had then further inquired by asking if it was due to pressures from the Ministry of Intelligence and Security, that had lead to such a move; her employer could only respond by keeping silent and hanging his head in shame.
It is worth noting that on the previous Monday, July 8th, Mr. Boroujerdi endured another round of harsh interrogations which lasted well into Tuesday morning. During that session, other than the psychological pressure, he was also severely tortured, beaten and the torturer agents involved had demanded that he pen a letter of repentance.
Mr. Boroujerdi who has remained in prison since 2006, without the possibility of medical furlough, now suffers from various ailments which worsen as a result of the regular torture and the prohibition on all medical treatment and prescribed medication. He has developed malnutrition, diabetes, kidney stone, heart disease, resulting in respiratory disorder and the intense swelling of the legs, knees a joints.
Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran condemns the threats and the oppression inflicted on Mr. Kazemeini-Boroujerdi and his supporters at the hands of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security of the Iranian regime, and calls on all international human rights and civil rights organizations to follow suit.
July 29th, 2013