More Condemnation for Iran’s Arrest of 20 MEK Supporters
There has been yet more international condemnation for the Iranian regime’s arrest and torture of elite students Amir Hossain Moradi and Ali Younesi, along with 18 other people, for links with the Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK Iran).
On May 5, the Iranian regime’s judiciary acknowledged the arrest of two elite students from Sharif University.
Judiciary Spokesman Esmaili said that the two young students were associated with the MEK and listed a series of vague charges against the two-star students.
#Iran: Mullahs' Judiciary Admits Arrest of Amir Hossein Moradi and Ali Younesi, Sharif University of Technology Elite Students
Mrs. Rajavi calls for the release of prisoners, dispatch of an International Delegation #HumanRights #COVID19 #ccoronavirushttps://t.co/QKfxiZz8v9
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) May 5, 2020
The Romanian Parliamentarian Committee for a Free Iran wrote an open letter to condemn these politically-motivated arrests on May 13. The eight signatories called on the United Nations, its related organizations, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michele Bachelet to step in to end to the torture of the detainees, prevent their execution, and secure their release.
The letter explained that over the past four decades in Iran, persecution of political opponents, including arbitrary arrests, torture, and executions, has been common, with many detainees “tortured to death during interrogation”.
For this and other ongoing human rights abuses, Iran has been condemned multiple times by international organizations, the Human Rights Council, and other relevant bodies, but this has not stopped the regime.
On April 13, Younesi and Moradi, who are both students of Sharif University of Technology and have represented their country in international science competitions, were arrested by security forces without an order from a prosecutor. During that time, security forces threatened them with arrest, murder, and rape.
Their families were not told where they were detained, how they were, or why they were arrested, until the beginning of May when judiciary spokesman Gholam-Hossein Esmaili officially announced their arrest.
British Lawmakers Urge the UK to Put Pressure on Iran’s Regime to Release Detained Students
The British Committee for #Iran Freedom condemned the Iranian regime’s arresting elite students Ali Younesi and Amir Hossain Moradi, amid the #coronavirus outbreakhttps://t.co/Sf4Bev1aGu
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) May 8, 2020
Then, the (PMOI/MEK Iran). announced the names of 18 more recently arrested members, who did not have a court order against them and were also threatened with torture and execution:
Zahra Safaei, Tehran
Somayeh Bidi, Karaj
Sepehr Imam Jomeh, Tehran
Saeed Rad, Semnan
Rasoul Hassanvand, Khorramabad
Parastoo Moeini, Tehran
Nahid Fathalian, Tehran
Mohammad Reza Ashrafi Samani, Isfahan
Mohammad Mehri, Qom
Mohammad Hassani, Karaj
Mehran Qarabaghi, Behbahan
Massoud Rad, Tehran
Marzieh Farsi, Tehran
Majid Khademi, Behbahan
Kamran Rezaeifar, Tehran
Gholam Ali Alipour, Amol
Forough Taghipour, Tehran
Bijan Kazemi, Kuhdasht
The letter read: “Experience has shown that detainees are subjected to the most severe tortures, especially when arrested on charges of being affiliated with the PMOI. Therefore, this committee expresses its concern about the situation of these detainees and calls for their immediate release and demands these actions to be condemned.”
The committee urged the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to encourage the Iranian regime to release the detainees immediately, saying that arbitrary detentions and violence against detainees are clear violations of international law, and respect the rights of Iranian citizens.
The letter was written by Romeo Nicoara, the President of the Romanian Parliamentarian Committee for Free Iran, and co-signed by seven others:
- Cristina Iurișniți
- Andrei Gerea
- Ionita Antoneta
- Liviu Titus Pasca
- Daniel Budurescu
- Maria Eugenia Barna
- Mihai Deaconu