MEK Iran: Political Prisoners’ Families Voice Concern for Their Loved Ones
The families of political prisoners in Iranian jails have been protesting about their captivity and have appealed to international human rights organizations to help them secure the release of their loved ones.
Families of political prisoners in Iran speak out for their loved ones https://t.co/Rzl3SKeaun
— Women's Committee NCRI (@womenncri) August 13, 2020
Protests included an interview by the mother of Majid Assadi, one of the political prisoners arrested after a peaceful protest. A video clip made by the wife of condemned Kurdish political prisoner, Heydar Ghorbani, was also published.
The close family members of political prisoners have been important defenders of their human rights under the rule of the theocratic regime.
No family contact allowed leads to protest by the family in Mashhad
The political prisoners at the Central Prison of Mashhad have been denied any contact with their families. This has led to a protest gathering outside the prison by their families.
Female family members have questioned why they have been refused access to the prisoners. As one of the protestors said “it has been ten days now that we have not had any calls from our loved ones nor any visits. What is their sin? They are serving their sentences! Why don’t they (the authorities) let us see our loved ones? Why have they deprived them of making a phone call?”
Majid Assadi’s mother and brother were also at the protest. They were worried about the health of Assadi. Initially, they had been informed that Assadi would be released onnJuly20th, but now he has been transferred to Evin Prison with other political prisoners on a trumped upcharge.
Families of political prisoners in #Iran undertook various acts of protest over the past days to restore freedom and rights of their loved ones in captivity.#FreePoliticalPrisonershttps://t.co/ct7VCQwOBa
— Heshmat Alavi (@HeshmatAlavi) August 14, 2020
Fatemeh Vakili, Assadi’s mother says he is ill. “How can they fabricate a new case against a prisoner who is in their prison? Why don’t they leave him alone?” she says.
Mr. Assadi is in solitary confinement in Evin Prison and is suffering from several physical and psychological illnesses. His illnesses have been compounded by the fact that prison authorities in Gohardasht Prison refused to send him to a hospital for treatment.
Assad’s brother, Morteza Assadi, said that his brother had been struggling with complications of Covid-19. “Majid’s life is in danger, and he must be freed unconditionally,” he said.
Ms. Vakili also called on international human rights organizations: “We ask human rights organizations to be our voice. Majid must be freed, immediately.”
The authorities have opened new investigations against them which allows the government to prolong their detention.
Majid Assadi supposed to be released after 3.5 years in jail on July 20, 2020. #FreePoliticalPrisoners #Iran https://t.co/tibzlsnQrq
— IRAN HRM (@IranHrm) August 13, 2020
Assadi has been arrested and imprisoned several times since he was a student at Tehran’s Allameh University. He was arrested again in 2017 and sentenced to 6 years in jail.
The wife of Iranian Kurdish political prisoner, Heydar Ghorbani, has also protested against the decision to sentence him to death following his arrest for protesting against the regime.
Ghorbani’s wife, Sharareh Sadeghi, has posted a video clip pleading with both Iranian and international organizations to take action to prevent Iran’s judiciary carrying out their sentence. She said in a video clip: “my husband was under arrest and interrogation for one year by the Intelligence Ministry and the IRGC Intelligence. He was tortured in various forms. Eventually, he was sentenced to death without having access to a lawyer of his choice, and based on forced confessions and an unfounded fabricated case.”
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi is the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI), called on August 10 for the international community to take immediate action to save the lives of political prisoners and protesters detained in Iran as the ruling regime has begun to issue death sentences in order to suppress uprisings.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) August 11, 2020
Executions are intended to intimidate Iranian people and make them hesitate before standing up against the mullahs’ regime. The repressive regime particularly considering that the MEK’s Resistance Units organize so many of the protests across Iran. the oppression of, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) and (NCRI), makes Iranians people more determined for overthrowing the mullahs’ regime.