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Former political prisoner Golrokh Iraee

Iran Human Rights Activist Has Home Raided Before Being Dragged off to Prison

Former political prisoner Golrokh Iraee

Former political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee is rearrested

Iranian human rights activist Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee was arrested on Saturday at her home in Tehran, with at least ten security agents raiding her home before taking her into custody.

Iraee, a former political prisoner, must now serve a sentence handed down in July and upheld on appeal without further examination, according to her lawyer Amir Raissian, which relates to a protest that she took part in during her last detention where she criticized the Iranian regime for the execution of three Kurdish dissidents.

Iraee and fellow political prisoner Atena Daemi were found guilty on vague national security charges, the kind often levied against political prisoners. They were sentenced to three years and seven months in prison for “insulting the supreme leader” (two years and one month) and “propaganda against the state” (one year and six months) each by Judge Iman Afshari of Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran.

They will each have to serve at least two years and one month of that sentence.

Iraee was first arrested, alongside her husband and two other activists, by the intelligence division of the Iranian regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) on September 6, 2014. She was held for three weeks on Ward 2A in Evin Prison, which is known to be the IRGC Intelligence ward, before being released on September 27 on an 800 million rial bail for her activities on Facebook.

Iraee was later sentenced to six years in prison for “insulting sanctities” and “propaganda against the state”, which are again vague charges levied against political activists. Her crime? Writing an unpublished story about the barbaric punishment of stoning in Iran, which the regime would never have known about had they not stormed her house and seized her computer.

In October 2016, her house was stormed by security forces and she was taken to Evin Prison to serve her sentence. Her husband Arash Sadeghi, who began serving a 15-year prison sentence earlier that year for his peaceful political activities, went on a hunger strike in protest to her arrest and after 72 days she was released on January 3, 2017.

However, she was re-arrested on January 22 of that year when she went to the hospital where Sadeghi was supposed to be examined.

Iraee was released on bail in April 2019 after serving 3.5 years of her six-year prison sentence.

Since then, she has been campaigning on Twitter for the release of cancer-stricken Sadeghi and calling for him to be allowed access to medical treatment because he is in poor health following a cancer operation last year.

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Arash Sadeghi

Iranian Regime Denies Life-Saving Medical Care to Political Prisoner

Arash Sadeghi

Arash Sadeghi, a political prisoner, that has been denied medical care

The Iranian regime is once again refusing to allow a critically ill political prisoner access to lifesaving medical care. Arash Sadeghi has a rare form of bone cancer and is being denied a transfer for specialized medical treatment, despite the recommendations of his doctors and his deteriorating condition.

The 38-year-old Sadeghi was sentenced to 19 years in prison for his peaceful human rights activism, which included speaking to Amnesty International and media outlets about human rights and the illegal 2009 Presidential election in Iran. He was convicted of “acting against national security, attending protests, defamation of the supreme leader, forming illegal groups, and propaganda against the regime” and sentenced to 15 years. He had been given a four-year suspended sentence in an earlier trial, and this was added to his new conviction.

Sadeghi disputes these charges, saying that they were fabricated by the regime judiciary and the Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Sadeghi has had medical issues since being transferred to Raja’i Shahr prison in Karaj in June 2016. Physicians believe that his problems stem from an untreated shoulder infection that developed after surgery, leaving him with severe arm pain. Infections are common in Iranian prisons, where hygiene conditions are poor and medical care is substandard.

Sadeghi was finally sent to a medical center, where doctors found a malignant tumor in his shoulder and recommended that he be transferred immediately to a hospital where he could receive treatment for cancer. Prison authorities blocked this request, though, and denied all requests for further treatment. Sadeghi has even been denied checkups by prison doctors. Sadeghi was initially not even informed that he had cancer.

Sadeghi has been denied hospital care since September, and his shoulder infection continues to worsen. He is no longer able to move his right arm at all.

Amnesty International Campaign

Amnesty International launched a campaign in September in an attempt to compel the Iranian regime to transfer Sadeghi to the Cancer Institute. The Amnesty Campaign followed an earlier plea to the Prosecutor’s office in Tehran from Sadeghi’s family to authorize his transfer so that he could undergo further tests.

The Amnesty campaign stated: “Arash’s life is hanging in the balance – medical staffs are saying that “time is of the essence” … The Iranian authorities [need] to release Arash immediately and ensure he gets the specialized medical care he needs.”

The campaign gathered 11,000 signatures but was ignored by the Prosecutor’s office and prison authorities. Sadeghi is still badly in need of treatment.

The regime is well-known for its treatment of political prisoners. In 1988, the regime rounded up 30,000 political prisoners, most of them MEK members, and executed them in groups because of their political beliefs. The regime has still not been held accountable for this crime against humanity, despite calls from numerous human rights groups, including Amnesty International, and the families of the MEK members who were massacred.

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee

Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, Sadeghi’s wife, is also currently a political prisoner in an Iranian prison. Iraee was given a six-year sentence after security forces discovered a fictional story she had written in a journal during a raid of her home. Iraee’s story was about women who were stoned to death by the Iranian regime, a practice that is still in use today.

Iraee was hospitalized at the time of her trial and was unable to mount a defense on her behalf. The judge in her trial, Abolqasem Salavati, refused to postpone the proceedings until she could be present and convicted her in absentia of “collusion against national security,” “propaganda against the state,” “spreading lies in cyberspace,” and “insulting the founder of the Islamic Republic [regime Supreme Leader Ali Khameini]. Her conviction was upheld on appeal.

Sadeghi went on a 71-day hunger strike to protest his wife’s sentence. The strike received international attention but left him with a number of health issues.

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