Tuesday, July 31, 2007

"In support and memory of our fellow activists"

Arash Kamangir points to an effort by Iranian bloggers to draw attention to all those student activists that the Iranian regime has recently imprisoned. Human Rights Watch reports that the students are being tortured in order to ring "confessions" out of them.

Forced confessions are a speciality of the Iranian regime, as in the case of Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh, who were recently arrested with two other Iranian- Americans, and also in the case of Iranian-Canadian Ramin Jahanbeglou, whose crime was "political-security relations with a person named Jaleh Esfandiari, (a notorious anti-revolutionary figure married to a Jew)".

Esfandiari, a grandmother, is currently housed in Evin Prison, Tehran's permanent Abu Ghraib. Jahanbeglou was there too, until his "confession" won him mere house arrest, and another Canadian who spent some time there back in 2003 - the journalist Zahra Kazemi - never came out. She was tortured and beaten to death.

Meanwhile, the regime has just handed down the death sentence to two Iranian journalists from the Kurdish minority. The charges against them were not specified.


Blogger Kamangir said...

Hi, This is Kamangir. Thanks!

7:19 AM  
Blogger Transmontanus said...

Anytime, Arash.

9:47 AM  

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