Iran regime increases repression out of fear of unrest
In recent months and through weeks and months following the sealing of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) between Iran and the six powerful nations curtailing Iran’s nuclear program, the main issue frightening the ruling repressive mullahs has been to keep a lid over the popular demands and eliminate any signs of openness and people’s demand. This has been done by resorting to a number of repressive means. One of the mullahs main subjects have been women. The government has introduced more of what they call as ’moral police’ around street corners to intimidate and harass women for not observing the mullahs’ mandatory dress code. But another means of repression has been the use of execution and long imprisonments. Here are some examples of repressive jail sentences issued as a means of intimidation. The irony is that all of these reports are from one single day.
Man put behind bars for 25 years without parole!
Othman Mostafa-pour, a political prisoner serving 25 years behind bars in Urumieh, has not received any parole or even temporarily leave during this time. He has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. This political prisoner, born in 1967, was arrested on July 14, 1991 and was tried in a kangaroo court in the same year.
Tabriz activists sentenced to time behind bars, lashing
Five activists in Ardebil, northwest Iran, identified as; Meitham Joulani, Morteza Parvin, Mostafa Parvin, Toheed Amir Amini and Saleh Peechghanlou were taken to Ardebil Central Prison to serve their time behind bars and receive 30 lashes. An appeals court sentenced each of these activists to three months in jail and receiving 30 lashes charging them of “disrupting public order in a football stadium by chanting nationalist slogans”.
Iranian writer, artist returns to prison
An Iranian writer and artist has been returned to Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison after his Persian New Year leave was expired. Mostafa Azizi was tried on June 1 of last year on charges of “assembly and collusion against national security,” “propaganda against the state” and “insulting the leader.” Azizi, 53, had migrated to Canada in 2010, only to return shortly afterwards and be arrested on February 1, 2015. Azizi spent the first month of his detention in ward 2A of Evin Prison, controlled by the Revolutionary Guards.
Another case of prisoners returned back to jail
According to an Iranian website, three prisoners granted leave on March 19 have been called back to jail, the website reported on April 3. Adl’ahad Jalilzaeh was sentenced to five years behind bars. This prisoner was transferred to ward 8 of Evin Prison. Ward 8 is currently the worst section in Evin considering its horrific sanitary conditions, and a number of political prisoners and prisoners of conscience are held there without any respect for separating prisoners based on their charges. The ward is also very crowded and lacks very basic necessities. Peyman Arefi was arrested back in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years behind bars in exile from his hometown. Amir Golestani was arrested in August 2013 by the Revolutionary Guards intelligence and transferred to ward 2A of Evin Prison.