Political Prisoner Tortured for Writing to UN Human Rights Rapporteur


According to human rights watch groups in Iran, a political prisoner by the name of Afshin Baimani is losing his sight, undergoing severe torture.

Baimani has been sentenced to life in prison for political activities and currently is in solitary for writing a letter to the UN Iran Special Human Rights Rapporteur exposing treatment of prisoners in Iranian jails.

After writing the letter, Baimani was taken to a solitary cell by Iran’s Intelligence Agency and beaten badly, reports say.  He is now in solitary prison despite his critical condition, a prison agent identified as Mirza Aqayi is in charge of his torture.

Human rights Activists in Iran also reported on 3 August that a blogger by the name of Fereidoun Seidi Rad has been sentenced to three years of prison at Tehran Revolutionary Court.  He was a member of Mehdi Karroubi’s staff during the 2009 elections.  He is accused of being a blogger and participation in Ayatollah Montazeriy’s funeral and also participation in 27 December, 2009 protests.



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