Daughters concerned about the disappearance of their father

Daughters concerned about the disappearance of their father

Published by on January 20, 2017

Political Prisoner Ali Moezzi has gone missing after family members visited him on 4 January 2017. He never returned to his cell and his cellmates have been worried about this unusual abduction. The prison authorities have given no indication as to what has happened to him and where he has been taken to.

Ali Moezzi was held in hall 12 of ward 4 in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran. Around 10 am Tehran time, while returning to the ward after a short visit with family members, Mr Moezzi was taken to an unknown location and there is no information about his whereabouts ever since.

Mr Ali Moezzi is the father of two Ashrafis now residing in Albania. His daughters, Hejrat and Forough Moezzi have called on thet international community to get involved to find their father. They are worried that their father’s life is in danger as the Iranian regime is infamous for conducting extrajudicial killings to remove dissidents from the face of the earth.

Ali Moezzi spent time in prison in the 1980s for his activism and was last arrested in 2011. In December 2015 after his term was finished, he was sentenced to an extra year in prison. Mr Moezzi suffers from various illnesses and has endured torture and solitary confinement during his prison time.

Hejrat Moezzi believes that her father has been taken for interrogation because of the positions he had taken inside the prison, particularly the letters he had written condemning the Iranian regime’s crimes in Aleppo against the Syrian people and others condemning the mass execution of political prisoners in 1988”.

International Liberty Association calls on the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights Situation in Iran, Ms Asma Jahangir, to take urgent action to locate Mr Moezzi.

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The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.

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