Iran: Imprisoned woman complains of her unfair sentence

Iran: Imprisoned woman complains of her unfair sentence

Published by on December 1, 2016

atena-daemiChildren’s rights activist and political prisoner Atena Daemi sent a letter out of prison in which she complained about her unjust treatment by the Judiciary.

In the letter published on November 27, 2016, she said: “I did not order Zahra Kazemi’s murder; I did not order the beating to death of three people in Kahrizak (Prison); I was not involved in any embezzlement or missing (financial) cases of social security; I was not a judge to issue unfair imprisonment and death verdicts for thousands of people.”

“I protested executions! I recalled the crimes committed in Kahrizak! Now, I have been condemned to seven years in jail… I spent 16 months in jail under interrogation, now I have been sentenced to seven years imprisonment and I am forbidden from leaving the country!”

Ms. Daemi was arrested for the first time on October 11, 2014, and sentenced to five years in jail on the charge of conspiring and association against the Government and two more years for insulting the supreme leader Khamenei.

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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

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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2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
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