Political prisoner “Arjang Davoodi” writes a letter to UN High Commissioner on Human Rights

Political prisoner “Arjang Davoodi” writes a letter to UN High Commissioner on Human Rights

Published by on October 7, 2016


Following is the full text of the letter which Political prisoner “Arjang Davoodi” wrote to UN High Commissioner on Human Rights:

His Excellency Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
UN High Commissioner on Human Rights – Geneva
With Greetings
As a secular person who believes in democracy and non-religious government, I was convicted in 2003 of forming the Iranian Freedom Movement. Following months of being kept in solitary confinements and going through various physical and mental tortures, I was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment following a trial which lasted only a few minutes in branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Injustice.
Due to unsparing supports by the National Council of Resistance (NCRI), defending me and my family against the barbaric conduct of the ruling regime during the time I was in Bandar Abbas Central Prison in 2004, I was sentenced in absentia to death by the Karaj Revolutionary Court of Injustice for ‘effective activities to advance The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) objectives’ but due to strong reactions by human rights communities, this cruel sentence was reduced to 5 years’ imprisonment in Zabol (south eastern city) prison.
On September 22, 2016, I was sent from Rajaee Shahr Prison into exile in Zabol Central Prison while wearing the same clothes and without being allowed to bring my clothes and personal belongings with me.
His Excellency Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein,
Zabol is located in a very hot area where the air is always polluted due to continuous dust storms. The only prison in this small city which is accommodating more than 1000 prisoners, is lacking even healthy drinking water, let alone other sanitary and welfare facilities or …
I hereby urge you to send a delegation of human rights activists for visiting the prisons in Iran, especially those far from the capital, and pay special attention to Zabol Central Prison as the world’s most deprived prison.
With respect
Arjang Davoodi, Political prisoner in Zabol Central Prison, September 27, 2016

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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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