Prisoner’s family ask UN Special Rapporteur for help

Prisoner’s family ask UN Special Rapporteur for help

Published by on October 15, 2017

In a letter to Ms Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, the family of a Kurdish political prisoner called on her to help them for clarification of their son’s situation in prison.

In their letter, Ramin Hossein Panahi’s family refer to the torture and mistreatment and lack of any news about the fate of their son and complain that the Iranian regime is prohibiting them hiring a lawyer for him. They fear that he might be executed without due process of law.

Ramin was arrested nearly four months ago by the security forces and taken to an unknown location.

In their letter the family of the Kurdish prisoner wrote: “Our youngest son, Ramin Hossein panahi, was visiting Sanandaj to see his family, when he was shot by the Revolutionary Guards Corps and was then taken to the hospital in this town. IRGC forces transferred him to an unknown location after half an hour. Hours after the attack, IRGC forces attacked our house, beat our daughter Afshin Hossein panahi, and her elderly father and then arrested our other son Afshin Hossein panahi and transferred him to an unknown location.

“After two months of being subject to the most severe torture, he was transferred to Sanandaj Prison and is now kept in a state of limbo. According to international laws and even according to the laws of the Islamic Republic, we should have been able to visit our son and get a lawyer for him 110 days after his arrest. However, we were unable to do this and no institution or organization has responded to our family and our legal requests.”

The Hossein Panahi family called on the UN Special rapporteur and all international institutions “to seriously and effectively intervene in order to prevent another catastrophe for our family.”

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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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