Prisoner’s family ask UN Special Rapporteur for helpPublished by International Liberty Association 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.”