Friday, February 5, 2010

Report on Recent Arrests and Prisoner Conditions

Noushin Jafari Arrested

RAHANA: Noushin Jafari, Etemad newspaper’s arts and literature correspondent, was arrested on February 3, 2010 at her home. The reason for her arrest is unclear and her current whereabouts remain unknown. The 22 year old Jafari has no history of political activity and her work was focused on cultural issues.

In a continuing wave of arrests, a number of journalists and political activists have been detained, including Omid Mehregan, Kaveh Ghasemi-Kermanshahi and Maziar Sami.

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Salman Sima in Critical Condition Following Hunger Strike

Salman Sima is reportedly in critical condition following a hunger strike.

RAHANA: According to reports from Evin Prison in Tehran, Salman Sima is in critical condition after ending a hunger strike he had started four days ago. Sima went on a hunger strike after being transferred to another cell in Evin.

According to a report by CHRR, Sima’s lawyer has yet to be notified of the Revolutionary Court’s ruling.

Sima is a senior member of Advar Tahkim Vahdat, a student organization. He was arrested on November 14th, 2009 at his home and spent the first 28 days of his detention in solitary confinement in ward 240 of Evin Prison.

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Omid Mehregan Arrested

RAHANA: Omid Mehregan, writer for a number of reformist newspapers, was arrested on February 3, 2010 at his home. The security agents raided his house and seized his personal belongings.

According to Nedaye Sabz Azadi, a reformist website, Mehregan is the author and translator of numerous articles and essays. His works are published on Rokhdad, a reformist website.

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