Farzad Kamangar

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Age: 32;
Location: Section 209 of Evin Prison;
Date condemned: 25 February 2008

 

May 9, 2010: Farzad Kamanger was executed this morning outside of Evin Prison.

Teacher and social worker Farzad Kamanger was sentenced to death in a trial that took 7 minutes and in which he was forbidden to talk to his lawyer. His charges included "cooperating with Farzad Kamanger" (himself). He was told by the judge that the Ministry of Intelligence had requested his death sentence. Despite being pressured, under torture, to confess to membership in Kurdish resistance groups, Kamanger denies these charges. After being exonerated of membership in one group (Pezhak), he was charged with membership in another (PKK). He was told by Intel agents that his death sentence was meant to send a message to the people and political activists, though even his interrogators have admitted in front of his lawyer that they know he is innocent.

Kamangar's death sentence has been upheld by the Appeals Court and he is in imminent danger of execution at any time; his case file is missing from the Justice Department and is nowhere to be found. Kamangar has written a letter to Attorney General Larijani asking for a review of his case.

The Islamic Republic is in violation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Article 8 of the UDHR requires, "the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law." Protection against "arbitrary arrest [or] detention" is granted by Article 9. The Islamic Republic is in violation of Article 10, "everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him" by denying Kamangar legal representation and sentencing him to death to appease the Ministry of Intelligence.

A second letter by Farzad Kamangar, "The Angels Who Laugh on Monday" was released on 11 March 2010. Kamagar wrote of his cellmate's daughters Parya and Zahra. "They were as though in a vacuum, in the heavens, in a place outside this world, not surrounded by anyone. They only had their compassion for each other. Without paying attention to the guards, the walls, and other prisoners, they shared their smiles...The fate of children like Zahra and Parya is the story of our time."

 

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