Zainab Jalalian

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December 2010

December 29 Ali Saremi's body has been moved from Evin to Kahrizak Detention Center in southern Tehran. Eight members of Ali Saremi's family and friends have been released, apparently after pledging that they would not return to demonstrate outside of Evin Prison. His nephew, Mohammad, was reportedly arrested today after hanging a photograph of his murdered uncle outside his home, which is a traditional sign of mourning.

A letter from Zeynab Saremi to her executed father: My dearest father, I wish to know whether you felt our presence behind the walls of Evin!

Another site reports that some members of Habibollah Latifi's family have been released, but this has not yet been independently confirmed.

December 28 11:30 am: Authorities have arrested Saremi's family members and others who were staging a demonstration outside of Evin Prison this morning. Among those arrested are Poya Saremi, Mahin Saremi, Ali Saremi's daughter and her husband. Family members of other political prisoners are also reported to be arrested.

9:30 am: HRANA confirms the execution of 62-year old Ali Saremi this morning at Evin Prison.

3:30 am: Ali Saremi and Reza Boukani's families have gathered outside of Evin Prison. Reports state that Saremi's cellmates fear he was taken to Evin to be executed.

December 27 9:25 pm: Condemned prisoner Ali Saremi has been transferred from Gohardasht (Rajaee Shahr) prison to an unknown location. Another condemned man, Reza Sharifi Boukani, has also been moved to an unknown location.

9:00 pm: Concerns are growing over Habibollah Latifi and his family's condition. The names of twenty people arrested at the family home last night have been released. They include Iraj Latifi Abbas, Enghbal, Shahin, Elahe and Bahar Latifi. There is still no confirmation of the family's whereabouts or condition.

7:45 am: Authorities are arresting others in the community who have been helping the Latifi family in recent days. In the meantime, his lawyer has returned to Tehran.

6:25 am Tehran time: Reports from sources, including Radio Farda, now include Habibollah Latifi's sister-in-law among those arrested last night. His youngest sister, who was not arrested, said that agents used pepper spray to subdue her and render her unconscious for several hours. She told RAHANA that eight family members have been arrested and she does not know their location or the reasons for their arrests.

United4Iran has updated their eLetter to push for Mr. Latifi's release.

Other ways to help include: contacting media and signing the two existing petitions. Activists also encourage everyone to share the news widely on their existing networks.

December 26 Reports have emerged that Habibollah Latifi's family members have been arrested at their home. There are also unconfirmed reports that local activists have been arrested. There is conflicting information as to the number of family members arrested, but early reports suggest that his brother, two sisters, father, and another person at the house are among those detained. Up to 30 security officials conducted the raid and confiscated the family's computer and other materials.  Drewery Dyke, Amnesty International's Iran Researcher, has also confirmed the arrests.

December 25 Thanks in part to the actions of protesters and activists in and outside of Iran, Habibollah Latifi's execution has been stayed.

December 23 Urgent: Kurdish prisoner  Habibollah Latifi is in imminent danger of execution. His lawyer confirmed reports that he is due to be executed this Sunday, December 26, in Sanandaj prison.

December 9 Zahra Bahrami is expected to go on trial this Sunday, December 12 in front of Judge Salavati in branch 15 of the Revolutionary Tribunal. Judge Abolghasem Salavati is known as the "Hanging Judge" or the "Judge of Death." Salavati was responsible for the execution sentences of Abdolreza Ghanbari, Mehdi Eslamian (executed May 9, 2010), and at least 12 others. He also sentenced the Alaei brothers to years in prison for AIDS research and called Majid Tavakoli, "Miss Tavakoli" at his trial.

December 7 Dutch citizen Zahra Bahrami was transferred from the general women's ward to the methadone ward Evin Prison where she is housed with general criminals and addicts.

December 5 Concerning development: condemned Kurdish prisoner Habibollah Golparipour was transferred to Oroumiyeh prison. His death sentence was upheld by the supreme court on September 5, and the prison transfer is a sign that authorities may be preparing to implement the execution order.

December 1 Updated information on Zainab Jalalian's medical situation: reports state that she requires treatment for her eyes, but prison authorities are denying her this, saying it is not necessary because she is on death row. Her eye problems are likely a result of long-term torture sustained in prison.

November 2010

November 21 Mohammad Reza Haddadi is being denied necessary kidney surgery until his father pays the exorbitant fees required by prison authorities.

Zainab Jalalian is reportedly ill and being denied medical treatment.

November 19 Amnesty International has issued an urgent action statement (PDF) for Kurdish prisoner Hossein Khezri. Amnesty urges people to write to the Iranian authorities and appeal for Khezri's life.

November 17 Urgent: The Supreme Court has issued a memo to Oromiyeh Prison officials ordering Hossein Khezri's execution. The enforcement unit of the prison has asked for permission to carry out the order. He is in imminent danger. Furthermore, his attorney resigned under suspicious circumstances this morning.

November 7 Amnesty International has called for the immediate commutation of all death sentences in the Islamic Republic of Iran. They also urge "authorities to review and repeal death penalty laws [and] to disclose full details of all death sentences and executions."

November 6 There is an English translation of Hossein Khezri's letter. In it, he documents brutal interrogation and torture and appeals to human rights organizations and lawyers "to accept my request and be my voice to humanity." Khezri says, "I will attempt to report to the world some of the situation to which I am still subject, in hopes that there be someone to hear my voice."

November 5 Condemned Kurdish prisoner Hossein Khezri is asking that human rights organizations and the United Nations to appeal for his life. We have created a sample letter to send to Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations.

March 2010

March 19 Abdolreza Ghanbari was sentenced to death as Mohareb (a politically-motivated religious charge that means "warring against God") for his participation in the 2009 Ashura protests.


March 5 Zainab Jalalian moved to Ministry of Intelligence detention center. This may indicate an imminent execution. We have assembled Contact information and a Sample Letter to Iranian officials regarding Zainab Jalalian's case.


URGENT CALL FOR ACTION: Death sentence upheld for 20-year old student Mohammad-Amin Valian on charges of "Mohareb." We have assembled Contact information and a Sample Letter to Iranian officials regarding Mohammad-Amin Valian's case.


Zahra Rahnavard’s message regarding rumor about the issuance of sentence of execution of Zainab Jalalian

Zahra Rahnavard’s message regarding rumor about the issuance of sentence of execution of Zaynab Jalalian

JARAS: Zahra Rahnavard has expressed hope that the news about Zaynab Jalalian’s execution order is a rumor. If they are true, let us not use violence once and for all and look at the nation with a smile and with love.

Zahra Rahnavard’s complete statement as acquired by JARAS is as follows:

These days, there are rumors of Zaynab Jalalian’s execution on everyone’s lips. Why? Was Zaynab a member of groups that are so-called Moharebs? Has Zaynab been carrying weapons on her shoulders?

Was it not just two years ago when she carried a pen, a paper and posters with announcements as an advocate?

Does God like this and is it fair to extinguish the life of a woman – who is the embodiment of kindness and fairness in life among all nations – especially since Zaynab is a young woman?

How well does such a young woman have access to information, awareness, history and other subjects?

Is she really innocent or guilty? Are her actions truly worth the punishment? And finally, isn’t it better to give everyone – especially women and the youth – opportunities so they can find themselves and their place in matters of life and the political and social systems?

Isn’t it better that a system that has the distinction of having the name of ‘Islamic Republic’ realizes what is in the hearts of mothers and the youth and deal with them with compassion?

Isn’t it better that culture and education be used to invite minds and their thoughts for discussion instead of giving thought to having them executed or gotten rid of?

Zaynab and others like her who are waiting for death must be thought about.

Today, two thirds of the world has said good bye to execution and have found other things to replace it. I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but I know that religious scholars and clerics have thought and written about this.

It is not my place right to bring up the issue of reconsidering the death penalty, but I know that experience has shown that many of those who have been executed were in need of guidance, but have received death.

I hope that the news about Zaynab Jalalian’s execution order is a rumor. Otherwise, let us not use violence once and for all and look at the nation with a smile and with love.

From Jumbeshe Rahe Sabz (JARAS)

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