Further Information on UA 113/07 (MDE 13/054/2007, 15 May 2007) Fear for safety/Fear of torture and ill-treatment
and new concern: Medical concern
Students at Amir Kabir University, Tehran:
Bejaz Ahmad Qasabian (m)
Moqdad Khalilpour (m)
Pooyan Mahmoudian (m) (spelling corrected)
Majid Tavakkoli (m)
Majid Sheikhpour (m)
Babak Zamanian (m)
Ehsan Mansouri (m)
Abbas Hakimzadeh (m)
Ali Saberi (m)]
A further three students have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the publication of articles that “insult Islamic sanctities”. One student has been released on bail. All those in custody have reportedly denied any involvement in the publication of the articles, and have reportedly been tortured in an attempt to extract confessions.
Babak Zamanian was reportedly released at the beginning of June, on bail of 500 million Riyals (US$54,000). Three other students were reportedly arrested in late May and early June. All the eight students now in custody are reportedly in solitary confinement; they have had no access to their families or lawyers.
Ehsan Mansouri, the secretary of political affairs of the Islamic Student Association (ISA) activist body at Amir Kabir University in Tehran, was reportedly arrested at his home on 22 May. His family had reportedly received threatening phone calls for two weeks before he was arrested. Revolutionary Guards had visited the family home looking for Ehsan Masouri, and reportedly beat some of the family. It appears that Ehsan Mansouri was severely beaten while being taken to Section 209 in Evin Prison, breaking his shoulder.
Abbas Hakimzadeh and Ali Saberi, both ISA committee members at Amir Kabir University, were reportedly arrested at their homes in Mashhad, east of Tehran, on 6 June and taken to Section 209 of Evin Prison by plainclothes security forces. The security forces reportedly searched their houses after they had been arrested, confiscated their personal computers and CDs and told their families to contact the Revolutionary Court for more information about their situation. Abbas Hakimzadeh had recently undergone surgery on his spine; his doctor has reportedly said that he cannot sit or stand up for long periods, and any physical attack could be life-threatening.
The crisis at Amir Kabir University started with the publication of student newsletters carrying articles deemed insulting to Islam on 30 April.
These newsletters, bearing the names and logos of four student publications, were distributed throughout the campus. They contained three controversial articles and two caricatures deemed critical of the Iranian regime and insulting to Islam. This took place one week before the annual elections to the ISA.
One article questioned the infallibility of the Prophet Mohammad, the first Shiite Imam Ali and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Another criticised the government's crackdown on modern female clothing, and a third ridicules Islamic women’s attire.