Here is the latest letter by Behrouz Javid Tehrani regarding the execution of 16 prisoners in Gohardasht Prison this weekend. You can find the original link for the letter on Iranian Human Rights Activists Weblog at:
At the same time let us not forget about Behrouz who in the face of injustice and oppresion and inspite of physical threats continues his human rights work from inside the prison walls.
In the Name of Freedom,
This week was an extremely sad week for the prisoners of Rajai Shahr (Gohardasht) Prison in Iran. On Saturday July 21st 2007 four prisoners were transferred from Gohardasht to Evin Prison and executed immediately. The executions did not end there and on Sunday July 22, 2007 prison officials transferred 12 more prisoners to Evin Prison and executed them.
There were at least two political prisoners named Fazel Raszani and Hajat Morad Mohammadi among these 16 individuals, whose identity cards read “ threat to national security”. These young men were not able to stand by idly and watch a girl in their village get raped by a top Islamic Revolutionary Guard Officials. They defended the young girl, and as a result of the physical altercation the Revolutionary Guard died.
I do not know if there were any other political prisoners among those who were executed, but I do know the reason behind this new wave of crackdown and oppression by the Islamic Regime, both in prisons and on the streets.
This undeserving Regime, which has recently been criticized by the international community is afraid of internal protests and critism and it has stooped to arresting people with numerous excused including not having the “proper” Islamic Hejab or “Acting against national security” and using different methods, including illegal arrests, imprisonment, beatings, torture and executions to break the will of the people and take away their self worth and self confidence.
The Islamic Regime arrests and imprisons union leaders in order to create fear among the workers and prevent further protests and demonstrations against the Regime. They have also increased pressure on political prisoners to prevent them from raisin their voices against injustice.
However the Regime must look to see how effective these techniques really are. After 28 years, the Iranian people have defiantly shown their distaste and opposition for the Islamic Regime and there is nothing that can change that.
Will the Iranian Nation be intimidated and silenced in the face of these threats? Or will this oppression and recent crackdowns on innocent people force the Iranian Nation to stand up against the Regime and demand their rights? We will surely see the result of this latest crackdown on the youth in the next few months. The Islamic Regime leaders need to prepare to face the consequences of their barbaric actions.
Behrouz Javid Tehrani
Rajai-Shahr Prison (Gohardasht)
Andarzgah 2, Faree 5