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AI Index: MDE 13/104/2008

UA 212/08
Arbitrary arrests / Fear of Torture or ill-treatment / Prisoners of conscience
31 July 2008

IRAN

Mehdi Khoda’i (m), student at Azad University, Shahre-Ray
Salman Sima (m), student at Azad University, Shahre-Ray
Farzad Hassanzadeh (m), student at Mashad University
Mohamad Zerati (m), student at Mashad University
Bahareh Hedayat (f), student at Tehran University
Mohammad Hashemi (m), student at Tehran University
Majid Asadi (m), student at Alahmeh University, Tehran
Arash Rayji (m), student at Zanjan University
Hassan Joneydi (m), student at Zanjan University
Payam Shakiba (m), student at Zanjan University
Student at Bushehr University only known as ‘Anbaraki’
Student at Bushehr University only known as ‘Khoeyni’

The 12 university students named above were arrested at various locations across Iran in July and remain in detention. They were arrested around the eighth anniversary of student demonstrations held in Iran on 9 July 1999 that were violently suppressed by the security forces. The 12 are facing various charges, such as "acting against national security", "propaganda against the regime", “propagating lies", "promoting anti-religious attitudes", and “disturbing public opinion”. They are prisoners of conscience, held on account of their conscientiously held beliefs and should be released immediately and unconditionally.

Mohamad Zerati and Farzad Hassanzadeh, were both arrested on 3 or 4 July, have had their bail set at 30 million rial ($3,229.9742 USD). Their place of detention remains unknown.

Mohammad Hashemi and Bahareh Hedayat were arrested by the security forces at their homes on 13 July; they are accused of having links with "illegal and anti-revolutionary groups abroad". Both are members of the Office for Consolidating Unity, the central council of a pro-reform student group. They are being detained in Evin Prison in Tehran.

Payam Shakiba, Arash Rayji and Hassan Joneydi, students at Zanjan University, were arrested on 8 July; their place of detention remains unknown.

At least 12 other students who were arrested in July have now been released without charge.

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