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Heshmat Tabarzadi’s Letter to UN Special Rapporteur

Wednesday 29 October 2014

HRANA News Agency - Hashmatollah Tabarzadi, journalist, political prisoner, and secretary general of National Democratic Front, wrote a letter to Ahmad Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur to Iran: “I am a journalist and political activist. Although the government of Iran has broken my pen, dissolved my party, and imprisoned my friends for 20 years, they have failed to silence my voice. For this reason and in response to my sacred responsibility as a journalist to discover the truth, I have always reported cases of human rights violations in Iran that you are well aware of.”

The following is a full text of the letter, a copy of which was provided to HRANA:

“Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran,
with warm greetings from Iran – Rajaei Shahr Prison,

Once again, I very much appreciate your efforts to report the situation of human rights in Iran. You and I are fully aware that reporting and highlighting the systematic violation of human rights by the Islamic Republic is a great task and,of course, impossible to acheive. Because these problems, for large part, are caused by the governing laws and culture, and until the religious sectarian regime is established in Iran it will not be possible repeal these laws. It is important to note that most of the executions and violence in Iran are related to religious rules, and the authorities (the government officials including the judiciary and diplomats) have repeatedly confirmed existence and execution of these rules. In this regards, the only difference between Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and the Islamic government in Iran is in the person ordering these executions and violations: Caliph the leader of Daesh versus the supreme leader of Iran. Similar to Daesh, the Iranian Islamic government has legitimized and issued the same orders: stoning, amputations and executions and the torture of “chastising”. Meanwhile, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic State in Iran has not even honored his own laws and enforced violence, audit opinion, imprisonment, torture, repression and arrests.

Mr. Ahmed Shaheed,

I am a journalist and political activist. Although the government of Iran has broken my pen, dissolved my party, and imprisoned my friends for 20 years, they have failed to silence my voice. For this reason and in response to my sacred responsibility as a journalist who discovers the truth, I have always reported cases of human rights violations in Iran that you’re well aware of. I’m writing to you from Iran, and especially from the ward # 12 of Rajaei Shahr prison. Therefore, while the Islamic government in Iran and his aides in the administration of justice claim that your report is untrue and influenced by groups outside the country, I would like to confirm that not only your report is true but it only reports some aspects of the atrocities and human rights violations in Iran. The following highlights two cases of such violations:

1. Mr Jamaluddin Khanjani has more than 81 years old. He is one of the Baha’i leaders in Iran and has been imprisoned because the Baha’i communities trust him. He has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. In which civilized society, the elderly like Mr. Khanjani are treated in this way? I think the only group that shows no mercy and disrespect the elderly are the sectarian, religious and fanatics in the Islamic government in Iran or the Islamic State of Daesh. As a matter of fact, Mr. Larijani as the head of Iran’s judiciary and as a religious figure should be ashamed of his own actions and his colleagues! He should be ashamed of speaking of law and humanity forever.

2. Haji Karim Azizimarouf is also a prisoner with over 70 years of age. Over the last 9 months, he has had two surgeries, the last of which was heart surgery. He is currently recovering from open heart surgery. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, and has already spent 17 years in the prison. Considering his situation in the prison, his death will be imminent. How cruel is the rule of law that they treat the sick and elderly people in this manner? I know this is just an example of many cases. The justice system in Iran is the only system that imprisons a person who has been revived after his unsuccessful execution. He is now in jail, spending time in a state of mental and physical deterioration? If this is not cruelty and barbaric action, then what is?

I am shocked that two brothers, Sadeq and Ali Larijani who are leading two major systems in Iran – judiciary and legal systems, complain about the UN secretary general’s objection to the violations of human rights in Iran and also your report. They claim that the Iranian Islamic Human Rights has been established and suffice the Iranians and claim that these criticisms root back to the allegations made by Iranian oppositions and a handful of anti-Islam dissidents. I strongly believe these lies and illusions and false advertising are resulted from the expansionist ideology as well as individual and partisan interests of these individuals. I know that Islam do not allow such crimes and lies. Millions of Muslims live around the world, but only two states – Daesh Islamic state and the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as groups such as the Taliban and Al-Qaeda can do these brutal actions and promote violence and brutality in the name of religion. But I’m glad that there exist awakened consciousness around the world, and they are aware of the hypocrisy and lies and do not trust these systems. Moreover, it is important to know that there are many observant eyes around the world monitoring these inhumane acts including violations of human rights and the quest for production of weapons of mass destruction. They will not let them to commit arbitrary acts in Iran.”

Heshmatollah Tabarazadi

Rajayee Shahr Prison of Iran, Karaj, Iran

15, October 2014

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