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02/15/16

Detentions, Confessions, and Hunger Strikes

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Nikan Khosravi and Arash Ilkhani, members of the musical group Confess who were arrested by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, have now been released while they await a court date. Amir Golestani, sentenced to seven years in prison for his activities on Facebook, has announced that he is on a hunger strike to protest the prosecutor's denial of his conditional release. And the son of detained Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz reports that his father has begun a "dry" hunger strike to protest his treatment in prison.


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Music group members await trial after months in solitary

Nikan Khosravi and Arash Ilkhani, two members of the musical group Confess who were arrested by Iran's Revolutionary Guards, have now been released.

The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that Khosravi and Ilkhani were arrested in November and were held in solitary confinement for the past three months.

The two were released on bail of 100 million toumans.


Iranian music band confess

Khosravi and Ilkhani are charged with "propaganda against the regime and insulting sanctities" for "forming an underground music group and releasing illegal, devilish music in the rock/metal style, writing anti-religious, atheistic and anarchistic lyrics and giving interviews to foreign radio".

The two must now await a court date.

The group's last album, Chasing Dreams, was released shortly before their arrest.

The Taghato website reports that for the past three months, the Revolutionary Guards have been in control of the music group's Facebook page.

The families and friends of the musicians reportedly withheld the news of their arrest "for fear of adversely affecting their situation in prison".

Jailed Facebook poster starts hunger strike to press for release

Amir Golestani, an Iranian sentenced to seven years in prison for his activities on Facebook, has announced that he is on a hunger strike to protest the prosecutor's denial of his conditional release.


Facebook crucified - cartoon by Bozorgmehr Hosseinpur

The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reported on Sunday February 14 that Golestani started refusing food the previous day.

He has reportedly announced that if he receives no response to his release application within 10 days, he will stop drinking water as well.

The campaign reports that those charged with insulting sanctities have been allowed to apply for a conditional release for good behaviour after they have served one-third of their sentence, and this is the basis of Golestani's application.

Golestani, a 35-year-old sporting goods salesman, was arrested by Revolutionary Guards intelligence officers at his store in Babolsar two and a half years ago.

Golestani has a Facebook page titled "A Dog's Life" on which he posted social and political commentaries.

After 110 days in solitary, he was sentenced to 20 years in jail for "insulting sanctities and the leader, assembly and collusion against national security and propaganda against the regime".

Upon appeal, he was only found guilty of insulting sanctities and was given a seven-year sentence.

Another seven Facebook users from across Iran were arrested and charged around the same time, each receiving a similar prison sentence.

Journalist goes without food, water as jailers press for confession

The son of detained Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz reports that his father has begun a "dry" hunger strike to protest his treatment in prison.

Mehdi Saharkhiz, the son of the jailed journalist, reported on his Twitter account on Saturday February 13 that prison authorities have taken away his father's glasses and are putting him under pressure to "confess to actions he has not committed".

Issa Saharkhiz is among the journalists arrested in recent months following Ayatollah Khamenei's warning against "enemy infiltration" of the country's culture.

Saharkhiz was also arrested following the 2009 election protests and went on several hunger strikes to protest his mistreatment by prison authorities.

 

 

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