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Reza Mohmmad Hosseini, political prisoner transferred to Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj

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Human Rights in Iran – Tuesday, August 11, 2020 / Reza Mohammad Hosseini, a political prisoner was transferred from Evin Prison to Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj.

According to Human Rights in Iran, Reza Mohammad Hosseini, a political prisoner incarcerated in ward 4, corridor 2 of Evin Prison, was transferred on Monday, August 10 (2020), to Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj (Alborz Province) without prior notice. This political prisoner is serving a 5-year prison sentence on the charge of assembly and collusion.

In an interview with the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, an informed source stated: “While during the past few days no one knew in which prison Reza Mohammad Hosseini was kept, but this morning it became clear that this political prisoner was transferred according to a court order from prison to a solitary confinement in Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj.”

On January 25, 2020, Reza Mohammad Hosseini was initially sentenced by branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran, presided over by judge Mohammad Moghiseh to a total of 16 years and 6 months in prison on charges of “assembly and collusion with the intention to disrupt the country’s security”, “insulting the leadership (Ali Khamenei)”, “disobeying the orders of officers while on duty”, “unlawfully exiting the country”, and “illegal entering the country”. The verdict was exactly confirmed by branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeals.

Also, Reza Mohammad Hosseini had gone on hunger strike twice in July and December 2019 by sewing his lips together to protest his continued detention and indecision, which followed by pressures from prison officials he opened his lips. Following a promise of assistance and follow-up by the officials of Evin Prison, at the same time he was transferred from quarantine ward to ward 4, corridor 3, Reza Mohammad Hosseini who was on the 97th day of his hunger strike, on March 5, 2020 turned his dry hunger strike to non-dry hunger strike.

Political prisoners in the Islamic Republic prisons are struggling with a wide range of violations of human rights. On the one hand, their deprivation of the right to a fair trial, emphasized in Article 10 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and on the other hand, various diseases and physical injuries and their lack of civil rights in the treatment of physical illnesses and injuries. People have been suffering from these diseases since they were imprisoned, but judicial and security officials in the Islamic Republic prisons use this as a lever to justify the views or accusations against individuals, which violates Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

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