Calling for urgent action to stop brutal treatment of political prisoners
Iranian Resistance strongly condemned Dr. Kavous Seyed Emami’s murder under torture by the clerical regime’s henchmen and called for an urgent international action to stop brutal treatment of political prisoners and killing them under torture. In recent weeks, at least 12 prisoners have been martyred under torture following their arrest during the uprising.
Dr. Kavous Seyed Emami, 64, a sociologist and university professor, was arrested on January 24, 2018 and the criminal henchmen informed his family on February 8, that he had committed suicide in prison.
Mr. Seyed Emami, author of several books and research papers on the environment and former director general of the Parsian Heritage Wildlife Organization was arrested along with a group of environmental activists. Like other detainees in this file, he was deprived of the right to have a lawyer and meeting with his family. Abbas Jafari Dawlatabadi, a criminal prosecutor in Tehran, without indicating the arrest and murder of Dr. Seyyed Emami, said on February 10, several individuals were arrested on allegations of espionage in the area of the environment.
The ridiculous lies of the religious fascism ruling Iran about the suicide of prisoners would deceive nobody. In recent weeks, at least 12 persons detained during the uprising have been murdered under torture. But the regime has declared the cause of their death as “suicide” or “non-availability of narcotics” or “the excess use of narcotics”. Mullah Hassan Nowroozi, a spokesman for the Legal and Judicial Committee of the parliament, said in a vulgar comment: “Prisoners are so regretful of their deeds that they die of sorrow or have committed suicide thinking of their own ugly behavior”.
The claims that Dr Seyed Emami has committed suicide are so much a scandal that Mohammad Reza Tabesh, chairman of the regime’s parliamentary environment group, said: “Arresting a number of environmental activists and lack of information about this dubious issue over 20 days and the death of a well-known professor of sociology Dr. Seyyed Emami in jail is unfortunate and increases the ambiguity regardin the charges against the detainees”.
The silence of the international community against the killing of political prisoners under torture, which is undoubtedly a clear indication of crime against humanity, has emboldened the wicked regime of Velayat-e Faqih (Islamic Jurisprudence) in using torture against prisoners. Iranian Resistance demand the United Nations Secretary-General, the Security Council, the Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and other human rights organizations, as well as the European Union and its member states, not to allow the clerical regime to continue with such horrible crimes by adopting binding measures. Relations with this medieval regime must be contingent on stopping torture and executions in Iran, and an international panel should be set up to investigate the deteriorating situation of prisons and prisoners, especially political prisoners in Iran.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
February 12, 2018