Witness Statements

Witness Statement of Mehdi Nozar

(October 15, 2013) – In this witness testimony, Mehdi Nozar – a legal expert in the Cultural Heritage Organization and a Green Movement activist – discusses the rampant mismanagement in the Cultural Heritage Organization in Iran during the Ahmadinejad presidency. He also details how his involvement with the Mir Hossein Mousavi presidential campaign in 2009 led to a dismissal from his job in May 2010 and a one-year prison sentence. Following his release from ward 350 of Evin prison, he fled Iran in December 2011 after he was again summoned by the Intelligence Ministry. ... Watch video

Witness Testimony of Omidreza Pourmohammadali Farashah

(September 30, 2013) - In this witness statement, Omidreza Pourmohammadali Farashah – a blogger and Green Movement activist – discusses his involvement in the post-June 2009 election protests in Iran. He details his arrest in Yazd on account of his activities and his subsequent transfer to ward 2-Alef of Evin Prison in Tehran. He spent 72 days in ward 2-Alef and 74 days in ward 350 of Evin Prison before eventually fleeing Iran in December 2011 after receiving a summons from the Revolutionary Guard’s intelligence office in Yazd. ... Watch video

Witness Testimony of Majid Tamjidi: arrest and imprisonment of a post-June 2009 protester

In this witness testimony, Majid Tamjidi—a former prisoner from Evin prison’s Ward 209 and Ward 350—discusses his efforts to organize striking workers at the ceramics factory he worked at in 2009 in Qazvin, when they had not been paid wages for months. ... Watch video

Witness Statement of Mohammad Shams

Mohammad Shams, a young political opposition supporter, describes his arrest, detention and torture after he participated in demonstrations protesting the June 2009 presidential elections results.   Name: ... Read more

Witness Statement: Maryam Sabri

Maryam Sabri, a participant in demonstrations protesting the 2009 presidential election in Iran, describes her arrest, detention and repeated rape by interrogators in an unidentified ... Read more

Witness Statement: Tania Ahmadi Kaliji

Ahmadi Kaliji is a web blogger, and a vocal and outspoken critic of Iran’s death penalty. Her articles criticizing the stoning of women attracted the ... Read more

Witness Statement: Soraya

“Soraya” is a young mother of two who converted to Christianity more than a decade ago. In her witness statement, she describes how she ran ... Read more

Witness Statement: Mahdis

“Mahdis” was a student activist and a follower of Ayatollah Kazemeyni Borujerdi. She participated in the Student Day demonstrations of 2002 and was arrested along ... Read more

Witness Statement: Ali Kantoori

Ali Kantoori, socio-political activist, describes his mistreatment and torture in solitary confinement in Evin prison due to his efforts to improve working class conditions, and ... Read more

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