Witness Testimony

Video Witness Statement of Ahmad Batebi

Ahmad Batebi is one of the most famous Iranian political prisoners of the post-revolutionary era. Batebi, a student activist at the time, was jailed for ... Watch video

Witness Statement of Shaykh Mohammad Kazem Khaqani

Shaykh Mohammad Kazem Khaqani is an Ahwazi Arab Shi’a cleric and religious scholar and the son of Ayatollah Mohammad al-Shobeir Khaqani, a highly influential cleric in Khuzestan during the Revolution of 1978-79. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Isa Savari

In this witness statement, Isa Savari, an Ahwazi Arab civic and political activist, discusses his years as target of government surveillance, house raids, and multiple arrests, and shares experiences from his prison terms in Karun and Sepidar Prisons in Khuzestan Province. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Siamak Ghaderi: Accounts from a Journalist in Evin Prison

Siamak Ghaderi, a journalist and blogger, was arrested in 2010 on charges of participating in post-election protests. In addition to receiving four years’ imprisonment, he was sentenced to 60 lashes after demonstrating that former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s claims that there were no homosexuals in Iran were false by publishing reports on gay Iranians. He recounts his trial and detention in this video. Watch video

Video Witness Statement of Babak Khorram Khorshid

In this video witness statement, Babak Khorram Khorshid, an actor and writer, reflects on changes in social life in Iran over the decades since the ... Watch video

Video Witness Statement of Majid Abedinzadeh Moghaddam: A Prisoner in Kahrizak during the 2009 Post-Election Protests

Majid Abedinzadeh Moghadam was imprisoned in Kahrizak Detention Center for participating in the protests following the 2009 elections. There, he and over a hundred other detainees were subjected to systematic physical and psychological torture, including beatings and imprisonment in a hot and crowded warehouse. Following several days of violent mistreatment, Moghaddam witnessed the death of one of his fellow detainees. Watch video

Witness Statement of Shahoo Hosseini

In this witness statement, Shahoo Hosseini, a Kurdish journalist and teacher, shares an account of the extreme pressure under which Kurdish journalists, literary figures and students have operated over the last decade and a half. He adds that after having his journalism put to an end by the authorities a number of times, he was arrested and shown evidence that he had been under extensive government surveillance, both of his telephone communications and in the classroom. Hosseini goes on to describe his arrest and violent physical torture during pre-trial interrogations. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari

In this witness statement, Hasan Yousefi Eshkevari describes how he was charged with apostasy and sentenced to death by the Special Clerical Court after his participation at the Berlin conference in 2000. Although his death sentence was eventually reversed, Eshkevari spent more than four years in prison. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Hamid Nasseri Basati

In this witness statement, Hamid Nasseri Basati, an Ahwazi Arab convert from Shi’a to Sunni Islam, provides testimony regarding his arrest and trial, and shares details regarding a life lived in fear of the authorities after his conversion. ... Read more

Mostafa Rahmani: A Witness to Non-Political Prison Wards in Iran

Mostafa Rahmani, an Iranian human rights activist who spent two months in Ghezelhesar prison in Karaj among ordinary prisoners in 2010 discusses his experiences. Two years prior, Rahmani also spent two weeks in Taybad prison, where he claims to have witnessed mass executions of prisoners. Prisoners of conscience in Iran are often detained separately from the rest of the prison population. As a result reports on the conditions of the prison wards that hold prisoners convicted on normal criminal charges have been scarce. Watch video

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