Witness Testimony

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

Witness Statement of Davood Irani

In this Witness Statement, Davood Irani, a Christian convert who led a home church in Shiraz, describes the circumstances of his arrest and imprisonment and the charges he faced. Although he was charged with national security crimes, his account of his interrogations clearly demonstrates that he was arrested on account of his religious belief. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Mojtaba

In this witness testimony, Mojtaba, a Kurdish political prisoner currently serving a 30-year sentence in Saqqez Central Prison, discusses his arrest and torture and details several due process violations that took place during his trial. He concludes with a description of prison conditions and an examination of the numerous deaths of prisoners that he has witnessed since the beginning of his prison term. ... Read more

Video Witness Testimony of Ali Kalaei—witness to the attack on the funeral procession of Ezzatollah Sahabi

On June 1, 2011, in Tehran, a group of armed men in plainclothes attacked the funeral procession of Ezzatollah Sahabi, a noted opposition figure in ... Watch video

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