Witness Testimony

Witness Statement of Ako

In this Witness Statement, Ako, a gay Iranian, explains how his life was dramatically changed after his neighbor, a Revolutionary Guard officer, found a private video on Ako’s computer. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Radman

In his Witness Statement, Radman, a gay Iranian, discusses how he was extorted after his neighbor saw him and his partner having sexual relations. Radman also speaks about the process of obtaining an exemption from military service. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Milad

In this witness statement, Milad, a gay Iranian, explains how he was mistreated by Iranian authorities after being arrested at a party in which most guests were gay men. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Mahan

In this witness statement, Mahan, a gay Iranian, describes his arrest, detention and sentencing after he was arrested at a party attended by LGBT individuals in Shiraz. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Akan

In this witness statement, Akan, a transgender Iranian who was routinely physically abused by his father, discusses the difficulties he faced as a transgender person living in Iran. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Gholamreza Gholamhosseini: A labor union activist

(December 26, 2013) - In this witness statement, Gholamreza Gholamhosseini – a former bus driver – discusses his union activities in the Workers Syndicate of the United Bus Company of Tehran and Suburbs and efforts to support the lawful demands and rights of workers. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Shiva: An Iranian Transsexual

(November 19, 2013) - In this witness statement, Shiva describes the abuse she was subjected to as a male to female transsexual in Tabriz, including lashings and custodial rape. She also discusses her sex reassignment process during her time in Iran. ... Read more

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 Statement of Zaynab Bayazidi

(September 30, 2013) -- In her first, full-length witness interview since her escape from Iran, former political prisoner Zaynab Bayazidi--a Kurdish women's rights and children's rights activist--describes her multiple arrests, interrogations and imprisonment in exile in Maragheh Prison in Iran. In her statement, Bayazidi explains in careful detail the substandard health and sanitation conditions in prison, sexually coercive practices in interrogation, suicide attempts of inmates, the treatment of children in prison, sexual abuse of female inmates, violence in prison and other prison circumstances and practices that she herself experienced or to which she was a first-hand witness. ... Watch video

Witness Statement of Ehsan

(September 30, 2013) – In this witness statement, Ehsan—a homosexual Iranian—describes how the authorities discovered his sexual orientation after he was arrested at a Green Movement protest in 2011, despite merely being a bystander, and brought in for interrogation. Fearing severe consequences, Ehsan fled Iran before his trial. ... Read more

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