Witness Testimony

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

Witness Statement of Mother Shaheed

In this witness statement, Mother Shaheed—a Kurdish homemaker formerly residing in Mahabad—describes the execution of her daughter in 1981. Her daughter was a juvenile at the time. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Abdullah Mostafa Soltani

In this witness statement, Abdullah Mostafa Soltani—a former Kurdish peshmerga—discusses the hostilities of the central government of the Islamic Republic towards the Kurdish region in the years immediately following the 1979 Iranian Revolution. He also recounts the death of five of his brothers—four by order of execution of Islamic Republic officials, and one felled in the course of battle—in those years. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Heshmat Mostafa Soltani

In this witness statement, Heshmat Mostafa Soltani—a former Kurdish peshmerga—discusses the execution of four of his brothers by Islamic Republic officials in 1979 and 1981. He also details the death of his brother, Foad Mostafa Soltani—a leader of Komala, a Kurdish political party—during on-going hostilities of Iran’s central government against the Kurdish region in the years following the Iranian Revolution of 1979. ... Read more

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