Witness Testimony

Witness Statement of Amir Babakri

Schoolteacher Amir Babakri was not only sentenced to fifteen months' imprisonment for human rights activism, but also suffered professional sanctions as a public employee. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Khalegh Hamedzadeh

Khalegh Hamedzadeh was affiliated with a cultural organization that became a target of the Ministry of Intelligence, which accused him of political activities. After 20 months in Mahabad and Maragheh Central Prisons, he fled Iran while on furlough for a respiratory illness. He was issued a death sentence in absentia. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Saber Kakehassan

Filmmaker Saber Kakehassan was arrested four separate times for attempting to pursue his profession, serving a total of one year in detention. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Yaser Goli

Student activist Yaser Goli was arrested twice--in 2006 and 2007--and subjected to torture at the Intelligence Office of Sanandaj. His parents, Fatemeh Goftari and Saleh Goli, were also arrested in 2007, as were several of his brothers. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Faegh Rourast

Faegh Rourast, a law student and brother-in-law of women's rights activist and current political prisoner Zaynab Bayazidi, was arrested in 2008 and imprisoned for one year on charges related to his human rights activism. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Jahangir Abdollahi

Former Tehran University student activist Jahangir Abdollahi shares the story of his arrest and detention for organizing a peaceful protest against the death sentence of political prisoner Ehsan Fattahian. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Amjad Hossein Panahi

With one brother dead and two imprisoned--one of whom is on death row--Amjad Hossein-Panahi recounts the experiences of a Kurdish family punished for the political activism of some of its members. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Danial Shahri

In this IHRDC witness statement, Danial Shahri--a 21 year old son of Christian converts from Isfahan, Iran--recalls his activities with a home run church in Iran that eventually led to his arrest in April 2010 and resulting imprisonment. ... Read more

Interview with Abulhassan Bani Sadr

In this revealing interview with IHRDC, former President of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) Abulhassan Bani Sadr provides a window into the course of dealings between the IRI government and Iran’s Kurdish minority in 1979 and 1980. ... Read more

Witness Testimony: Arash Sigarchi

A Journalist’s challenges In this video, Arash Sigarchi, a journalist, blogger and former editor of “Gilan-e Emrouz” newspaper in Rasht, describes his journalism activities that led ... Watch video

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