Witness Testimony

Witness Statement of Saied Alboghbaysh

In this witness statement, Saied Alboghbaysh, a co-founder of the al-Hiwar Cultural Institute, discusses his arrest, detention and torture in 2011. Five of the other co-founders of al-Hiwar who were arrested within days of Alboghbaysh are currently on death row in Iran. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Alireza Kiani

In this witness statement, Alireza Kiani—a student activist—discusses his involvement in different student activist organizations in Iran and his arrest, imprisonment and eventual escape from Iran in July 2011 on account of those activities. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Foad Sojoodi Farimani

(July 30, 2013) - In this witness statement, Foad Sojoodi Farimani – a former PhD student at Amir-Kabir Industrial University in Tehran who was barred from study – discusses how his activity on social media networks resulted in his arrest and imprisonment in Evin prison. ... Read more

Witness Testimony of Habib Farahzadi: a student activist and law graduate

(July 3, 2013) - In this witness statement, Habib Farahzadi--a student activist and law graduate now living in exile--discusses his membership in the leading student ... Watch video

Video Witness Testimony of Arian Moradzadeh: a political prisoner from the 1980s

Arian Moradzadeh--a former political prisoner--was arrested for being a member of a Marxist group in June 1981 in Tabriz, Iran. ... Watch video

Witness Testimony of Majid Tamjidi: arrest and imprisonment of a post-June 2009 protester

In this witness testimony, Majid Tamjidi—a former prisoner from Evin prison’s Ward 209 and Ward 350—discusses his efforts to organize striking workers at the ceramics factory he worked at in 2009 in Qazvin, when they had not been paid wages for months. ... Watch video

Witness Statement of Farshid

In this witness statement, Farshid—a gay Iranian man—discusses his arrest and subsequent rape by the Iranian authorities, and his expulsion from university on account of his homosexual orientation. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Rebin Rahmani: A Kurdish Activist

In this witness statement, Rebin Rahmani—a Kurdish rights activist—discusses his activism at university in Iran, including his research on the problems of drug addiction, AIDS and prostitution in Kermanshah. ... Read more

Witness Statement of Jalel Sherhani

In this witness statement, Jalel Sherhani—a 44 year old Ahwazi Arab now residing outside of Iran—describes the plight of the Ahwazi Arabs, an ethnic minority ... Read more

In memory of Marjan Ahouraee: an Iranian transsexual refugee

(April 9, 2013) -- According to reports from UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) ranks third out of countries with the highest number ... Watch video

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