Reports suggest youth arrested, tortured to death during recent Iran uprising

Shahin Gobadi

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Two more Iranians have been identified as having been killed under torture by authorities in Arak and Sanandaj during the recent uprising.

The body of 20-year-old Seyed Shahab Abtahi was left in front of his father’s house 10 days after he was arrested in Arak. Signs of the baton blows were visible on his body. Earlier, 22-year-old street vendor Vahid Heidari was killed by baton blows while he was detained.

The police of Markazi Province falsely alleged that Heidari had been arrested on charges of carrying drugs and committed suicide at the at Arak’s 12th police precinct. The detainees of the uprising in Arak were first transferred to Arak’s central prison and then to the Basij garrison in the Moghavemat square.

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A number of detainees have been transferred to the Arak Intelligence Building, which is adjacent to the Basij garrison. According to regime senior officials in Arak, 396 people were arrested during the uprising in Arak and other cities of Markazi Province.

On Wednesday, January 17, Hossein Qaderi, 30, who was arrested in the Iranian people's uprising in Sanandaj and transferred to the central prison’s quarantine, died under torture.

Drug offender

The torturers were followed by declaration that this young prisoner is a drug offender, and even the prison clinic has not agreed to confirm the claim. Other victim who died following torture in Sanandaj Prison includes Sarou Ghahremani, 24, who was arrested on January 3, and Kianoush Zandi, a 26-year-old graduate from the University of Sanandaj in the field engineering, who disappeared on January 4.

Meanwhile, Hassan Torkashvand, a 23-year-old young man who was directly shot repressive forces in Karaj on December 30, died of his injuries in hospital. The regime’s intelligence agents arranged secret burials for this and other martyrs, refusing their families permission to hold funerals.

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Killing under torture in prison is unquestionably a crime against humanity. The Iranian Resistance calls on the UN Security Council, its member states, and all international human rights advocates to take decisive measures against these crimes.

It also calls on the High Commissioner for Human Rights to immediately dispatch a fact-finding mission to investigate the situation of prisons and unconditional release of recent detainees.