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Iran: New wave of political arrests

Political prisoners, Saeed Sangar, Forough Taghipour, Parastou Moini, Zahra Safai, and Maryam Akbari Monfared are in prison on charges of supporting the MEK.
Political prisoners, Saeed Sangar, Forough Taghipour, Parastou Moini, Zahra Safai, and Maryam Akbari Monfared are in prison on charges of supporting the MEK.

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, April 7, 2021—A new wave of arrests of opposition supporters has begun in Iran. The Iranian regime has recently arrested several youths, including supporters and sympathizers of the Iranian opposition the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

Since the beginning of March, the regime has arrested some MEK supporters and released political prisoners. Among them are Alireza Hossein Reza (50-year-old) from Babol, Omid Akbar Abadi, (27-year-old) from Mashhad, Touraj Naghdi (23-year-old) from Borojerd, and Hassan Fallah (47-year-old) from Karaj.

In recent months regime’s Judiciary arrested and imprisoned several MEK supporters.

Previously, the Iranian regime sentenced 25-year-old political prisoner Forough Taghipour to five years in prison for being a supporter of the MEK.

Forough was arrested on February 24, 2020, with her mother Nassim Jabbari. Zahra Safaei , a former political prisoner, and her daughter Parastou Moini were also arrested along with Moeini and Jabbari.

On February 9, Zahra Safaei and her daughter Parastoo Moeini were condemned to eight- and six-year prison terms respectively.

In January, Iranian authorities also extended the prison sentence of political prisoner Saeed Sangar for another 11 months for supporting the MEK. Having spent more than 20 years behind bars, Saeed Sangar is one of the longest-standing political prisoners in Iran. He has never been given furlough during his prison term.

On March 22, Amnesty raised concern on the conditions of prisoners of conscience in Iran, including Maryam Akbari Monfared, Atena Daemi, and Ali Younesi.

Maryam Akbari is imprisoned for protesting the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, which included two of her siblings, a brother, and a sister.

In a statement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) called for urgent action by the United Nations Secretary-General, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Special Rapporteurs, and the European Union for the immediate release of the political prisoners in Iran.

The Iranian Resistance reiterates the call to refer the mullahs’ regime’s dossiers of human rights to the United Nations Security Council and the need for an international delegation to visit the clerical regime’s prisons and meet with prisoners, especially political prisoners.