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According to reports from inside Iran on February 13, political prisoner Javad Fouladvand was sentenced to 18 years in prison because of his membership to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and his contact and contribution to Simay-e Azadi, the Iranian Resistance TV, a round the clock satellite television station broadcasting from Europe. This sentence was handed down on February 8.

It has now been 3 months, 88 days exactly, since political prisoner Arjhang Davoudi has been in solitary confinement. His case is just another example of the extreme physical and psychological pressures used by interrogators of the Ministry of Intelligence.

Two political prisoners are not receiving any medical attention as a means to coerce them to forgo their beliefs.
Mohammad Banazadeh Amirkhizi, a political prisoner in Rajaishahr prison in Karaj city, West of Tehran, who broke his hand while taking a patient to the infirmary has been deprived of any medical care and kept in the ward with agonizing pain. He is not allowed to seek medical care either inside the prison or in hospitals outside the prison.

On Thursday, February 6th, two 12-year old pupils from Kouhrang in Chaharmahal & Bakhtiari Province, West of Iran, each suffered severe frostbite due to a harsh punishment assigned by their teacher, a member of Basij force.

Reports received from Iran on February 10th detail the story of Shabnam and Farzad Madadzadeh, two political prisoners who were recently released from prison after completing 5 year sentences. The house of their other sister, Habibeh, had been searched and she and her husband were summoned to the Intelligence Ministry. They were interrogated as to why they went to the front of the prison to welcome Shabnam and Farzad.

Reports from inside Iran indicate that Abolghassem Fouladvand, a political prisoner in ward 350 of Evin Prison near Tehran, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison and 74 lashes.


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