In Iran on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017, Ali Moezzi was transferred from Gohardasht prison to an unknown location. This political prisoner is feared to be in danger and the Iranian Resistance has called on all international human rights organizations, especially the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights Situation in Iran to take urgent action.
Social media campaigns are also being launched under the hashtag, #SaveAliMoezzi. His daughters, Forough and Hejrat Moezzi, have also written to the United Nations to express their concern for his well-being. “His sentence has become finished and he must be released soon, but we heard today about a new conspiracy against him. After his meeting with his family in prison this morning, suddenly some of the intelligence service agents took him to an unknown place and there is no news from him till now,” said the Moezzi sisters. “We are very worried about his destiny, since it is a conspiracy from the intelligence service agents and his life is in danger. It’s not the first time that the Iranian regime tried to kill political prisoners secretly.”
Ali Moezzi is a political prisoner who is suffering from cancer and has been prevented from receiving treatment, according to his family. Moezzi is a supporter of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) and spent time in prison during the 1980s. He is also the father of two PMOI members. He was last arrested in 2011. Moezzi was then sentenced to an additional year in prison in December 2015, despite the fact that his term had already been finalized.
There are reports that Moezzi has been placed in solitary confinement multiple times and suffered through torture during his prison term. While returning to his ward after his family visit on Wednesday, he was transferred and there is no information available on his current whereabouts. The family and others in the Resistance fear that he will be executed if he is not located soon.
The Iranian regime is known for forging new judicial cases against political prisoners once their sentences come to an end. This tactic is used to refrain from releasing these political prisoners back into the Iranian population, where they may continue their activities of speaking out against the regime.
Another political prisoner, Saleh Kohandel, is on the verge of being released, but was transferred to the Ministry of Intelligence ward. Authorities have threatened to not release him, but if he is released, he will not be allowed in public and will be arrested if he fails to abide by those conditions.
Calls on the international community have drawn attention to the plight of these political prisoners, particularly their long sentences without a proper trial and the mistreatment that they suffer while behind bars. Time and again, evidence has been uncovered that shows Iranian intelligence has a hand in suppressing these individuals.
The Iranian regime has also continued their use of executions, sending seven prisoners to the gallows in the first few days of 2017. These executions were carried out in the prisons of Karaj and Ghazvin.
“Under the mullahs, there is no respect for human rights,” said President-Elect of the NCRI, Maryam Rajavi at a conference in December 2016 focusing on Iran’s wave of executions. “For the world community and the European Union, unfortunately, human rights in Iran is a victim of diplomacy and trade. Under the rule of the Iranian regime, every single article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been violated. The right to life, the right to freedom, the right security, the right to protection from torture and arbitrary arrests, the right to freedom of religion and faith.”
Rajavi pointed to the massacre of 1988 and how many of the perpetrators are now leaders and senior officials within the regime. These leaders continue a policy of governing by fear and oppressing the voices of those who do not agree with their policies and procedures, using executions as their final deterrent. To assist these political prisoners, it is key to get their stories into the international public eye and for governments to act in their behalf with the regime.