Forced disappearance of 4 political activists entered the 10th month

09:18 - 24/4/2023

Forced disappearance of 4 political activists entered the 10th month

On July 23, 2022, the news of the arrest of a team of members of the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan in Soma and Bradost regions of Urmia district, named Pejman Fatehi, 28 years old from Kamyaran, Wafa Azarbar, 26 years old from Bukan, Mohsen Mazloum, 27 years old, from Mahabad, and Mohammad (Hajir) Faramarzi, 28 years old from Dehgolan were announced by this party. Subsequently, the media of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran published the news of the arrest of a team of members of "Komala" citing the report of the "Iranian Ministry of Intelligence" in this regard. At first, these media published contradictory news about the location of the arrest of these 4 political activists and, according to the usual routine, called the arrest of these political activists due to sabotage and terrorist operations, and at the same time accused the Kurdish parties of cooperating with Israel for terrorist operations. On Wednesday, October 12, 2022, the Islamic Republic aired the video of the forced confession of these four political prisoners and claimed in this video that they "intended to explode in one of the airplane factories in Isfahan". However, on October 13, 2022, the Iranian Kurdistan Komala Party strongly rejected this claim and the accusations of the Islamic Republic about its members and called it a pretext to further suppress Kurdistan and the people's struggles, especially in these days when there are widespread protests in Kurdistan and Iran.

Now the enforced disappearance of these political prisoners has entered its 10th month, and the families of those arrested have not found any information about the condition of these political activists during continuous follow-up.
Hana Human Rights Organization has expressed its deep concern regarding the case of these four political activists and we believe that the proceedings of these four political activists should be carried out according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights with the strict supervision of international assemblies and human rights institutions. Humanely, the detainees have access to their chosen lawyer, they must have full access to medical and treatment facilities, the families of the arrested must be able to meet the detainees as soon as possible.

According to Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "No one shall be subjected to torture or cruel or inhuman treatment, or to any treatment that degrades his human status."
It is also stated in Article 10 of this declaration: "Every human being deserves full and equal access to an open and fair trial by an impartial and independent court to deal with his rights and duties against any criminal charges against him.
According to the provisions of the Convention against Torture, doing any intentional act that causes severe injury or physical or mental pain and is done in order to obtain information or a confession from the victim or relatives and friends is considered torture, and any confession under these conditions is invalid.
Currently, the Islamic Republic of Iran holds a wide range of detainees, including; Teachers' union activists, political opponents of the Islamic Republic, youth workers, women protesting the mandatory hijab, Aban's families and even foreign citizens create security files and make false accusations, including connection with the intelligence services of foreign countries, and create a scenario for each of them. It forces them to confess on television.
Hana Human Rights Organization calls on all human rights defenders to condemn these security cases and scenarios and forced confessions against political prisoners and civil activists, and in this particular case the four arrested members of Kurdistan's Komala Party of Iran, and for the Islamic Republic to abide by Know the universally recognized human rights covenants.
Hana Human Rights Organization
April 24, 2023

09:19 - 24/4/2023 Updated.