Families Reject MKO Affiliation ; Human Rights Watch

Families Reject MKO Affiliation ; Human Rights Watch

Families Reject MKO Affiliation ; Human Rights WatchHuman Rights Watch (HEW), June 08 2020:… Gholamhossein Esmaili, the judiciary’s spokesperson, accused the two students, without citing any evidence, of having ties to anti-revolutionary groups, including the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), and of pursuing “destructive” actions. The MKO is an Iranian opposition group currently based in Albania. In 2005, Human Rights Watch documented abuses by the group against its own members when it maintained a presence in Iraq. Younesi’s family has denied the accusation of ties to the group and said that authorities are using his parents’ former membership in the group as an excuse. Families Reject MKO Affiliation ; Human Rights Watch 

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Iran: Free Students Long in Solitary

No Access to Lawyer, Risk of Mistreatment

(Beirut) – Iranian authorities have detained two students from Sharif University in Tehran in solitary confinement for nearly two months, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should release the two students immediately – unless they can promptly charge them with a recognizable crime – and ensure all their due process rights.

The authorities arrested Ali Younesi, 20, on a Tehran street on April 10, 2020, then took him to his house with blood on his face to search his belongings, his sister told Human Rights Watch on May 29. His friend, Amirhossein Moradi, also 20, was arrested the same day, according to the Younesi family. On May 5, Gholamhossein Esmaili, the judiciary’s spokesperson, accused the two students, without citing any evidence, of having ties to anti-revolutionary groups, including the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), and of pursuing “destructive” actions.

“Iranian authorities have a history of targeting dissidents’ family members on bogus charges, and after nearly two months, they have failed to provide an iota of evidence against Younesi and Moradi,” said Michael Page, deputy Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The prolonged solitary confinement, lack of access to a lawyer, and the judiciary’s history of coerced confessions signal that there’s almost zero chance that the due process rights of these two students will be respected.”

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The MKO is an Iranian opposition group currently based in Albania. In 2005, Human Rights Watch documented abuses by the group against its own members when it maintained a presence in Iraq. Younesi’s family has denied the accusation of ties to the group and said that authorities are using his parents’ former membership in the group as an excuse.

On April 21, Reza Younesi, Ali Younesi’s brother, tweeted that authorities had severely beaten his brother at the time of his arrest. They had also arrested his parents briefly and interrogated them for four or five hours. Younesi’s family said that the detained students have not had access to a lawyer and remain in solitary confinement. “He last called on May 21,” his sister said. “His voice was tired. He said he was still being interrogated.” The authorities have only allowed Younesi to make a few brief phone calls and have not permitted the family to visit, she said.

The Iranian authorities have a history of targeting family members in Iran of those who have real or perceived ties with the MKO, a banned organization in Iran that was disarmed after the United States invasion of Iraq in 2003. According to Amnesty International, following the post-June 2009 election protests, the authorities arrested several people who had relatives with a past or current association with opposition groups, including the MKO.

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As recently as 2014, the authorities executed Gholamreza Khosravi, convicted of helping the group, on the charge of “enmity against God” in a case that was marked with serious due process violations. On May 7, the National Council of Resistance, the political wing of the MKO, published the names of 18 other “supporters” who they say have been arrested over the past few months.

International treaty bodies and United Nations special rapporteurs on torture have concluded that prolonged solitary confinement may amount to cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment that violates human rights.

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Article 48 of Iran’s criminal procedure law says that access to lawyers for those who face national security charges is limited to a list of lawyers approved by the judiciary. International law guarantees anyone accused of a crime access to a lawyer at all stages of criminal proceedings, including during the investigation, the pretrial proceedings, and during the trial itself. Under Article 1 of the UN basic principles of the role of a lawyer, “All persons are entitled to call upon the assistance of a lawyer of their choice to protect and establish their rights and to defend them in all stages of criminal proceedings.”

“Arresting and holding these two college students in solitary confinement for two months without any credible evidence would be unreasonable at any time, but exposing them to prison conditions at the time of a pandemic adds to the concern,” Page said.

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Families Reject MKO Affiliation ; Human Rights WatchRadio Free Europe Radio Liberty, May 07 2020:…  The siblings of a detained Iranian student have dismissed a judiciary claim that their brother has ties to the exiled opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO or MKE). Speaking on May 5, judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmaili accused two students detained last month of contacts with the MKO, which is considered a terrorist group by the Islamic republic. The group, aka the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran, which collaborated with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980-88 war between Iran and Iraq, was removed from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations in 2012. Arrested People have no affiliation to MEK whatsoever – Families reject MEK Propaganda 

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Arrested People have no affiliation to MEK whatsoever – Families reject MEK Propaganda 

[Iran Interlink: Two university students, Ali Yunesi and Amir Hossein Moradi, were arrested in Iran on 10th April. A judiciary spokesman announced that they were charged in part for affiliation to the MEK. Since then, Maryam Rajavi and her websites have gone on overdrive to prove that these two are members of the MEK. Observers believe this is clearly an attempt to get them killed for propaganda purposes. The families of the two arrested students have announced that they have no affiliation to the MEK whatsoever and reject this MEK propaganda. Radio Free Europe has published the following report.]

 

Families Reject MKO Affiliation ; Human Rights Watch

Detained Iranian Student Accused Of Ties To MKO; Family Calls Charges ‘Ridiculous’

The siblings of a detained Iranian student have dismissed a judiciary claim that their brother has ties to the exiled opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO or MKE).

Speaking on May 5, judiciary spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmaili accused two students detained last month of contacts with the MKO, which is considered a terrorist group by the Islamic republic.

The group, aka the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran, which collaborated with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980-88 war between Iran and Iraq, was removed from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations in 2012.

Esmaili said the two students, whom he did not name, had “explosives” in their homes, while adding that they had been trained to conduct terrorist operations in the country.

He appeared to be referring to two award-winning students from Tehran’s top Sharif university, Ali Yunesi and Amir Hossein Moradi, who were arrested on April 10 on unknown charges. He did produce any of the evidence.

Yunesi’s siblings, who are based outside of Iran, said the charges were “ridiculous,” while accusing the judiciary of covering up the truth about the arrest of their brother.

Reza Yunesi told the BBC that the authorities appeared to be pressuring his family due to his parents’ past MKO membership.

He said his parents, who still live in Iran, had not been members of the group for years.

He added that his brother was not politically active and that the family had not been able to hire a lawyer for his detained brother.

Yunesi’s sister, Ayda Yunesi, said in a video posted on Twitter that security officers who raided her parents’ home in the Iranian capital had said that they did not find anything suspicious.

She said the judiciary did not have any evidence against her brother.

 

“The best you could do is to link him to those opposing you and misuse the distant past of his parents to cover up the truth,” she said, while suggesting that the authorities could pressure her brother to make a false confession.

A number of former detainees have said in recent years that they had been forced to confess to charges brought against them by their interrogators.

Moradi’s family has not publicly commented on his arrest and the charges against him.

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