December 20, 2009

Union of Persian Students and Human Rights Activists in Exile

In the name of freedom

To: Human Rights Watch
Subject: the grave condition of prisoner of conscience in Iran, Mr. Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi

Honourable authorities of Human Rights Watch

We would like to inform you that Mr. Boroujerdi has been detained since Oct 8, 2006 for more than three years. He is suffering from heart, eye, tooth, respiratory, bone, kidney problems and Parkinson’s disease. These diseases that are because of deprival of access to necessary medical facilities and unsuitable condition of health and food in prison, have caused his weakness and losing weight as he has not balance in standing and walking. He has recently fallen down and hurt several times, for example on Oct 10, Oct 12, Nov 17 and was in coma for minutes.

He was exiled from Evin prison in Tehran to Central prison in Yazd on Nov 23, 2008 and again was transferred to Evin from solitary confinement in Yazd on Aug 19, 2009, because of intensification of his physical gravity. It should be mentioned that Mr. Boroujerdi not only has not been hospitalized in any hospital in these times, but also has been deprived of sick leave too.

It is noticeable that Mr. Boroujerdi has spent more than 820 days in general sections and 320 days in solitary confinements of Evin prison and Central prison of Yazd from Oct. 8, 2006 until Nov. 21, 2009. As one day in solitary confinement is equivalent to 10 days in general section, this clergy who is opposed to religious government, has totally spent 4020 days in prison that is equal to 11 years imprisonment; therefore, his condemnation has come to end and Iran judicial system must release this prisoner of conscience in Iran.

Regime has tried to murder him many times such as the attempt up on his life on Dec. 13, 2009 that he went to the telephone cabin in the yard of the prison to phone his family; suddenly a big cement block of the high wall of the region fell down and shattered beside his feet. This event was so unusual and strange that all prisoners in special section for clergy protested. In reply to the prisoners’ protest, the authorities only sufficed to call that as an unexpected event.

At the end we would like to remind you that this prisoner of conscience has been deprived of access to an independent lawyer, physician and an open court too and Iranian judicial system has presented no formal explanation on the reason of his detention and using rough actions about him and some of his followers.

We hereby ask Human Rights Watch of the United Nations to follow up his critical condition by passing a special statement.

Yours Sincerely,

Mehdi Hoveizy
Director of Union of Persian Students

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