December 10, 2011

Mr. Boroujerdi transferred to Moddaress hospital in shackles

Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reports that Kazemeini-Boroujerdi was taken to Moddaress hospital by security guards on Wednesday, December 7th. Mr. Boroujerdi who has been ill and whose condition has been declining was transferred to the hospital in shackles, in order to conduct tests to further diagnose his condition. He was not however allowed to receive any treatment and following the tests, he was returned to prison and back to his cell. 

December 09, 2011

Statement by 235 active opponents of war with Iran condemning the assault on British Embassy compound and demanding an immediate halt to Iran’s nuclear program

The tension-enhancing efforts of the Islamic Republic are fast approaching dangerous levels.  Instead of taking positive steps in alleviating the ever increasing tensions surrounding its nuclear programs, the Iranian regime only continues to expand the scope of its political adventures. 

Reports of illegal acts and tortures against political prisoners in Iran

This report includes human rights violations in the religious supreme leadership (Velayat-e-Faqih) dealing with detainees and prisoners. It has been prepared based on Mr. Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi's request and is based on his reports and direct observations from many prisons of Iran. It has been set under supervision of Dr. Roya Araghi, his vice chancellor in Human Rights.

November 29, 2011

Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi, Outspoken Religious Critic, in Grave Danger

HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH: (New York) – The Iranian authorities should ensure a prompt and thorough investigation into threats and attempted attacks against Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi’s life, and allow him to seek proper medical care outside prison, Human Rights Watch said today. Boroujerdi, a prominent 53-year-old Shia cleric who has criticized the religious system of government, suffers from several serious health conditions.

A source close to Boroujerdi and his family told Human Rights Watch that on November 22, 2011, a cellmate tried to kill Boroujerdi during an altercation. Boroujerdi’s family and followers have long complained of the dangerous and substandard conditions under which the cleric is held, including detention with violent cellmates convicted of drug trafficking and violent crimes.

November 23, 2011

Failed attempt on Mr. Boroujerdi’s life in Prison

According to reports, on 22 November, Tuesday morning (1 Azar 1390), authorities of Evin Prison in an inhumane action made an attempt on Mr. Boroujerdi’d life.
Witnesses said that authorities had made a prisoner to make an attempt on Mr. Boroujerdi’s life during a false fight. This prisoner was arrested for drug trafficking and was sentenced to death. The authorities had said to the prisoner that if he kills Mr. Boroujerdi he will be free and forgiven by leadership. But this attempt was failed because of co-operations of the prisoners.

November 20, 2011

Wall Street Movement support of Mr. Boroujerdi

Campaign99: Note - the idea is simple. We have decided to talk with 99 people engaged in Occupy Wall Street Movement around the world. We will listen to each person's narrative of why s/he has joined the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Then we will narrate the life story of an Iranian prisoner of conscience for that person. After this mutual exchange of stories, we will ask the person to send a message to and make a poster for that Iranian prisoner. While s/he is holding the poster, we take a picture. If you like the idea, share it with your friends. This is for global solidarity.

November 18, 2011

UN regulations mandate proper medical care for prisoners of conscience

Fidh: Several prisoners of conscience in Iran are in pressing need of proper medical treatment, which is not available inside the various prisons where they are held. However, the Iranian authorities are using their poor health conditions to exert more pressure on them, to coerce them to make false confessions or to issue new charges against them and prolong their detention.

November 10, 2011

Mr. Boroujerdi's letter to Hillary Clinton

Translated and edited by: Banafsheh Pourzand-Bonazzi
  Esteemed U.S. Secretary of State, Mrs. Hillary Clinton,
Please accept the greetings of this Iranian prisoner who is deprived of both legal representation and medical attention.
As you may very well know, the Islamic regime in Iran came to power based on lies and false promises by its founders, and with the passage of time, it lost its public footing, to the point where the international community realized that the people of Iran and the regime are in fact, divided. Those atop the regime of Supreme Leadership continue to either plunder or pillage the great wealth of this rich land, or expand their militaristic and autocratic ambitions.

October 26, 2011

The West Must Bear Witness to Iran's Prisoners

Linda Frum 

Senator, Ontario

huffington post: Last month in New York, in the shadow of the sham "human rights conference" known as Durban III, I had the honour of attending a counter-conference organized by the human rights organization UN Watch. At this conference, leading dissidents and human rights activists from Iran, Syria, Cuba, Burma, North Korea and China assembled to shine a light on the extreme human rights violations that the UN's corrupt "Human Rights Committee" would rather ignore.

October 21, 2011

UN human rights expert concerned over judicial abuses

UN News Centre: 19 October 2011 – The United Nations independent expert on the situation of human rights in Iran today voiced concern over alleged violations in the country’s judicial system, citing practices such as torture, cruel or degrading treatment of detainees, and the imposition of the death penalty without proper safeguards.

October 19, 2011

An appeal to Dr. ahmad Shaheed to support Mr. Boroujerdi

His Excellency Dr. Ahmed Shaheed

UN Special Human Rights Rapporteur on Iran
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) 
Palais des Nations 
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

19th October 2011
Your Excellency,
We are writing to you today to express our gratitude for your first report on Iran, which has highlighted the abysmal situation of human rights violations.   Notwithstanding we are astonished and confounded that it did not contain any reference to the case of Ayatollah Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi, who has been incarcerated since October 2006 in Evin and Yazd prisons—without one day of sick leave as has been customary with other prisoners and despite recommendations from the prison’s medical office.  Indeed at one point he spent 400 days in solitary confinement.

October 13, 2011

USCIRF Condemns Iran’s Continued Imprisonment of Dissident Cleric Despite Grave Health Concern

October 6, 2011 | by USCIRF
UnitedStates Commission on International Religious Freedom
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) condemned the continued imprisonment of dissident Iranian Shi’a cleric Ayatollah Mohammad Kazemeni Boroujerdi, who, almost five years to the day of his arrest, reportedly suffered a heart attack a few days ago.

October 11, 2011

Iranian cleric jailed for dissident views 'has deteriorating health problems'

Kazemeyni Boroujerdi is suffering from worsening Parkinson's, diabetes and high blood pressure, according to Amnesty,

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has been urged to provide a written explanation for Boroujerdi's continued detention or set him free. Photograph: Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters
An imprisoned Iranian cleric who fell foul of the authorities after advocating the separation of religion and state is in poor health condition, activists have warned.

October 07, 2011

Boroujerdi Suffers Heart Attack and Pulmonary Edema

HumanRights Activists News AgencyTehran, 1st October 2011-- More than 5 years after Seyyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi was incarcerated for being a steadfast advocate of strict adherence to the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, he has suffered a severe heart attack, which has led to a pulmonary edema.  Intelligence authorities have rejected all demands by Evin prison officials for him to be treated at a properly equipped medical facility.  

October 05, 2011

Rebel Ayatollahs

Upstream Journal Summer 2011 Vol. 24 No. 1
Michelle Booth:
Iran, which purports to represent ‘political Islam’, has become the role model for injustice and violence

Enemies of the Islamic Republic
Their action is in defense of their rights and against the injustice and oppression they suffer at the hands of that ruling system. Such an action is not only permissible but also, in some cases and stages, obligatory.
Ayatollah Seyyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi is an Iranian political prisoner, jailed in Evin prison since 2006. An outspoken critic of the Islamic Republic, Boroujerdi is an advocate for democracy, human rights, religious freedoms and the separation of religion from politics. He is opposed to Vilayet - i Faqih, the system that rules Iran by clerical jurisprudence.

October 04, 2011

Time to Get Real in Iran and Syria

If Obama seriously wished to defend innocent civilians against murderous regimes, he would rally to the side of one of the world’s truly heroic figures, the Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi, imprisoned for more than six years and subjected to severe torture.  Amazingly, he has continued his campaign from within Tehran’s grim Evin Prison.  No charges have ever been brought against him, although it is obvious that he has been singled out for advocating separation of mosque and state, toleration of minority religions, and respect for the civil rights of the Iranian people.  In recent days he has suffered a heart attack, but has been denied medical attention.  If he dies, perhaps the winged troika of Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and Samantha Power, and their many admirers, will mourn the death of this fine man, whom they have judged unworthy of American support.

October 2, 2011 - 6:35 pm - by Michael Ledeen

September 29, 2011

Congratulation of Rosh Hashana (Hebrew New Year)

Shanah Tovah

We congratulate all the Jews of the world, especially Iranian Jews, for the Hebrew New Year, and ask God to establish Peace and welfare for the Palestinian and Israeli Nations and all the people of the world, and ask him to put an end to religious dictatorship in Iran and present freedom for oppressed prisoners.

September 25, 2011

A message from Ayatollah Kazemeini-Boroujerdi to the 66th annual UN general assembly

Honorable U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, respected and esteemed representatives of the countries around the world, ladies and gentlemen of the free world,

September 20, 2011

The Story of Ayatollah Hossein Boroujerdi

Levantinetimes: Given that it has been a mullahcracy for the last 32 years, the concepts of separation of mosque and state let alone religious tolerance, are the last things that come to mind when one thinks about Iran. It has proven to be a place where even those within the political establishment who dare to dissent are suppressed or jailed.  Many do who in fact speak out against the government, still do not speak of Iran getting rid of its theopolitical structure altogether. Yet there is one such dissenter who has and continues to speak out from behind prison walls, and ironically enough, he is a Twelver Shiite cleric, who comes from the same school of Islam as President Ahmadinejad and his spiritual advisor Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi, who has issued a fatwa calling for the murder of opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi following the 2009 Iranian presidential elections.

September 17, 2011

Ayatollah Boroujerdi banned from prison visits

Committee of Human Rights Reporters (CHRR) - According to reports, Ayatollah Seyed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi, who is currently held in Evin prison, has been banned from prison visits by the Special Clerical Court.
On Saturday morning, when Kazemeyni Boroujerdi’s family members visited him in prison, prison officials did not allow the visit to occur. The family members protested against the illegal ban but they were ignored by the prison officials, and no explanation was offered.

August 14, 2011

An Appeal to International Human Rights Lawyers By Mr.Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi

Evin Prison, Iran, August 2011
To the Esteemed Members of the Community of International Human Rights Lawyers,
Please accept the sincere greetings of this humble secular minded prisoner of conscience.
As you are aware, prisoners of conscience in Iran are continuously arrested and prosecuted for standing up for peace, freedom and democracy and against flagrant abuses of human rights in Iran. Consequently they are forced to appear before official courts, which spurn and reject international legal standards of behavior.

August 03, 2011

Iran: Appeal for action re: Iranian prisoners in need of medical care: Health professional action

Index Number: MDE 13/072/2011
Date Published: 2 August 2011
Categories: Iran
Index: MDE 13/072/2011 Iran Date: 2 August 2011 TO: HEALTH PROFESSIONALS FROM: AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL APPEAL FOR ACTION RE: IRANIAN PRISONERS IN NEED OF MEDICAL CARE At least nine Iranian prisoners with serious health problems are being held in prison in Iran. Amnesty International is calling on the Iranian authorities to ensure adequate healthcare is provided to Mohammad Sadiq Kabudvand (m), Isa Saharkhiz (m), Ayatollah Boroujerdi (m), Zahra Jabbari (f), Kourosh Kohkan (m), Hossein Ronaghi-Maleki (m), Ahmad Zeidabadi (m), Sa’id Metinpour (m) and Heshmatollah Tabarzadi (m). Those prisoners held solely on account of their peaceful exercise of their rights to the freedom of expression, association, assembly or belief should be immediately and unconditionally released.

July 15, 2011

Increasing concern about physical condition of Mr.Boroujerdi

Human rights and democracy activists in Iran: According to the received news, Mr.Boroujerdi, who is a libertarian and Anti Velayat Faqih prisoner, is in unpleasant and horrible condition due to poor condition of prison and also intensification of physical and psychological pressure.

July 14, 2011

May 23, 2011

Continuing pressure over supporters of Ayatollah Boroujerdi

HARANA News Agency: In continuing pressure over religious leaders, Ayatollah Bourojerdi`s supporters have been repeatedly threatened by security agents and Intelligence forces, during recent months. According to the HARANA reports, "News organization of Human Rights Activists in Iran", among the six of Ayatollah Bourojerdi's supporters who were arrested last year, Mr. Mohammad Reza Sadeghi is remained in custody while five others like Dr. Roya Araghi, Maryam Azimi, Narges Ghaffarzadeh, Tayebeh Hosseini, and Forogh Hematyar Were released on heavy bails and still wait for trial.

April 17, 2011

One of Mr.Boroujerdi's followers became a martyr in Tehran

One of Mr. Boroujerdi's supporters (called J. Javadi) was martyred in 5 April 2011 (1390/1/15), after many years suffering and pain. This thirty-five year young man sustained severe head injury during the brutal attack of Velayat-e Faqih mercenaries to Mr. Boroujerdi's house in October 2006. Despite this critical condition, he was tortured about 15 days in section 209 of Evin prison. After that, his condition got worst and was released.

March 26, 2011

Boroujerdi's Letter to the UN Human Rights Council

In the appeal which was read at the headquarters of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on the 10th March 2011, by the Iranian journalist Nazenin Ansari.

Ladies and Gentlemen, according to Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of which Iran remains a signatory, everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.

March 07, 2011

The brutal attack against Mr. Boroujerdi with infected razorblades has resulted in severe physical injuries

According to reports received recently from the infamous Evin prison on the 27th of February 2011, a group of prison officers have stormed the detention centre of Mr. Boroujerdi in order to inflict abuse upon him. Mr. Boroujerdi was attacked and severely beaten and after the repeated beatings and insults to the imprisoned dissident, his arms and legs were tied and his body was cut with infected razorblades. Moreover the officers violently shaved his beard with the same infected razors and caused deep wounds and cuts to his face.

February 07, 2011

Mr.Mohammad Reza Sadeghi under the intolerable torture

Mr.M.Reza Sadeghi is one of the six people of Mr.Boroujerdi's followers, who was arrested by security forces on Oct 8, 2010 and now in prison, is constantly being tormented by regime agents.
According to the reports, the interrogators of the prison have hurt him severely and broken his legs and fingers, before as the result of sever blows of the interrogators, his legs had become numb and unable to move and he is probably suffering from the spinal cord injury.

January 04, 2011

Mr.Ali Reza Pahlavi's died

It is with immense grief that we would like to inform our compatriots of the passing away of Mr. Alireza Pahlavi.
Like millions of young Iranians, he too was deeply disturbed by all the ills fallen upon his beloved homeland, as well as carrying the burden of losing a father and a sister in his young life.