Category Archives: Witnesses

Iran: Last Man Standing

After spending years inside various prisons across Iran due to my opposition against the regime, in 2008 I was transferred to Evin Prison in Tehran. Entering ward 209 I saw three middle-aged men with long beards and very wooly hair, with a difficult accent that made it hard to understand what Farsi they were speaking. However, very soon I realized that all three were young men in their 20s and 30s from the province of Sistan & Baluchistan whose locals have suffered much.
The name of one of these young men was Behzad, and he was very quiet and calm. When I first met him he welcomed me very kindly and with his small and not-so sharp scissors he began cutting my hair. On that day I began talking with Behzad, and it was then when I realized that behind this very calm and quiet face there was actually a large wrath waiting to roar. Behzad Narouie was a local of the brave people of Baluchistan in southeastern Iran.
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Iran: three decades of execution and hanging continues

On the morning of 19 June 1982, we had just eaten breakfast in the IRGC prison in the northern city of Lahijan. We tried sat in the corner of our cell in order to read a book. There were nine of us and were confined in a 16 meter squared cell. We were all political prisoners and opposed the religious regime in Iran for the crimes it had carried out against youths and freedom-loving individuals. Suddenly, the cell door that was locked with a heavy chain opened. The guard looked at us and said: Mohammad and Abdullah Samizadeh, come out! Mohaammad and Abdullah were brothers; both stepped out of the cell after a moment. I was a bit surprised; why did they take Mohammad and Abdullah at 7 in the morning I thought to myself. We became worried.
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Through the eyes of a witness

By Ali Shiraz, witness and survivor of the September 1massacre in Camp Ashraf

I was one of the hundred Ashraf residents who had stayed in the camp based on a quadripartite agreement between the United Nations, United States, Iraq and the camp’s residents; we were there to safeguard our remaining possessions there until they were sold.

On September 1, I witnessed one of the most vicious crimes ever committed. The brutality was beyond human imagination. I wanted to describe my experience and I’m confident time will eventually reveal and confirm the truth. I am ready to stand and testify before any independent court of law. That day, my camera was my third eye at the scene, though some pictures were taken hurriedly and became blurred. Continue reading Through the eyes of a witness

Listen to what happened before my eyes

Witnesses statement[(000314)10-38-25]

By Sassan T., witness of Camp Ashraf massacre

I am one of the residents of Camp Liberty, and I originate from Iran’s Kurdistan. In 1979, before the overthrow of the Shah regime and the rule of the mullahs in Iran, I was a teacher. Due to my disagreement with Khomeini’s regime, I was removed from my job and was thrown in jail. After spending two years in the prisons of the mullahs’ regime in Kermanshah, I left Iran and joined the PMOI because the suppression of the mullahs was unbearable. Continue reading Listen to what happened before my eyes