Teinit Maziar ja Yasin kidutettuina ja vangittuina Iranissa

Teinit Maziar ja Yasin kidutettuina ja vangittuina Iranissa

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IRAN: Vapauttakaa vangitut ja kidutetut Maziar ja yasin



Head of judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei
c/o Embassy of Iran to the European Union
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt No. 15, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

Dear Mr Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei,

The Iranian authorities are severely violating the fair trial rights of two detained Baluchi teenagers Maziar Shahbakhsh, 18, and Yasin Shahbakhsh, 17, rendering their detention arbitrary.

Plain-clothes agents from the Revolutionary Guards in Zahedan, Sistan and Baluchistan province, arrested Maziar Shahbakhsh on 9 March 2022 when he was a 17-year-old child. He was held for four months in prolonged solitary confinement in an undisclosed detention centre; the authorities subjected him to enforced disappearance for the first two months by denying his family any knowledge of his fate and whereabouts.

According to informed sources, he gave forced “confessions” after interrogators subjected him to torture and other ill-treatment through beatings, threats to kill him, and forcing him to stand for three days and nights. Interrogators questioned him about his father and paternal uncle, both killed in reported armed clashes with security forces prior to his arrest. They promised to release him if he acted as an informant against the Baluchi community. Four months after arrest, he was moved to Zahedan prison and then 10 days later to a youth detention facility in Zahedan where he remains.

According to informed sources, the Revolutionary Guards have been periodically transferring him to an unknown location for several days every month, subjecting him to further interrogations and torture. During one interrogation, security agents told him to call his family and tell them to “prepare the money for the noose to hang him”. Witnesses reported seeing bruises and other visible injuries on his face and hands upon his return to the youth detention facility.

Yasin Shahbakhsh was arrested by uniformed security agents on 3 July 2022 in the village of Kalagan, Sistan and Baluchistan province. He was held in a Revolutionary Guards detention centre for a week before being transferred to Zahedan prison where he has been held in prolonged solitary confinement in violation of the absolute prohibition on torture and other ill-treatment. He was denied all contact with his family until a brief family visit in early November 2022.

According to informed sources, he was forced to give “confessions” under torture and other ill-treatment. Both teenagers have been denied access to legal representation. A Revolutionary Court judge has told their families their detention stems from their familial connections and torture-tainted “confessions”. They are at risk of being sentenced to lengthy prison terms following grossly unfair trials.

I urge you to release Maziar Shahbakhsh and Yasin Shahbakhsh whose detentions are arbitrary due to the gravity of the denial of their fair trial rights. Pending their release, remove Yasin Shahbakhsh from solitary confinement and transfer him to a youth detention facility, protect them both from further torture and other ill-treatment, and provide them access to their families and state-appointed lawyers if they cannot afford independent legal representation. Finally, conduct an effective, prompt, independent and impartial investigation into their allegations of torture and other ill-treatment and bring those suspected of criminal responsibility to justice in fair trials.

Yours sincerely,