Arjang Davoodi: Prisoner of the day

Substantial loss of vision and hearing due to torture

HRANA and Zamaneh: Political prisoner Arjang Davoodi, 59, who has been in prison since 2003, was transferred from Rajaee Shahr Prison to the Intelligence Ministry's Ward 209 at Evin Prison on Wednesday night. Earlier in the afternoon, prison authorities told Davoodi to collect his belongings and prepare for a prison transfer.

Davoodi was arrested in 2003 and was later sentenced to 15 years in prison, 74 lashes, and 5 years' ban on social rights on charges of "writing the Secular Manifesto, founding the Iranian Freedom Movement, blasphemy, and insulting the Supreme Leader and other state authorities."

Davoodi has been exiled to many different prisons in the past and has been transferred to Evin Prison's Ward 209 on at least two other occasions, where he spent several months inside solitary cells under severe torture. According to reports, he has suffered many injuries under torture which have led to substantial loss of his vision and hearing.

Arjang Dvoodi has been an outspoken prisoner who has participated in several hunger strikes, has written letters to national and international authorities, and has signed many group statements in prison. In retaliation for his conduct, Davoodi was barred from any contact with his family for a year in 2009. Consequently, he wrote a letter of complaint to the Head Warden of Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj in 2010. In further retaliation of his actions, the Iranian Judiciary confiscated Davoodi's home and sold it. In his 2010 letter, Davoodi wrote that if the authorities disregarded his grievance and did not return his home to his family who become homeless as a result of this decision, he would appeal to international bodies. In 2011, Davoodi's wife, Nazanin Davoodi, was also detained for four months.

During his nine year detention, Davoodi has not been allowed a single day of furlough.


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To me, one single hair of Arjang Davoodi...

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

Is worth more than ten thousand west residing Islamist regime Moftkhors who have nothing better to do than to attack our nations bravest who are suffering daily torture in their prison cells at the hands of islamist SAVAK.

Unconditional support of every single political prisoner of the Islamist regime is the duty of every  Iranian with even a single shred of decency left in his/her soul.... 



Down with IRI

by MM on

Viva outspoken, brave  political prisoners.

Shifteh Ansari

First Amendment

by Shifteh Ansari on

Maybe you should start paying better attention to what is really happening to political prisoners in Iran. You are pretty smart. Such things should not be "beyond you."

Rajaee Shahr Prison is a facility for hard-core criminals, many of whom are drug traffickers and financial fraud convicts and murderers. There have been numerous reports about what goes on inside Iranian prisons, where prisoners can have access to whatever they like, if only they have the money to spend, and many of them do. There are tales of prisoner access to drugs, weapons, and anything their heart desires IF they have money. If they don't have money, they get nothing, not even fresh fruits and vegetables, which are not a part of the food they are fed at Rajaee Shahr. Did you read one prisoner's tale about how some inmates have to become prostitutes inside Rajaee Shahr Prison just so they can make some money to be able to afford the available amenities?

Arjang Davoodi and many others like him, are political prisoners. According to Iranian laws, never mind the tens of international conventions and treaties to which Iran is a signatory and committed, political prisoners must be separated from common criminals. Most political prisoners in Tehran are kept inside Ward 350 of Evin Prison. Where the Iranian Intelligence Ministry and Judiciary wish to particularly hurt a political prisoner, they "exile" them to Rajaee Shahr Prison or other prison facilities where there is no ward dedicated to political prisoners. While these prisoners, mostly activists, university students, writers, and journalists, have to suffer unimaginable horrors living next to hardened criminals, they may also occasionally be able to access amenities that are not possible in, for example, Evin Prison's Ward 350. Apparently, a cell phone with a camera is not hard to have in that facility, because several other political and non-political prisoners have been able to smuggle videos and to make calls using those phones.

Now, coming back to you, I doubt that anything is "beyond you." You are intelligent and well-read, and obviously you read a lot about Iran. I know you care about Iran and Iranians, even if I don't agree with some of your viewpoints. I hope you would apply yourself to learning more about what is happening with respect to human rights in Iran, so that nothing is "beyond you" in this area. One should be able to oppose military attack on Iran and remain critical of the violations of human rights by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Two groups really worry me:

1) advocates of military action who say they defend the human rights of Iranians, forgetting that to throw bombs on a nation is the ultimate violation of that nation's human rights, and

2) Those who oppose military action on Iran but don't speak up about the Iranian regime's shockingly criminal treatment of its own people. The Islamic Republic must be exposed and condemned by those who care about Iran. There is no escaping this responsibility.

See this: "Torture at Rajaee Shahr Prison: //

Also: "Heshmatollah Tabarzadi from Rajaee Shahr Prison": //

Also: "Last message of Mehdi Eslamian from inside Rajaee Shahr Prison before his execution": //

Also: "Rape and torture inside Rajaee Shahr Prison": //

Also: "Ali Saremi from inside Rajaee Shahr Prison": //

Also: "A group of political prisoners inside Rajaee Shahr Prison's yard": //

And, most importantly, don't forget to read this letter a political prisoner by the name of Mehdi Mahmoudian wrote to Ali Khamenei, telling him about tales of rape and prostitution among the male inmates inside Iran's prisons, particularly Rajaee Shahr and Evin. //


درود بر تمام زندانیان سیاسی


Iranians of all walks of life taking a stand for their freedom and just rights.  They are to be commanded and supported by all freedom loving folks.


  Iranians need to stand united in their support for these brave souls, support their goals and aspiration for a  free independent and prospers Iran. 

 Foreign nations which thru their apartheid policy practice the same insanity and unjust detentions cannot be a good example for the future of Iran and need not to apply. 


'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 


First Amendment


by First Amendment on

How one can go on youtube from his cell in Evin is beyond me....


Islamist Rapists

by Fred on

The only way to end 34 years of Messianic Islamist Rapist barbarity is regime change.

Airtight sanctions plus air/naval inspection is a must!