Shocking Video: Rape and Torture, Legacy of the Post-Election Crackdown


Shifteh Ansari
by Shifteh Ansari

On the threshold of the second anniversary of the disputed 2009 presidential election in Iran, a shocking video of a young woman in Tehran has emerged. The young woman testifies she was repeatedly raped and tortured while in detention during the post-election protests in Iran in the summer of 2009. It is truly heartbreaking to listen to her, so please be forewarned. Here is the PBS NewsHour report aired on this testimony. The next clip shows the longer testimony from the website of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The second video has English subtitles.

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The testimony From The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran:

Iranian Woman's Testimony of Rape and Torture from Human Rights in Iran on Vimeo.

"(10 June 2011) On the second anniversary of the disputed June 2009 election and the ensuing repression, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today released video testimony from a young female detainee describing in detail her severe torture and repeated rape after her arbitrary arrest.

Her forceful testimony challenges the Iranian authorities’ official narrative, which denies widespread use of torture and rape by security forces against ordinary protestors.

“Rape is one of the worst forms of torture and allegation after allegation of sadistic torture and sexual abuse continue to emerge,” said Hadi Ghaemi, the Campaign’s spokesperson.

“How can the Iranian Judiciary claim a shred of legitimacy if it continues to shield the perpetrators of such atrocities? Its credibility is gone with the wind as it promotes a climate of rampant impunity,” he added.

The Campaign expressed serious concern that the same security and intelligence apparatus that committed the gross atrocities detailed in this video testimony, continues to be in charge of the arbitrary detention, interrogation, and imprisonment of prisoners of conscience and dissidents."

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This womans testimony was tragic and upsetting.

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

What she was saying at the end of ths movie certainly connected with many people.  When Assads Govt with far less resources than IRI has already killed many thousands of his own people what are we supposed to do?

We are totally unarmed and have nothing to stand up to this Islamic Regime of Hezbollah.  These cries fall on deaf ears in the West that funded, supported and kept this Regime in Power.  Look at what the West did to Africa, they hardly have more humane plans for the Middle east.  Even helping Mousav's team and the Green movement had backing from the highest levels in USA, the sad truth is they want a group of Fundamentalist/Hezbollahi's for Iran, just ones that do as they are told, unlike Khameneii.  Civilians cannot be expected to stand up to the weapons of thugs and murderers, they stand no chance.


MKO is already training a militia with $ from USA

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

For 70% of Iranians MKO is a non starter, but USA doesn't care about future freedom or independence of Iran. The USA is helping them with $ and everything else, sadly.

As for RP, after what his father did... mentioning his name in US circles is a non starter... they are scared to death of RP and what Iranians might be able to accomplish under his leadership, in terms of iranian freedom, independence and power.

The people of Iran need to wise up and support RP.  No one else will have an interest in promoting him.

Veiled Prophet of Khorasan

Which force

by Veiled Prophet of Khorasan on


A force based on MKO is a non starter and a waste. RP is a better choice but he has little guts and has not shown leadership abilities. Nevertheless I think he could be propped up.

Any force must be under a "Government In Exile" made by Iranian diaspora not including MKO. It may include Monarchists; Nationalists; Socialists. But the real backbone will be American power. Let us now kid ourselves. The only power that has the means to blow away IR is USA. Sure we can put on an Iranian face on it. But the guns; money and air support would be American. I have a deep suspicions that is just what Obama plans. I just hope he does not fall into the MKO trap.


"pendar_Nick", IC's resident pro regime "Legal Expert"

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

 is more than welcome to defend the islamist regime's crimes in an inevitable international court of law investigating the islamist regime's crimes against it's very own cirizens

But before doing so, he/she has to disclose his/her real name and Identification hidden behind half a dozen or so user ID's on this site,  and his/her "legal authority and qualifications"!

Highly unlikely scenario I'd say :)

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."



by oktaby on

Dear Shifteh,

Bringing down the regime of rape, ignorance & filth by necessity requires exterminating it in its totality. I hope we have all reached that point of understanding that it would be inclusive of Khatami, Mousavi light version of it too; so we don't end up silent or apologizing for getting raped; now or ever.

Keep up the fight 



A report about crimes of

by Sohrab_Ferdows on

A report about crimes of Islamic Republic against people of Iran does not need confirmation from any western media to make it authentic or acceptable. Using the reasoning of mullahs to deny or prove that something has happened, is to escape the reality and ignore the presented facts and evidences which are inline with common sense for any reasonable human being. In Islamic Republic, mullahs have been caught and even arrested red handed right on the spot and all they received from Islamic judiciary was to be stripped of their religious attire while same situation for others would cost them their lives. Disclosure of the story of chain killing by agents of Islamic Ministry of Information and subsequent treatment of those who followed the orders of criminal rulers to commit murder and also treatment of thier families, indicate the dept of curelty of the Islamic rulers and their brainless thugs who can not even understand that their masters have zero loyalty for their protection when the time comes to sacrifice them to hide the truth (even partially) and blame everything on others.

Speaking with fancy western terminalogy about justice and treatment of Iranian people under Islamic Republic system does not have any real value in disproving arguments about brutalities of Islamic regime and their thugs against Iranians which have been proven time after time after time. Claiming that these crimes may have never happened is no different than claiming that Neda Aghasoltan was killed by British agents on the streets of Tehran. I wonder what someone like Saeed Emami, if he was still alive, would say or would do after seeing the treatment of his own wife and family by his own gang of thugs and colleagues. If they do this to their own servants then what would they do to others? We all know the answer depending from which point of view we look at these events.From what we have witnessed in the past 32 years of Islamic Republic, these videos do not even display the full extent of attrocites of criminal agents and the thugs of Islamic regime. There are really no words to explain some of their crimes.


shocking indeed

by ComraidsConcubine on

 I was quite shocked by the use of rap instead of a 9 O' clock news good-feel wrapping panda story at the end.


Matters of Law

by پندارنیک on

One has to be careful with legal terms and issues. There's no room for sentimentality in cases which are built for the judiciary.

A nonchalant approach towards matters which deserve a thorough examination of evidence will only reduce them to the level of propaganda and are utterly inadmissible in a court of law.

Cutting and pasting a video to the news section is one thing; writing a blog around it is definitely something else. It's the writer's credibility which is at stake. 



by Simorgh5555 on

I like Pendar but he/she suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder about Palestine/Israel. The interviewee is not Palestinian and therefore not important.

Shifteh Ansari

Legal Jurisdiction?!!!

by Shifteh Ansari on

Oh, and pray tell, who does have legal jurisdiction over the crimes and atrocities that continue to happen in Iran, in order to report on them?  Kayhan Newspaper?  Tabnak?  IRIB?  Press TV?

You seem to live on a different planet Pendar!  Everyone knows that the Islamic Republic's all-encompassing efforts to hide the truth, conceal the facts, censor fair reporting, and persecute activists and journalists who may tell the truth have prevented important news about the IRI's crimes against Iranians to be revealed.  In the absence of fair and objective journalism in Iran, we have to make do with what a small group of courageous individuals send out of Iran to keep the world informed. 

No doubt, when an international tribunal tries the IRI perpetrators of crimes against humanity, a lot more evidence and testimonies will come out and that tribunal will have proper "jurisprudence" alright!

Your feeble attempts at discrediting something that is staring us all in the eyes is really saddening.  What part of this way of thinking is neek?


Legal terms...

by پندارنیک on

PBS has no legal jurisdiction and authority as to verification of the authenticity of shown material(s).

Maryam Hojjat

Simogh5555, Your solution is the ONLY WAY OUT

by Maryam Hojjat on

for Iranians from this quagmire.

Shifteh Ansari


by Shifteh Ansari on

This video was released by PBS' NewsHour and the Center For Investigative Reporting, before the longer-length video was released by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

PBS' NewsHour is one of the most esteemed television news programs in the United States, known for its fairness and thorough, non-political reporting.  The Center For Investigative Reporting is an organization that specializes in journalism that reveals evidence of injustice worldwide.  The International Campign for Human Rights in Iran is a very respected human rights organization that has had a reliable track record in revealing human rights violations in Iran.

All three organizations have found this testimony to be authentic.  Compared to all the other B.S. we are treated to on a daily basis, I would say I believe this testimony to be authentic.


systematic Rape and torture of political prisoners....

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

By the islamist regime is nothing new. It has been part of "normal process" of dealing with political opposition almost since the day after khomeini took total power and started killing the secular, left opposition forces. The Rape of female political activists , some barely into their teens, before execution or otherwise is known, acknowledged  and has been going on for years.

What is new, is the willingness of the victims to break the social taboos, come forward and tell the whole world their stories. This is welcome news for us and bad news for the islamist regime. 

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."


simorgh jaan

by shushtari on

once hit the nail on the head...

and to add to your plan, I would put all the mullahs on a ship and sink it off the arabian sea!!! just like ataturk did.

death to the islamic rapist republic 


Wouldn't your plans with CIA/MI5 funding make it a foreign-dep..

by MM on

Wouldn't your plans with CIA/MI5 funding make it a foreign-dependent government (MKO or RP) and as Yogi Berra said "It's déjà vu all over again"?


LOL... Give Violence a chance???

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

I have to admit, based on this womans account, it seems very clear to me, the Ghandi approach, to have change from within by peaceful means, did not ever have a hope of working in the Islamic Republic of Hezbollah.

Even if this womans testimony is fabrication, which as we saw in the 1970's occured alot (considering we know torture did not occur by SAVAK in the 1970's, yet many of khomeini supporters claim to have been tortured brutally for foreign journalists), we know that in this regimes case, there are many other accounts which we saw with our own eyes, true stories that are far worse than hers.  Remember no Hospital was allowed to give data on howmay dead people it had, hospital workers in each of 12 hospitals in metro tehran each say they saw more than 100 dead bodies.  So the real numbers which may never be known are truly horrific.

Since nothing can happen from within and crimes are being committed

Iranians need the same kind of help the cia/usa and brits gave khomeini. Except this time not to a terrorist that works with the P.L.O. like khomeini.

For example Tens of billions of dollars to a leader, like reza pahlavi, to train, feed, pay and equip an army of volunteers, loyal to some widely accepted goal that all people can agree on, like a secular govt chosen by the people. 

That would cause regime change. 100%.



MM. The State Department

by Simorgh5555 on

MM. The State Department should recommend money for the funding of a national liberation army and also to imlplement a sustained target assassination policy of all IR government offialcials including the President and Spiritual Leader. This should be seen as an extension of the war on terror. The MEK? Drop Rajavi but use the MEK terrorists to fight the IR terrorist. A bit like Alien v Predator scenario. Pit one group of terrorist against the other so that a war of attrition ensues.Let them kill each other. The MEK still has its uses. Surgical striked on terror outposts in IR. Bomb the living crap out of Basij and Sepah. Hit them hard. Shock and awe. Iranian liberation army to fight on the ground and seize power. Temporary glovernment to form. Freeze all foreign assets. Border to Iraq sealed off immediately. All IR ships in the Persian Gulf to be impounded or destroyed. Don't take risks. Implement no fly zones in Iran.


What is your plan of violence?

by MM on

What is your plan of violence?  MKO cultist army?  Or, "surgical strikes" by the US / Israel, as M...G is subscribing to?  If another plan, we are all ears.  For my suggested plan, see Practical path towards democracy.

"You can make a difference by suspporting military action on the Revolutionary Guards and Basij. Please give violence a chance. VIOLENCE IS THE ONLY SOLUTION."


Yes Pendare Nik

by Simorgh5555 on

In the same way you never once question the testimony of Palestinian narrative of the Middle East conflict.

Iranians are humans too!


I dare say...

by پندارنیک on

I hope someone will be willing and able to prove the authenticity of the tapes and the credibility of the accusations beyond a reasonable doubt.


sorry guys and galls

by Simorgh5555 on

Your words of condemnation and sympathy will ring hollow because the Terror Regime is immune to criticism. It will continue to rape and murder irrrespective of what you write here. If you are leaving comments to make here to make yourselves feel better then so be it. Every hour you sleep at night 8 people will die and by the time you wake up 56 people would have died. Another 16 will die as you eat breakfast, kiss your loved one goodbye and drive yourselves to work.
The time for complacency is over. The time for selfishness is over. You can make a difference by suspporting military action on the Revolutionary Guards and Basij. Please give violence a chance. VIOLENCE IS THE ONLY SOLUTION.
Free Iran . Death to the Islamic Republic.


Damn this system of justice

by MM on



Women in Iran have been

by Bavafa on

Women in Iran have been the center of IRI brutal crimes and injustice

But also they have shown incredible bravery, heroism and intelligence.

Shame on IRI for killing, imprisoning and brutalizing its citizen, particularly women.

Shame on those who withhold their support for these people who are united under a "Green" banner for their own self interest.




All the perverts

by statira on

become Hezbolahee or mulla. I had a distant relative who was famous for being morally diverted. His parents decided to send him to Hozeyeh Elmieh to become a mulla. He didn't go there, but after the Revolution he became a serious hezbollahie.


the mullahs and

by shushtari on

 their goons are like cockroaches.....they must be exterminated....

i'm sure the lefties still think we should allow them to thrive 


Islamist Rapist Republic

by Fred on

This crime against humanity is nothing new; it has been going on for the past thirty two years in Iran.

“Reformists “including Mousavi, Khatami & karubi as well as other versions of Islamists are all culpable, hence: IRR, the Islamist Rapist Republic.