Iran: Members of Committee of Human Rights Reporters Under Pressure to Make Forced Confessions

Different sources told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today that the arrested members of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters are under pressure to deliver forced confessions about the Committee’s affiliation with the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO). Judicial authorities are trying to connect CHRR with opposition groups outside Iran in order to make serious charges against this independent civil organization. Previously, during a meeting with Shiva Nazarahari’s family, Tehran Prosecutor said that CHRR is “associated with MKO.”

Members of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters have been denied the right to an attorney, in violation of Article 35 of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Constitution and the Citizen’s Bill of Rights. Attorney of Kouhyar Goudarzi and Saeed Jalalifar had earlier quoted judicial authorities to have said that these individuals are not permitted to have lawyers.

The Committee of Human Rights Reporters’ website has also reported that Mehrdad Rahimi and Kouhyar Goudarzi have been charged as heretics, moharebeh. Kouhyar Goudarzi is a journalist and human rights activist who has been in prison since 20 December 2009. He was observed with a bandaged head inside the prison. He has been charged with moharebeh, propoganda against the state, and attending illegal congregations.

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