Letter from executed Farzad Kamangar

May 13, 2010

Letter of Farzad Kamangar from Evin Prison

March 11, 2010

Prisoners & Their Families

The Angels Who Laugh on Monday

I was listening to my cellmate’s lullaby, he was singing for his daughters Parya and Zahra. His melancholic lullaby was followed by the sobs of another cellmate, and I burst into tears too. It was the second time that he was arrested. The first time, he was sentenced to one year in jail, and this time he has to serve another 10 years. All his joy and excitement was about seeing his children who would visit him on Monday.

On the day of the visit, the children, without caring that they were surrounded by people and before their parents’ eyes (and in the middle of the seats and chairs of the visit hall), jumped up and down and performed hand stands to show their father their progressing athletic abilities.

The father, who was proud of his children, wore a smile. The mother, with her innocent expression, was trying to deny her pain of solitude and expectation. She was looking at her husband with joy and at her children’s excitement with love.

And I, who had been away from the school environment for months, kept staring at Parya and Zahra, and would tell my mother about them. One of the most memorable moments which has been carved in my mind is the moment this family spent together.

They were as though in a vacuum, in the heavens, in a place outside this world, not surrounded by anyone. They only had their compassion for each other. Without paying attention to the guards, the walls, and other prisoners, they shared their smiles. I always hope to see Parya and Zahra outside prison, or wish that they were able to visit thirty minutes longer. As they said their farewell, I tried not to look at them, so that the spectacular moment of their reunion would be etched in my mind forever.  The beautiful girls mocked the fake world around their father with every move and jump.

The fate of children like Zahra and Parya is the story of our time. It has been written for years now, and every day, another Zahra and Parya visit their father. Or a child like “Ava” would sit next to the Haft-Seen table (The table arrangement made by Iranians for Norooz), sing to her fish, and cry,“This year daddy is in jail!”

I saw Parya and Zahra about to depart, still holding on to their father’s hand. They walked toward the exit with a smile on their face as though they were going to the fair.

I wanted to hold their hands too and share their joy. Before the father said goodbye, I turned my face so I would not be able to see his tearful eyes. However, now, I was watching the tearful eyes of my mother who was getting ready to separate from her son. I mimicked Parya and Zahra in my embrace with my mother.

When Parya and Zahra were calling us, I couldn’t keep my eyes away anymore.  The two angels waved at me. They are angels, except that they don’t have wings.

Farzad Kamangar
Evin Prison
March 10, 2010

Farzad Kamangar was a teacher who worked in the poor areas of Kurdistan.  He was a human rights and environmental activist. He was arrested, subjected to torture, and sentenced to death in a trial that lasted less than three minutes.


Demonstration Kurdestan

May 13, 2010

People of Kamyaran poured out in streets to show their anger against execution of Farzad Kamangar and other political prisoners

The execution of Farzad Kamangar, a political prisoner, provoked widespread anger in the city of Kamyaran on Sunday. He was a well-known teacher in this city.

The clerical regime, in fear of people’s protest, deployed a large number of suppressive forces and their vehicles across the city, particularly around Kamangar’s residence.

Addressing the crowd who had gathered to express their sympathy and condolences, Farzad’s mother said: “Farzad is not dead, he has just come to life, each of Farzad’s student and people of Kurdistan are one Farzad now.”

Maryam Rajavi: Execution of five political prisoners show mullahs’ fear of uprising and overthrow

May 10, 2010

Maryam Rajavi described barbaric execution of five political prisoners, including a woman, as a sign of the clerical regime’s fear of public uprising to overthrow the faltering regime

NCRI – Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described the execution of five political prisoners, including a woman, as the sign of the regime’s vulnerability in face of the Iranian people’s anger and its fear of spreading of uprising in the country to overthrow the faltering clerical regime.

She added: The clerical regime, following the courageous uprising of the Iranian workers on May Day and on the brink of the anniversary of the beginning of uprising in June, is trying to intensify the atmosphere of intimidation and terror in the country by increasing the number of executions and public hangings and using all sorts of suppressive schemes and widespread arrests of young people and women in various cities.

These outrageous crimes will not, however, save the ruling religious dictatorship in Iran, instead, it will amplify the cries of the Iranian people for freedom and make them even more resolute in their uprising to establish freedom and democracy in Iran, she reiterated.

Mrs. Rajavi called on the United Nations Secretary General, UN Security Council, High Commissioner for Human Rights and other concerned bodies to condemn these heinous crimes and emphasized: The international community is faced with a crucial test; either keep silence in face of the bloodiest dictator of the modern era or impose a firm policy and set the halting of executions, torture and human rights abuses in Iran as a precondition for continued economic and political relations with the regime.

Shirin Alam-Houli, 29, a political prisoner from the city of Maku (northwest Iran) was executed on Sunday after three years of imprisonment.  Along with her, Farzad Kamangar, 35, a teacher with 12 years of experience and a member of Kurdish Teachers Association, was executed after spending four years in prison. Ali Heydarian and Farhad Vakili, both political activists from the city of Sanandaj, were executed after four years of imprisonment.  All victims were accused of connection with PEJAK and acting against the security of the clerical rule in Iran.

Mehdi Eslamian was executed in Shiraz for providing funds to his younger brother Mohsen and was accused of taking part in 2008 bombing in that city.  Mohasen was hanged in Shiraz on April 10, 2009 at the age of 19.

All these prisoners were subjected to intolerable tortures and prison conditions aimed to press them to make forced confessions, take part in TV shows or appeal to the clerical regime for amnesty.

Furthermore, the criminal hangings are taking place while on numerous occasions the international human rights organizations such as Amnesty International had called for a halt on execution of these political prisoners, particularly Farzad Kamangar.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran – May 9, 2010

Group of six prisoners hanged in Karaj

May 10, 2010

A group of six prisoners were hanged in Qezel Hesar of Karaj, west of Tehran, on Saturday, May 8. They were identified by the state-run news agency IRNA as Arsalan Asadi, Mohammad Ali Fakhri, Abbas Geravand, Rahman Biabani, Parviz Taqi Zadeh and Saeed Mikaili. They were alleged to have been involved in drug trafficking.

The number executions announced by the media in Iran in the past 30 days reaches 35.

Iran urged to release lawyer imprisoned for criticizing juvenile’s execution

May 10, 2010

In a statement on May 6, Amnesty International expressed concern over the arrest of a human rights lawyer in Iran and the threats posed on lawyers by the authorities. The following is the text of AI statement:

Amnesty International has urged the Iranian authorities to release a human rights lawyer who was arrested after speaking out against the execution of one of his clients during interviews with international media.

“End execution by stoning in Iran,” Amnesty International appeal

May 10, 2010

In an appeal on April 30, 2010, Amnesty International called for action to end stoning to death as a method of execution in Iran. The statement by AI notes that at least 11 individuals are currently at risk of execution by stoning.

“The Iranian authorities continue to sentence people to death by stoning. Currently there are at least 11 individuals at risk of execution by stoning. According to Iran’s Penal Code, execution by stoning is prescribed for “adultery while being married,” said Amnesty International statement and continued as follows:

“The Penal Code specifies the manner of execution and types of stones that should be used. Article 102 states that men will be buried up to their waists and women up to their breasts for the purpose of execution by stoning.

“Article 104 states, with reference to the penalty for adultery, that the stones used should ‘not be large enough to kill the person by one or two strikes; nor should they be so small that they could not be defined as stones.’ This makes it clear that the purpose of stoning is to inflict pain in a process leading to slow death.

“In mid-2006, a group of Iranian human rights defenders, mostly women, including activists, journalist and lawyers, began a campaign to abolish stoning. The ‘Stop Stoning Forever’ Campaign aims to save the life of anyone under sentence of stoning in Iran and to abolish stoning in law and in practice. Since the campaign began, at least 15 individuals have been saved from stoning and others have been granted stays of execution. However, in at least three cases, individuals sentenced to stoning have been executed by hanging.”

For full text of appeal click here.

Security forces raid home of student activist

April 27, 2010

Agents of the Arak Prosecutor’s Office entered the home of Abed Tavancheh, a former student activist, and threw out the residents intending to seal the house shut.

Abed Tavancheh is a former member of the Islamic Association of Amir Kabir University who was sentenced to one year of prison by the Revolutionary Court last December. But the Revolutionary Court refrained from giving him his written sentence and as a result, Tavancheh and his lawyer Naser Zarafshan did not sign the sentence which was orally announced to them. The judge presiding over the case then illegally sent this sentence to the Prison Sentence Implementation Department without first referring it to a court of review. 

After this illegal measure, Dr. Zarafshan immediately filed a complaint against the judge but with pressure from the Arak Intelligence Agency, the Prosecutor’s office considered the sentence confirmed and the agents of the Prison Sentence Implementation Department raided this student’s home in an attempt to arrest him (even on the countdown to the New Iranian Year).

Finally, today, these agents came to his home, (the ownership document of his home had been pledged for Tavancheh’s temporary release from prison) and gathered the home belongings to seal it shut. These agents temporarily ceased their action after they were met with resistance from the residents of the house but they threatened that they will seal the house as soon as possible because they had an evacuation warrant.

The Tavancheh family is currently in a poor mental state and security forces constantly call their home demanding that they hand over their son to security forces. (Student News – April 24, 2010)