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PRESS RELEASE - Washington, D.C., June 30, 2008 - Ahmad Batebi, a leader of the Iranian Student Movement and an activist for human rights in Iran, told the Voice of America's (VOA) Persian News Network (PNN) that, "torture, human rights violations, and abuses towards women still are prevalent in Iran." On the set of NewsTalk, Batebi described the physical and mental abuse of prisoners inside Iran. Having spent more than nine years in jail, he spoke of suffering torture and abuse that triggered massive swelling of the right lobe of his brain. Batebi observed that, "the main aim of the severe, humiliating torture that me and my fellow prisoners endured was to force us to say what the authorities wanted to hear, and if we did not adhere, they would intimidate and abuse our families." Batebi has recently arrived in Washington, after leaving Iran, and traveling through Iraq and Austria. During the interview, Batebi said, "I wish each and every Iranian could travel abroad, come to the U.S. or go to Europe, for just one week, and feel, smell, and breathe freedom, human dignity, and realize the value of their lives." Ahmad Batebi, gained notoriety in July 1999 for holding…
Much of the attention on Iran over the last few years has focused on its mysterious nuclear program. Another mystery that has received far less attention is torture in Iran's prisons.  It's a story the Iranian government doesn't want you to hear; a story a man risked his life to tell. His name is Ahmad Batebi, and quite by accident he became one of the most famous dissidents in Iran. He says he endured years of torture in an Iranian prison, after his picture appeared on the cover of The Economist magazine. He escaped from Iran last year, and told CNN's Anderson Cooper how he did it.  To escape from Iran, Batebi was smuggled by car, and then by donkey, through mountains and minefields. He documented the dangerous journey on his cell phone camera. The men who helped him were from an underground Kurdish group and they were taking him into Iraq.Batebi never intended to be a famous dissident. He wanted to be a photo journalist, but it was a picture of him that changed his life and almost got him killed.In July 1999, demonstrations rocked Tehran. Outraged by a government crackdown on dissent, students took to the streets. Batebi,…
در هفته‌های اخیر احکام متفاوتی از سوی قوه‌قضاییه جمهوری اسلامی برای تعدادی از فعالان سیاسی و حقوق بشر از جمله اعدام، حبس‌های تعزیری و تعلیقی صادر شده که در این بین می‌توان به اجرای حکم اعدام فعالان سیاسی، آقایان صارمی و سیادت و هم‌چنین صدور حکم حبس برای فعالان حقوق بشر، خانم‌ها ستوده و نظر‌آهاری اشاره کرد. برخوردی که همیشه در ارتباط با فعالان حقوق بشر در سیستم قضایی و نهاد امنیتی می‌شود، مشابه با برخوردی است که با یک فعال سیاسی می‌شود. اگر قیاس کنیم، فعالیت یک فعال حقوق بشر و میزان مجازاتی که در دادگاه برایش تعیین می‌شود، و بر فرض با یک فعال سیاسی که فعالیتش در راستای رویارویی و برای نهاد قدرت یکی است در صورتی که فعال حقوق بشر بر خلاف یک فعال سیاسی بر مبنای کسب قدرت و منافع فعالیت نمی‌کند و در جهت احقاق حقوق انسانی و بهتر شدن شرایط زیست انسان‌ها فعالیت می‌کند اما در سیستم قضایی جمهوری اسلامی، احکام این دو با یک نگاه مشترک صادر می‌شود.از سویی دیگر در بین خود این فعالان نیز تعریف درست و دقیقی در رابطه با فعالان سیاسی و حقوق بشر وجود ندارد. برخی از افرادی که وارد عرصه حقوق بشر می‌شوند به این مسئله…