Iran: Fear for safety/ Fear of torture and ill-treatment, Kianoosh Sanjari (m)
October 22, 2006
AI Index: MDE 13/121/2006
UA 284/06 Fear for safety/ Fear of torture and ill-treatment
IRAN Kianoosh Sanjari (m), aged 24, student activist and blogger
Student activist and blogger Kianoosh Sanjari was arrested on 7 October whilst reporting on clashes between security forces and supporters of Shi'a cleric Ayatollah Sayed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi. Kianoosh Sanjari is being held incommunicado at an unknown location and Amnesty International fears that he may be at risk of torture or ill-treatment.
Kianoosh Sanjari, a member of a group known as the United Students Front, had allegedly gone to the home of Ayatollah Boroujerdi in the capital, Tehran, to prepare a report on the clashes that were taking place there. He was reportedly arrested along with scores of Ayatollah Boroujerdi’s supporters and transferred to an unknown location.
Kianoosh Sanjari has been arrested several times in the past. When he was only 17 years old in July 1999 he was arrested during student-led demonstrations against the closure of the newspaper Salam (Peace). He was subsequently held in solitary confinement for many months. Prior to his recent arrest, he lived in Tehran and was reportedly closely monitored by the authorities.
SH'IA CLERIC AYATOLLAH SAYED HOSSEIN KAZEMEYNI BOROUJERDI REPORTEDLY ADVOCATES THE SEPARATION OF RELIGION FROM THE POLITICAL BASIS OF THE STATE. HE WAS ARRESTED AT HIS HOME IN TEHRAN ON 8 OCTOBER 2006, ALONG WITH AN UNKNOWN NUMBER, POSSIBLY AROUND 300, OF HIS FOLLOWERS. THE ARRESTS TOOK PLACE DURING VIOLENT CLASHES WITH SECURITY FORCES. A TOTAL OF AROUND 418 OF HIS FOLLOWERS ARE NOW THOUGHT TO BE IN DETENTION (SEE UA 262/2006, MDE 13/114/2006, 29 SEPTEMBER 2006: HTTP://WEB.AMNESTY.ORG/LIBRARY/INDEX/ENGMDE131142006?OPEN&OF=ENG-IRN AND FOLLOW-UP, MDE 13/120/2006, 13 OCTOBER 2006:HTTP://WEB.AMNESTY.ORG/LIBRARY/INDEX/ENGMDE131202006?OPEN&OF=ENG-IRN
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