אירגון אמנסטי קורא לפעולה דחופה בעניינו של עלי יונסי

עלי יונסי

עלי יונסי הוא סטודנט מצטיין באוניברסיטה

אשר נעצר

על ידי

אנשי משמרות המהפכה של

הרפובליקה האיסלמית ב10. 05

ומאז יצר

קשר טלפוני

עם משפחתו רק פעמיים.

ניטען

שאין לו

אפשרות להיפגש עם עורך דין.

המשפחה שלו מאמינה

שהוא מוחזק בכלא “אבין”

ומביעה חשש

שהוא נתון להתעמרות ועינויים.

ההאשמות נגדו אינן ברורות.

לטענת ארגון אמנסטי עלי יונסי

הוא אסיר מצפון אשר

נרדף בשל הקשרים המשפחתיים שלו

לקבוצות אופוזיציה לכאורה.

. אמנסטי ארצות הברית

מביע חשש שיונסי עובר עינויים במעצר

ושהוא עלול לסבול מהתנכלות.

05/12/2020

URGENT ACTION:

UNIVERSITY STUDENT AT RISK OF TORTURE (IRAN: UA 76.20)

Iranian university student

Ali Younesi has been

arbitrarily detained since 10 April 2020.

His family believes he is being held in Tehran’s Evin prison,

where he has been denied access

to a lawyer and permitted

only two brief telephone calls to his family

. The Iranian authorities

have not provided

clear reasons for his arrest.

He is a prisoner of conscience targeted

solely for his family ties

and is at risk of torture

or other ill-treatment.

Dear Mr Raisi,

University student Ali Younesi, aged 20,

has been arbitrarily detained

since his arrest on 10 April 2020,

and

the Iranian authorities have not

provided clear information

about the reason for his arrest.

Instead, they have publicly accused him,

and another university student arrested

the same day

of ties to “counterrevolutionary” groups

and allegedly having “explosive devices”

in their homes,

violating their right to be presumed innocent and

raising serious concerns about their wellbeing.

On the evening of 10 April,

Ali Younesi,

was taken handcuffed to his home in Tehran

by 12 plainclothes security agents

. His forehead was split open with a gash

and he had blood all over

his face and wounds on his body,

raising concerns

that security agents tortured him.

Security agents searched his family home

and took Ali Younesi’s parents away

to an undisclosed location

for interrogations

for several hours before releasing them.

The security officials

did not identify themselves

and showed neither an arrest

nor search warrant.

Since his arrest,

Ali Younesi has

been permitted two brief telephone calls

with his family

and has been denied access to a lawyer.

His family was informed

by a prosecutor that

he has been charged with

“undertaking destruction

” without providing further information.

Then, on 5 May 2020,

during his weekly press conference

, Iran’s judiciary spokesperson

Gholamhossein Esmaili

, in apparent reference to Ali Younesi

and the other arrested university student,

stated that two university students

had been arrested

for

being in contact with

“counterrevolutionary” groups.

He used a pejorative term

to refer to one such group –

People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran

(PMOI),

an opposition group based

outside of Iran and failed

to provide any evidence

for the judiciary’s accusations.

In a public video response

posted on social media

later the same day

, Ali Younesi’s sister,

ida Younesi,

stated that the j

udiciary’s accusations were “ridiculous”.

I call on you to release Ali Younesi

and anyone else arbitrarily detained

solely based on their families’ real

or perceived ties to opposition groups.

I ask you to ensure

that they are protected from torture

and other ill-treatment,

provided urgently

with any medical care they may require,

and given access to their families

and a lawyer of their choosing.

I also urge you

to open an independent investigation

into allegations

that Ali Younesi

had been tortured on the day of his arrest.

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