Wednesday, 27 February 2008

IMHRO: 16 years old boy arrested by Iranian security

Iranian Minorities’ Human Right Organisation (IMHRO)



Ibrahim Mehrnahad, 16 years old brother of Yaghub Mehrnahad who sentenced to death, had arrested by Iranian security forces.

Arrest happened in raid style Iranian government. They raid Ibrahim Mehrnahad house about 5 PM last Tuesday. His family still do not know where they keeping him. Ibrahim who is only 16 years old was spoken openly about death sentence of his brother.

He also earlier arrested along with his brother in May 2007, and kept in solitary confinement for 72 days before his released.

Last week Alireza Jamshidi, speaker of Iranian judicial system confirmed the death sentence of Yaghub Mehrnahad and accused him of involving with terrorist activities. But the entire Balochi activist rejected his involvement with any armed group. Mr. Yaghub Mehranahad is founder of Anjoman Sedayeh edalat (voice of justice association), which was recognised and registered by Iranian government. They organised cultural event like music concerts.

After large campaign and rumours that may Yaghub Mehrnahad already killed under torture, Iranian government allow his family to visit him. His family told IMHRO that he was Weaken more than before and there was sign of keeping him waking up for long time.

Both brothers belong to Baluchi community and from city of Zahedan.

IMHRO believes that arrest of Ibrahim Mehrnahad is attempt for silencing minorities from giving information regards of their arrested relatives.

Long time keeping up a person is practiced commonly by Iranian security service. After few days no sleep they will break the person and force him to sign fake confession.


Baluch minority are at least 5 Million people living in south east of Iran and they suffering from various discrimination. As result of lack of state investment, unemployment rate is high.

Baluchi along side other minorities in Iran, can not speak in their mother tongue and are not benefited from social, economic and political right.

As Baluchi people are mainly Sunni, they also suffering from huge discrimination in job opportunity and education. Official ideology of theocracy government of Iran, indicate that non Shia means infidel.

Few days ago security forces open fire on fuel tanker without any warning and killed four Baluchi on board. Last week they arrested 3 Sunni students in city of khash.


Yaghub and Ibrahim Mehrnahad are both in great danger. We ask human right organisations and activists in the world to call upon Iranian government and ask them for following:

To ask Iranian government release of 16 years old Ibrahim Mehrnahad
And stop and release of yaghub Mehrnahad

Please send your appeal to:

Supreme leader of Iran

Sayyed Ali Khamenei
E-mail via web site

Iranian president

Mahmud Ahmadinejad
E-mail via web site

Head of the Judiciary

Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Shahroudi
Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh / Office of the Head of the Judiciary
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave., south of Serah-e Jomhouri, Tehran 1316814737, Islamic Republic of Iran

United Nations High Commissioner Human RightsLouise Arbour
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Palais des Nations CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Chairwoman of European parliament Human Rights committee

Mrs Hélène FLAUTRE
Bureau d'Hélène Flautre au Parlement européen8G130, rue WierzB-1049, Bruxelles, Belgique

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