Middle East and North Africa

“Like the Dead in Their Coffins”

Torture, Detention, and the Crushing of Dissent in Iran

Supplemental Documents:
The following table, documenting disciplinary action taken against student political activists in various Iranian universities during the past year, appeared in Iran’s reformist Shargh newspaper on May 29, 2004.
in Persian

“175 Summons in One Year”

List of Disciplinary Punishments—Table 1

University Number of Individuals Summoned Sentence of the Disciplinary Committee
Tehran Teacher’s College 11 One-term suspension, a written reprimand inserted in file.
Mashad Ferdowsi 8 Four students receive one-term suspensions, two students receive two-term suspensions, two students receive written reprimands.
Sonati Sanad Tabriz 2 Two-term suspension.
Abu Ali Sina and Hamedan Medical Science 3 One-term suspension.
Razi Kermanshah 8 Five students receive two-term suspensions and three students receive one-term suspensions.
Semenaan 6 One-term suspension for each student.
Sabzevaar Teacher’s College 4 Two students expelled; two students have open cases.
Urumieh 1 Open case.
Isfahan and Medical Science 1 Open case.
Khajeh Nasir 4 One expulsion and three open cases.
Gilan 3 Written notification and insertion in case.
Zanjan 3 A two-term suspension, a one-term suspension and a written reprimand.
Yazd (Islamic Development) 1 Written notification and insertion in file.
Larestaan 4 Written notification and insertion in file.
Mazandaran 2 One-term suspension for each student.
Ardebil School of Research 1 "Privation of studying."

List of Suspended Organizations—Table 2

Name of Organization Sentence
School of Economics at Sistan and Baluchistan One-term suspension of activities.
Zanjan University One-term suspension of activities.
Sahnad-e Tabriz One-term suspension of activities.

List of Judicial Cases—Table 3

University Number of Individuals Summoned Total Number of Days in Temporary Confinement Sentence (Primary)
Alameh Tabatabayi 3 132 -
Khajeh Nasir 30 240 -
Tehran Teacher’s College 2 35 -
Abu Ali Sina and Hamedan Medical Science 6 230 [Two individuals] three-year ta’aziri prison terms; [one individual] two-year suspended prison terms; [one individual] 18-month ta’aziri prison term; [one individual] one-year ta’aziri prison term.
Science and Manufacturing 6 224 -
Amir Kabir 5 82 [One individual] one-year suspended prison term; the rest of the cases are open.
Shiraz and Medical Science 4 32 [Two individuals] six-month suspended prison term; [two individuals] open cases.
Tehran and Medical Science 12 335 -
Shahid Chamran Ahvaz 2 5 Each received two-year suspended prison terms.
Shahid Raja’i 1 88 -
Tarbiyat Sadres 1 78 -
Shahid Beheshti 1 24 -
Ilam 9 405 [Six individuals] 18-month ta’aziri prison terms; [one individual] nine-month ta’aziri prison term; [two individuals] six-month ta’aziri prison terms.
Sabzevar Teacher’s College 35 126 [Three individuals] six-month ta’aziri prison terms; [two individuals] monetary fines; the rest have open cases. One hundred five students were arrested during Khordad of 1382 [May-June 2004] by the Nirooyeh Entezami and released after interrogation.
Isfahan and Medical Science 11 - One student received a one year prison term. The rest of the cases are open.
Sistan and Baluchistan 10 - -
Yazd 9 4 -
Yazd (Islamic Development) 9 - -
Razi Kermanshah 3 119 -
Ferdowsi Mashad 7 - -
Sharif Trade School 1 20 -
Urumieh 1 - -
Ahvaz Medical Science 1 - -
Zanjan 1 - -
Lorestan 1 - -
Mazandaran 4 - -
Total 175 2,181 -

Iran Cover Goes Here
Iranian students protest on Student Day at the Tehran University campus in December 2003. The protesters hold a picture of Ahmed Batebi, a student serving 15 years in prison for his participation in the 1999 Tehran University protests (Photo: Vaid Salemi/AP).


Iran: Torture Used to Suppress Dissent
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List of Student Summons
Published in Shargh on May 29, 2004
in Persian

One Student's Case:
The Court's Verdict
in Persian
with English gloss

The Student's Story
Pages 1 | 2 | 3
in Persian with English gloss



   To the Office of the Leader
   To the Guardian Council
   To the European Union
   To the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel and Inhuman Punishment
Arbitrary Arrest and Detention
Detention Centers and Ill-Treatment
  Evin Prison
  Parallel Forces and Illegal   Detention Centers
     Prison 59
     Edareh Amaken
“White Torture”: The Use of Solitary Confinement Interrogations
The Students
Encounters with the Judiciary
   Denial of right to counsel and    right to prepare a defense
   Non-Public Trials
   Denial of the Right to Appeal
   Massoud Behnoud
   Mohsen M.
   Ebrahim Nabavi
   Ali K.
Rewarding Injustice
The Independent Press and the Prisoners
The Article 90 Commission
A Bleak Future