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Families of a number of detained protesters have not been able to obtain any information about their loved ones. Among them are Ashkan Absavaran, a 20-year-old male detainee, and Sepideh Farhan (Farahabadi), a young female. Ashkan Absavaran informed his family of his detention in a telephone call on 4 January. Officials of Evin prison told his family later that he had disappeared.
The IRGC and its affiliated paramilitary force, the Basij, have been mainly responsible for the heavy crackdown on the protesters. Having initially denied direct involvement in repressing the protesters, the IRGC commander declared on 3 January that they had taken action in three provinces. Furthermore, the IRGC has been responsible for torturing the detainees in order to make false confessions in Wards 2A and 240 of Evin prison.
FIDH: Worldwide Movement for Human Rights. “31 protesters died in streets & detention centres; more than 3,700 detained.” January 10, 2018.
BackChannels has been here before.
Embedded on the post, “On Human Rights Day, Iran is Again Covered in Blood” — Maryam Rajavi, BackChannels readers will find added from 2009 “Iran -References to the Serial Murders and Related — From April 22, 2009” and a listing of the dead titled “Iran — The Mute”.
For how long will Iran’s payoffs for murder continue to be accepted by the patronized of the state?
Noted on the Human Rights Day post:
In one of the above clips, Maryam Rajavi put the number of regime executed political martyrs at above 120,000, with 30,000 killed shortly after the taking of power in 1988.
Stecklow, Steve, Babak Dehghanpisheh and Yeganeh Torbati. “Khamenei controls massive financial empire built on property seizures.” Reuters, November 11, 2013.
The Iran Observer. “Iran Lawyer Raises Concern Over Missing Hijab Protester.” January 2018.
Posted to YouTube on January 20, 2018.
Children of Iran’s captive south run through the streets chanting “Death to Rouhani” – video date reported from source as January 22, 2018.
Updates from the News Online
Rannard, Georgina. “Iran hijab protester: Where is she?” BBC News, January 23, 2018.