Arzhang Davoodi

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Arzhang Davoodi
Born c. 1952
Nationality Iranian
Occupation teacher
Organization Confederation of Iranian Students
Known for democracy activism

Arzhang Davoodi (born c. 1952)[1] is an Iranian democracy activist, teacher, and author. In 2002, he and Amir Abbas Fakhravar co-founded the Confederation of Iranian Students (CIS), an organization that aims to institute democracy in Iran.[2]

Davoodi was arrested in October 2003 after criticizing human rights conditions in Iran in the documentary Forbidden Iran, particularly the death in custody of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi.[3] He was tried in 2005 by the Islamic Revolutionary Court for "spreading propaganda against the system" and "establishing and directing an organization opposed to the government". The court found him guilty and sentenced him to 15 years' imprisonment and 75 lashes; as of August 2012, the latter part of his sentence had not been implemented.[1] Amnesty International protested the sentence, designating Davoodi a prisoner of conscience.[1]

Davoodi served portions of his sentence in several different prisons, including Evin Prison.[1] In 2005, he joined fellow prisoners Hojjat Zamani, Bina Darab-Zand, Valiollah-Feyz Mahdavi, Mehrdad Lohrasbi, Farzad Hamidi, and Jaafar Iqdami in a hunger strike to protest their confinement with violent offenders in Rajaii Shahr.[4] Human Rights Watch called the six "political prisoners", "being held for no reason other than their expression of peaceful political views", and urged that they be released.[5]

In August 2012, a new charge of "enmity against God", which carries a possible death sentence, was brought against Davoodi. Amnesty International stated that the charge appeared to be linked to the release by CIS of a recording in which Davoodi called for "freedom and democracy".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Iran must immediately release prisoner of conscience Arzhang Davoodi". Amnesty International. 24 August 2012. Archived from the original on 24 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Joseph Puder (7 June 2010). "The Revolution Within". FrontPage Magazine. Archived from the original on 24 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "UA 87/04 Fear for safety/ Fear of torture or ill-treatment". Amnesty International. 27 February 2004. Archived from the original on 24 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hunger strike in Iran prison enters third week". Iran Focus. 17 February 2005. Archived from the original on 24 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Iran: Political Prisoners Held with Violent Criminals". Human Rights Watch. 8 February 2005. Archived from the original on 24 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012.