End the harassment of Sayed Hossein Kazameini Boroujerdi!
Dissident cleric Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi, 59, has faced intense pressure from the Iranian authorities since he was released from prison on temporary medical leave on 4 January. He has been effectively placed under house arrest without judicial order or oversight; the authorities have placed severe restrictions on his freedom of movement. He is only allowed to leave his home in Tehran to attend hospital and doctor appointments. He is not permitted any visitors and his home is under 24-hour surveillance by officials from the Special Court for the Clergy. Since his release, this court summoned him twice, on 15 April and 8 August, and subjected him to intimidation and threats of being returned to prison. Officials from the court have paid frequent visits to his house to warn him against speaking to the media, threatening to kill him if he does so.
Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi’s health remains poor. Since his release, he has had medical tests and some treatment but continues to suffer from numerous medical conditions, a number of which he developed in prison and which were exacerbated by the denial of adequate medical care in prison. These include heart disease; kidney problems; severe arthritis; lumbar herniated disc; and spinal stenosis. He has numbness and tingling in his hands and feet, back and leg pain, and has difficulty walking and performing daily tasks. He also suffers from shortness of breath and collapses frequently. His doctors have told him his medical conditions are the result of years in prison, being kept in unsanitary conditions, given inadequate nutrition, and lack of medical care.
Seyed Hossein Kazemeini Boroujerdi was arrested on 8 October 2006. Following a grossly unfair trial before the Special Court for the Clergy, he was sentenced in August 2007 to 11 years’ imprisonment on charges related to his advocacy for the separation of religion and state. He has several months of his sentence left to serve. He could be returned to prison at any time.
We thank you for your continuing support of Sayed Hossein Kazameini Boroujerdi.
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Soon after his release on medical parole (cash bail), SHK Boroujerdi visits his mother's grave. He was not allowed to attend her funeral during his lengthy and unjust incarceration at Evin prison.
H.E. Gholamali Khoshroo
Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations
622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Please end the continued harassment of Grand Ayatollah Seyed Hosein Kazameini Boroujerdi, who was released on medical parole earlier this year.
We welcomed the long awaited granting of medical parole, so that he could be treated for serious illnesses, including Parkinson’s disease, high blood pressure and heart disease, none of which were adequately addressed during his lengthy and unjust confinement at Evin prison. In addition, he was harshly interrogated, and frequent tortured.
I am very distressed to learn that SHK Boroujerdi is subject to virtual house arrest, continual threats of being imprisoned once again, and even death threats by those who interrogate him.
SHK Boroujerdi has never been a threat to the Islamic Republic. He has never used nor advocated the use of violence in the peaceful expression of his political views.
This shameful treatment of SHK Boroujerdi should cease immediately. Please do all you can to see that this frail man’s release is made permanent, and that he be allowed to seek medical treatment without further harassment.