Detained Teachers Tortured
In Kurdistan: - 2007.10.16
More than fourteen months have passed since the arrest of Farzad Kamangar, member of the Kurdistan teacher's union
, and his two colleagues, Farhad Vakili and Ali Heidarian
. The latest news on the condition of the three arrested teachers indicates that, in addition to undergoing intense physical pressure and torture, they continue to be held in solitary confinement. During the past few days, the family of Farzad Kamangar has called on various human rights organizations and institutions to help Farzad, who has reportedly suffered severe damage to certain body parts.
According to a report published on the health condition of Farzad Kamanger by the Kurdistan Center for the Defense of Human Rights, "More than 14 months have passed since Farzad Kamangar's arrest. During this time, he has been kept in detention facilities in Kamyaran, Sanandaj, Kermanshah, and Evin Prison's Ward 209. Currently, he is held at a ministry of intelligence detention center in Sanandaj and is subject to the cruelest physical torture. He is suffering from kidney disease, infection, urinary track bleeding, and burns to his hands and left thigh as a result of exposure to boiling water."
Kurdistan security officials have accused Kamangar of "undermining national security" and "moharebeh," a charge usually applied to armed enemies of the state. Kamangar has pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Other reports indicate that Farhad Vakili and Ali Heidarian, two of Farzad Kamangar's colleagues, are also kept in solitary confinement and have been subjected to torture.
A Sanandaj court announced a few days ago that it did not know where these three teachers would be tried. Farzad Kamangar's attorney says that he has no information about his client's condition.
Kamangar was arrested last year in his house and then transferred to an unknown location. For at least 4 months, no one was aware of his whereabouts. After repeated attempts, his family was finally informed that Kamangar was held at Evin Prison's infamous Ward 209.
Kamangar was then transferred to a detention center in Kermanshah and underwent two months of intense interrogations and cruel torture.
These three arrested teachers are currently held at a ministry of intelligence detention facility in Kermanshah, and their situation is getting more worrisome with each passing day.