Tribute to Behrouz Javid Tehrani: released from prison after several years of torture

Persian2English Student and political activist Behrouz Javaid Tehrani was finally released from Rajai Shahr ‘Gohardasht’ prison on December 27th, the day of his birthday, after approximately seven years behind bars.

Javid Tehrani was arrested once in July 1999 during the student uprising when Iranian citizens demonstrated in support of press freedom and democracy. He was arrested a second time in 2004 in front of the United Nations office in Tehran during a silent sit-in protest in support of prisoners of conscience. He was arrested for the third time in 2005 on the charge of “Having ties to hostile groups against the regime”. Without the presence of his lawyer, Javid Tehrani was tried in branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court, presided by Judge Haddad (Hassan Zareh Dehnavi), and sentenced to seven years in prison and 74 lashes. His sentence was reduced to four years in prison and 74 lashes by the Appeals Court. The lashing sentence was carried out last year. 

Behrouz Javid Tehrani has been held in various detention centres in Iran since he was 19 years old. He has spent a total of 11 years of his life behind bars. Since 2005, he was never granted a day of furlough.

Iranian Intelligence and Security organizations attempted to make a case against him based on a film Javid Tehrani had published of Mohsen Dogmehchi, the prisoner of conscience who died of cancer from being denied medical treatment in Evin prison. Javid Tehrani was eventually acquitted of this charge.

By Siavosh Jalili and Maryam Nayeb Yazdi 

A brief description by Amnesty International of Behrouz Javid Tehrani’s case as a prisoner of conscience: Behrooz Javid Tehrani is “a member of the banned Democratic Front political party, and a student imprisoned for four years after the 1999 student demonstrations, was arrested again in 2005 after he had published an interview with Akbar Mohammadi (see above) while the latter was on temporary prison leave. Behrouz Javid Tehrani was tortured in detention, including by beatings on the head which are believed to have caused him to lose up to 50% of his eyesight. A medical examination in 2006 is reported to have confirmed that he was tortured, and he lodged a complaint, which is not known to have been investigated. Instead, he was sentenced to seven years in prison and 74 lashes for membership of the Democratic Front, and contacts with the PMOI – which he denied and said resulted from his having publicised a letter from a PMOI member which he had found in the wall of his cell during a previous detention. He has never been granted temporary leave…”

The following video of support for Behrouz Javid Tehrani was created in June 2010 as part of a global campaign in support of political prisoners in Iran: 

Click here to view the embedded video.


Letters by Behrouz Javid Tehrani from prison translated to English 

  1. Execution is a legal crime
  2. Ban Ki-moon, visit Rajai Shahr prison
  3. Revealed: The Mullahs trade prisoner body parts and transfer girls to Dubai 
  4. The Price of Freedom is Blood: on Ali Saremi’s death sentence (prior to Ali Saremi’s secret execution)
  5. About the lashing sentence

Journalist Michael Petrou wrote about Behrouz Javid Tehrani in 2007 for Maclean’s magazine:

I met Behrouz Javid Tehrani, an Iranian democratic activist and an exceptionally brave man, during a rare period over the last eight years when he was not in jail…. Tehrani’s mother died while he was in prison, and he was not permitted to attend the funeral. At the time of his release, Tehrani was told to keep quiet. He didn’t. A few months later, Tehrani and several other Iranian democrats — at great personal risk — agreed to secretly meet me to discuss the underground democracy movement in Iran. They insisted that I use their real names in an article I was writing on the topic, and when it was published Tehrani was immediately detained…”

هرانا؛ بهروز جاوید تهرانی پس از هفت سال آزاد شد

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خبرگزاری هرانا – بهروز جاوید تهرانی زندانی سیاسی محبوس در

زندان رجایی شهر سر انجام پس از هفت سال حبس عصر امروز از زندان رجایی شهر کرج آزاد شد.

بنا به اطلاع گزارشگران هرانا از کرج، بهروز جاوید تهرانی که سابقه بازداشت‌ در اعتراضات دانشجویی ۱۸ تیر سال ۷۸، تجمع مقابل سازمان ملل در سال ۸۳ در دفاع از زندانیان سیاسی را دارد آخرین باز سال ۱۳۸۴ به اتهام ارتباط با گروه‌های معاند نظام بازداشت و در شعبه ۲۶ دادگاه انقلاب به ریاست قاضی حداد (حسن زارع دهنوی) بدون داشتن وکیل محاکمه و در مجموع به تحمل ۷ سال حبس تعزیری و ۷۴ ضربه شلاق محکوم شد.

وی در ‌‌نهایت و در آخرین پرونده خود از سوی دادگاه تجدید نظر به چهار سال حبس تعزیری و ۷۴ ضربه شلاق محکوم شد که حکم شلاق در مورد این زندانی سال گذشته اجرا شد.

بهروز جاوید تهرانی که از سن ۱۹ سالگی همواره در بازداشتگاه‌های مختلف کشور حضور داشته است در مجموع ۱۱ سال از عمر خود را در زندان‌های جمهوری اسلامی بدون مرخصی سپری کرده است.

دستگاه امنیتی در آخرین اقدام خود سعی داشت وی را مجددا به دلیل انتشار فیلمی ازمحسن دکمه چی زندانی سرطانی به حبس تعزیری محکوم کند، اما بر اساس آخرین گزارشات دریافتی این زندانی از اتهامات وارده تبرئه و امروز مصادف با روز تولد خود از زندان رجایی شهر کرج آزاد شد.