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Missing Protester, 19, Dead

12 Jul 2009 20:3010 Comments

jpegThe following is a press release from the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. Tehran Bureau will occasionally publish press releases from reputable organizations in our Press Roundup section to augment our reporting. Tehran Bureau is not however responsible for the accuracy of their content.

After Withholding Information, Iranian Authorities say Youth Demonstrator Died of Gunshot Wounds

(12 July 2009) Iranian authorities have informed the family of Sohrab Aarabi, 19, that he died of gunshot wounds to his heart, 26 days after he disappeared during a demonstration on 15 June, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran reported today.

Aarabi's mother, Parvin Fahimi, a member of the Mothers for Peace organization, made numerous attempts to obtain information about his situation, taking his photograph to prisons, courts and other addresses. Finally, on 11 July, after the protests commemorating the "18 Tir" student demonstrations in 1999, the family was summoned by the Revolutionary Court and referred to the Investigatory Bureau (Agahi), and asked to identify Sohrab from among several photographs of corpses. According to family members interviewed by the Campaign, his body had arrived at the coroner's office on 19 June, five days after his disappearance. Sohrab Aarabi was due to begin his university studies this year.

Aarabi died of gun-shot wounds to his heart but it is not clear if he was first injured and taken to a hospital and died later or that he died on the street on 15 June.

"If Sohrab was shot on the street on 15 June, why was it recorded by the coroner only on 19 June?" asked Hadi Ghaemi, spokesperson for the Campaign. "We are calling for an independent investigation and a full account of the causes of Sohrab Aarabi's death, and appropriate follow-up by the Judiciary," he said. "Such an investigation should also disclose why the authorities waited so long to tell a mother of her son's death."

The lack of transparency and calculated delay in releasing the information about Aarabi's unexplained death only raises anxieties about scores of others who are among the disappeared as well as those who have been held in incommunicado detention, with no contact to family members or lawyers, many for almost a month. Approximately 190 people were arrested following the most recent demonstrations on 9 July.

"Many families fear they will also be told their loved ones were killed in the demonstrations, and will be left to wonder if it is the truth, " Ghaemi said. "Indeed, the families of the disappeared are suffering from a form of torture because of the absence of credible information."

For the latest human rights developments in Iran visit the Campaign's website at www.iranhumanrights.org

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10 Comments

My Family And Myself, Would To Extend Our Heartfelt Condolences To The Family Of This Young Man,

May The Creator, Hold Them In His Arms And Comfort Them,

The Sacrifice This Young Man Made In The Name Of Freedom, For His Family And Country Will Never Be Forgotten,

Let It Be Known He Died In The Midst Of Making History...


Sara R. Anderson

July 12, 2009

The Supreme Leader of Iran, Will Be Held Responsible For The Atrocities Inflicted On The Lives Of The People In Iran.

Sara R. Anderson / July 12, 2009 4:54 PM

We have to believe in a Higher Power, and in that Higher Power, he is safe. My condolences to the family, but believe he is safe and he is happy. I am sorry for your loss.

NoName / July 12, 2009 5:21 PM

Such a terrible, sad waste of life and promise. My prayers go out to his mother,

and everyone who cared for him. May God comfort them all.

Peg / July 12, 2009 5:39 PM

Rest In Peace, brave Iranian.

Dave In America / July 12, 2009 11:49 PM

I pray for his family to have strength.

He will not be forgotten; I promise he will not be forgotten.

A / July 13, 2009 3:16 AM

I'm so sorry to read about Sohrab's death - R.I.P.- today was his funeral

almost impossible to imagine, the dispear in his familiy - all these days full of hope to find him alive - in vain -

it makes me sick, crying, sleepless-

while sleepless I've been trying to imagine: why has he just disappeared on this June 15th, without any of his fellows around realising he was fatally wounded? was he on his own? who took him to hospital? - How could he disappear?? - I've been looking again through many videos of that day, and I didn't see one badly injured person left alone - ... what happened with Sohrab then?

I've understood in the hospitals the basij take the passports from the injured, to avoid the hospitalstuff from knowing who the injured patients are; that explains, why the hospital cannot inform the families ...

it's cruel -

I wish Ms Fahimi could find a slight comfort

uli vs - Munich / July 13, 2009 10:32 AM

The pain and agony his family, relatives, and friends are going through is unimaginable. I pray that they have the strength to make it through.

Allen Glen / July 13, 2009 1:57 PM

rahat edame khahad dasht

Tehrani / July 14, 2009 12:31 PM

In the coming months we will learn of many more deaths. The world will be outraged, but things will only get worse. These uprisings were our best hope against the Islamic Regime. The regime now has time to regroup, remove and replace anyone who apposes it, and methodically search for everyone who participated in the protests. They will (as they have before) take measures to identify every single opponent, and imprison, torture and later kill them. They will do this not over the next few weeks or months, but over the next few years. This is the sad truth behind this so called Islamic Regime. If this is what Allah preaches, then I am no Muslim.

Daryoosh / July 15, 2009 1:22 PM

solidarite and sadness

we're very sad for all young men and women killed by the iran state.

we must show hommages for the victims of this regime.

we artists are shocked by the destruction of young lifes and all their possibilities

to read also in todays liberation , the french news paper, the appeal of international

artists and intellectuals, sadness deep sadness, but also action,

don' t let them kill, look at solidaires avec le peuple iranien at liberation.fr

piotr kurtz / July 16, 2009 11:31 AM