On Tuesday, May 12, 2020, Amnesty International issued an urgent action calling for unconditional release and for the prevention of torture and ill-treatment of elite prisoner Ali Younesi.
Amnesty International’s statement says:
Iranian university student Ali Younesi has been arbitrarily detained since 10 April 2020. His family believes he is being held in Tehran’s Evin prison, where he has been denied access to a lawyer and permitted only two brief telephone calls to his family. The Iranian authorities have not provided clear reasons for his arrest. He is a prisoner of conscience targeted solely for his family ties and is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment.
Amnesty International tweeted:
University student Ali Younesi has been arbitrarily detained since 10 April. He is a prisoner of conscience who has been targeted solely for his family ties and is at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. He must released immediately and unconditionally.
Ali won the gold medal of the 12th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, held in China in 2018. Earlier, he had won the silver and gold medals of the National Astronomy Olympiad in 2016 and 2017. Amir Hossein also won the Olympiad silver medal in 2017.
Ali Younesi was brought home in the evening of April 10, 2020, the same day, with injuries and torture marks. After a few hours, his parents were taken away with him and interrogated for hours under pressure. Subsequently, the students at Sharif University protested and demanded to know about the status and fate of their friends. Ali is under torture or other ill-treatment ever since.
On Tuseday, May 5, 2020, Aida Younesi, Ali Younesi’s sister, posted a video on her Twitter, exposing the Ministry of Intelligence’s conspiracy against her brother. She said: “The judiciary is forcing compulsory confessions by mental and physical torture.’’