Environmental activist, Amir Hossein Khaleqi is still confined in Evin Prison, four years after his detention.
The human rights center of “No to Prison-No to Execution”; September 26, 2021- It is for 13 months that Amir Hossein Khaleaqi, an environmental activist who was arrested by the IRGC Intelligence Organization since mid-winter of 2018, and has been detained in Hall 4, ward 4 of Evin Prison.
On November 20, 2019, the sentences for environmental activists were issued by Branch 15 of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, headed by Judge Salavati. According to this ruling, Amir Hossein Khaleqi was sentenced to six-years imprisonment. The prisoner was initially charged with “corruption on earth”, but his charge was later changed to “spying for foreign governments.”
On February 18, 2020, the judiciary spokesperson announced a definitive ruling for environmental activists, and Tehran’s Appeals Court upheld the sentences.
Amir Hossein Khaleqi studied computer engineering at the University of Science and Culture and was an environmental activist who had taken nature courses in the United States. The protection of Asian cheetahs is one of the social activities of this environmental activist, which is highly regarded.
One of the prisoner’s cellmates published a heartfelt note about Amir Hossein Khaleqi in Evin Prison: “For the days that went by, I might not have thought I’d see him again, and I never thought they’d take me to prison because of my thoughts, but I finally was jailed and served my term.
“Amir Hossein Khaleghi, as always smiling with those unique-to-him moustaches, as he had welcomed me two years ago when we were together in ward 2A, welcomed me. In the quarantine section of ward 4, when other inmates told him that I had come, he quickly came to the hall and told the ward’s lawyer (an inmate responsible for a ward) to call me. It was a very interesting scene, he hugged me hard and said with a laughter: man, how much we laughed together the days when we played games so that we wouldn’t feel our pains; you always boosted the morale of the others…
“Amir Hossein was in charge of the library for a while and was active in a handcraft class. He often attended these classes all day long. He was confined in Hall 4. Before I was released in 1400 (2021-2022), I realized that after three years in prison, they gave him only 72 hours off when he was able to see his family.
“Amir Hossein helped the others very much and was the symbol of a great human being. He encouraged every newcomer who came to ward 2A and into the 20-meters’ rooms where we all slept on the floor. He shared the money that his family hardly deposited for him to buy food for the others…
“Though it is too obvious to say, but our good-natured environmental boy was like nature, pure and modest, a good natured human being who never let the pain he suffered to be seen in his eyes.
“Along with other prisoners, especially environmental activists, he is in prison hoping for bright days when a light may flicker in the dark. Amir Hossein symbolizes an endless endurance, although the end of this path is a start again…”