Here you can find a report on the latest situation of Athena Daemi, a political prisoner in exile in Rasht’s Lakan prison
The human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution”, September 12, 2021- Hossein Daemi, the father of political prisoner, Atena Daemi, reported that it is for about 25 days that Atena has been deprived of the right to call, which still continues. However, it is unclear which authority has ordered such restriction. Such an order is against the regulations of the Judicial Organization and the Prisons Organization.
Hossein Daemi, in a report on the latest situation of Athena Daemi, wrote: “Today, September 12, it is for more than 25 days that my Athena has been denied her right to call. According to an order, not known issued by which authority, Athena can only contact her family in the presence of a prison guard. This order is against the regulations of the Judicial Organization and the Prisons Organization.
I, along with Mr. Ramin Safarnia, Athena’s lawyer, followed up the issue in Gilan province from judge allocated for this prison, the head of the prison, the director general of the Prisons Organization of Gilan province, and even from the general inspection; none of them are willing to say who the order was issued by to deprive her from calling. Wherever we go, they refuse to tell the truth.
All orders regarding Athena’s case are issued from Tehran. The follow-up we made from the Prosecutor’s Office and the Department for Implementation of Orders at Evin Prison in Tehran, showed that no orders have been issued to prohibit her calling. It is clear from the evidence and the fact that the authorities of Gilan province do not give us any answer, that this act is arbitrary and without any judicial order, which is against the regulations of the Disciplinary Committee and the country’s General Prisons Organization.”
Political prisoner Atena Daemi, who had been on strike since Thursday, August 12, 2021, to protest the repeated phone cuts and the deplorable conditions of Rasht’s Lakan prison, ended her strike after making phone calls were allowed again and a number of prisoners, whose freedom has been postponed for four weeks as the warden was not present in the prison, were released.
Since August 19, after a voice clip from Athena Daemi from Rasht prison, was published, she was again, not allowed to make a phone call.
About political prisoner Athena Daemi:
Atena Daemi, 32, has been detained in Evin Prison without a single day off since late fall of 2016. She was abruptly deported from Evin prison to Rasht’s Lakan prison on Tuesday night, March 16, 2021, on the eve of the New Year.
Atena Daemi was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2014 on charges of “propaganda against the regime, assembly and collusion against national security, insulting Khamenei, insulting Khomeini, and concealing evidence of crime.” She was released on bail after 16 months in detention.
Her sentence was then reduced to seven years.
At Branch 36 of the Appeals Court of Tehran province, according to the rulings of Judges Ghomizadeh and Hozvan in regard to four civil activists, her sentence was commuted to seven years in prison. In early summer of 2020, while in prison, she was sentenced to additional two years in prison, and 74 lashes for “propaganda against the system and disturbing the prison’s order.”
On April 28, 2021, Hossein Daemi, the father of political prisoner Athena Daemi, wrote of concerns about her daughter being infected with coronavirus. However, while the young political prisoner should have been released or sent on leave under these conditions, she remained in exile at the risk of contracting the coronavirus.
On July 5, 2020, after receiving a new sentence of two years in prison and 74 lashes, Athena Daemi said in a message: “I am free today because freedom is not just being on the other side of the bars. Each new sentence is a confirmation of my freedom. I resist until I am alive.”
In response to the Islamic Republic’s demand the she writes and asks for pardon, political prisoner Athena Daemi wrote in a message: “… I consider unconditional release as the right of political prisoners, not only will I never seek forgiveness from the despots of our time, but I will continue my path more determined than ever before, it is you who should ask the people for forgiveness…”
On August 12, 2021, political prisoner Atena Daemi went on a hunger strike to protest the situation in Rasht’s Lakan prison, particularly the cut in phone calls. On Tuesday, August 16, after the prisoners were allowed to make phone calls and those who were supposed to be released, were, she broke her strike.
On July 2, 2020, Amnesty International issued an urgent action for the release of Atena Daemi, an advocate of opposition to death penalty. In this urgent action, it announced that Atena Daemi was a bitter case of suppression and must be released.