Despite the repeated pursuit of the family of Ramin Hussein Panahi, 30 days later, there is still no news about the fate of the political activist. Ramin Hussein Panahi was arrested and shot by IRGC troops on June 23. Along with his arrest the IRGC killed three other political activists. Ramin was transferred to an unknown location after bring shot and detained.
Despite the repeated pursuit of his family to Iran’s security agencies, there is no news about the fate of this political activist. Ramin Hussein Panahi’s parents even went to the Ministry of Intelligence and Revolutionary Guards centers, but so far, the two security agencies are not willing to respond.
Since the family had not heard anything from Iranian authorities on Ramin’s condition or whereabouts, the family responds by paying frequent visits to the authorities, although not the the IRGC or Ministry of Intelligence, to see If there is any news.
Ramin Hussein Panahi, a political activist and member of the Komala party, was shot and arrested by the IRGC forces on July 1 for wanting to inform Iranian on human rights issues. Right after his arrest the IRGC forces stopped by the house of his father to arrest Ramin’s family members.
On the same day, Ramin’s little brother, Afshin Hussein Panahi, was arrested, who is still underage. Security forced returned 3 days later, on July 4th, to arrest another brother of Ramin, Anwar Hossein Panahi, and arrested 4 other relatives on June 26th, namely Zbayr, Ahmad, Abbas and Keyvan Hussein Panahi. Anwar was released two days after his arrest on condition that he was not to return home, to Kurdistan, and is to stay in Tehran. Other detaines however are still in detention, including Ramin’s underage brother and there is no news about them either.
Now, Ramin Hussein Panahi’s family has send a letter to UN Human Rights Reporter for Iran, Ms. Asma Jahangir, informing her about their situation. Ramin’s family has been plagued by Iran’s security forces for the past 10 years.
Their family had to go through abusive arrests, killings, exiles and all kinds of physical and psychological abuses. In this letter they also wrote: ‘The bitter experience of repeated and frequent loss of family members, namely Ashraf, Sabah and Massoud Hussein Panahi,” and the physical and psychological injuries that Anwar Hossein Panahi had to undergo during his 7 years imprisonment are unforgettable for us.
Now we fear for Ramin, as he is at serious risk due to the severity of his injuries and history taught us that the torture carried out by the security agencies in Iran would be most likely of deadly consequence.’ Therefore, Ramin Hussein Panahi’s family calls on all international institutions, international organizations as well as reporters to do everything within their power to free Ramin and by doing so, save his life.
On June 24, Amnesty International, headquartered in London, read out the publication of Ramin’s detention and that of his family members as “compulsory disappearance” and called for the disclosure of their fate and their place of detention as well as clarity regarding the medical condition of Ramin Hussein Panahi, who was wounded in arrest.
The organization urged Iranian authorities to release the other people arrested simply because of their family relationship with Ramin Hussein Panahi as soon as possible.