Likelihood of arrest because of suspected association with political opponents of the Iranian regime [IRN4219]

The IRBDC cannot comment on the likelihood of a person being arrested because of suspected association with political opponents in Iran. However, both the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1988, (Washington: U.S. Department of State, 1989), and Amnesty International, in Iran: Violations of Human Rights, (London: Amnesty International, 1987) and its Amnesty Report 1989, (London: Amnesty International, 1989), report the practice of arbitrary arrest of persons suspected of political opposition activities. The latter report also refers to cases in which relatives of suspects have been arrested to pressure fugitives.

As stated in the above documents, the books Iran under the Ayatollahs and Shi'ism, Resistance, and Revolution [ Hiro, D.; Iran under the Ayatollahs, (London/New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987); Shi'ism, Resistance, and Revolution, (London: Mansell Publishing Ltd., 1987); various references throughout the texts.], as well as other sources, participation in armed political opposition is reported to be tried in the Islamic Revolutionary Courts and subject to Capital Punishment.