Turaj Kazemi

Turaj Kazemi
تورج کاظمی
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Male
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Alive
3 Dec 2020
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  • Deputy of the FATA Police Organised Crime Centre, National (2011 - 2013)
  • Head of the FATA Police Organised Crime Centre, National (2013 - 2017)
    • Human Rights Violation: Controlling and censoring internet (2011 - 2017) read more
      Institution
      Cyber Police (FATA)
      Location
      (National)
      Rights Violated
      Right to freedom from torture, Right to freedom of expression, Right to life, Right to privacy
      Description

      Touraj Kazemi has been a high-ranking official of the Iranian cyber police (FATA), since 2011, and has played a key role in violating the privacy of Internet users, arresting and torturing cyber activists, and restricting users' access to the Internet. During Kazemi's tenure as FATA Police Deputy Chief of Crime, Sattar Beheshti, a blogger and worker, was arrested on 30 November, 2012, and was killed on 4 November, 2012 in a FATA police detention centre as a result of severe beatings and torture.

      The Iranian Information Production and Exchange (FATA) cyber Police was established in February 2011 with the aim of "protecting religious identity" and "protecting national interests, secrets and authority" in cyberspace. In December 2011, Turaj Kazemi, the FATA police's then deputy chief of crime, clearly stated that the FATA police were using the ability and expertise of "hackers" to better control the exchange of information on the internet and attack dangerous websites.

      Sources

      Sattar Beheshti: A Story, Boroumand Foundation, 5 November, 2012

      https://www.iranrights.org/fa/memorial/story/-7809/sattar-beheshti

      FATA Police Pressurizes Internet Company to Disclose a User's Personal Information, Iran Human Rights Campaign, May 2014

      https://justice4iran.org/persian/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Kazemi-2.pdf

      Identification and arrest of illegal bloggers in the west of Tehran province, Mehr News Agency, 2012

      https://justice4iran.org/persian/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Kazemi-3.pdf

      FATA Police Chief: Government to determine the crime of using VPN, Mehr News Agency, 2014

      https://justice4iran.org/persian/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Kazemi-5.pdf

       

      Legal Developments

      In a decision dated 25 April, 2012, the European Union placed 17 Iranian officials, including Touraj Kazemi, on its human rights sanctions list for their role in widespread and severe violations of the rights of Iranian citizens. According to the decision, Kazemi will be barred from entering the union and all his assets will be confiscated in Europe.

  • Head of the Tehran\'s FATA Cyber Police, Tehran (Tehran Province) (2017 - present)
These violations may only be part of the human rights violations that this person has been involved in. The investigation into this person's human rights record is ongoing.