Ameneh Sadat Zabihpour Ahmadi

AKA: Ameneh Sadat Zabihpour

Ameneh Sadat Zabihpour Ahmadi
آمنه سادات ذبیح پور احمدی
1984
Tehran
Female
Non-academic Journalism diploma
No
Alive
4 Jan 2021
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  • IRIB Reporter on Political and Security Affairs, Tehran (2003 - present)
    • Human Rights Violation: Producing a defamatory propaganda programme against Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliff using misrepresented stolen private data (23 Nov 2017 - 29 Nov 2017) read more
      Institution
      IRIB
      Location
      (National)
      Rights Violated
      Right to a fair trial, Right to privacy
      Description

      Ameneh Sadat Zabihpour was directly responsible for the illegal use, distortion and misrepresentation of personal information of Nazanin Zaghari,a British-Iranian prisoner, including the abuse of the content of her emails and private and family photos, in order to produce and broadcast the defamatory program "Raddepa" on 23 and 29 of November 2017 with the aim of portraying Zaghari as a spy.

       

      On 18 March, 1994, Nazanin Zaghari traveled to Iran with her 22-month-old daughter, Gabriel, to visit her family for Nowruz. On 6 April, 2016, she was arrested by members of the Revolutionary Guards at Imam Khomeini Airport, while boarding a plane with her daughter to leave Iran for Britain. She was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of "collaborating with foreign institutions" and "participating in the soft overthrow of the government".

      Sources

      “Orwellian state: the Islamic republic of Iran state media as a weapon of mass suppression”, Justice for Iran, 1 June 2020

      https://justice4iran.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ORWELLIAN-STATE-ISLAMIC-REPUBLIC-OF-IRAN%E2%80%99S-STATE-MEDIA-AS-A-WEAPON-OF-MASS-SUPPRESSION-English-1.pdf 

      Raddepa programme: episode 1, IRIB News Agency, 23 November 2017

      https://www.iribnews.ir/fa/news/1913706/%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B2%D9%86%DB%8C%D9%86-%D8%B2%D8%A7%D8%BA%D8%B1%DB%8C-%D8%A8%DB%8C-%D8%A8%DB%8C-%D8%B3%DB%8C-%D9%88-%D8%B1%D8%AF%D9%BE%D8%A7%DB%8C%DB%8C-%DA%A9%D9%87-%D9%BE%D8%A7%DA%A9-%D9%86%D9%85%DB%8C%E2%80%8C%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%AF

      Raddepa programme: episode 2, IRIB News Agency, 29 November 2017

       

      https://www.iribnews.ir/fa/news/1923698/%D9%86%D9%82%D8%B4-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AC%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%87-%D8%B1%D8%AF%D9%BE%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%86%DA%AF%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%A7%D9%86

      Legal Developments

      In a joint letter to the European Union Council on 30 January 2020, 13 international and Iranian human rights organisations have requested the sanctioning of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcast (IRIB), and seven officials responsible for the broadcast of forced confessions extracted from political prisoners on the 20:30 news bulletin, including Ameneh Sadat Zabihpour. In this letter the signatories write: "We, the undersigned of this joint letter, remain gravely concerned about the ongoing and systematic use of televised confessions obtained under torture and ill-treatment in Iran."

    • Human Rights Violation: Participation in the interrogation, recording and broadcasting the forced confessions of Sepideh Gholian (19 January 2019) read more
      Institution
      IRIB
      Location
      (National)
      Rights Violated
      Right to a fair trial, Right to freedom from torture, Right to privacy
      Description

      Ameneh Sadat Zabihpour was directly involved in interrogating, obtaining forced confessions from Sepideh Qalyan, a labour activist, and producing and broadcasting a defamatory film about labour activists Sepideh Gholian and Ismail Bakhshi, during the preliminary investigation and before the court ruling. Sepideh Gholian was arrested in November 2018 along with at least 19 other labour activists, including all members of the Hafta Tappeh Sugarcane Workers' Representatives Assembly, and was released on bail in late December 2018.

      On Saturday, 19 January  2019, Islamic Republic State TV broadcast the forced confessions of Ismail Bakhshi, Sepideh Gholian, and Ali Nejati, a member of the board of directors of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Workers Union, in a film entitled "Burnt Plot," in which these activists confessed to their relations with the "Marxist and subversive groups outside Iran".

      A day after the broadcast of her TV confession on IRIB, Sepideh Gholian was arrested again along with her brother "Mahdi Gholyan" on Sunday, 29 January, 2019. Sepideh Gholian's father said on the way she was detained: "At 7 o'clock in the morning, 12 male and two female officers violently stormed the house, broke my son 's teeth, beat me and my wife, and said,' We will kill your daughter, too. Please do not let our children be killed. '

      On Wednesday 25 January, 2019, Gholian revealed on her twitter account about the role of Zabihpour in her interrogation:  "Ameneh Sadat Zabihpour was in the interrogation room to prepare a text for us to read in front of the camera after hours of physical and mental torture”.

      On Thursday, 26 January, the Justice for Iran Organisation announced the complaint of Sepideh Gholian against the head of the IRIB, the editor-in-chief of the 20:30 News Show, and Ameneh Sadat Zabihpour. According to Gholian, only a few minutes after her complaint against Zabihpour was registered, the case was dismissed without any preliminary investigation. On 6 February 2019, Gholian was summoned to court due to a lawsuit against her, filed by Ameneh Sadat Zabihpour.

      On Saturday, January 19  2019, Islamic Republic State TV broadcast the forced confessions of Ismail Bakhshi, Sepideh Gholian, and Ali Nejati, a member of the board of directors of the Haft Tappeh Sugarcane Workers Union, in a film entitled "Burnt Plot," in which these activists were forced to falsely confessed to their relations with the "Marxist and subversive groups outside Iran".

      A day after the broadcast of her TV confession on IRIB, Sepideh Gholian was arrested again along with her brother "Mahdi Gholyan" on Sunday, January 29, 2019. Sepideh Gholian's father said on the way she was detained: "At 7 o'clock in the morning, 12 male and two female officers violently stormed the house, broke my son 's teeth, beat me and my wife, and said,' We will kill your daughter, too. Please do not let our children be killed. '

      On Wednesday January 25, 2019, Gholian revealed on her twitter account about the role of Zabihpour in her interrogation:  "Ameneh Sadat Zabihpour was in the interrogation room to prepare a text for us to read in front of the camera after hours of physical and mental torture”.

       

      On Thursday, January 26, the Justice for Iran Organization announced the complaint of Sepideh Gholian against the head of the IRIB, the editor-in-chief of the 20:30 News Show, and Ameneh Sadat Zabihpour. According to Gholian, only a few minutes after her complaint against Zabihpour was registered the case was dismissed without any preliminary investigation. On February 6, 2019, Gholian was summoned to court due to a lawsuit against her filed by Ameneh Sadat Zabihpour.

      Sources

      “Orwellian state: the Islamic republic of Iran state media as a weapon of mass suppression”, Justice for Iran, 1 June 2020

      https://justice4iran.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ORWELLIAN-STATE-ISLAMIC-REPUBLIC-OF-IRAN%E2%80%99S-STATE-MEDIA-AS-A-WEAPON-OF-MASS-SUPPRESSION-English-1.pdf 

      Plaintiff in the position of the accused; Sepideh Gholian was summoned to the Revolutionary Court, Justice for Iran, 14 March, 2017

      https://justice4iran.org/persian/reports/sepideh-gholian-revollutionary-cout/

       

       

      Letter from 13 human rights organisations to the European Union regarding the broadcast of "Forced Confessions", Interview with Shadi Amin, Radio Farda, 3 February, 2017

      https://justice4iran.org/persian/reports/to-eu-irib-sanction-radiofarad-with-shadi-amin/

      Audio file of Masih Alinejad's interview with Sepideh Gholian's father, PeykIran,

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6quf2qhiiM&feature=emb_title&ab_channel=Peykeiran

      Video "Burnt Plot", IRIB News Agency, 20 December, 2016

      https://www.iribnews.ir/fa/news/2332969/%D8%B7%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AD%D9%8A-%D8%B3%D9%88%D8%AE%D8%AA%D9%87-

      Legal Developments

      In a joint letter to the European Union Council on 30 January 2020, 13 international and Iranian human rights organisations have requested the sanctioning of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcast (IRIB), and seven officials responsible for the broadcast of forced confessions extracted from political prisoners on the 20:30 news bulletin, including Ameneh Sadat Zabihpour. In this letter the signatories state: "We, the undersigned of this joint letter, remain gravely concerned about the ongoing and systematic use of televised confessions obtained under torture and ill-treatment in Iran."

    • Human Rights Violation: Recording and broadcasting forced confessions of Fatemeh Davand (20 Novemeber 2019) read more
      Institution
      IRIB
      Location
      (National)
      Rights Violated
      Right to a fair trial, Right to freedom from torture, Right to privacy
      Description

      Zabihpour was involved in obtaining forced confessions from Fatemeh Davand, a protester detained during the November 2019 nationwide protests. Zabihpour is also responsible for violating Davand’s right to a fair trial, by broadcasting Davand’s forced confessions as part of a defamatory program on 20 November, 2017 with the aim of making accusations, including links to political organisations abroad prior to Davand’s trial.

      Fatemeh Davand, 42, married and the mother of three children, was arrested by Islamic Republic security forces during the November 2019 Bukan protests against rising gas prices. A video of Davand during the protests went viral, in which she was standing on the roof of a car surrounded by the protesters and giving speeches. Davand was sentenced to five years in prison in May 2018.

      Sources

      “Orwellian state: the Islamic republic of Iran state media as a weapon of mass suppression”, Justice for Iran, 1 June 2020

      https://justice4iran.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/ORWELLIAN-STATE-ISLAMIC-REPUBLIC-OF-IRAN%E2%80%99S-STATE-MEDIA-AS-A-WEAPON-OF-MASS-SUPPRESSION-English-1.pdf

      Video of Fatemeh Davand Forced Confessions, Khabarban, November 2019

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW9waRXknQM&ab_channel=%D8%B3%D9%84%DB%8C%D9%82%D9%87%D8%B1%D8%B6%D8%A7Salighereza%D8%AA%D9%84%D9%88%DB%8C%D8%B2%DB%8C%D9%88%D9%86%D8%A7%DB%8C%D9%86%D8%AA%D8%B1%D9%86%D8%AA%DB%8CTV

       Fatemeh Davand, one of the detainees of the November 2019 protests on hunger strike, Iranwire, 12 November, 2020

      https://iranwire.com/fa/news/west-azerbaijan/43064

       

      Legal Developments
      In a joint letter to the European Union Council on 30 January 2020, 13 international and Iranian human rights organisations have requested the sanctioning of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcast (IRIB), and seven officials responsible for the broadcast of forced confessions extracted from political prisoners on the 20:30 news bulletin, including Ameneh Sadat Zabihpour. In this letter the signatories write: "We, the undersigned of this joint letter, remain gravely concerned about the ongoing and systematic use of televised confessions obtained under torture and ill-treatment in Iran."
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.