Singer Arya Aramnejad arrested again
|On 8 November 2011 singer Arya Aramnejad was arrested when his home was raided by intelligence agents. According to news agencies and bloggers, Arya Aramnejad was beaten by the agents, handcuffed and then taken to an unknown location.
The violent arrest of singer and composer Arya Aramnejad took place upon his return home after having attended the court in the city of Sari, reviewing his appeal for a previous sentence. The intelligence agents are said to have searched the musician’s house and confiscated his handwritten notes, documents, computer and other personal belongings.
According one of Freemuse’s sources, Arya Aramnejad’s wife has later on been allowed to visit her husband. These visits are only allowed under full supervision – they are never left on their own.
Interrogated about his songs
There are reasons to worry about the singer’s health. He has a heart condition and he is not allowed medical care. Freemuse’s source has also reported that Arya Aramnejad has been fasting, as a protest against the conditions in prison.
Arya Aramnejad is a Green Movement supporter. The Green Movement of Iran is a protest movement, questioning the results of the presidential elections of 2009 and demanding the removal of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from office.
Persianbanoo – 13 November 2011:
‘Singer Arya Aramnejad Is In Solitary Confinement And Is Banned From Visits’
For a democratic secular Iran… – 12 November 2011:
‘Arya Aramnejad Arrested Again’
Human Rights Activists News Agency – 8 November 2011:
‘Singer Arya Aramnejad Arrested’
Persian2English – 8 November 2011:
‘Arya Aramnejad, singer and musician, has been detained’
Wikipedia – Continually updated:
‘Iranian Green Movement’
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Haiti: Members of the popular band RAM arrested
Story from Weekly Update on the Americas / LACYORK, York University , Canada
Haitian police detained three members of the popular band RAM late on the night of Nov. 4 as they were on stage performing a song called “Justice!” at the Oloffson Hotel in Port-au-Prince, witnesses say. District police chief Renan Etienne confirmed that three people were detained but did not provide details. “It’s pretty strange, people coming in at midnight to arrest people,” band leader Richard Morse said. “No warrant, no explanation, no nothing.” Haiti’s 1987 Constitution requires warrants in most cases and bars arrests between 6pm and 6am, but in recent weeks police have circumvented the restriction by claiming the arrests were necessary to stop ongoing crimes.
In a communique made public in Haiti earlier the same week, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), part of the Organization of American States (OAS), expressed concern about arbitrary arrests and detentions carried out since the end of September, including the arrest of Senate president Yvon Feuille and three other FL politicians at Radio Caraibes on Oct. 2 and the Oct. 13 arrest of Rev. Gerard Jean-Juste, an Aristide supporter [see Updates #766, 768]. The IACHR also expressed concern about the beheading of several police agents, which the interim government that replaced Aristide has blamed on pro-FL gangs. [Agence Haitienne de Presse 11/3/04]
After the arrest, protesters–armed, according to some reports– stormed the station in the early morning of Nov. 6. The police agents fled, prisoners escaped and about 100 Metayer supporters looted the station and set up burning barricades in several intersections. MINUSTAH soldiers recaptured the station on Nov. 7. [HSG 11/6/04 from AFP, AP, 11/7/04 from Xinhuanet; Miami Herald 11/7/04 from unspecified wire services]