Parvin Mokhtare: Prisoner of the day

Sentenced to 23 months in prison for objecting to her son's imprisonment

chrr: Parvin Mokhtare, mother of imprisoned human rights activist, Kouhyar Goudarzi, was arrested on August 1, 2011, at her home in Kerman, one day after her son, Kouhyar Goudarzi, was also arrested in Tehran. After her arrest, she was informed of her charges of "propagating against the regime," and "insulting the martyrs and the Supreme Leader" and was later put on trial on these charges. This week it was announced that Parvin Mokhtare has been sentenced to 23 months in prison.

Mokhtare's heavy sentence is a result of interviews she gave after the 2009 arrest of her son, Kouhyar Goudarzi, protesting her son's illegal detention. Though families of prisoners of conscience have been persecuted by the Islamic Republic in the past, Mokhtare's heavy sentence is unprecedented. According to Mokhtare's family, her case judge sent her a message prior to issuing her sentence, asking her to write a repentance letter, expressing remorse for her actions in order to receive a lighter sentence. Parvin Mokhtare did not agree to writing such a letter, stating that it was her legal right to defend her son.

Mokhtare was denied access to a lawyer during her trial, and security forces told her she did not need a lawyer in court. Five months after his arrest, her son, Kouhyar Goudarzi, remains in a limbo in the Intelligence Ministry's Ward 209 inside Evin Prison. Goudarzi served one year in prison following the 2009 unrest.

Here's a clip of an interview she did with VOA last year about her son's case.


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This is painful on so many levels, they are sickening!

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

These sob's have crossed so many lines and yet they think they can continue the brutalization free from all accountability.  There is going to be hell to pay for, this is creating a volcano of fear and hatred.  How did these guys become our priest class to communicate on our behalf with god? And we can't even fire them!


A mother & son are suffering mentally, physically and Khoda...

by عموجان on

thinks it is funny,

Yes, they were right when they said make babies, either we will killem in wars or in our prisons. They reason they want A bomb now is,  these are useless kids to them for the kind of war they are planning. 

my thoughts with them.  


yes, Islamist justice in action...

by Roozbeh_Gilani on

If You do something we dont like, we not only jail you, do wahtever we want to do to you, we'll do ten times worse to your dearest and nearest...

Yea, sure, these savages, these sub humen islamist fascists will be "reformed one day", if we just wait and do nothing..... 

"Personal business must yield to collective interest."

Maryam Hojjat

Bravo to this Shir Mother IRANI

by Maryam Hojjat on

Who is opposing injustice and barbariate akhoondism.


The Viscious message is clear

by amirparvizforsecularmonarchy on

We'll go after everyone that matters to you, your parents, your children, your siblings, the bullys are in control and we will terrorize your thoughts and views without trial if need be.  Who ever says this system is reformable is not looking at the way they cut down internal dissent even from their own suporters.  This is a huge tragedy going on and it pushes as far as it needs to, until it gets the result it wants from its captives, which is no hope and total submission, since there is no real hope on the way it is deeply sad.  This next election will show the extent of what the opposition within can do to save themselves as the west lead by USA undermines groups for peace, progress and human rights.


Doorood bar tamame Iranian e mobarez and their mothers....

by Bavafa on

My hat off to all Iranians who are standing up against thie criminal regime.  Women particulary have been very brave in this struggle and they all deserve our steadfast support and a sustained campign to unconditionally free all political prisoners.

'Hambastegi' is the main key to victory 


Esfand Aashena

What a shame. Arrest a political prisoner's mother for nothing.

by Esfand Aashena on

Everything is sacred