Hossein Mashoufi was reportedly beaten severely and detained on disciplinary grounds by the People's Mojahedin
Hossein Mashoufi was reportedly beaten severely and detained on disciplinary grounds by the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) in July 2001. The PMOI was, at that time, an armed group based in Iraq, from where it opposed the authorities in Iran. It has been an illegal organization in Iran for over a decade.
Hossein Mashoufi said the beatings he received from the PMOI severely damaged his kidneys and that he was hospitalized for a time in Baghdad. In July 2001, AI wrote to the PMOI about the reports that Hossein Mashoufi had been tortured in Iraq and received a prompt reply from the organization. It included a letter, allegedly in Hossein Mashoufi's hand, claiming that he had not been detained and that the allegations were false. The PMOI offered to arrange for AI to speak with him - while he continued to be under PMOI supervision - if there were further concerns.
Following his eventual escape from the PMOI, Hossein Mashoufi sought refugee status in a European country. Research undertaken by AI helped support his successful asylum claim and Hossein Mashoufi is now safe. AI has been able to speak freely with him.
He confirmed that he was forced to write the letter stating that he was safe. He also confirmed that he still requires medicine to control the functioning of his kidneys, which remain damaged as a result of the beating he claims to have received at the hands of the PMOI.
According to unconfirmed reports received by AI, the PMOI, now disarmed and under US supervision in Iraq, continues to hold prisoners at its facilities in Iraq. These reports have been vigorously denied by the PMOI, which is banned in the Euopean Union, USA and many other countries.
AI's work on opposition groups does not imply any legal or international status or recognition and is aimed strictly at securing the protection of human rights. AI calls on all political groups to uphold fundamental human rights standards and international humanitarian law.
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