Seyed Jamal Hosseini found dead in Turkey



Seyed Jamal Hosseini, late senior member and editor of Human Rights Activists in Iran

Seyed Jamal Hosseini, late senior member and editor of Human Rights Activists in Iran

With deep regret we have been informed of the suspicious death of Seyed Jamal Hosseini (Esfandiar Baharmas), editor and a senior member of Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRAI) through their news agency. Jamal Hosseini was found dead in his office by Turkish authorities on the night of 4th August.

Seyed Jamal Hosseini’s dead body was found by Turkish police at his office with drops of blood on his face and scattered around his home, which was also used as his office. Jamal Hosseini, who was 34 years of age, was one of the founders of HRAI and its editor. According to HRAI, he played a significant role in the establishment, development and implementation of the activities of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA). HRAI reports that there is currently no information about the cause of death but that Turkish authorities have begun their investigations.

According to HRAI, Jamal Hosseini suffered harsh living conditions whilst living as a refugee in Turkey and was subjected to a lack of medical treatment. However, he never ceased his human rights work and pursued his noble ideals, as a fully dedicated senior member of HRAI. Furthermore, HRAI reports that Jamal Hosseini was always the target of hatred and conspiracies orchestrated by the Iranian security and intelligence forces.

Middle East Forum for Development expresses its deepest condolences to Seyed Jamal Hosseini’s family, the Iranian people and fellow human rights activists.The loss of Seyed Jamal Hosseini marks a devastating time for the cause of human rights in Iran as he was the voice of the voiceless and his work served as a source of hope to many prisoners in Iran.

We call on the Turkish authorities to ensure that there is a thorough and independent investigation in to the suspicious death of Seyed Jamal Hosseini. If the investigation indicates that a crime has been committed they must take the necessary steps to bring the perpetrators to justice.


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