Soheil Arabi's Biography

soheil arabi with daughter

Soheil Arabi is an Iranian blogger (born in 1985). He was arrested in 2013 for criticizing Islam and Islamic Republic governing methods and was sentenced to death penalty.


In 2013 Soheil and his wife were arrested by Iranian terrorist Islamic revolutionary guard corps (IRGC), after a few hours his wife was released and within several months she was forced by Iran’s regime to divorce Soheil. But Soheil was tortured and kept in solitary confinement for two months and then transferred to Evin prison.
State-owned mass media in Iran accused Soheil to violation but Sahamnews website published it's court ruling for the first time which shows that Soheil is sentenced to death for insulting prophet Muhammad and Iran's supreme leader and two other officials, Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel and Ahmad Jannati. This is how Iran’s regime covers Human Rights Violations. Prisoners of conscience in Iran are labeled as rapists, murderers, robbers, smugglers. They are imprisoned, tortured and executed by Iran’s regime.
Mohammad Javad Zarif foreign affairs minister of Iran in many times through different interviews with foreign media outlets has said that we (Iran’s Regime) do not jail people for their opinions and we don’t have any political prisoners. Iran’s regime keeps political prisoners and dangerous prisoners in the same ward to incite harm against them and shows to the world that they don’t have any political prisoners.
This is how they cover their gross violation of human rights; political prisoners go on hunger strike frequently to protest to not-separating political prisoners from ordinary criminals.
Soheil Arabi has repeatedly gone on hunger strike due to poor prison conditions, the unlawful hold of political prisoners in a ward with inmates convicted of violent crimes like Murder and Rape, but every time being harmed by dangerous prisoners and the guards themselves, and even officials deny him from medical care.
Soheil Arabi is sentenced to 90 months imprisonment and two years of “religious researches” in the Court of Appeal for proving remorse and rescuing himself from the death penalty. While serving a seven-and-a-half-year prison sentence, he must read 13 volumes of theological religious books in order to abolish the death penalty and prove his remorse. Then he has to write 2 to 5 pages of summary for each book.
Government forces him to write an article in the field of Islam and religion. He has to write a report to the court every three months to prove his remorse and change of behaviors just to stay away from the death penalty!

The first case against Soheil: Insulting the sanctities of Islam
Publishing photos and images and contrary materials to public opinion, propaganda against the regime, insulting the Supreme Leader Khamenei, insulting government officials.
Initially, he was sentenced to death -because of Blasphemy against the Prophet Muhammad - but his sentence was revised to 7 years and 6 months of prison and thirty lashes in Appeal Court, on the condition of his education and researches in Islam.

The second case in 2016 resulted in a conviction:
The propaganda campaign against the regime, stirring public opinion that led to three-years prison time, exile to Borazjan (a remote city) and some cash penalty.
Soheil went on hunger strike on June 15; According to her mother, Soheil has lost about 12 kilograms in weight and so far, no official has responded to Soheil's request. He went on a hunger strike to protest to keeping political prisoners and ordinary criminals in the same place. He demanded the separation of the prisoners and demanded the separation of the two mentioned groups. Soheil is currently serving a prison sentence in the same ward as robbers. He has been repeatedly harassed by dangerous inmates. There is no cooling system in the ward. There is no drinking water, and inmates buy water at a higher price than normal from the prison store. Hot air and lack of sufficient water has caused allergies and skin diseases (skin fungi).

In addition to the lack of AC, the wards don't have any water coolers. Soheil is being held in the Fashafuyeh prison, built in the deserts around Qom City. Because of the desolation and the refusal of the jailers to spray the jail, inmates face the problem of vermins and insects. There have been a number of lice and bedbugs in the prison, which have led to serious problems for prisoners and deprived them of minimal comfort. Soheil has also banned all prison store goods for being too expensive. The Prison Shop sells goods in higher prices than their actual price.
Farangis Mazloum, mother of Soheil Arabi, was arrested on Monday, July 22, by a female security officer and seven male security guards who broke in their home and have taken her to an unknown location. The cause of the arrest is unknown. On Wednesday, August 6, Reporters Without Borders issued a statement condemning the arrest of Farangis Mazl.

Soheil Arabi is a political prisoner and atheist who is being tortured and imprisoned for 7 years because of some face book posts, has continued his hunger strike since April 4th 2020.

Political prisoner Soheil Arabi is in horrible health conditions due severe pain caused by “blunt trauma” and infection in the body, frequent coughs and low blood pressure because of his previous hunger strike which has started since march 16 and after 10 days forced to use serum.

Soheil Arabi had continued his hunger strike after using serum for 9 days on April 4th due to lack of medical cares and not being granted leave to himself and other political prisoners due to the outbreak of corona in prison.
This is while no physicians remain in the Greater Tehran Penitentiary and the prisoner’s inquiries to get medicines have got nowhere. Prison authorities do not account for the life and health of prisoners and want to kill them silently.
He needs treatment and surgery due to a physical injury and severe pain but has been denied medical treatment.
He has been told that all the expenses of hospital should be paid by himself due to the fact that he has been tortured by Islamic Revolutionary guards agents.
In light of low hygiene in the Greater Tehran Penitentiary, the large number of prisoners and the spread of Coronavirus in prison, the life of political prisoners, detained in this prison are in danger.
Prison authorities have repeatedly prevented treatment of Soheil Arabi to add to his suffering in prison and get him killed silently.
In April 2019, he was beaten up in prison and suffering physical damage.
His illness has aggravated after nine months of denial of medical care. Infection has spread in his body and he has severe pain.
Soheil Arabi explains about his illness: “After writing and publishing an article about the conditions of prisoners detained in ward 1 of the Greater Tehran Penitentiary, I was transferred to Ward 1A of the IRGC Sarallah Garrison. The interrogator there got mad after asking a few questions and kicked me hard in the testicles. When I came to, I was in Firouzabadi Hospital. The physician told me that I had suffered a blunt trauma for which I must be operated on as soon as possible to remove my left testicle. After eight months, however, I have not been sent to hospital. Infection has spread to other parts of my body and I feel severe pain in the legs.”
On January 21, Soheil Arabi rejected the pressures by the Intelligence Ministry to express remorse for his recent statements condemning the killing of innocent people on the ground and in air by the Islamic Regime’s Revolutionary Guards and Khamenei’s plainclothes agents. He was subsequently sent from Evin Prison to exile in the Greater Tehran Penitentiary.
Soheil Arabi was arrested and sentenced to death in 2013 after criticizing Islam and prophet of Islam in his face book page and weblog.
After the appeal, he was sentenced to 7.5 years imprisonment and when it was finished, they sentenced him 3.5 years more imprisonment and exile.
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   جان سهیل عربی به دلیل اعتصاب غذا به دلیل عدم ارائه درمان لازم به واسطه عفونت در خطر است.
سهیل عربی طی پیغامی از زندان تهران بزرگ، در حالی که همچنان به دلیل اعتصاب غذای قبلی خود از سرم استفاده می کند، از سرگیری اعتصاب غذای مجدد خود را از روز ۱۶ فروردین ماه ۹۹ اعلام کرد
زندانی سیاسی محبوس در زندان تهران بزرگ اعلام کرد به دلیل نقض حقوق خودش و باقی زندانیان سیاسی، ظلم مضاعف مسئولین جمهوری اسلامی و بد عهدی مسئولان مجددا اعتصاب غذای خود را از سر گرفت.
سهیل عربی پیش تر در تاریخ ۲۶ اسفندماه به دلیل عدم رسیدگی پزشکی به وی و همچنین ندادن مرخصی به خود و باقی زندانیان سیاسی به دلیل شیوع بیماری کرونا در زندان، دست به اعتصاب غذا زده بود که با وعده های مسئولین پس از ۱۰ روز به اعتصاب غذای خود با دریافت سرم به مدت ۹ روز پایان داده بود.
پیام سهیل از زندان بزرگ:
از سرگیری اعتصاب،به دلیل نقض حقوق خود، ظلم مضاعف و بد عهدی مسئولانمن مرتکب جرمی نشدم. وظیفه خبرنگار بیان واقعیت و انعکاس مشکلات مردم بالاخص دردمندان جامعه است. و من فقط انجام وظیفه کردم و صدای ستم دیدگان بودم. بی بی عدالتی ها اعتراض کردم. تمام اتهامات واهی بوده مثل فعالیت تبلیغی علیه نظام مثل تشویش اذهان عمومی و بازجویی ها تحت شکنجه و اکراه اخذ شده و حتی اجازه دفاع در دادگاه به من داده نشده است. در بند الف ۱، قرارگاه ثارلله به شدت مورد ضرب و شتم قرار گرفتم و از ناحیه بیضه دچار تروما شدم و هنوز پس از گذشت ماه ها، درمان نشدم و درد شدیدی را تحمل می کنم.من پدر هستم و دلتنگ فرزند خود. من انسان هستم و قفس آزارم می دهد.دلایلی بهتر برای اعتصاب غذا پیدا نمی شود. با توجه به اینکه بارها نامه نگاری کردم و از شنیدن وعده های دروغ خسته ام.هرچند که طی چند روز اخیر هم غذا نخوردم و فقط با سرم زنده ماندم . دفعه پیش هم در اثر اعتصاب غذا به کمای قندی رفتم و وقتی به من سرم زده بودند خواستم سرم را بکشم اما آن ها نگذاشتند و خواستند چند روز صبر کنم تا مشکلاتم حل شود.برای چه ؟به چه دلیل از مرخصی محروم بودم ؟ میگویند به این دلیل که سر موضع هستیمن نه قاتلم و نه سارق، بلکه فقط حقایق را نوشتم و ب