Yesterday marked exactly one year since Iranian blogger Hossein "Hoder" Derakhshan was arrested. Cyrus Farivar has been covering the story on his blog and in various news outlets. He posts an update today, after a Skype chat with Hossein Derakhshan's brother, Hamed Derakhshan (who lives in an undisclosed country). We now know that Hoder is being held in the notorious Evin Prison
, where many other political detainees have been taken, and where human rights abuses are commonplace and extreme.
"Hossein confirmed the recent Human Rights Activists in Iran reports that claim he had been forced to do squats in cold showers and has been beaten repeatedly," reports Cyrus.
His family doesn't know when they'll see him next, and does not know all of the details of his detainment.
Hossein Derakhshan's brother, Hamed, speaks out [ cyrusfarivar.com ]
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