Human Rights Violator: Mehdi Masoum Beigi

Full Name:

Mehdi Masoum Beigi

 

Positions:

– Deputy to NAJA Prevention Police, 2013- 9 August 2017

– Esfahan Province Police Chief, 9 August 2017- present

 

Human Rights Violations:

As the Law Enforcement Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran (known by the acronym NAJA) Commander for Esfahan province, Mehdi Masoum Beigi is responsible for the excessive use of force and the killing and beating of protesters by police forces under his command during the December 2017-January 2018 protests.

Six killed in Ghahdarijan, Esfahan

According to the IRIB News Agency, on 1 January six people were killed as a result of NAJA forces firing at the protesters in Ghahdarijan in Esfahan province.[1]

In an interview with the IRIB, Asghar Hedayat, the District Governor of Falavarjan, asserted that NAJA forces had fired at the protesters because they had launched an “armed assault” on the Basij compound and police station in Ghahdarijan. However, even in the clip broadcast by the IRIB News Channel, there was no evidence of the protesters being armed with weapons. Some parts of the footage show that what appears to be handmade petrol bombs were thrown at the police station.

From 3 January, there was a very heavy police presence in the streets, which created an atmosphere of intimidation. NAJA forces prevented any peaceful gatherings throughout the province of Esfahan.

 

*Last update: March 12, 2018*