Detained Iranian-Canadian Activist Reportedly Dies In Tehran Prison

A friend of Kavous Seyed-Emami an Iranian Canadian academic who died while in detention in Iran said he will remember Seyed-Emami's passion and love for the outdoors and hiking

A friend of Kavous Seyed-Emami an Iranian Canadian academic who died while in detention in Iran said he will remember Seyed-Emami's passion and love for the outdoors and hiking

The 63-year-old's death was confirmed late yesterday when his son Ramin Seyed Emami, who is a popular singer in Iran, revealed details to his followers on social media.

A Iranian-Canadian professor and environmental activist has died in Iran after he was arrested on what observers call "trumped-up charges".

Seyed-Emami's son, the Iranian musician Raam Emami, wrote on Twitter that his father was arrested on January 24, and that his mother had been informed of Emami's death on February 9.

"The news of my father's passing is impossible to fathom", Raam wrote. "I still can't believe this". A Canadian Foreign Ministry spokesman said authorities were looking into the matter.

"Canadian consular officials in Ankara are working to gather additional information and are providing assistance to the family of the Canadian citizen", said spokeswoman Natasha Nystrom.

Ghaemi said Seyed-Emami was a founder of the group, which he called "the leading environmental NGO in Iran", and he was detained along with almost a dozen other members.

On his Instagram account, Raam Emami wrote that authorities said his father had committed suicide. The family has asked for an independent autopsy, he said. "His lectures and thoughts were of course in clash with the official ideology and the way of thinking (the) regime would promote", said Ali Reza Eshraghi, a former student of Seyed Emami.

"The information published about him is not believable, and we expect officials to respond and to provide the public with information concerning his death", the association said in a statement. "He was my friend and will be missed".

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The Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), a non-profit group based in NY, said at least nine other staff members and executives of Seyed-Emami's organization had been arrested on the same day as him, citing a relative of one of those detained.

Tajzadeh was himself held at Evin prison in Tehran for seven years.

Activists say there have been other suspicious deaths among detainees that have been labelled as suicide. Shakourirad leads the reformist Islamic Union Party. "What is going on in this country?"

The Centre for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), a New York-based lobby group, also told the BBC the Iranian authorities had increased their targeting of dual nationals in Iran.

Seyed Emami was a professor of sociology at Imam Sadeq university in Tehran and earned his doctorate at the University of Oregon.

Trevor Harrison is a professor of sociology at the University of Lethbridge.

Separately, Iran's judiciary has announced in recent weeks the suicides of two Iranians among those arrested during nationwide anti-government protests last month.

On Saturday, Jafari-Dolatabadi said Iran's security forces had arrested several people who had been "gathering classified information in strategic areas. under the coverage of scientific and environmental projects".

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