Feb. 16, 2021
Two years imprisonment
Insulting the sacred
Alireza Nouri is a poet, writer and member of the Iranian Writers’ Association, who has been sentenced to two years imprisonment.
On February 10, 2021, Nouri was arrested at his home by officers from the Intelligence and Public Security Police of Hamedan. He was transferred to the Central Penitentiary of Hamedan to serve a two-year prison sentence against him.
The arrest warrant for Nouri was issued by Branch 5 of the Prosecutor’s Office for the Enforcement of Judicial Sentences of Hamedan.
In June 2017, Alireza Nouri was sentenced to two years imprisonment on the charge of “blasphemy through writing offensive poetry online.” This sentence was later upheld in its entirety by the Court of Appeals. Although Alireza Nouri protested against the Court of Appeals’ judgement and his case had been referred to the Supreme Court of Iran, he was summoned to Branch 5 of the Prosecutor’s Office for the Enforcement of Judicial Sentences of Hamedan in July 2020. However, the enforcement of his prison sentence was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak in Iran. Eventually, on February 11, 2021, security agents raided Nouri’s house, arrested him and transferred him to the Central Penitentiary of Hamedan to enforce his prison sentence.
He was arrested in his home on February 11 and was sent to prison to serve his term.
The Central Penitentiary of Hamedan does not observe the principle of the separation of different types of prisoners. All prisoners, whether they are convicted of violent, security-related or general statutory crimes, are kept in one prison ward.
Alireza Nouri has published seven books and many articles during his career. The first of his poetry collections was “The Clowns Are Crying” which was published by Ahang Degar Publications in 2010.
Nouri's poems are a combination of sensations, emotions, protest and a discussion of environmentalism. These themes of protest and anger, along with others of eroticism, prevented three of his collections of poetry from being published. The three barred publications were “A Glass to the Border of Madness," “I Am Stone From The Neck Up” and “Spinning Webs.” The last title was published in Paris after Nouri was unable to secure a license from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in Iran.