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Iran: A Look at the News of the Prisons in Last Week

NCRI – Last week, political prisoners of Evin and Gohardasht prisons in a letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council condemned the attack on the women’s ward of Evin prison.

The letter partially said: “The Prison Guards, under the command of the Organization of the Prisons, attacked the women’s ward of Evin prison (who are political prisoners) and with humiliation and insult, destroyed all personal equipment and facilities. Therefore, we, the political prisoners of Evin and Gohardasht prisons condemn this repressive measure and inform your human rights body that these measures by the Organization of the Prisons are simply aimed at suppressing and intimidating prisoners in order to frighten them not to raise awareness about what is going on in prisons.

We, political prisoners, as victims of these atrocities are demanding from all human rights organizations, especially the UN Human Rights Council, an investigation and follow-up.

In another news, political prisoners Khaled Herdani and Ebrahim Firouzi wrote a letter to Ms. Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, and demanded that any relation with Iran be conditional upon an end to executions and violation of human rights.

On April 10, Baluch political prisoner, Saber Malek Raeisi, was suddenly and without prior notice transferred to Evin solitary confinement while this prisoner had previously been exiled from Baluchistan to Ardebil Prison.

Saber Malek Raeisi is the youngest political prisoner who was 17 in 2009 when he was detained. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and exile and now it has been 7 years that he is in prison, while this political prisoner committed but the Ministry of Intelligence and the IRGC Intelligence have taken him hostage and made his release conditional on surrendering of his older brother.

In a short conversation with his family in the presence of the regime’s agents, he said he was in Evin prison.

Last week two important events in the international arena took place: First, the extension of EU sanctions against the Iranian regime for violation of human rights and of course prisons are among the sites that most human rights violations take place. Second, designation and sanctioning the regime’s Prisons Organization and Sohrab Soleimani, brother of Qasem Soleimani, as one the regime’s officials in the State Prisons Organization.

On April 13, the US Treasury Department in a statement said “Treasury Takes Action to Target Serious Human Rights Abuses in Iran”. In part of the Treasury Department statement it is emphasized that: “Tehran Prisons Organization is responsible for or complicit in the commission of serious human rights abuses against political prisoners housed in Evin Prison, which falls under the authority of the Tehran Prisons Organization. Evin Prison is one of Iran’s most notorious facilities, due to the detention of many prisoners of conscience and well-documented accounts of their mistreatment and abuse. Former prisoners of Evin Prison have reported harsh interrogations, forced confessions, psychological and physical torture, and denial of access to medical care.”

The US Treasury Department highlights the brutal attack of Khamenei’s henchmen on political prisoners of Ward 350 of Evin prison on April 17, 2014 and says: “In an April 2014 incident at Evin Prison, dozens of security guards and senior prison officials attacked and severely beat political prisoners being held in Ward 350. The attack lasted several hours and over 30 prisoners were wounded or injured. Some of the prisoners were placed in solitary confinement afterward and did not receive medical treatment, despite their injuries.”

In April 2014 attack, Gholamreza Khosravi, a supporter of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), because of resistance and perseverance was tortured more than others and guards at Evin Prison exerted heavy pressure on him to give up his fight, but he did not give in and the regime executed him.

In another move with the efforts of Christian prisoners in Gohardasht prison in Karaj Hall 12, Easter ceremony and prayer was held.

Political prisoners and prisoners of conscience participated along with Christian prisoners in the Easter ceremony and prayers and prayed in unison for peace and for people affected by flooding.

Part of the prayer was: “God’s satisfaction is for those who have God’s compassion in their hearts and are committed to it and always pray him and have dedicated themselves for God’s good.”