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.

Iran: Latest News From Prisons, the Situation of Conscience & Political Prisoners

NCRI - Threats of building new cases for two political prisoners:

Shahin Zoghitabar was called to information security and Farhang Pourmansouri was summoned to the inspection of the prison, on Tuesday, April 17th. At the information security, Shahin Zoghitabar was threaten by IRGC elements that if he gets involved in political activities or writes letters to those outside of the prison, he would face a new prison case. At the same time, Farhang Pourmansouri was threatened that there was a complaint against him, claiming misconduct from the prison master “Mohammadi”. Therefore, a new case has been prepared for him.

IRAN: The Political Prisoner Goes on Hunger Strike in Ardabil Prison

NCRI - According to the news, the political prisoner, Omar Farhang, went on a hunger strike on April 16th, in Ardabil Prison to protest against the unbearable pressures and the lack of medical care in the prison.

The family of this political prisoner lives in Urmia (northwest of Iran). He and his family have repeatedly requested of the Judiciary and the criminal warden to transfer him to the hospital, but the authorities did not pay attention to these demands.

Iran: The Sabotage of Sending a Prisoner to the Hospital

NCRI - The political prisoner, Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, in Gohardasht (Rajai Shahr) Prison protested against the sabotage of the prison guards, since they refused to take him to the hospital for treatment.

The agents of the regime in prison said that they will not transfer Ebrahimzadeh to the hospital unless he wears the prison uniform and handcuffs. The political prisoner refused and protested against the order.

Iran: Horrible Prison Conditions and Neglecting Authorities

NCRI - Inmates in Gohardasht prison, west of Tehran, are facing serious problems.

Prisoners are deprived of the basic necessities, and their fundamental rights are neglected.

Low quality food, lack of adequate access to medical care and the dysfunctional heating system in need of repair are some of the problems that have made conditions for the prisoners extremely difficult.

Iran: Inmate Commits Suicide After Long Period in Solitary Confinement

NCRI - An inmate of Birjand Prison, behind bars on drug-related charges, was held in solitary confinement for several months and committed suicide due to extreme psychological pressures. He committed suicide and lost his life.

Around two weeks ago another Balouchi prisoner by the name of Mohammad Nohtani had committed suicide. He was also behind bars on drug-related charges in this jail.

The Bipartisan Members of the U.S. Congress Have Welcomed Imposing New Sanctions on Iran Regime

NCRI - The U.S. Government has imposed new sanctions on Tehran Prisons Department for violating human rights and committing brutal crimes.

Additionally, the bipartisan Members of the U.S. Congress have welcomed the addition of Sohrab Soleimani (the brother of the Senior Officer, Ghasem Soleimani) on the U.S. Sanctions List.

Following the statement of the U.S Department of the Treasury regarding the sanctions, the Members of the U.S. Congress from both the Democratic and Republican parties stressed their support for prosecuting those who violate the basic rights of Iranian people.

Iran: Wave of Arrests Targets Civil Activists and People in Oil Rich Provnice

NCRI - Security forces in the city of Ahvaz the capital of oil rich Khuzestan province, South Western Iran, raided over the past week several districts in the city and arrested some of the residents.

The arrests are made on the eve of the 2005 protest rally in the city, according to ‘Alarabiya Net Farsi’ on April 15.

The 2005 protest rally was held after a letter attributed to Mohammad-Ali Abtahi, head of Presidential office at the time, was released, in which the province’s demographic change policy was communicated to a number of organs in the province.

Iran: Political Prisoners Write a Letter to Asma Jahangir

NCRI - In a letter to Mrs. Asma Jahangir, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, political prisoners ‘Khaled Hardani’ and ‘Ebrahim Firouzi’ have demanded that any relations with the Iranian regime be conditional on the regime’s stopping the executions and human rights violations.

The letter reads:

Hello and many greetings to Your Excellency and your colleagues at the United Nations

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