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Iran: Families of political detainees protest prison conditions

Report source: Radio Zamaneh

A group of families of post-election detainees in a letter to Tehran's Prosecutor have called on Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi to rescue their kin from "dangerous and inhuman" prison conditions.

A Place Called Evin

According to the letter, the post-election detainees in the general holding cells of Evin prison, especially sections 7 and 8, lack all forms of hygienic provisions and are in dire conditions.

Reportedly, 50 political detainees are currently in this section and due to lack of space sleep in the halls of the section. Those who protested the condition were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement last week.

Photos: Families of Political Prisoners Rally in Tehran

Citizen's rights accorded by the judiciary, allows at least one square meter to each prisoner. The letter from the families maintains that their "loved ones are currently placed in cells where they have even less than half a square meter of space."

They add that "In this cold weather, they do not have a bed and are forced to sleep on the cold ground and many of them are suffering from the flu."

Section 8 of the Evin prison is customarily used for drug smuggling and murder convicts and it appears that the transfer of political prisoners to this section is another form of pressuring them.

Evin prison cells

The government has arrested over four thousand people in the post-election protests to the alleged fraudulent victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Over three thousand have been released mostly on bail.

Families of many of the remaining prisoners have been actively pursuing their cases demanding their release or in the least, better conditions whilst in custody.

Photos: Families of Political Prisoners Break Their Fast Behind Walls of Evin Prison

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