Iran: Families of political detainees protest prison conditions
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.
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
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
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
Photos: Families of
Political Prisoners Break Their Fast Behind Walls of Evin Prison
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