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Rahnavard: End mistreatment of political prisoners

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian opposition leader, Zahra Rahnavard made another appeal to the Islamic Republic on behalf of political prisoners urging the authorities to end mistreatment of prisoners.

Millions of people protested the alleged fraud that brought Mahmoud Ahmadinejad back to power in the presidential elections of 2009. Thousands of protesters have been arrested in the past year creating an overflow of political prisoners in Iranian prisons.

The detainees include scores of journalists, as well as social, political and student activists.

Last month, spokesman for the Guardian Council announced that the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei has firmly rejected appeals for the release of political prisoners.

According to Kaleme website, in her latest statement, Zahra Rahnavard describes Iranian prisons as the place of Iran's "scientific elite, academics, journalists, winners of various Olympiads and human rights supporters."

Zahra Rahnavard waves to opposition supporters
(file photo)

The wife of the disputing candidate of the presidential election has repeatedly advocated for political prisoners. Rahanvard demands that detainees must be informed of the charges against them within 48 hours.

She insists that keeping detainees beyond that time and not informing their families of their whereabouts is akin to torture.

She sharply criticizes mistreatment of prisoners and especially the lack of medical care which has become the recurrent news surfacing from section 350 of Evin Prison.

Recently it was even reported that section 350 of Evin detainees are subjected to forced labour to expand prison capacity.

Zahra Rahnavard cites lack of an adequate diet as the reason for the increase in the illnesses in prison.

She also denounces the cancellation of leaves from prison, prohibition from having visitors and reduction of telephone and general contact with the family as further means of exerting mental pressure on prisoners and their families.

Rahanvard also notes that Rejai Shahr Prison which is located in Karaj is a "fearsome and inaccessible prison" and the transfer of political prisoners to this prisons has caused further strain on political detainees.

The disputing candidate of Iran's 2009 presidential elections, MirHosein Mousavi also described the Islamic Republic as a "jailor and denier of freedom and sharply criticized the government for "turning to violence and oppression and to denying legitimate liberties and to filling the prisons."

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