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05/13/10

Women in Tehran prison suffering spread of disease

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Reports from Tehran's Evin Prison tell of extremely bad hygiene conditions and spread of disease in women's section of the prison.


A view of Evin prison

Kaleme website reports that a number of political prisoners have contacted their families and reported that in the women's section there are extreme hygiene concerns such as lice, feminine infections and infections of the respiratory system.

Reportedly in some cases the infections have become so chronic that they have become resistant to antibiotics.

In the past eleven months thousands of people have been arrested in Iran in connection with protests to the controversial re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Many of these detainees are women.

Women prisoners say: "For some days now, there is no warm water in the showers and all the prisoners are bathing with cold water."

The prisoners report that the prison officials refuse to take any steps toward treatment of prisoners.

The prisoners also say that their diet is very poor and the prison store has great restrictions on the kinds of food it offers the inmates.

The lack of proper diet, according to families of detainees, has caused a weakened immune system in prisoners which has made them vulnerable to repeated sickness.

The report also accounts: "A few nights ago a woman in Evin quarantine suffered from a ruptured appendix and died because prison officials failed to take her to the infirmary on time."

According to Evin Prison regulations detainees are locked in their cells from 10 pm to 7 am and during that time there is very little supervision on the condition of detainees.

 

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