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Families of Iranian political priosners meet with reformist MPs

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Families of a number of political prisoners met with reformist Members of the Islamic Republic Parliament to protest about the treatment of their kin in prisons.

Daryoosh Ghanbari, spokesman for the reformist representatives told Parleman News that "the prisoners are being denied their most basic rights."

He maintained that while they are all under "severe psychological pressure", many are also being denied adequate medical care.

He called on the judiciary to treat prisoners, according to the law and release those who have not committed any crime.

After the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the 2009 presidential elections, his opposing candidates, MirHosein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi challenged Ahmadinejad's victory saying the "votes were engineered" and the outcome of the election was determined by "military interference."

The government rejected the allegations and accused them of inciting sedition. The disputes were followed by widespread arrest of reformist figures, political and social activist, journalists and protesting citizens.

In the past year, families of these detainees have often protested against "information blackout regarding their kin and their undetermined judicial files as well as mistreatment of prisoners."

Despite repeated announcements and petitions issued by prisoners and their families condemning torture and abuse in prisons, the judiciary has refused to address these concerns.

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