At Iran’s Evin prison inmates are harassed yet again

At Iran’s Evin prison inmates are harassed yet again

Published by on August 29, 2015

Evin-4Prison guards carried out a detailed inspection in two wards of Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison on Thursday. The ward houses numerous Iranian political prisoners.

The henchmen raided wards 7 and 8 of Evin early hours of Thursday morning, searching the prisoners’ personal belongings.

Numerous inspections have been carried out by the mullahs’ regime in Evin’s wards 7 and 8 in recent months, and prisoners have been forced to wait for hours in the courtyard as their belongings are searched.

The prisoners believe that these inspections are an attempt by the regime to intimidate the inmates and aggravate their suffering.

On Tuesday, 47 ordinary prisoners from Evin’s wards 7 and 8 were transferred under heavy escort to the newly-opened Greater Tehran Central Prison (known as Fashafouye).

Fashafouye Prison is still under construction, but the mullahs’ regime has already begun to move prisoners there despite lack of facilities.

More than 500 prisoners at the end of July protested their conditions and lack of basic services and began a hunger strike. Protests in the new prison, built in the deserts near the Tehran-Qom road, erupted over sub-human living conditions.

Among the problems that the prisoners are complaining about are lack of functioning toilets, water and heating outages, lack of medical care to ill prisoners and constant harassment of inmates by prison wardens. Many prisoners are forced to sleep on the floor next to the toilets and in the hallways.

The officials in the new prison have also been accused of using prisoners for forced unpaid labour.

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