Female political prisoners subject to cruel treatment in IranPublished by International Liberty Association on March 12, 2018
Two female human rights defenders are being subjected to brutal treatment in the Shahr-e Rey prison, in Varamin, just outside of Tehran. The pair are being held in unsanitary conditions on the quarantine ward on the prison, with only restricted access to the outside world. Atena Daemi and Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee are imprisoned for defending women’s rights and opposing the death penalty.
Golrokh Iraee, after being on hunger strike for 35 days, is in poor health and suffering from severe muscle cramps that make her unable to move.
Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, in a statement published on 9 March, said : “We are extremely alarmed by reports from Shahr-e Rey prison about the targeting and escalating ill-treatment of Golrokh and Atena. They should never have been imprisoned in the first place, and now it seems the Iranian authorities are deliberately subjecting them to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment because of their outspoken activism and continued human rights work even behind bars.”
Atena Daemi is a human rights activist who distributed material opposing the death penalty and Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee wrote an unpublished fictional story about the cruelty of stoning which was only found during a search of her home. Both women are accused of acting against security of the ‘Islamic’ state ruling Iran.
In his statement Philip Luther said: “The sentences handed down to Atena and Golrokh beggar belief. The Iranian authorities must release them immediately and unconditionally. Instead of punishing those who dedicate their lives to the cause of human rights in Iran, the authorities should start working to ensure human rights defenders are able to operate in a safe environment, free from fear or reprisals.”