Imprisoned Gonabadi women in deplorable conditionPublished by International Liberty Association on May 26, 2018
In a statement issued on 25 May Amnesty International draw attention to the situation of women from Gonabadi Dervish community who have been unjustly detained in deplorable condition in Gharchak Prison in Shahre-Rey.
“Women prisoners of conscience from Iran’s Gonabadi Dervish religious community are being subjected to verbal abuse, including sexual slurs, and denied proper medical treatment by doctors and other health professionals at Shahr-e Rey prison on the outskirts of Tehran,” Amnesty International statement said.
According to the report doctors at the prison, a former industrial chicken farm in Varamin, are routinely dismissing the women’s complaints of pain and discomfort as “fake” and refus to prescribe them medication on a timely basis or carry out thorough diagnostic tests.
Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, asserted, “Deliberately denying medical treatment to any prisoner is unlawful, cruel and inhuman and can amount to torture. These women from Iran’s Gonabadi Dervish community should not even be imprisoned in the first place. It is deplorable that the Iranian authorities are seeking to intimidate and torment them further.”
At least 10 women from Iran’s Gonabadi Dervish community have been arbitrarily detained in Shahr-e Rey prison in inhuman conditions, without access to their lawyers, since February 2018.