Special Guards in Gohardasht Prison in the city of Karaj in Iran violently raided the section of the prison where political prisoners are being held and transferred a number of political prisoners to solitary confinement.
The guards attacked Hall 12 in Section 4 of Gohardasht Prison on Monday 6 April and transferred Pastor Saeed Abedini, Mr. Khaled Hardani and Mr. Mostafa Eskandari to solitary confinement. The repressive agents mistreated and harassed Pastor Saeed Abedini.
Protesting against the repressive measures and transfer of political prisoners to solitary confinement Pastor Abedini and Mr. Hardani went on hunger strike.
According to reliable sources the attack took place in the presence of Geramiyan, the head of Section 4 and was commanded by Amirian, commander of the Special Guards.
On Saturday, April 4, prisoners in this section’s were tortured collectively by broadcast of high-powered jamming signals. Two political prisoners became dizzy and fainted. The prison authorities have recently installed very powerful jamming devices in a hall called Hosseiniyeh to block prisoners’ communications.
Intensified repressive measures in Iran’s prisons are meant to raise fear and intimidation in society in order to prevent public expressions of dissent against.
The number of executions is rising in Iran, journalists are being detained for doing their job and activists face cruel and degrading punishments, long prison terms and even execution. According to the most recent reports by Amnesty International and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, “Iran’s judiciary continues to sentence child offenders to death, and carry out their execution by hanging”. Also, on August 9th, 2016 the son of late Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, Khomeini’s designated successor in 1988, published a shocking audio tape of his father’s meeting with the “Death Commission” which summarily and extra-judicially executed tens of thousands of political prisoners held in jails across Iran. The massacre was carried out on the basis of a fatwa by the regime’s then-Supreme Leader Khomeini.
We, the undersigned, hereby urge you to take up this issue and raise it in the General Assembly in order to;
1. Put pressure on Iran to immediately halt the executions and abolish death penalty in Iran.
2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
3. Demand in its resolution on human rights violations in Iran, to bring the perpetrators of 1988 massacre (one of the worst atrocities the post-war world has ever seen – Geoffrey Robertson-QC) to justice before an international tribunal.