Political prisoner writes to UN about mistreatment by Iran regime

Political prisoner writes to UN about mistreatment by Iran regime

Published by on July 7, 2016

hassan-sadeqi-400Iranian political prisoner Hassan Sadeqi has sent a letter from prison to Ahmed Shaheed who is the United Nations special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran. It reads as follows:
June 30, 2016
My name is Hassan Sadeqi. I am a political prisoner at the Gohardasht Prison. I was also a political prisoner at Evin Prison during the years of 1982 to 1988. While in Evin Prison, I was beaten by cables while being interrogated. Because of the beatings, I was diagnosed for cataract disease (Katrkt) in my right eye. No one came to my rescue till my release in 1988. I sought medical help for my eye, but it was too late. I underwent an operation by Dr. Jahromi at the Royal Hospital in Tehran.
I was again arrested in 2012. I was imprisoned in solitary confinement in section 240. I was beaten by the interrogators. I suffered head injuries because of the beatings. In one of these beating sessions, I went into coma. When I regained consciousness, I found that I’d lost half of the sight in my right eye.
I was released on bail. I decided to go to Labaffi Nejad Hospital to see an eye surgeon. The doctors diagnosed my eye problem as glaucoma (glaucoma) and advised me to be monitored by a clinician. I am now in Gohardasht Prison, where I am sentenced to 15 years of unjust imprisonment. I have asked to see a doctor several times, but the prison authorities, including Haji Loo, the Judiciary representative, have rejected my request.
My right eye is on the verge of losing its sight completely. I am writing you this letter to bring the violation of the most basic rights of the prisoners in Iran. This is a corrupt regime, incapable of being moderate. Even if the court or the law allows me to be referred to a hospital for surgery, the Prison chief could block that order. This is a common practice in the prison.
Political Prisoner, Hassan Sadeqi
Gohardasht (Rajai-Shahr) Prison, Karaj
CC: Doctors Without Borders
This letter demonstrates the dreadful human rights situation in Iran. Things have only deteriorated under the current regime of the mullahs’ President Hassan Rouhani, and the plight of political prisoners like Hassan Sadeqi has worsened. Grisly public hangings, floggings, and forcible removal of limbs have become common-place punishments.

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Dear Secretary General of United Nations,

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.

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2. Call on all Western governments to make any improvement in economic relations with Iran contingent on its human rights record.
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