Political prisoners in grave danger in Gohardasht Prison

Political prisoners in grave danger in Gohardasht Prison

Published by on August 15, 2017

According to reports from Iran 53 political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj (North-west Tehran), have been attacked and transferred to a different hall where their lives are at risk.

On Sunday, 30 July, these prisoners mainly in hall 12 of ward 4 of the prison, were viciously attacked and transferred to hall 10 where more than 60 surveillance devices and closed-circuit cameras have been installed to prevent leaking of any reports to the outside. According to reports all the windows in this hall have been covered with metal sheets. The transferred prisoners have launched a hunger strike protesting the regime’s pressures and conspiracies. They include Abolqassem Fouladvand, Hassan Sadeghi, Saeed Masouri, Reza Akbari Monfared, Jafar Eqdami, Amir Qaziyan, Khaled Heradani, Zaniyar and Loqman Moradi.

A number of the prisoners are in poor physical condition as they have been denied access to their medicine and also due to the lack of any ventilation.

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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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