Prisoners in Iran jail write to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Prisoners in Iran jail write to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Published by on March 13, 2017

A group of prisoners in Gohardasht Prison wrote a letter to the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights and called on him to act to stop heavy noise transmission on prisoners in this prison.

According to the letter increased noise has caused chronic headaches, nausea and unusual dizziness for the prisoners. Prison officials blame the prisoners for this because of their attempts to leak the news of prison conditions to the outside world.

The text of the statement is as follows:

United Nations Human Rights Council
Hon. Zaid Raad AlHussien:

We are sending you this report while over the past 24 hours, more than 7 of our cellmates have been transferred to the hospital with chronic headaches, nausea and unusual dizziness and even there, except giving few pain killers, nothing else is done.
Prison doctors also know that with making several layered windows and doors and all air vents with sheet metal on the pretext of preventing prisoners’ communications and transfer of news, and installing more than fifteen Static Transmitter and Jammer devices (ie one machine per five square meters), the situation would not improve.

Air pollution resulting from the lack of air circulation as well as noise waves, show evident effects on our health. But prison officials say it is your fault, because of leaking prison news outside and authorities are blaming us [for this torture].

From their viewpoints we are guilty and they are allowed to do whatever they want. In addition to the harsh conditions of the past, such as pressure and beatings and interrogations, arbitrary and later solitary confinements and faking files, the two above mentioned cases (blocking air vents and jammers) have recently been intensified a great deal, and no authority considers these issues as pursuable. Therefore we ask you to take urgent action.

From Gohardasht prison in Karaj, March 2017

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