Detained Iran Protesters Suspiciously Die in Prison

Detained Iran Protesters Suspiciously Die in Prison

Published by on January 8, 2020

International Liberty Association: Iran social media users in the past few weeks have shared shocking news on suspicious deaths of individuals who were arrested or reported missing during the November protests, Iran protest in November, and found later dead.

Reports also indicate that some of the prisoners have already died under torture and others have been forcefully “disappeared” by the security forces or Intelligence agents.

In a recent case, on 1 January, the family of Behzad Tekieh, a wounded Iranian protester who was arrested while in hospital in Shahriar during the November Iran protests, was told that their son committed suicide in prison.

This case reminds the deaths of two protesters, Vahid Heidari and Sina Ghanbari, who were arrested during the 2018 nationwide protests, and said to have committed suicide in prison. Their deaths sparked public outrage.
Most recently, former student activist Hamid Nazari, who was also detained during the protests in November 2019, died from a heart attack 24 hrs after his release. Those close to him said he did not have heart issues and had said that he received an injection while in prison.

Another detained protester Qasem Bavi, who was also arrested during the November protests in the southwest city of Ahvaz, in Khuzestan Province committed suicide and passed away on 13 December. Reports indicate that the 45-year-old was severely tortured while in prison and was suffering from psychological issues.

Eyewitnesses say that Bavi had nightmares and recalled the torture in detention, the beatings and screams of detained minors and women, saying that he could hear them, but because of the darkness, he could not see anything or anyone.

Several accounts from prisons across the country have shed light on the brutal use of torture against detained protesters by the regime including the sexual abuse of minors.

ILA: A few persons freed under excessive bail also have torture scars and they have been threatened with heavy sentences if they say a word about what they saw in the prisons.

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