Iran: Activist Prisoner Zahra Safaei Threatened to Death by Criminal Inmates

Iran: Activist Prisoner Zahra Safaei Threatened to Death by Criminal Inmates

Published by on June 17, 2020
ILA: Zahra Safaei

International Liberty Association: Human Rights activist prisoner, Zahra Safaei, has received life threats from ordinary prisoners in the Qarchak Prison of Varamin.
According to the news made public on Saturday, 13 June 2020, several dangerous prisoners recruited by the Ministry of Intelligence and prison authorities have threatened to assault and murder the political prisoner.

Zahra Safaei was arrested along with her daughter, Parastoo Moeini, on 24 February 2020 and transferred to the Ministry of Intelligence Detention Center (Ward 209 of Evin Prison). Then they were transferred to Qarchak Prison of Varamin in mid-April.

The human rights activist prisoner Zahra Safaei was among the 20 arrested Iranians listed in the statement of the Iranian Resistance on 5 May 2020.
Zahra Safaei endured time behind bars as a political prisoner from 1981 to 1989. She was arrested again in 2006, and subsequently banished to the Prison of Qazvin in 2009. Her father, a prominent figure in the Tehran business community, was executed in 1982.

The Iran authorities systematically send female human rights and civil activists prisoners to the notorious Qarchak Prison to increase the pressure on them and break their resistance, or to brutalize and kill them by dangerous prisoners incited and hired by prison authorities.

Political prisoners are not safe in Qarchak because the principle of separation of prisoners according to the categories of their crimes is not observed in this all-women prison.

Qarchak Prison is also plagued with the Covid-19 disease as prisoners with symptoms are not isolated and quarantined. There have been reports of the infections of some 100 inmates in this prison.

Political prisoner Zeinab Jalalian who had been recently transferred to Qarchak on 2 May 2020, has contracted the disease and tested positive.

ILA: Many other Human Rights Activist prisoners including Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, Forough Taghipour (who has also contracted the disease), and those arrested in the protests in November 2019 are detained in Qarchak under deplorable conditions.

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