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Iranian regime sentences activist Atefeh Rangriz to heavy prison and flogging sentence

Atefeh Rangriz, one of the activists arrested during Labor Day protests
Atefeh Rangriz, one of the activists arrested during Labor Day protests

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, September 1, 2019–An Iranian regime court sentenced Atefeh Rangriz, one of the activists arrested during Labor Day protests, to 11 and half years in prison and 74 lashes. The sentence was given in branch 28 of the Iranian regime's so-called revolutionary court, overseen by the criminal judge Mohammad Moghisei, an internationally known human rights offender.

Iranian security forces arrested Atefeh Rangriz along with 35 other activists during a peaceful protest on the occasion of Labor Day in front of the regime's Majlis (parliament). She was later transferred to the Gharchak prison in Varamin, where female prisoners are held.

Last month, 80 labor syndicates across the world condemned the arrest of Labor Day protesters in Iran.

Earlier this year, Rangriz had described the conditions of Gharchak prison as such: "Gharchak is the nickname of hell. Gharchak prison has 10 wards, each of which holds 120-150 prisoners. In this prison, there are children who have never seen the night, never seen their fathers, never seen outside of the prison, never seen the national park. They only see closed doors and many locks."

In her letter, Rangriz explained that the conditions in Gharchak are so dire that most inmates have to devote themselves to forced labor)workshops to "forget about the long hours of the day, just so that they can buy twenty minutes to contact outside."

Read her full letter here.

 

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