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Iran: Suicide, torture, confiscation of prisoners’ belongings

The Notorious Gohardasht Prison located west of Tehran, Iran
The Notorious Gohardasht Prison located west of Tehran, Iran

Reported by PMOI/MEK


Iran, June 18, 2019In protest to the extremely excruciating prison conditions and pressures enforced through torturers and other hardships, Bahram Tajic, a political prisoner in the notorious Gohardasht Prison, Karaj, west of Tehran, committed suicide on Saturday as he could no longer tolerate the inhumane ordeal.

A confidential report leaked out of Gohardasht Prison indicates the warden and regime authorities threatened other prisoners and his cellmates not to reveal the real cause of his death and only say he died of “heart attack”.



Torture and confiscation of prisoners’ personal belongings

In another report, also from Gohardasht Prison, Ali Farhadi, a prisoner held in the youth section of the facility, is said to have protested to the confiscation of his personal belongings by the prison guards. But instead of investigating his claim, the guards severely beat him until he was unconscious. The prisoner was then transferred to the prison clinic without gaining consciousness. There is no further report of his condition.



Sunni prisoners protest unjust discrimination

Sunni prisoners in Gohardasht Prison protested the disgraceful facility policy of discrimination, human rights abuse and ill-treatment of prisoners.  

The prisoners also protested against the banning of much needed medical supplies, health materials, low-quality items sold at high prices in the prison shop, and the poor quality of bread and food provided in the facility.



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UN human rights bodies have condemned the Iranian regime on 65 occasions.

The reason for those condemnations is the violation of basic human rights (especially of minorities), executions, brutal punishments such as amputation and flogging, and degrading behaviors with prisoners.





These brutal methods started from the days of the regime's coming to power.

Khomeini, 24 August 1979 stressed, "We suppress [the MEK]."

The regime has invented more than 70 methods of torture, including severing hands and feet, gouging eyes, pressing prisoners’ heads with the vise, and rape (especially against women).

Ayatollah Montazeri, Khomeini's heir apparent said on October 9, 1986: “Do you know many were killed under torture by interrogators? Do you know many prisoners were blinded, deafened, paralyzed or suffer chronic pains due to severe torture?”

The regime created cage-like cells, where prisoners were kept in them for as long as 7 months.

The regime executed 120,000 political prisoners, including even 13-year-old teenagers

Ayatollah Montazeri: “Execution of 13- or 14-year-old girls is horrifying.”

Mollahassani, Khomeini's representative in Urmia, said on December 23, 2000: “[Khomeini] said: If the prisoners are even one million, I will order to open fire on them and massacre them in one night."

Under Khomeini's orders, prison guard extracted prisoners' blood before executing them.

In 1988, Khomeini ordered, "Those who insist on their views in support of the MEK are enemies of God and are condemned to death."

Subsequently, the regime executed more than 30,000 prisoners were in less than two months.

The unbelievable scale of executions and brutal tortures in Kahrizak prison in 2009 and arrest of more than 7,000 individuals during the 2017-2018 uprisings (reported by Amnesty Intl) manifest the continuation of these crimes after 40 years.

These crimes will continue until the day of the regime is overthrown. Because it cannot survive without violating human rights.