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Political prisoners Write to UN Special Rapporteur on human rights violations in Iran

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Gohardasht Prison
Gohardasht Prison
INTV, 2 Dec 2013 – A group of political prisoners in Gohardasht Prison in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran, wrote a letter to Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights violations in Iran, shedding light on and protesting the ‘hell-like’ conditions in Gohardasht Prison, use of widespread physical and psychological torture and suspicious deaths.
“Gohardasht Prison, with 250 prisoners of conscience and political prisoners – with around 40 being under death row, 20 with life terms and many others sentenced to ten or more years in prison and exile across the country – has become a hell-like prison and the inmates are deprived of all their legal and fundamental rights. Unfair trials lacking any necessary legal standards are very common.
“It is worth noting that during the past few years a large number of our fellow inmates have been victims to suspicious deaths in prison under torture and ill-treatment. Mansour Radpour, Amir Hossein Heshmat Saran, Abdolreza Rajabi, Akbar Mohammmadi, Afshin Osanlou, Alireza Karami Kheirabadi, and illegal executions such as Ali Saremi, Farzad Kamangar and six Sunni prisoners of conscience are such cases. Recently, 12 others have been placed on the judiciary’s blacklist, including Zaniyar and Loghman Moradi, and Houshang Rezaei. It has been around 3 years that they have been deprived from any phone calls, in-person meeting, medical leaves and visits with families and friends.
“Under the pretexts of special conditions and other unreal excuses, they have installed a number of jamming devices around the prison’s courtyard. We all know what kind of consequences these devices have on people’s bodies, minds and souls.”

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