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“Torture & sexual abuse” of prisoners in Iran prisons


Minab Prison
Minab Prison

A prisoner recently released from Minab Prison (southern Iran) has described the torture and mistreatment he witnessed and endured on himself.
“There is a column in this prison to which prisoners are roped to for punishment, with their hands and feet cuffed. They cannot even turn their heads and may be left in such conditions for 10 to 15 days,” he said.
“Prison authorities have even dubbed this column as the ‘Pilgrimage Site’, adding it ‘cleanses the soul,’” the prisoner added.
The term ‘Pilgrimage Site’ is meant for cleansing the prisoners of their sins. Torturers in Iran legitimize all their tortures and lashing under this pretext. However, there is no place for such crimes in Islam. Islam believes in human beings being able to change, not in deserving torture for their mistakes.
This released prisoner also referred to “sexual harassment of young prisoners” by the authorities.
“The prisoners have protested such hideous conduct. However, they were punished and exiled in response,” the prisoner said.
Minab Prison, with a capacity of around 1,000 prisoners, is in the town of Minab located 100 kilometers east of Bandar Abbas in Hormozgan Province, southern Iran.


(March 24, 2016)