Torture still scars Iranians 40 years after revolution
But the surviving inmates still remember the screams.
Exhibits in the former Anti-Sabotage Joint Committee Prison that was run under Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi include a frightened man trapped in a small metal cage as a cigarette-smoking interrogator shouts above him.
In a circular courtyard, a snarling interrogator is depicted forcing a prisoner’s head under water while another inmate above hangs from his wrists.
As Iran this month marks the 40th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution and the overthrow of the shah, the surviving inmates who suffered torture at the hands of the country’s police and dreaded SAVAK intelligence service still bear both visible and hidden scars. Even today, United Nations investigators and rights group say Iran tortures and arbitrarily detains prisoners.
“We are far from where we must be as far as the justice is concerned,” said Ahmad Sheikhi, a 63-year-old former revolutionary once tortured at the prison. “Justice has yet to be spread in the society, and we are definitely very far from the sacred goals of the martyrs and their imam,” Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
The SAVAK, a Farsi acronym for the Organization of Intelligence and Security of the Nation, was formed in 1957. The agency, created with the help of the CIA and Israel’s Mossad, initially targeted communists and leftists in the wake of the 1953 CIA-backed coup that overthrew elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddegh.
Over time, however, its scope was widened drastically. Torture became widespread, as shown in the museum’s exhibits. Interrogators all wear ties, a nod to their Western connections. Portraits of the shah, Queen Farah and his son, Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi, who now lives in exile in the U.S., hang above one torture scene.
“Following the coup, the shah’s regime sank into a legitimacy crisis and it failed to get rid of the crisis until the end of its life,” said Hashem Aghajari, who teaches history at Tehran’s Tarbiat Modares University. “The coup mobilized all progressive political forces against the regime.”
Read More: Washington Post
Iran Briefing | News Press Focus on Human Rights Violation by IRGC, Iran Human Rights
Mar 18, 2019 Comments Off on IRANIAN COMMANDER: ALL OF ISRAEL WITHIN REACH OF HEZBOLLAH’S MISSILES
Mar 12, 2019 Comments Off on 40 years of Iranian threats against Israel and few pay any attention
Mar 06, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian lawyer defending hijab protesters convicted by Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, faces years in jail
Feb 10, 2019 Comments Off on Report: Iran Building More Missiles, Created ‘Underground’ Weapons Factory
Apr 24, 2019 Comments Off on Iranian parliament declares entire US military ‘terrorist’
Apr 24, 2019 Comments Off on Workers’ Rights Activists Arrested for Revealing Torture by Intelligence Ministry Held Unlawfully
Apr 24, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Administration Sends Warning To Countries That Continue To Import Oil From Iran
Apr 22, 2019 Comments Off on Rights Group Calls On Iran To Release Women’s Rights Activists
Apr 24, 2019 Comments Off on Trump Administration Sends Warning To Countries That Continue To Import Oil From IranTrump Administration Sends Warning To Countries That Continue To Import Oil From Iran Trump Administration Sends Warning To Countries That Continue To Import Oil From Iran The Trump administration is sending a warning...
Apr 17, 2019 Comments Off on Iran Guard’s Former General Says They Were In Bosnia Disguised As Aid WorkersIran Guard’s Former General Says They Were In Bosnia Disguised As Aid Workers Iran Guard’s Former General Says They Were In Bosnia Disguised As Aid Workers Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)...
Mar 27, 2019 Comments Off on U.S. sanctions firms accused of helping fund Iran’s Revolutionary GuardsU.S. sanctions firms accused of helping fund Iran’s Revolutionary Guards U.S. sanctions firms accused of helping fund Iran’s Revolutionary Guards The United States on Tuesday imposed fresh sanctions on a network of companies and people in Iran, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates it...