Iran’s Prisons Are ‘Hell on Earth’
After Ebrahim Raisi was appointed Iran’s Judiciary Chief earlier this year, he completely transformed prisons into centers of torture and forced disappearances, according to sources in Iran.
A report from inside the Karaj Central Prison reveals:
The density of prisoners in the prison cells
The capacity of the halls of the central prison in Karaj is for 200 persons, but with the transfer of large numbers of prisoners to the halls, they have increased the population to 700. Due to the lack of beds in the cells, many inmates are sleeping on the ground and on cardboard boxes. Prison hygiene is very low and the environment is dirty and unhealthy.
Mentally ill prisoners and those with hepatitis live with other prisoners without any treatment and may transmit the disease to other prisoners.
Shortage and lack of water
Lack of hygiene is exacerbated by daily water cuts. Prison water is disconnected every day for four hours from 2-6 pm. When the prisoners protested, the prison chief responded by saying, “Go thank God that the electricity is not cut off.”
Threats and repression, consequences of prisoners’ protest in prison
Inmates who protest against the deteriorating prison situation face consequences including ostensible ‘accidents’ or ‘suicide’. While the prison chief and wardens control the prison, they repress every protest and beat the prisoners in various ways.
The forced disappearance of prisoners
Any protest that includes more than one prisoner is considered a riot. Protesters are killed very easily or severely wounded with knives. According to some witnesses, on occasions, prisoners do not return after being thrown into solitary confinement. The wardens explain that the prisoners had committed suicide.
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