ASSAULT ON POLITICAL PRISONERS IN IRAN - UPDATE
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Today, the families of the political prisoners, who were the subject of a vicious attack by Evin Prison’s Special Guards last Thursday, staged a protest outside the office of the Islamic Republic President, Hassan Rouhani. Since last Thursday’s attack, anxious families of the political prisoners have gathered daily outside Evin Prison, demanding answers and immediate access to their loved ones. In last Thursday’s raid on Ward 350 of the Prison, the prisoners were badly beaten up; many were injured, some seriously.
During today’s protest outside Rouhani’s office, the families were able to send several of their representatives inside the building for talks. However, after their return and as the crowds were starting to leave, the protesters came under attack by the security forces. Several people have been arrested.
Yesterday, some family members were able to briefly visit their imprisoned relatives. This came after a large gathering of around 200 outside the visit hall of the prison. Those who were able to meet with the prisoners, have spoken of injuries and blue marks on the prisoners’ bodies. The mother of one of the prisoners, Akbar Amini, fainted, and had to be taken to hospital, after seeing her son’s injuries to the neck and head. Only one further brief visit was allowed on Monday afternoon.
The latest update on the condition and whereabouts of the prisoners, based on the information available so far, is as follows:
16 prisoners continue to be held in solitary confinement. They are believed to be those with the most severe injuries. Those, with relatively lighter injuries, have been returned to Ward 350. The prisoners in Ward 240 are on hunger strike, and they have been joined by 12 prisoners in Ward 350.
The prisoners in the solitary ward are as follows:
Behnam Ebrahimzadeh, Mohammad Amin Haadavi, Mohammad Sedigh Kabudvand, Mohammad Davari, Behzad Arab Gol, Gholamreza Khosravi, Abolghasem Fuladvand, Mehran Ahan Khah, Reza Akbari Monfared, Majid Asadi, Saeed Matin Poor, Soheil Babadi, Saeed Haeri, Samku Khalghati, Reza Hamyari and Mohammad Shojaee.
Ebrahimzadeh and Kabudvand are said to be severely injured.
There are also serious concerns for the situation of Shahrokh Zamani, a political prisoner in Gohardasht Prison, who continues to be on hunger strike.
The Iranian government and the prison authorities are accountable for the grievous harm inflicted on the political prisoners in Ward 350. All those responsible for ordering this attack and those who carried it out should be brought to justice.
The injured political prisoners must receive immediate and appropriate medical attention and treatment outside the prison facilities.
All the remaining political prisoners who were moved to the solitary ward must be returned to Ward 350 immediately.
The families of the political prisoners should have free access to their loved ones.
The political prisoners in Ward 350 should be compensated for the financial and personal loss they have incurred as a result of the destruction of their belongings and personal property during the raid.
All political prisoners and jailed workers and trade unionists, who are being held in Iranian jails on fabricated and arbitrary charges, merely for their political opinion or trade union activity, must be released immediately and unconditionally.
Free Them Now! Campaign to Free Jailed Workers in Iran
22 April 2014