In a recent statement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) have urged the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to take immediate action to secure the release of female political prisoners in Iran, following the forced exile of political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared.

In the March 10 statement, the NCRI spoke about Akbari Monfared’s case, including that four of her siblings had already been executed by the regime, while also quoting NCRI leader Maryam Rajavi as urging the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women to check on the condition on Akbari Monfared and fellow political prisoner Golrokh Ebrahimi Eraei.

What happened to Maryam Akbari Monfared?

On Tuesday, March 9, Akbari Monfared, who has been in prison for 12 years, was forcibly moved from Evin Prison to Semnan Prison. Other female prisoners tried to stop the transfer when they learned what was happening, but the prison guards still dragged Akbari Monfared from her cell without mercy.

Akbari Monfared lost three brothers and a sister, all members of the  Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI), to the regime. This included Alireza in 1981, Gholamreza who died under torture in 1985, and Abdulreza and Roghiyeh in the 1988 massacre.

Akbari Monfared was arrested in December 2009 for taking part in the 2009 uprising over election rigging and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Throughout her time in jail, she was not allowed to seek necessary medical care outside the prison even once.

What happened to Golrokh Ebrahimi Eraei?

She was beaten up by guards and forcibly moved from Qarchak Prison to Amol Prison on January 24.

The NCRI wrote: “On International Women’s Day, the Iranian Resistance strongly condemns the forcible exile of Maryam Akbari Monfared and Golrokh Ebrahimi Eraei and urges the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and international human rights organizations to take immediate action to secure the immediate release of these two resilient women political prisoners.”

While the opposition president Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, who has repeatedly called for an international delegation to visit the regime’s prisons and meet alone with prisoners, particularly political prisoners, further insisted that the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women must investigate these two prisoners specifically, finding out what conditions they are being kept in and how their health is.

It is not at all surprising to hear that the regime is forcibly moving prisoners because their record on prisoners’ rights is atrocious. The regime has even been known to incite attacks on political prisoners by violent offenders.