Concurrent with increasing protests in Iran, the number of political prisoners is also on the rise. Like the early years of this regime, the country’s prisons are now filled up with men and women who have decided to confront the regime.
Here we try to introduce some of them to show the real situation of the country and people’s courage and decision to confront the regime and overthrow it at any cost. This is contrary to the regime’s propaganda that it has control over the situation.
These brave political prisoners in the regime’s medieval prisons show the regime’s real fear while struggling every day to prevent being overthrown by the people, dissidents argue.
Behbahan Prison is one of the most infamous prisons in Khuzestan province. Many young people detained during the recent two-year protests in Behbahan are in difficult and uncertain conditions in this prison:
9 political prisoners detained in Behbahan prison:
- Hamid Champour, 22, has been imprisoned in Behbahan prison for five months on the charges of propaganda against the regime and writing anti-regime graffiti.
- Ebrahim Abu Ali, 31, has been imprisoned for 11 months on the charge of propaganda against the regime in Behbahan prison.
- (first name) Dorostkar, 35, has been in Behbahan prison for one month on the charges of spreading lies and propaganda against the regime.
- Meysam Kazemi, 35, has been detained in Behbahan Prison for one month on the charges of propaganda and plotting against the regime.
- Mohammad Khalili, 30, has been detained in Behbahan Prison for three months on the charges of propaganda against the regime and acting against national security.
- Gholam Tayebi and Ali Tayebi, 32, have been detained for more than three months on the charges of propaganda and acting against the regime.
- Mohammad Hossein Ansarifar, 29, members of whose family were killed in Behbahan in November 2019, has been detained in Behbahan Prison for six months on the charges of having links with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK/PMOI) and propaganda against the regime. He suffers from heart disease.
- Abdollah Monsefi, 45, a geotechnical engineer with a bachelor’s degree in political science, has been in Behbahan prison for two months on the charges of supporting the PMOI and spreading propaganda against the regime.
Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz
Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz is also one of the most feared prisons in Iran. According to a political prisoner who was recently released from prison, “One day of imprisonment and solitary confinement in Ahvaz prison is equivalent to 100 days in Evin prison.”
Despite the appalling and inhuman situation in this prison, those imprisoned there refused to cooperate with the regime and disobeyed demands by the Ministry of Intelligence to collaborate.
The names of some political prisoners detained in Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz:
- Shahid Qanavati, 25, was sentenced to 24 years in prison on the charges of supporting the PMOI and acting against national security. He has been detained in ward five of Ahvaz Central Prison for more than 40 months. The prison officials broke his wrist under torture.
- Massoud Masoudi, 48, was arrested on the charges of supporting the PMOI and propaganda against the regime and has now served more than eight years of his sentence.
- Hossein Momken, 50, has been detained for more than 11 years in Ahvaz Central Prison for supporting the PMOI and acting against national security.
- Mehran Gharabaghi, 30, a student, was arrested on December 19, 2019, for supporting the PMOI, insulting Khamenei, and acting against national security. He was first transferred to Behbahan Prison and then to Sheiban Prison in Ahvaz. The regime added trumped up charges against him, including ‘Corruption on Earth’ the punishment for which is execution.
- Amin Moradi, a 35-year-old prisoner from Behbahan, has been detained in Ahvaz Security Ward five for more than two months on the charges of propaganda against the regime.
- Ayub Porkar, 70, from Tehran, is a former telecommunications employee. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison for membership in the PMOI and spreading propaganda against national security. Ayub has spent 11 years in internal exile and five years in Behbahan prison. He has been imprisoned in security ward five of Ahvaz Central Prison since 2014.
- Gholamhossein Kalbi, 60, is one of the longest-serving political prisoners. Mr. Kalbi was sentenced to 30 years, for membership in the PMOI. He has been in prison for 27 years.
- Hadi Hakim Shafaei, 40, a language lecturer at the University of Tehran and an international law graduate from Bojnourd University, North Khorasan, was sentenced to two years in prison for propaganda against the regime.