The fundamental rights of female Iranian political prisoners are being violated by the mullahs’ regime, according to this report by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
Facing numerous political, social, and economic crises, not least growing discontent by the people and the coronavirus, the regime has increased executions, arrests, humiliating punishments, and disproportionate sentences.
Let’s look at the abuses that female Iranian political prisoners are being subjected to.
Denial of Medical Care
This is a common method of torture that the regime uses against political prisoners, but it’s much more dangerous during the coronavirus crisis. Many are denied transfer to the hospital, even if they pay for their own treatment, or removed from the hospital before full treatment can take place.
Fatemeh Mosanna, who is suffering from an infection in her intestines and an internal hemorrhage was severely ill twice in October, with prison guards at first refusing to send her to hospital.
On October 27, she was eventually sent to Taleghani Hospital for heavy intestinal bleeding, but even when a doctor said that she should remain under his supervision, guards returned her to prison on the orders of the Ministry of Intelligence and the Prosecutor Supervising Political Prisoners.
- Saba Kord Afshari was denied a medical professional to remove the cast on her swollen ankle
- Kurdish writer Mojgan Kavousi is not allowed to have a much-needed operation
- Massoumeh Senobari has contracted the coronavirus, as well as having blurry vision, a broken right leg, and other issues related to torture
- Nejat Anvar Hamidi is suffering from poor eyesight, thyroid complications, and chronic headaches
- Shahin Solhjoo contracted herpes zoster
Another form of torture is to send female political prisoners from Evin prison to prisons that do not allow the separation of prisoners based on their crimes, meaning that political prisoners are in the same ward as murderers.
This has, over October alone, affected:
- Nasrin Sotoudeh
- Monireh Arabshahi
- Yasaman Ariyani
- Elham Barmaki
- Sakineh Parvaneh
- Maryam Nassiri
Harassment and Intimidation
In Qarchak Prison, authorities have prevented political detainees from educating other prisoners, which led to a protest by Zahra Safaei, Parastoo Mo’ini, Forough Taghipour, Maryam Nassiri and Golrokh Iraee.
These women are put under great pressure by the authorities and violent inmates incited by the regime, which led to Safaei suffering a heart stroke.
While in Kermanshah’s Correctional Center for Rehabilitation, Special Guards attacked protesters with batons and tear gas, which led to Sheno Rahmati and Fatemeh Rahimi being badly beaten and taken to solitary confinement.