What is happening to political prisoners in Iranian detention centers and prisons is a violation of human dignity
Iranian prisons, slaughterhouses where in the absence of the media and without the permission of international human rights organizations, behind closed doors and far away from any human principles, political prisoners are physically and mentally tortured and even sexually assaulted.
Different stories of these prisoners and who have been released so far show that these prisons have become a hell for prisoners and a slaughterhouse for humanity.
Vali Doroodi, a former Kurdish political prisoner with a 28 year prison sentence in Iran, described the prison situation as follows: “The prison was a very narrow four-walled prison full of injustice and
inequality with guards devoid of mercy, compassion and humanity. “Very poor health facilities and food, most people who have been incarcerated for many years, suffer from malnutrition and skin and mental illnesses.”
This report also seeks to represent and publish a part of the crimes against humanity of the I.R.Iran and its security and legal system. Direct from Kurdish political prisoners. What you are reading in this report is just a small part of this endless tragedy, the end of which may be assumed only with the end of the Iranian government.
Ghane Mohammad Rezaei, a former prisoner said: “During the detention and interrogation, I was blindfolded, and i was noticed two interrogators standing behind me and asking their questions.”
“The interrogation started with swearing
and cursing,” he said, referring to psychological torture during his detention.
Two executed Kurdish political prisoners, Zanyar and Loghman Moradi, comment on the behavior of the security agents of the Islamic Republic, during their detention: “They bruised us. We didn’t have the strength or ability to move for nine months.”
Former political prisoner Hadi Amini describes the officers’ behavior during his detention: “I was physically tortured when I was transferred to the Iranian Intelligence Service in Sardasht. They were trying to confess my membership in the PJAK party and demanded my cooperation and “I confessed to the names of people who thought I was in contact with them. But I resisted and refused to cooperate.”
Former Kurdish political prisoner Vali Doroody also points to the ongoing
psychological torture in Iranian prisons, saying: “Never, not even for a second, did the lamp of the detention center off, the sleeping and resting place, and even the bathroom with surveillance cameras. “It simply came to our notice then.
According to Vali Doroody, profanity and obscene words are a constant part of the torture and behavior of detention center officials: “Including transfer to solitary confinement, deprivation of the right to breathe and visit family, and spraying harsh and burning skin sprays on the head, hands and face, including tear gas.”
Mohammad Rezaei also points to the existence of various forms of physical torture that could even lead to the deliberate death of a detainee due to political charges, saying, “They tried all kinds of tortures to torture me. “My vision
was weakened and my nose was broken. When I was punched, when I fell to the ground, they kicked me in the face, breaking my nose. The effects are still visible on me.”
Aformer Kurdish political prisoner Fakhredin Faraji said: “Three interrogators who had electric shocks (sometimes if you blindfolded later than scheduled, you would be hit with a shocker,” I was taken to solitary confinement and then to torture and interrogation room, where I was able to move slowly due to a fracture of two vertebrae and ribs in my spine. They would drag you to the interrogation cell on the corridor. When you entered the interrogation room, the interrogation would begin. They used to tie the big legs tightly with “plastic bracelet” clips, and now they whipped the cable under your feet for hours, in the meantime, they played with
you and sometimes they brought three cables, one very thick (black cable). And the other medium and the last cable was narrower than the other cables, they was asked me Which cable do you want to hit? And he said I want to hit your feet with a black cable, now choose which one to hit you with? And you had to choose which cable to hit you with, if you didn’t choose you would be beaten to choose your own cable to hit you with, they would put the cables on the bed in front of me and raise the blindfold a little to see the cables. I also put my hand on one of the cables. To hit under my feet with it; And sometimes they were one or three or more or less; “They laughed during this game and destroyed your psyche.”
Psychological torture begins after physical torture and in order to destroy the personality and existence of the arrested
and detained person.
Fakhreddin Faraji says: “Sometimes they brought me tea during interrogation. I also didn’t understand the torture and bringing tea, and I suspected that the tea was probably mixed with psychedelic substances, and by eating it, they filmed you and Confess to their accusations, I avoided drinking tea and they kept many secrets to drink tea. When he saw that I was not satisfied with this, he poured hot tea on my head. When I was returned to solitary confinement, he rubbed his hand and covered his whole skin. I felt my head burn and rubbing my scalp between my hands, sometimes, when I couldn’t move, they took me to the interrogation room on a stretcher, and during interrogation, they put me to bed and hit me under the legs, because I couldn’t move the interrogation questionnaires. “They wrote it themselves
and I had to confirm it with my fingerprint or signature without reading it.”
“It was also a mental torture to say that your mother had died. In order to take you to mourning, you had to confess to killing someone to take you to your mother’s funeral, or they said that your families were in front of the office. If “You will be allowed to meet if you confess your actions.”
Torture isn’t limited to the detainee and isn’t charged with political activity, but also involves his or her family and relatives. “When I came out of the cell, I found out that the car in which we had been detained had bullet holes in it. They showed the car to my family and said that your son had been killed, and even my family tried to The assembly was over, sometimes they turned on the loudspeaker that was installed in the upper part of the cell and sang the lamentations of Ashura and
Tasua for hours, or a week was spent in absolute silence, which was both painful silence and torturous sounds. “And the most torturous and painful voice was the sighs and groans of the other detainees.”
But the story of former Kurdish political prisoner Hadi Amini is even more disgusting than what we quote at once in order to better understand the reader about the type of torture in Iranian prisons and detention centers: “
I was transferred to the basement of the prison when they didn’t receive their demands and I didn’t give them any information in the Iranian Intelligence Prison in Sardasht. There was a toilet I was hung from a water pipe so that my legs were off the floor, and then I was tortured. An hour later, two people were pulling my legs with both hands tied, it was so excruciating that every moment I felt
like I was split in half and my body was falling apart. It was summer and the weather was very hot, I was sweating so much that I had no water left in my body. They would just leave me hanging and come back every half hour and start interrogating me again. They would beat me with a baton and torture me. I hung like that for 24 hours. I was thirsty but they did not give me water. “For mental torture” When I asked for water, they turned on the tap but they didn’t give me water. After 24 hours, they opened my hands and I fell to the ground and lost consciousness. When I woke up, about 20 people gathered around me and waited for me to wake up. Several intelligence agents kicked me in the legs and sprayed water on my face several times. As soon as I regained consciousness, I asked for water, but they gave me very little water because they
were afraid that I would die and not be able to get the information they wanted. They tied my hands again and hung me. After a short time, they opened my hands again and started interrogating me, but I was repeating the same answers as before and didn’t give them any information. They took me to solitary confinement, returned the next morning and said that this time we would submerge your head and torture you. “They pressed their feet against the parts of my arm that had swelled from the pressure of hanging.”
Fakhredin Faraji describes the solitary cell as follows: “A solitary cell approximately 2 meters long, two blankets, one for the bottom and the other blanket for the face (while sleeping). There was a door at the end of the cell door that gave you little food, daily to endure torture and not starve to death, along with this place for
interrogation and torture, blindfolded and handcuffed through the hole in the door every day. . “
Most of the torture, as discussed in the introduction, is sexual torture. Sexual assault on political prisoners, as the most inhumane form of torture in the world, is common in Iranian prisons.
Ghane Mohammad Rezaei, a former prisoner, said: “They brought a bottle of soda and said you should sit on it. They beat me with an electric cable, a stick and an electric baton. So much so that both of my wrists. He suffered a dislocation. “
These rapes aren’t the only threat and are repeated many times, the purpose of obtaining the result and opening the language of the arrested person and the accused is to expose and confess. “I was raped three times during a 45 day detention with a glass bottle,” Mohammad
Rezaei said about the sexual assault.
“I can even prove my point by doing a test,” he said.
Mohammad Rezaei is not the only political prisoner who points to the existence of this type of torture in Iranian prisons against political prisoners. The executed Kurdish political prisoners, Zanyar and Loghman Moradi, also referred to it and said: “When they found out that we don’t accept the accusation and have nothing to do with the murder of the son of the imam leader of Marivan, They changed the way we tortured. They told us we would rape you. This time they used a soda bottle instead of a chair and sat on it; and they forced us to sit on the soda bottle. If you still don’t accept our profession and don’t admit our guilt, it will be time for rape. They used all methods to torture us. They told me (Zanyar) that it doesn’t matter to
us whether you are alive or dead. “You are a human rights activist and a former member of the Komala party. We will not let you go and you will never get out of prison.”
And the conscience of humanity is quietly sleeping in the back alleys of neoliberalism and in the midst of economic and political transactions.
Reporter, Prepared and Edited by: Akam Farhangzadeh, Human Rights Journalist