On Monday, March 28, 2022, Soheila Hijab, a lawyer and political prisoner imprisoned in the women’s ward of the Islamic Republic of Iran Prison in Kermashan, was beaten by prison officials.
According to a source close to the political prisoner, Ms. Soheila Hijab, despite the presence of her family to visit, was denied access by prison officials and severely beaten and insulted.
In this regard, Soheila Hijab stated in a letter that she was on a hunger strike due to the infiltration of security forces, not being sent on leave, and the lack of medical care.
The text of the letter written by Soheila Hijab, a prisoner in the women’s correctional unit of the Iranian government prison in Kermashan, is as follows:
“We all need justice, at any age, period and in any position. Have you ever heard that a country does not need justice!” Justice is a concept that human beings have strived for independence since the beginning of civilization, and one of the issues for the enactment of laws in human social relations is the institution of justice, which as a fundamental part of the country’s fundamental heritage has a direct relationship with social rights and citizenship.
The peace and psychological security of a society can be measured by measuring justice in the country’s judicial system. No human being can be convicted before a fair trial, and no country’s judicial system can deprive a person accused of violating a social contract of universal protection. We who were tried unfairly.
In accordance with Articles 38 and 39 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran, it emphasizes two axes. Prohibition of persecution in obtaining a confession or testimony or oath The second axis of prohibition of desecration of convicts and defendants, what is necessary is to observe the freedom of individuals to express themselves and to rely on coercion in any way possible and damage the mental and physical health of individuals. It will inflict irreparable damage.
Article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights also refers to the protection of the private and family life of individuals. Article 18 of the Islamic Declaration of Human Rights emphasizes this in a statement that the Islamic government commits itself to. But all that has been dealt with is all writing on paper. Because the country’s judicial system is not independent, the interrogators of the IRGC’s intelligence and security agencies, known as judicial officers, have a significant role to play in both suppressing the people and issuing harsh sentences and tolerating irrational and vulnerable professions.
In the Iranian judicial system, judicial officers have absolute powers, which has led to the deprivation of citizens’ freedom and gross violations of human rights, and no standardization has been formed in line with the behavior of judicial officers. That does not prevent arbitrary interference and the complex and dark guilt of the interrogator. To date, I have met with 17 high-ranking judicial officials in prison. I had many conversations with Ensieh Khazali, Ebrahim Ra’isi, advisor on women’s affairs, and Mr. Moghaddasifar, Ejei, advisor to the head of the judiciary on political and security prisoners, and with the prosecutor, the head of Tehran’s judiciary, and the secretary of the judiciary’s human rights staff. In this regard, she has repeatedly spoken to reduce the pressure of the intelligence and security institutions, and the common denominator of all the above personalities has been that I am a peace-loving person. But the security pressures continued, I went on a hunger strike many times, as a result of which I went on a serious damage to the health of my internal organs, and every time , I went on a hunger strike , I ended my hunger strike with the promises of a large number of officials.
Again, I request that the judicial theory of the head of the judiciary, which you published in the media in August 2021, to reduce the interference and influence of judicial officers, be followed up. Influencing and interfering with the interrogators of intelligence and security agencies, pressures, threats, and filing cases for my family members have led to the collapse of the family institution and the private lives of individuals and family members, and have caused irreparable damage to my family. I note that my mother’s physical and mental health, especially her eyes, is in complete danger of blindness. “All of the above, according to forensic medicine and my cardiologist, need to be treated outside of prison, which, through the influence of intelligence agencies, has prevented me from being granted medical leave. I have no choice but to go on another hunger strike.”
Soheila Hijab was arrested by the security forces in May 2019 and was released from Evin Prison on March 14, 2020 with a bail of 3 miliard Tomans until the end of the trial.
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