An Ahwazi Arab prisoner held in solitary confinement in Sheiban Prison, Khuzestan province, has been denied medical treatment despite his critical condition and being placed under torture.
Prisoner of conscience Jaber Alboshokeh needs medical care for injuries caused by beatings by security forces during the violent repression of protests that erupted in the prison on 31 March 2020 over the authorities’ failure to address concerns related to the spread of COVID-19 in the prison. He is suffering from wound infections and according to his relatives, his condition is so serious that he is unable to talk.
Monday, June 1, 2020, that the Coronavirus death toll in 324 cities across Iran has risen to 48,500. The number of victims in Tehran is at least 10,200, Khuzestan 3,690 people, Sistan and Baluchestan 1,520, Lorestan 1,510, Kermanshah 1,115, Kerman 565, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad 295, and Hormozgan 230.
From February 20 to the late May 2020, the Coronavirus death toll in five hospitals out of 138 hospitals in Tehran Province that accept Coronavirus patients is at least 1,105. The number of victims in Fayyaz-Bakhsh Hospital is 440, Hasheminejad Hospital 195, Rajai Heart Hospital 180, Hazrat-e Rasoul Hospital 250, and in Zaim Pakdasht Hospital at least 40. On May 28, the death toll at 18 other hospitals in Tehran Province was 4,875.
Iran: Urgent call for the immediate release of prisoners of conscience and halt to executions
Currently, the Covid19 fatalities in Iran have exceeded 42,000 deaths, while officials of Hassan Rouhani’s government are formally hiding the real numbers.
Despite the critical situation of the pandemic, Iran has continued to carry out executions of prisoners and still refuses to release prisoners, particularly prisoners of conscience as sanitary conditions have proven to be alarming and threatening.
In addition, the regime has launched a large-scale arrest of its opponents and has suppressed its democratic opposition, which reports daily on the situation of Corona in the country.
A catastrophe is in the making in the Central Prison of Karaj, according to reports from this prison. The inmates have appealed to the international community to take urgent action to save their lives.
Some 600 prisoners detained in a ward called “Souleh” in the Central Prison of Karaj are held under catastrophic conditions susceptible to infection with the coronavirus. Souleh used to be the prison’s workshop which has now turned into the quarantine ward. The ward, 2500 sq. meters holds new arrivals and inmates returning from furlough.
Two political prisoners, Ebrahim Khalil Sediq Hamedani and his son, Salar Sediq Hamedani, have started a hunger strike in the Central Prison of Urmia since Saturday, May 1, 2020. The hunger strike is in protest to the false promises made by the prison’s warden, Mehr-Ali Farhang.
After the outbreak of the coronavirus two months ago, there have been victims in the Central Prison of Urmia. Prison authorities had promised to attend to the sick and provide them hygienic resources and quarantine them, but did not deliver on their promises.
Ebrahim Khalil Sediq Hamedani suffers from diabetes and must have insulin injections. On April 29 and 30, he and his son went to the prison’s internal manager, asking to have his injection. But the manager did not give them a specific answer and finally did not allow Mr. Hamedani to have his injection.
The Spokesman of Iran’s Judiciary on Tuesday admitted the arrest of two elite students from Sharif University of Technology after detaining them for 26 days. Gholam-Hossein Esmaili who was speaking to reporters said the two students had linked up with the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).
Reciting a series of trumped-up charges, Esmaili alleged that the students – who were not named – had engaged in “diversionary actions” and were “attempting to carry out sabotage operations.” “Explosive devices used in sabotage operations were discovered when their homes were searched,” he said.
Iranian authorities have executed at least 11 prisoners in the past two days in Raja’i Shahr, Kermanshah, Sanandaj, Dastgerd prisons. Seven prisoners were hanged On Wednesday, April 22, in Raja’i Shahr Prison in Karaj, near the capital Tehran.
All of them were taken to solitary confinement on Sunday. Six of the victims are identified as, Mohsen Rezaian, Alireza Aryaei, Hamidreza Asgharpour, Mostafa Ghiasvand, Mehdi Asemi and Anna Dordi Babaei.
Political prisoner Saeed Sangar was informed on Saturday, April 11, 2020, that he had received a new 15-year sentence after spending some 20 years in prison. Mr. Sangar completed serving his 18-year sentence in prison in 2018, but the Iranian Judiciary prevented his release. After two years now, the lawyer appointed by the court informed him that he had to remain another 15 years in prison.
Political prisoner Soheil Arabi sent a letter out of the Greater Tehran Penitentiary on Saturday, April 4, 2020, announcing that he is going on hunger strike again to protest the authorities’ failure to deliver on their promise to send him to hospital, the abysmal prison conditions, his continued imprisonment and depriving him of prison leave during the coronavirus crisis.
Prison authorities in the Greater Tehran Penitentiary had earlier promised Mr. Arabi to send him to a civic hospital on April 4.
In a part of his letter, Mr. Arabi wrote: “Why was I deprived of prison leave? They say because I adhered to my beliefs. I am neither a murderer nor a thief. All I did was to write the truth. And I have been imprisoned for telling the truth. Those who had embezzled money were granted prison leave and are now at large. Armed robbers are now at large. What is the danger of a journalist? That he reveals the truth and informs people of their rights and duties.”