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.”
A prison riot in two prisons in Ahvaz on Monday left 18 prisoners dead, human rights activists say, as detainees protested sanitary conditions and being denied furlough amid coronavirus outbreak.
Local reports indicate 18 inmates in Sepidar Prison of Ahvaz, the capital of southwest Khuzestan province, were killed March 30 when security forces opened direct fire at prisoners and also as a result of ablaze.
Another selfless nurse died in Iran due to Coronavirus infection. Head of the Nursing Organization of Qom announced the death of Tahereh Esmaili, a nurse working at Beheshti Hospital of Qom.
Despite shortages of medical and protective equipment, selfless nurses, physicians and medical personnel are at the frontline of combating the deadly virus in the critical conditions in Iran. The names of at least 10 female nurses, physicians and medical personnel who died as a result of Corona infection have been announced so far: