Prisoners are under harsh conditions in Mashhad Vakilabad Prison amid the spread of coronavirus disease.
In Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad, prisoners are in difficult conditions. Failure to address patients and prescription of neurological and methadone drugs to prisoners and … are a very small part of the pressures imposed on these prisoners.
According to reports from informed sources, received by the human rights center of “No to Prison-No to Execution”, the current situation at Mashhad Central Prison (Mashhad Vakilabad Prison) is intolerable. In these reports, the overcrowding in prisons, the lack of the most basic needs of prisoners, the spread of the coronavirus, non-compliance with health protocols and restrictions on contact of inmates with their families, etc. is noted.
In a report on the conditions of prisoners in Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad, we read: “On average, 80 people enter Mashhad Central Prison every day. Hall 1 of the quarantine section has at least 400 beds, but a population of 1,000. To bathe, there are only seven showers. Only 11 telephone booths have been allocated to this number of inmates, causing chaos and overcrowding for call times. This overcrowding of people brings about a rapid spread of the coronavirus among prisoners. The lack of separation between addicts and sick prisoners with other prisoners, the come and go of the prison personnel and the mullahs who freely commute among prisoners without observing health protocols, as well as the poor performance of prison inspections led by a person named “Constable”, have caused many problems in this ward.
The second quarantine hall, which has about 750 beds and holds at least 1,200 prisoners, unfortunately has a high the number of people infected with the coronavirus in Wards 4, 5 (101-102-103-104) and 6 due to lack of access to health facilities. On average, there are up to 20 people infected with the coronavirus in each ward among the population of prisoners. The type of care the personnel tend to patients is unacceptable and inhumane. The prison clinic is under the supervision of a doctor named Inqalani, for whom, regardless of the type of illness, prisoners are constantly prescribed only analgesics, nerve drugs and methadone syrup (which causes prisoners to become addicted). If a prisoner suffers a broken bone, they avoid plastering, and if the prisoner has respiratory problems and asthma, they deny his illness in order not to provide him with the needed inhaler.
The infirmary personnel and the guards transfer people to quarantine halls 3 and 4 without accurate diagnosis of the type of their disease. There are also coronavirus patients who are not being dealt with. Patients die for unknown reasons or coronavirus, and news of their death is either hidden by the warden or they pretend it as a normal death when delivering the body to the family.
In the event of any objection to this unsanitary, unhealthy and inhumane situation, the only response given to prisoners by the warden and the head of the ward is insults; “You have no right to protest,” they tell the prisoner.
Mohammadi and deputy prison director Azar-Mehri pay no attention to the request for transfer of sick prisoners to a hospital for treatment. They do not process the cases of prisoners of violent crimes or undecided cases.
One of the important points of mismanagement, imprudence and treason in Mashhad Central Prison is the free distribution of methadone among prisoners. Prison guards give methadone to inmates on the pretext that they want to control the prison and restore order.
To prevent indiscipline in prison, prison guards only use beating, in some cases resulting to a broken hands and legs, and they insult and humiliate the inmates. Sometimes, in order to avoid beating and torturing prisoners with their own fingerprints, some force prisoners with money and bribes to beat others.
Contrary to the judiciary’s claim that there are no political convicts in Iranian prisons, political prisoners are currently present in wards two to six and 1.6. Prisoners in Ward 1.6 are under complete restrictions (no visits or phone calls).
The approach of prison personnel towards political prisoners is much harsher than towards the convicts of violent crimes and other crimes. Judges overseeing the prison, named Dehqan and a woman named Basiri act illegally in relation with the furloughs and allocation of bails; they act illegally and based on their own will.
Political prisoners in Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad are being held alongside prisoners of violent crimes in wards two to five.
On the orders of the prison general information protection officer, the prison’s online service is completely cut off to prevent the prison system from being hacked.”