New Prisons Organization Directivereflects the Judiciary’s Fear of prisons’ news going public.
The new directive of the Prisons Organization was published with 13 paragraphs, which indicates how much the Judiciary fears the news of gross human rights violations in prisons to go unveiled in the media.
The human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution”, January 12, 2022- The Prisons Organization has issued a statement with 13 paragraphs stating that Mohammadi, the head of the organization, had communicated it to the prison administrations throughout the country on January 9, 2022.
On January 11, 2022, Mizan news agency wrote: “According to the Media Center of the Judiciary, the Prisons Organization has issued a directive in continuation of the transformational approaches in this collection, which guarantees the strengthening of the rights of prisoners and detainees and respects Islamic, moral and human aspects in dealing with them.”
Following news of torture and inhumane pressure on prisoners, especially political prisoners, following the 68th conviction of human rights violations in Iran by the United Nations General Assembly, referring to torture and executions in Iranian prisons, following the murder of political prisoners from the last one, Baktash Abtin to Alireza Shirmohammadali, Shahin Naseri, Behnam Mahjoubi, Adel Kianpour, Sattar Beheshti, and following the publication of torture videos in Evin Prison by hacking the prison’s cameras, following the publication of a picture of Baktash Abtin with his feet chained to a hospital bed, following global outcry over the 622 days of temporary detention of two elite students in ward 209, Evin prison, following the exile, the prohibition of contact and visitation, and the lack of the right to an elected lawyer, following many other gross violations of human rights in Iranian prisons (which continues), the judiciary was forced to issue such astatement.
Although two elite Iranian students Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi are still in temporary detention, although political prisoners in Urmia prison are still in solitary confinement with bloody heads and faces, although Ebrahim Khalili Seddiqi Hamedani and his son Salar, Golrokh Iraee, Athena Daemi, Zeinab Jalalian, Maryam Akbari, and many other prisoners in ahvaz prison are still confined among ordinary prisoners without observing the principle of separation of crimes, although, Abbas Driss and Mohammad Javad Vafaei are on death row without any sin;
But this statement reflects the Judiciary’s fear and the shaky foundations of the Raisi government. A government that, relying on torture, executions, firing bullets and pellets, and with executions and nooses, pursues the continuation and survival of the dictatorship of the Velayat-e -Faqih’s dictatorship.
The Human Rights Center calls on the freedom-loving public to raise the voice of protest against torture, imprisonment and repression, while commending all young people, women and brave men who pay the price for freedom in prisons with hardships and at the expense of their own lives.
The key to our victory is one sentence: “Do not remain silent”. In the face of the oppressors, the only solution is “crying out loud”, silence and fear do not solve the problems of our people and only leave the hands of regimes official and their surrogates to suppress the rights of the people and freedoms.
Once again, we call on our compatriots who have any way news of prisons and prisoners to inform the human rights center of “No to Prison- No to Execution” so that the news would be published immediately and the public and human rights organizations around the world would be immediately informed of what is going on in the prisons and dungeons of Ali Khamenei.
Here you can find the headlines of the new Prisons Organization directive:
- Ban of fingerprinting, naked body inspection and admission of a prisoner with acute illness
- The need to classify detainees and impose intrusive supervision on wards
- Prohibition of torture, discriminatory treatment, exercising one’s own taste based on the type, sex and level of financial ability of the prisoner
- Ban of irascibility, shackles, and (compulsory) haircuts and shaving
- Special facilities for female prisoners, pregnant women, mothers and religious minorities
- The necessity of providing visits with family and lawyers
- Ban of the use of shackles for defendants being deployed out of the prison, especially those under the age of 18
- Ban on compulsory Chador for women, providing facilities for political and press defendants
- Specifying the rights of prisoners confined in solitary confinement
- Ban of solitary confinement for pregnant women and mothers with children and providing facilities for those accused of political crimes
- Specifying the conditions of solitary confinement cells in order to protect the rights of defendants
- Specifying the rights of defendants in terms of informing and presenting complaints
- Comprehensive monitoring of prison guards’ performance and the necessity of installing the Prisoners’ Rights Charter in all wards
Though everybody knows that this regime will never implement such a directive in its prisons, but we urge that the international human rights organizations, European Parliament, Mrs. Bachelet the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights and Mr. Javaid Rehman, the Especial Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran send an investigative humanitarian mission to visit Iran’s prisons and hold this regime to account even based on its own directive.