Condition of human rights activists in Iranian prisons

Human Rights Activists in Iran

-According to reports, political prisoner Mansour Osalu, head of the Tehran and Suburbs Bus Company Syndicate is still held in a cellblock with ordinary and dangerous prisoners and is under pressure from prison officials. His physical problems have also increased in the past few days and he is in poor health but has not received any treatment. He is suffering from heart problems and severe back pain. A medical examiner has confirmed and stressed in more than 3 written reports that he is not able to tolerate incarceration and has to be released. But the intelligence interrogator in charge of his case has so far refrained from giving him a medical leave from prison.

-The security apparatus of the Iranian government headed by the Intelligence Department of the Revolutionary Guards Corps have increased their attempts at making 'TV shows' (by getting false televised confessions from political prisoners) and using jailed human rights activists for their scenarios.
This is while, except for a few detainees, there is no news on the situation of most jailed human rights activists. The few who were able to make phone calls or have visits with their families were in poor physical and psychological health and in one instance where a prisoner was seen from up close, the signs of beatings with batons, sticks and shockers were completely evident on his head and body.
Most detainees, who are in solitary without the right to phone calls or visits, are still deprived of lawyers and their legal and human rights. In addition to this, because of the fact that their cases are still 'open' in the court in Evin prison, their families and lawyers have no access to their files and dossiers.
The illegal actions of security forces have led to serious concerns among the families of these prisoners and they have naturally stepped up their efforts to pursue the cases of their loved ones. But they are threatened by security forces while trying to get news on their loved ones through lawyers.
In a number of cases, prisoners were forced to call their families and tell them not to get lawyers for them. These pressures have been so severe that prisoners have been seen to use unusual behavior and words (in their calls). In other cases, prisoners were dictated to say that the place where they are kept is suitable and without problems. Security forces have also called a number of families themselves telling them not to pursue the cases of their loved ones and not to talk to the media. These forces have threatened these families with arrest.


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