02/13/2020

Urgent Action Update: Activist Reports Ill-Treatment in Prison (Iran: UA 105.15)


On 24 December 2019, Iranian officials subjected human rights defender Narges Mohammadi to ill-treatment during her transfer to Zanjan prison, according to a letter she has written. The transfer was seemingly in reprisal for her activism inside prison in support of families of people killed during protests in November 2019. She is a prisoner of conscience who must be immediately and unconditionally released.

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Ali Asghar Jahangir
Head of Iran’s State Prison Organization
Faraz Alley, Northern Wing of Yadegar Imam Highway
Sa’dat Abad, Tehran, Iran
H.E. Majid Takht Ravanchi
Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran
622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212 687-2020 I Fax: 212 867 7086
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @Iran_UN

Salutation: Dear Ambassador

Dear Mr Jahangir,

Human rights defender Narges Mohammadi has written an open letter from prison in which she says she was subjected to what would amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment during her transfer to Zanjan prison, Zanjan province, on 24 December 2019. Her transfer was in apparent reprisal for participating in a peaceful sit-in in the women’s ward of Evin prison to commemorate protesters killed by security forces during protests in November 2019. Narges Mohammadi is serving a 10-year prison term for her human rights work.

In her letter, Narges Mohammadi writes that, during the sit-in, prison authorities claimed her lawyer had come to see her, but that, when she left the ward to meet him, she was instead taken to the office of the head of Evin prison. She says that the head of the prison shouted at her, telling her to stop the sit-in or she would be dealt with. According to her letter, when she attempted to return to the women’s ward, a prison official grabbed her elbow and forcefully pulled her back. Her hand then hit and broke a glass plane and started bleeding and, as she continued to be pulled, her “shoulder made a loud sound”. She says she was then bundled into a waiting car while being punched on her back by officials she believed to be from the ministry of intelligence. During the two-hour journey to Zanjan prison her hand continued to bleed, which she felt to be of particular concern as she takes blood-thinning medication.

Since August 2019, Narges Mohammadi has been denied contact with her children, who moved abroad in July 2015 to live with their father after her arrest in May 2015.

I urge you to release Narges Mohammadi immediately and unconditionally, as she is a prisoner of conscience, held solely for her peaceful human rights work. Pending her release, I urge you to grant her regular visits and telephone calls from her family, including her children; ensure that she is provided with immediate and continued access to the health care she needs outside prison; ensure that her allegations of ill-treatment are promptly investigated by an independent and impartial body; and protect her from further ill-treatment.

Yours sincerely,

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