Iran Probe Staff
Monday, 12 March 2018
Two women human rights defenders jailed for defending women’s rights and opposing the death penalty are being subjected to escalating ill-treatment in Shahr-e Rey prison, a former industrial chicken farm in Varamin, a town on the outskirts of Tehran, Amnesty International revealed.
Atena Daemi and Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee are being held in unsanitary conditions in the quarantine section of the prison and their access to the outside world is being severely restricted.
Amnesty International issued a statement on 9 March 2018 criticizing the situation of the Shahr-e Rey prison and called on the Iranian authorities to immediately release them.
In his statement, Mr. Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Research and Advocacy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, said Amnesty International was extremely alarmed by escalating ill-treatment of Golrokh and Atena. "They should never have been imprisoned in the first place, and now it seems the Iranian authorities are deliberately subjecting them to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment because of their outspoken activism and continued human rights work even behind bars," He also said.
“In recent weeks, both Atena Daemi and Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee have been generally barred from using the telephone, even to stay in touch with their families. They are only allowed to make one phone call per week under the supervision of a male prison guard”, adds the statement.
Amnesty International also criticized the situation of Shahr-e Rey prison and said, "According to widely published reports and information provided to Amnesty International, the conditions in Shahr-e Rey prison are appalling, falling well below the standard minimum rules for the treatment of prisoners. Prisoners have reported urine-stained floors, filthy showers and bathroom facilities, a severe shortage of beds and the prevalence of contagious diseases. Prisoners have also reported poor quality food containing rock particles and salty, undrinkable water."