By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Thursday, 17 August 2017
Gérard Deprez, chairman of the Friends of a Free Iran in European Parliament has issued a statement regarding the condition of political prisoners in Iran Deprez is the European Parliament 2017 winner of the Justice and Civil Liberties Award. Text of his statement is as follows:
Press release for immediate release
Brussels 15 August 2017
Iran: Political prisoners in Ward 4 of Gohardasht Prison in danger
We are very much concerned about the health and safety of political prisoners in solitary confinement of ward 4 in Gohardasht Prison of Karaj, west of Tehran. They have been on hunger strike to protest the regime’s ruthless attack on the prisoners on 30 July. They were insulted and beaten by prison guards, and forcefully transferred to hall 10 of this ward.
Prison authorities have deprived these political prisoners of minimum hygiene products and decent clothing. They are have been banned from any family visits and been placed under pressures to end their hunger strikes.
Their names are: Abolqassem Fouladvand, Hassan Sadeghi, Saeed Masouri, Reza Akbari Monfared, Jafar Eqdami, Amir Qaziyan, Khaled Heradani, Zaniyar Moradi, Loqman Moradi , Mohammad Banazadeh Amir Khizi, Pirouz Mansouri, Majid Assadi and Payam Shakiba.
Amnesty International recently published a comprehensive report on human rights violations under
so called “moderate” Rouhani.
We urge the President of the European Parliament, the EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran to publicly condemn the continuous mistreatment of political prisoners in Iran and call for their release.
Gérard Deprez MEP
Chair, Friends of a Free Iran, European Parliament