By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
The Iranian regime’s notorious Ministry of Intelligence, Revolutionary Guards, Bassij paramilitary and police each have their own notorious detention centers, and most of these facilities are not under the authority of the government’s Prisons Organization. This means there is no supervision over these detention centers, and there is no mentioning of their names in the prisons of the Islamic republic regime.
One such notorious detention center in the city of Isfahan is a facility inside Dastgerd Central Prison where only Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS/VEVAK) members are permitted to commute in and out of detention center. This detention center is known as the Isfahan “Kahrizak,” and is located near the Isfahan Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) base.
The most horrific tortures such as splashing urine on prisoner’s heads and faces, burning, leaving people hanging and rape with the objective of crushing one’s personality. In this detention center prisoners are deprived of even their minimum rights. In the first few months authorities only speak to the prisoner through a small window, and the prisoner doesn’t see neither the interrogator nor any other prisoner. Following the interrogation and the so-called arraignment, the case is sent to a number of specific “revolution” court branches in contact with this facility. The judges in these so-called actually act under MOIS/VEVAK orders. Many unknown individuals remain in this detention center, and many have been completely eradicated.
Conditions in Isfahan’s Dastgerd Central Prison is atrocious. The prisoners’ food rations are so low, under the pretext of lack of budget, has become so dismal that the total three meals served in this prison fails to add up to one ordinary meal.
The number of inmates in this prison is more than 8,000, and there is not enough room for all the inmates. A large number of the prisoners are forced to sleep on the floors in the hallways.
Hygiene conditions in this prison are very poor and the ill prisoners are deprived of any medical care or treatment. The tap water is very contaminated and this itself has been the cause of many intestinal and skin diseases amongst the inmates. According to the prisoners, Isfahan’s Dastgerd prison are on the verge of a humanitarian catastrophe. Many of these prisoners have lost all members of their families due to being in prison on very long sentences.