Iran protesters block the road to prevent IRGC forces from disrupting the protest-Tehran November 2019

MEK Iran: Detained Protesters Tortured, Denied Due Process

Iran protesters block the road to prevent IRGC forces from disrupting the protest-Tehran November 2019

Protesters had blocked the main highway in Tehran, in order to prevent the repressive forces from attacking the protesters. November 22, 2019- Tehran

The protesters who were arrested during the November Iran protests are in dire conditions in the Iranian regime’s prisons, according to reports from the MEK Iran. More than 12,000 people were arrested during the protests last month, at least 4,500 were injured, and 1,500 were killed by regime security forces.

Protesters Pulled from Hospital Beds

MEK Iran sources report that the regime’s torturers and interrogators have transferred a number of the wounded from hospitals to prisons, where they are being tortured. Security forces first began storming hospitals and dragging injured patients from their beds during the height of the uprising. The detainees were taken to undisclosed locations, where many still languish. Hospital patients are still being taken from their beds to squalid and overcrowded regime prisons to be tortured, despite widespread public outrage at the regime’s brutal response to the protests.

Forced “Confessions”

Many of the detainees in Shiraz and other provinces have been forced to go on state-run television and make forced “confessions,” in which they denounce the uprising and the Iranian Resistance. This is an established tactic of the regime that usually backfires, as detainees almost always retract their confessions once they are freed from prison. MEK Iran previously reported that even the regime’s own officials have disputed the efficacy of this practice.

Lack of Due Process

The state-run daily Etemad reported on the precarious position of the detained protesters in a December 28, 2019 interview with regime Judiciary lawyer Helale Mousavian. Mousavian has spent time with the detainees and their families.

“The main problem is that the detainees can only hire the lawyers who are approved by the head of the Judiciary and even if they do, those lawyers have been ordered not to intervene in the cases, and they don’t even have the right to read the culprits files,” he said.

“The mother of one of the detainees said that her son once called her and as soon as he wanted to tell her about the place that he was kept, he was stopped by the authorities… many prisoners don’t even know the place of detention,” he continued.

“The detainees are in the age range of 18 to 30 years old. There are also many detainees under 18 years of age, and most are 13 to 15 years old,” Mousavian added.

Amnesty International’s Petition

International human rights group Amnesty International called on the Iranian regime to release the arbitrarily arrested protesters. The organization created a petition demanding the release of the detainees from the November Uprising and shared it in a tweet, which read:

“As part of a violent and deadly crackdown, Iran’s authorities have been arbitrarily arresting thousands of protesters who are now at risk of torture and other ill-treatment. Sign the petition and call for those arbitrarily arrested to be released. Act now.”

MEK Iran released the names of another 14 confirmed victims of the November Uprising on December 29th, bringing the total number of victims who have been identified to 615. More than 1,500 protesters were killed by security forces during the uprising.

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