Qarchak Prison

MEK Iran: Female Political Prisoner’s Life Threatened in Qarchak Prison

 Qarchak Prison

Mrs. Zahrah Safaei supporting the Iranian Opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).

A female political prisoner, Zahra Safaei, has been threatened in Qarchak Prison by ordinary criminals incited by the regime. Her life has been put in danger, according to a news report on June 13th, 2020, by dangerous prisoners who are acting on behalf of the Ministry of Intelligence and Qarchak prison authorities.

Zahrah Safaei, together with her daughter, Parastoo Moeini, was arrested in February this year, imprisoned in Ward 209 of Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison, then transferred to Qarchak Prison in mid-April.

Zahrah Safaei was among a group of 20 Iranians arrested earlier this year. The NCRI has already called for international authorities to intervene to save their lives.

This is not the first time that Zahrah Safaei has been in prison. She was a political prisoner between 1981 and 1989, then again in 2006. She was imprisoned in Qazvin prison in 2009. Her father had already been killed by the regime in 1982 on charges of supporting the Iranian Opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran). He was a prominent member of the business community in Tehran before his arrest.

Female prisoners in Qarchak prison are not as safe as they are not separated as political prisoners from ordinary criminals. The regime deliberately sends female political prisoners to Qarchak to break their spirit or have them killed by fellow prisoners under instigation by regime officials.

The threat of physical attack is not the only danger in Qarchak. The prison has been infected by Covid-19. Prisoners have not been quarantined, allowing the spread of the deadly disease through the prison. At least 100 prisoners have already been infected, according to reports.

Other political prisoners, including Zeinab Jalalian, Golrokh Ebrahimi Iraee, and Forough Taghipour, have already been infected by Covid-19 while in Qarchak. The prisoners in this prison are living in desperate conditions. The regime seems to have decided to rid itself of some troublesome political prisoners by allowing the disease to rip through the prison without hindrance.

The Women’s’ Committee of the NCRI has already made a call to the UN Secretary-General, the UN Human Rights Council, the High Commissioner for Human Rights and other international bodies that are involved in supporting human rights to intervene in Iran to secure the release of its political prisoners as well as send a human rights delegation to inspect the condition in which these prisoners have been living.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi is the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) said: The fate of political prisoners in the Mullahs regime’s Intelligence Ministry prisons remains obscure. Once again, I urge the UN Secretary-General, Security Council, and High Commissioner for HumanRights to compel the clerical regime to release Iranian political prisoners in Iran.

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