MEK: Political Prisoners in Iran Deliberately Starved to Scare Others From Protesting
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that prison authorities in Iran are deliberately underfeeding political prisoners in order to coerce them into making false confessions and generally break their will. (PMOI / MEK Iran) network from Iran says that the strategy is part of the Iranian regime’s ramped up measures to dissuade Iranians from showing any kind of dissent or public protests.
MEK says that the new guidelines are coming from the Judiciary and Intelligence and Security Ministry Chief, Ebrahim Raisi, in the hope that the measures will stave off further protests this month as the anniversary of last year’s huge November uprising draws near.
Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK Iran/PMOI) said yesterday that there have been at least 1500 killed in #IranProtests in #Iran which began on 15 November 2019. #MEK Iran also released the names of 504 slain protesters.https://t.co/m9jsCDZTWC@USAdarFarsi #StopIranBloodshed pic.twitter.com/GwEFjWgYB6
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) December 16, 2019
According to the prisoner families supporting (PMOI / MEK Iran), Prison authorities have attempted to defend the new diet of 10 to 12 spoons of rotten rice a day by saying that the prisoners can always purchase more food from the prison store. The catch is that the food in the store is also rotten and most political prisoners cannot afford to buy it anyway. (PMOI / MEK Iran) sources from inside Iran reported that many political prisoners were the sole breadwinner in their family, so their family just doesn’t have the spare cash to help them buy extra food.
Prisoners in Iran are forced to buy food from the prison shop with a doubled price.#Iran mullahs authorities starved the prisoners @NikkiHaley @VP @USAdarFarsi @UNHumanRights @Amnesty @AmnestyIran @MBachelet @JavaidRehman #PrisonersofIran #ProtectPrisoners pic.twitter.com/TlGc3UfYBJ
— mostafa.m Ⓜ️ (@MostafaMe4) November 29, 2018
The lack of food is just one issue the prisoners have to suffer. Unless the prisoners kowtow to the prison guards, they are often stuck in a single cell meant for 20 prisoners, but in fact, crammed in with 70 others. There is usually just one filthy, stinking toilet with a curtain for privacy but not enough to stop the putrid smell. Prisoners who submit to taunts and repent their political views may be allowed to return to a ‘normal’ prison ward where they are allowed to go outside every day for an hour in the open.
Prisoners are being starved in #Iran, specifically in the Greater Tehran Prison.
— Donya Jam (@FreeeIran) October 23, 2020
News about what was happening in the prisoners came in detail from Soheil Arabi, a political prisoner himself. The information was in the form of audio files and letters that were smuggled out to his family. This was at some personal sacrifice to Arabi and his family. Arabi has been tortured and beaten in prison and even his mother arrested on a charge of “collusion” and “disseminating propaganda against the state.” Arabi’s mother was also tortured.
— Iran News Wire (@IranNW) October 21, 2020
On Arabi’s brave effort to reveal the conditions inside Iran’s prisons, Stevenson said: “Arabi’s bravery in exposing the inhumane prison conditions in Iran included a detailed description of the looting and rape that continues daily, with the full connivance of the prison guards. Arabi says that extortionist gangs and thieves prey on newcomers in Tehran’s jails, robbing them of any possession and often raping them. He says that this behavior is not only tolerated but openly encouraged by the prison guards and wardens,”
Monthly inspections by prison guards and the IRGC are particularly nasty. The guards and IRGC forces steal prisoners’ property or break it. They taunt the prisoners and beat any prisoner who dares to object.
I laud the stance of MEPs in support of the rights of political prisoners in #Iran. The UN High Commissioner for #HumanRights highlighted their abysmal conditions due to the pandemic in prisons. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/8ofFKKP4Nm
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) October 7, 2020