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Pressures Increase on Political Prisoners in Zahedan Prison

Posted on: 21st February, 2018
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Central prison of Zahedan

HRANA News Agency – After prisoners protested against the inappropriate situation of the Central Prison of Zahedan and the intrusive presence of inspectors of the prisons of the country, Zahedan Central Prison authorities have increased their pressure on prisoners in Ward 3, who are mostly political prisoners. By banning family visits and their phones, and exposing prisoners to extreme cold and taking their blankets and heaters away, they have put prisoners under more pressures.

According to the report of Human Rights Activist News Agency in Iran (HRANA), after prisoners protested against the inappropriate situation of the Central Prison of Zahedan, prison authorities have put more pressures on political prisoners of Ward 3 in this prison by cutting off phone calls and some other actions.

Prison authorities who were unhappy with the intrusive presence of inspectors of the prisons of the country in the past few days, apparently, blamed the political prisoners of this presence, and under the pretext of inspecting the wards, broke the main means of the prisoners, while keeping the prisoners themselves in the yard from midnight until 10:00 a.m. in a very cold weather.

HRANA’s reporters noticed that the interior director of the prison, during the inspection, told the detainees of Ward 3 that this increased pressure was “the consequence of what you did”, indicating the presence of the inspectors of the Prisons Organization, in this prison.

The circumstances of Ward 3, the main whereabouts of the political prisoners in this prison, have got more difficult than other wards.

Mr. Khajeh, the interior director of the prison, has ordered to collect the prisoners’ blankets to put more pressure on prisoners, while the heating appliances in the prison do not meet the conditions.

While the prison’s heating system is not responsive to the cold weather, prison stores have sold oil lights to prisoners. Prisoners, in particular, who are confronted with lack of blankets, are forced to buy oil light and pay a separate fee for oil, which is causing a double pressure on prisoners who suffer from financial weakness.

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