A Report about the Transgender Prisoners in Evin Prison

HRANA News Agency – Transgender prisoners are kept in inhumane conditions, sometimes serving several years in prison, without a phone, fresh air and even a shop in the prison in a situation similar to a solitary confinement in “phase one” of the fourth floor of ward 240 of Evin prison.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), although some of Iran’s domestic news agencies reports about problems of transgender citizens were published and organizations such as “Welfare Organization”, “Gender Identity Disorder Patient support Association in Iran” and “Mhta – Centre for Iranian Transsexual” work to support them, but the process of arresting and keeping them in inhumane conditions in ward 240 of Evin prison continues.
The fourth floor of ward 240 of Evin prison belongs to the prisons organization and is like an «N». The floor is made of three “phases” and transgender prisoners who are arrested, are transferred to Phase One of this floor.
An eyewitness in this regarding told HRANA: “The prisoners do not have breaking time, phone call, store and they must have only the poor food of the prison. “Atefeh” was a woman’s name who was kept for 5 years in this phase. Other prisoners “Gandom” and “Mohammad Hossein Soltani” were also along with the prisoners. This situation is like a solitary confinement.”
Another witness said to HRANA about his observations of this ward: “These prisoners are subjected to the abusive behaviors of the judiciary and the prison officials, some of them have been sentenced to several years in prison and are kept in such inhuman conditions with very subtle mood. The average population of the ward is about 10 to 12 people.”
The source added” “They are kept in the quarantine as those who have contagious diseases, even major prisoners do not know anything about them. Transgender prisoners in these circumstances are forced to endure solitary environment but they are equal in the sense of human rights with other prisoners who are in much better conditions.”
Although by the fatwa that Ayatollah Khomeini had issued, the identity of transgender people in Iran is recognized, despite many limitations, but the Iranian officials still identify and classify the identity of transgender as one of the “sexual dysfunctions”.
Mehdi Saberi, chairman of the board to support the forum “Patients Gender Identity Disorder” has repeatedly stressed that “Why the police arrests them as soon as dealing with these people on the street, and when they could prove their disease through legal channels and forensics, they still remain in detention?”
It is worth noting that in 2015, Iranian news media published a news regarding the formulation of a bill to protect transgender people in Iran and at the same time Iran’s Majlis Research Center and the Ministry of Cooperatives and Social Welfare, reported the transgender population of Iran to 150 thousand people. But the fate of the bill remains undecided so far.
Mr. Ahmad Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran in several reports has stressed the situation of transgender in Iran who are facing discrimination in the areas of health, jobs and families.

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