Prisoners in the Great Tehran Penitentiary Facing Delay and Difficulties in Receiving Medical Care

The Great Tehran Penitentiary officials regularly delay the issuance of permits for medical treatment, putting prisoners’ health at risk. This report sheds light on the violation of prisoners’ health-related rights in this prison and the negative impacts on inmates’ health conditions.

An inmate, recently freed from this prison, explained to HRANA the lengthy process of requesting a permit for medical care: “to receive a permit for medical care, the prison infirmary physician has to deliver a request letter to the Judgement Enforcement Unit. If approved, this unit sends a request letter to Judicial Deputy and the latter to the assistant prosecutor. This process takes a long time resulting in the exacerbation of inmates’ health condition and subsequent denial of medical treatment.”

“In addition to the long process, sometimes the request letters were missing, which frequently happens during the correspondence among prison officials,” another inmate stated.

Asadollah Hadi, Davood Razavi, Shahriar Bayat and Zartosht Ahmadi Ragheb are among the inmates who suffered medical issues due to the prison officials’ delays and impediments.

According to reports obtained by HRANA, in recent days, political prisoner Asadollah Hadi was taken to the prison infirmary. Despite that, only after many twists and turns did the prison officials agree to dispatch him to a hospital outside the prison. Hadi has 60% physical disability and underwent heart surgeries during the last few years. Nonetheless, prison officials still delay medical treatments.

Another inmate, 20-year-old Amir-Hossein Ghena’atgar, who was arrested during the nationwide protests, is in poor health condition and has been denied medical care. In this regard, an informed source told HRANA, “he has been injured in eyes, neck, arm and chest by pellet guns. Despite having an infection from the pellets still in his body, he has been denied adequate medical care.”

In 2022, the Department of Statistics of Human Rights Activists in Iran registered 4,322 deprivation of medical care and 20 deaths due to illness.

According to Articles 102 and 113 of the Executive Regulations of the Iranian Prisons Organization, the prison infirmary is obliged to perform the medical examination of prisoners at least once a month, which in practice happens rarely. Also, in a case where medical treatment is not possible inside prison, with permission from the head of the prison and supervising judge, the inmate can be dispatched to a hospital as soon as possible. The rules unfortunately do not exempt emergency cases from the judge’s permission, causing unnecessary delays and jeopardizing the inmate’s lives.

A Comprehensive Report of the First 82 days of Nationwide Protests in Iran

  HRANA – Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old young woman, was arrested by the morality police for the crime of improper hijab. Her arrest and death in detention fueled nationwide protests in Iran. Protesters came to the streets with the central slogan “Women, Life, Freedom” in protest against the performance, laws, and structure of the regime. The following 486-page report is dedicated to the statistical review, analysis, and summary of the first eighty-two days of the ongoing protests (September 17 to December 7, 2022). In this report, in addition to the geographic analysis and the presentation of maps and charts, the identity of 481 deceased, including 68 children and teenagers, an estimated of 18,242 arrested along with the identity of 3,670 arrested citizens, 605 students and 61 journalists or activists in the field of information is compiled. In addition, the report includes a complete collection of 1988 verified video reports by date and topic. The report examines protests across 1115 documented gatherings in all 31 provinces of the country, including 160 cities and 143 universities.


Mahsa (Zhina) Amini, a young 22-year-old woman from Saqqez, Kurdistan was visiting Tehran, when she was taken into custody on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, by the Morality Police officers at the Haqqani metro station in Tehran. The reason for her arrest: not properly observing the strict Islamic dress code. Mahsa/Zhina was taken to the infamous detention center of Moral Security Police known as Vozara.
Shortly after Mahsa’s arrest, she went into a coma with level three concussion, and her partially alive body was transferred to the intensive care unit of Kasra Hospital. Given the track record of the police and Guidance Patrols in mistreating the arrestees and similar previous incidents, with the believe that Mahsa was beaten during the arrest people were outraged.

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Unpersuasive explanations given by the Central Command of the Islamic Republic Police Force (FARAJA) in defense of its actions regarding the death of Mahsa, the past performance of the police force, along with widespread dissatisfaction with the existence of a body called the Moral Security Police, fueled widespread protests in Iran.
The widespread protests sparked at the time Mahsa Amini was announced dead in front of Kasra Hospital on Argentina Street in Tehran, and then quickly spread to the streets despite the intimidating presence of Iran’s security forces. The protests intensified after Mahsa’s burial in a Saqqez cemetery. To the extent that after eighty-two days of nationwide protests between September 17, 2022, to December 7, 2022, they have spread to Iran’s all 31 provinces, 160 cities, and 143 major universities.
The protests did not stay limited to Mahsa’s death, it rather, quickly targeted the Iranian government’s political and ideological foundations. These protests were violently quashed by the anti-riot police and Iran’s militia force (Basij). teargas, pellets, and live ammunition were used in the repression of protestors. This widespread crackdown has led to the death of dozens of people and the wounding of hundreds of protestors.
Despite sever communication restrictions imposed by the Islamic Republic, this report attempts to give a clearer picture of the first 82 days of the protests between September 17, to December 7, 2022. It’s worth mentioning at the time of this report the protests are still ongoing in various forms.

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Asadollah Hadi Transferred to Shohada-e-Tajrish hospital

HRANA News Agency – Asadollah Hadi, political prisoner of Rajaei Shahr prison has been transferred to Shohada-e-Tajrish hospital.
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Asadollah Hadi and Ali Salanpoor Were Hospitalized

HRANA News Agency – Asadollah Hadi and Ali Salanpoor, two political prisoners were hospitalized in Tajrish hospital following their diseases.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Asadollah Hadi was transferred to the heart center in Tajrish hospital. Ali Salanpor, the other prisoner of Rajaei Shahr prison was hospitalized in physical medical treatment of the Tajrish hospital. Continue reading “Asadollah Hadi and Ali Salanpoor Were Hospitalized”

Hunger strike of prisoners in solidarity with victims of acid attacks

HRANA News Agency – 14 political prisoners of hall number 12 of Rajaei Shahr prison of Karaj went to hunger strike on Saturday in solidarity with victims of recent acid attacks in Isfahan.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Reza Akbari Monfared, Mohammad Amir Khizi, Behnam Ibrahim Zadeh, Khaled Hardani, Afshin Hairatian, Saleh Kohandel, Abulghasem Fouladvand, Shahrokh Zamani, Saeid Masoori, Mohammadali Mansouri, Asadollah Hadi, Latif Hasani, Afshin Baymani and Misagh Yazdan Nejad went in hunger strike in solidarity with victims of acid throwing attacks in Isfahan, on Saturday October 25. Continue reading “Hunger strike of prisoners in solidarity with victims of acid attacks”

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7 political prisoners exiled to Rajai Shahr Prison

HRANA News Agency – Seven prisoners of ward number 350 of Evin prison, has been exiled to Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj yesterday morning.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Reza Shahabi, Reza Akbari Monfared, Javad Fooladvand, Asghar Ghottan, Asadollah Hadi, Gholamhossain Asadi and Ali Sallanpoor are the political prisoners who have been transferred to Rajai Shahr prison. Continue reading “7 political prisoners exiled to Rajai Shahr Prison”

10 prisoners back in ward 350 / hunger strike goes on

HRANA News Agency – 10 prisoners who were transferred to solitary confinement, are back to ward 350. Injured prisoners are still in solitary confinement and on hunger strike.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), Davar Hossaini, Abdolfattah Soltani, Ali Asgari, Arash Hampay, Mostafa Abdi, Mostafa Rismanbaf, Amir Ghazian, Asadollah Hadi, Asadollah Asadi and Sohail Arabi are back to ward 350 on April 20th. Continue reading “10 prisoners back in ward 350 / hunger strike goes on”

Prison guards raiding ward 350 of Evin Prison

HRANA News Agency – 31 political prisoners were transferred to solitary confinement and their belongings were destroyed, some of them are in critical condition in solitary confinements.
“Ismael Barzegari’s ribs were broken, Soheil Babadi’s arm and neck were bruised, Soroush Sabet’s head was bleeding, Samko Khelghatis clothes were torn, Gholamreza Khosravi and Reza Akbari were severely injured, Asadollah Hadi faced heart problem because he had recently an open operation on his heart. And also Omid Behrouzian had severe bleeding because the vein of his hand was cut.” A source told HRANA. Continue reading “Prison guards raiding ward 350 of Evin Prison”

7 prisoners refused to visit the families in solidarity with Dervishes

HRANA News Agency – Seven prisoners of ward 350 of Evin prison refused to visit their families.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), some of the prisoners of ward 350 of Evin prison refused to go to visit hall, in protest to medical negligence of political prisoners and forcing them to wear prison’s dress (refusal of wearing prison’s dress, due to its offensive effect, resulted in halts of medical treatments of many prisoners) on Monday March 10, 2014. Continue reading “7 prisoners refused to visit the families in solidarity with Dervishes”

Medical treatment for a political prisoner remained unfinished

HRANA News Agency – Asadollah Hadi has been returned to ward 350 in Evin prison before the medical treatment ends.
According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), he had been transferred to the hospital because of his critical health condition however the authorities took him back to the prison before the medical treatment ends. Continue reading “Medical treatment for a political prisoner remained unfinished”