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Human Rights Abuses Continue Unabated in Iran

Iran is particularly harsh to those it deems in opposition to its rule and once in prison, they face intense torture and ill-treatment. For example, a political prisoner from Turkmenistan, Batyr Shah Muhammedov, is still on a hunger strike. According to Muhammedov, he is being held captive in Iran and has been detained in the worst possible conditions for the past seven years. He has also been banned from contacting his family or a lawyer.

He is also suffering from an intense infection, which is inhibiting his breathing. Seventy days have passed since he began his hunger strike. The prison medical clinic has refused to treat him until he breaks his hunger strike.

But even those who conduct classes on topics deemed inappropriate by the regime can suffer as well. A 50-year-old researcher and translator was sentenced to death in the Tehran Revolutionary Court for the charge of corruption on earth for translating books in the field of metaphysics and conducting classes on this topic. She has also been denied access to her family and a lawyer during her initial four-month detention. Since then, she has been moved to Shahre Rey Prison. Her conviction violates international law regarding executional offenses.

Once in the prison, basic necessities can be denied to pressure prisoners. A lack of water in Khorin Prison is threatening the health of the prisoners there. They are being forced to buy drinking water, but not given anything to bath with or wash their clothing. Prison officials say it is a technical problem and they lack the resources and budget to address it.

Yet, before individuals are arrested, they are often treated roughly or even injured. Villagers in Khin Chomaghi Village in Mashhad saw security forces destroy their homes, gardens and crop fields. Additionally, villagers were injured and five were arrested. The security forces said the villagers have “illegally seized national grounds”, but according to a village official, the grounds were rented over to farmers from 1963 for a lease period of 99 years. The villagers also have rent documents to prove their case.

These are just a few of the most recent examples of Iran overstepping its bounds to oppress its population and keep them under control. As with all things regarding the Iranian regime, it is clear that these human rights violations are being used to maintain their power and control within the country and the region.

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