On July 5th, 2017, there was a well-orchestrated visit by European politicians from 45 different countries, to the notorious Evin prison in Iran. This visit is the latest attempt from the Mullahs regime to repeal claims of human rights abuse in Iranian prisons. The day before the visit, Javad Larijani, the head of the Iranian regime’s so-called «Human Rights Organisation», claimed there are no political prisoners in Iran.
Following the visit, Tasnim News Agency, which is close to the hardliners in Iran claimed that several Ambassadors were astonished by the quality of the prison. What a shame, it is a disgrace that politicians are so caught up with profit that they choose to ignore the truth about Iran regime’s human rights abuses, not only against prisoners but also against ordinary citizens. None of the Political Prisoners who are serving time after bogus trials participated in the meetings. According to a political activist who spent 13 years in prison all visits are staged, they prepare a room and a few specially selected prisoners. It is a known fact that authorities have closed Evin prison to independent international and national human rights investigators for more than a decade. Meanwhile, political prisoners continue to linger under unbearable conditions in prisons that no foreign diplomat is allowed to visit.
In an open letter to human rights activists, political prisoner, Reza Akbari Monfared, incarcerated in Gohardasht prison, in his letter he spoke of the more than 60 condemnations on the regime for human rights abuses, he also told about mothers whose 6 children were killed by the mullahs regime.
|Reza akbari Monfared political prisoner in Evin prison in Iran|
The last UN delegation who was allowed to visit Evin was the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Special Rapporteur On the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression in 2003, including Ward 209, where political prisoners are kept under Ministry of Intelligence supervision. As of today, there are at least ten standing requests by different UN human rights experts to visit Iran, in addition to regular requests from human rights groups, including Human Rights Watch, to meet with officials in Iran and discuss rights concerns with them.
According to the latest report from Amnesty International (2017), the situation is not as good as portrayed in this staged visit. the report speaks of how women are marginalized by laws that give the father right to marry a girl off at the age of 9, that means also that she will be considered an adult at the age of 9 and can be sentenced to death. Compulsory veiling (Hijab) laws violate women’s rights to equality, privacy, and freedom of expression, belief, and religion. This law empowers police and paramilitary forces to target women for harassment, violence and imprisonment.
|THE AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL|
The Regime plan to execute 120 prisoners the authorities continue to use the death penalty extensively, including against juvenile offenders and this visit from European politicians will only empower the regime and we will see a rise in executions across Iran.