Iranian political prisoner Kaveh Taheri in an exclusive interview with JerusalemOnline speaks out about how he was tortured and abused by the Iranian authorities: “This is the regime that the world powers signed a nuclear treaty with.”

Prisoner tortured by the Iranian regime

Prisoner tortured by the Iranian regime Photo Credit: Boroujerdi Civil Rights Group

As the sanctions are about to be removed against the Islamic Republic of Iran, Iranian political dissident Kaveh Taheri spoke out about his experience being imprisoned in Iran for 10 months between September 23, 2012 and July 21, 2013 in order to highlight what kind of regime was just let off the hook: “I was imprisoned due to my activities and my writings in my blogs and websites. I had been wanted by intelligence service officials for my protests against the horrible policies by the Iranian regime. It’s shameful that human rights organizations have so far not considered my testimony since 2013.”

During Kaveh’s time in solitary confinement, he was kept in a cell without a bed and without a bathroom: “They would blindfold me and make me sit on the floor facing the wall for long hours in absolute silence and then suddenly they would start screaming vulgar sexual terms against my mother and me. They would tell me that I would be executed or given a very long prison sentence. I was even told that my sister who was a student in Malaysia had been brought to Iran and was now arrested. I was not permitted to contact my family at all. I was beaten many times during which they used the vilest language to insult members of my family.”

In the end, Kaveh was transferred to Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz: “There I was placed in a ward with the most dangerous, violent prisoners such as mass murderers and professional drug dealers. It was here that was exposed to what is referred to as white torture. The other prisoners would often threaten me with rape but the prison authorities chose to ignore it. Due to the lack of heating, I came down with a bad case of influenza for which I was denied medical care or medicine. This caused my condition to deteriorate and I became extremely weak.”

According to Kaveh, white torture such as this causes the gradual death of many prisoners inside Iran: “Numerous death reports were received about prisoners who are sick and in horrible condition due to torture and illness. The authorities have still refused health treatment and put them under pressure.” Fortunately, Kaveh was able to recover because he was released on bail and immediately he took the opportunity to flee to Turkey. Yet other prisoners have died from white torture.

However, other political prisoners endured even worse than white torture. According to the Boroujerdi Civil Rights Group, these tortures include but are not limited to crushing prisoners hands, breaking body parts, placing prisoners in a heated chair with picnic gas, hanging prisoners from the ceiling, amputating body parts, submerging prisoners in a garbage can, placing prisoners in steel cages, pulling out fingernails, high voltage shocks that cause prisoners to burn, etc, According to Kaveh, the Iranian authorities also engage in sexual torture such as rape, threats of rape, beating the sexual organs, inserting sharp objects into the sexual organs, and making sexual remarks: “Sexual torture is the cruelest way that is used by officials.”  

“I personally witnessed and heard the harassment of inmates that were brutally tortured,” Kaveh related. “They showed me the mark remains from the tortures and would tell me: ‘We will be disabled for our whole life.’ Hundreds of offenders as well as innocent people are subjected to this medieval violence in Iran’s National Police Force detention centers. In many cases, the captives commit suicide because they cannot stand these brutal tortures.

In conclusion, Kaveh noted that Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif claimed that Iran does not imprison people for their political opinions yet he was essentially imprisoned for his political views: “This is the regime that the world powers signed a nuclear treaty with. I am absolutely against any negotiations with executioner states. I have spent my life advocating for peace, justice and freedom in Iran. I am seriously worried about the human rights violations in Iran. I must warn about the dangerousness of this regime. This deal will unblock Iran’s assets which will provide up to $150 billion of cash into the human rights violations that will be continued.”

“Unblocking the regimes assets surely upholds the executioner Mullah’s support for their ally the Assad regime and some terror groups in the region,” Kaveh proclaimed. “Unfortunately, the international community has not demanded real improvements in human rights. Today in Iran, political and religious prisoners are tortured; journalists and educators remain in jail. Women are treated as second class citizens. Dozens were hanged in the first month of this year. Dozens of Iranian human rights veterans have expressed concern about the human rights situation in Iran.” But despite all of this, the sanctions were just removed against the Islamic Republic of Iran without any demands being made to improve the human rights situation within the country, to stop supporting terror groups, and to stop their aggressive policies across the Middle East region.