In an exclusive interview with JerusalemOnline, Iranian human rights activist Kaveh Taheri exposed various torture methods that occur inside Iranian prisons: “Many boyish prisoners are ruthlessly raped by criminal prisoners in the rooms and bathrooms every day, every night.”
In an exclusive interview with JerusalemOnline, Iranian human rights activist Kaveh Taheri stated that hundreds of people are subjected to medieval violence inside Iranian prisons. Among the torture methods employed against dissidents by the Iranian regime is rape: “Many boyish prisoners are ruthlessly raped by criminal prisoners in the rooms or bathrooms every day, every night.” According to Taheri, among the Iranian prisoners to be raped was a victim who was imprisoned for an extended period of time because he allegedly was an Israeli spy.
The alleged spy was raped by low-minded criminals inside the prison in exchange for communication services because “he was banned from calling his family by Mr. Mozafari, the former prison chief.” This incident occurred in Shiraz’s infamous Adel Abad prison: “In various jails inside Iran, rape has become a common acceptable behavior.” Taheri noted that the Iranian authorities are fully aware of the fact that when they place political prisoners inside the same cell with criminals, there is a chance that the political prisoner can get raped: “Mr. Amjari, the head of prison security, once told me that ‘we know what is going on in the prison,’ when I asked him for any possible scheming to stop these horrifying felonies.”
“The Iranian authorities know that the imprisoned criminals will do unpredictable things to prisoners of conscience and boyish prisoners such as rape,” Taheri told JerusalemOnline. “Wardens motivate criminals to feel free for any inhuman action against their victims with no savior. Authorities have ignored all allegations and have repeatedly refused any claims of rape inside prisons across the country.”
However, Taheri noted that rape is only one torture method employed by the Iranian regime against dissidents. Other torture methods include white torture, where the authorities refuse to provide dissidents with medical treatment: “Arash Sadeghi, Ayatollah Kazemeyni Boroujerdi and dozens of other political prisoners are the obvious examples in this case. Prisoners have been repeatedly denied access to medical treatment and care by officials.”
Ayatollah Boroujerdi, who was recently released to a highly restrictive house arrest after being imprisoned for 11 years due to the fact that he advocated a separation of church and state, is another example of a dissident who was tortured by the Iranian regime. In his case, the white torture was especially horrific. According to Amnesty International, “He is said to have been beaten, thrown against a wall and had cold water thrown on him when he was sleeping. He suffers from a heart condition, pulmonary issues, diabetes, severe problems with his eyes including untreated cataracts and kidney stones. His legs are swollen which makes it very difficult for him to walk. His hands also shake as a result of his Parkinson’s disease. While in detention, he did not been receive the necessary medical treatment and has lost a considerable amount of weight.” According to an anonymous source, the conditions of his house arrest are so restrictive that they include a commitment “never to meet people.”
Aside from the widespread rape and torture that occurs inside Iran’s prisons, Taheri stressed that there is also drug dealing, sodomy and gambling inside the Iranian prisons as well. In addition, he noted that the sanitary conditions are quite poor. Some inmates have found lice infested on their clothes and there is a lack of clean water. “Hell on earth is the best term if I would describe life inside Iran’s notorious prisons,” Taheri proclaimed. “Evin Prison is one of them and is also known as Evin University but it’s not a school. The prison is one of Iran’s most savage and disgraceful prisons in the country and it’s called a university because many students, educators, journalists, artists and activists are jailed there for their peaceful activism.” However, he claims that despite the atrocious conditions that exist inside of Iran’s prisons, he has not come across an expert report in international media outlets that effectively covers this issue for “they have no interest in criticizing the regime and exposing their real crimes.”