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Iranian inmate jailed despite health conditions dies due to lack of medical attention

Sasan NiknafsJune 10, 2021: The lawyer of Sasan Niknafs, an Iranian political prisoner who recently died in prison, said on Wednesday that he had filed a “deliberate murder” complaint at the request of his client’s parents.

“This morning, together with the request of Sasan’s parents, we filed a complaint with the District 27 Criminal Court under the heading of deliberate murder to find out how my client died,” Ali Sharifzadeh told the state-run Emtedad news site.

Sasan Niknafs had been serving a five-year sentence at the Greater Tehran Penitentiary since July 2020 on charges including disseminating “propaganda” against the state and Iran’s leadership.

He died in Firouzabadi Hospital on June 5 after displaying “declining consciousness” while being seen by prison clinicians, according to a statement by the Tehran Prisons Organization that was published by the state-run ISNA News Agency on June 7.


Political prisoner was attacked after being held with violent criminals

political prisoner Shakila MonfaredJune 10, 2021: Political prisoner Shakila Monfared was beaten and injured on Monday, June 7, by a number of prisoners after she was unlawfully kept in a ward that holds inmates convicted of dangerous crimes in Qarchak Prson.

Prisoners incited by prison staff attacked and insulted Shakila Monfared, injuring her with the lid of a tuna can.

According to Iranian law, prisons are required to divide prisoners according to the nature of their convictions.

Article 69 of the State Prisons Organization’s regulations states: “All convicts, upon being admitted to walled prisons or rehabilitation centers, will be separated based on the type and duration of their sentence, prior record, character, morals and behavior, in accordance with decisions made by the Prisoners Classification Council.”

But political prisoners continue to be transferred to and held in prisons and wards with inmates convicted of violent crimes or with substance abuse issues.

Chief of Police threatens those calling for boycott of Iran election 2021

Chief of Police threatens those calling for boycott of Irans presidential electionsThe clerical regime’s Chief of Police threatened those who called for a boycott of boycott of Iran’s presidential elections.

Referring to those who call on people not to vote, Hossein Ashtari threatened “election norm breakers” and said they would be dealt with.

In a meeting with religious singers or “Maddahs”, Ashtari said: “The (Supreme) Leader of the revolution cited everything in his meeting with members of parliament and determined everyone’s duty. The Police and the Judiciary will deal with anyone who transgresses according to the law.”

arjangIran HRM urges UNSR to investigate conditions of Arzhang Davoudi in prison

June 4, 2021: No information is available on the health conditions of Arzhang Davoudi, 68, who has been detained in the high security ward of Rajaishahr Prison (Gohardasht) in Karaj, isolated from other inmates since May 27, 2021.

Political prisoner Arzhang Davoudi was transferred to Rajaishahr Prison after long years of exile in remote prisons in Ahvaz, Bandar Abbas, and Zabol. Prisons authorities and Intelligence Ministry agents held him incommunicado and subjected him to torture and harassment in a bid to break him.

The Greater Tehran Penitentiary did not accept Mr. Davoudi, fearing that his contact with young prisoners arrested and detained during the November 2019 protests would boost their morale and resistance in prison.

harassment of Iranian journalists before presidential electionAuthorities intensified pressures and harassment of Iranian journalists and reporters to silence criticism of state policies.

There are numerous reports that the intelligence agents in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have contacted several social media activists, threatening them not to post content that criticizes Iran’s Chief Justice and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi, otherwise they will be in “trouble”.

Several media workers who sought to report about Raisi’s background were subjected to pressure and a few of them were summoned to appear before judicial or security authorities.

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