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Staged Visit by Foreign Ambassadors to Iran’s Evin Prison

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Source: International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran

Abusive Conditions and Political Prisoners Hidden from Visitors

A state-choreographed visit by dozens of foreign ambassadors based in Iran to Tehran’s Evin Prison has been condemned by prominent human rights activists inside and outside the country for glossing over the prison’s well–documented history of ongoing human rights violations.

Guarded by state minders and preceded by a red carpet welcome, the visit on July 5, 2017 excluded certain areas of the prison, according to political prisoners currently held there. Envoys from participating countries including Great Britain, Germany, Japan and Denmark were, however, treated to a reception on the prison’s lawn.

Two civil rights activists imprisoned in Evin also pointed out some of the places the ambassadors were prevented from viewing in another letter, a copy of which was obtained by the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI).

The letter continued: “Did they inform you of the existence of Ward 350, where male political prisoners are held? Or the ward that is exclusively for convicted clerics? Did they tell you about prisoners such as Mohammad Ali Taheri, who has been in solitary confinement for more than five years in IRGC’s Ward 2-A?”

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Staged Visit by Foreign Ambassadors to Iran’s Evin Prison Condemned by Rights Activists

 

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