Iran Regime Tortures Prisoners to Obtain False Confessions

Protesters  arrested and detained during Iran Protests 2019 are being subjected to torture

By Armin Baldwin

Reports from inside Iran indicate that protesters that have been arrested and detained during the current uprising that started on Friday 15th November are being subjected to torture. The detained protesters are being tortured into making false confessions.  

The opposition networks inside the country have been able to pass information across to its networks outside the country despite the massive internet shut down.  

The intelligence services in charge of section 8 of Raja’i Shahr Prison have had 420 protesters transferred to them after being arrested during the current uprising. They have been badly mistreated and reports say that they have been forced to undress and were then beaten by guards for hours at a time. Many prisoners have also been drenched with water and then flogged.  

Although it is not known how many prisoners have been put into the Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz, it has been confirmed that the prison has reached full capacity because of the high number of arrests taking place in the area.  

Many of the people that have been arrested during the uprising have been transferred to unknown locations. When family members have inquired about the whereabouts and condition of their loved ones, they have been faced with silence.  

There have been intense clashes between security forces and protesters across the country and the authorities have even gone as far as to transfer injured protesters from hospital to prison. Authorities have also been gathering information from hospitals to prepare for future arrests.  

The Iranian regime has been appointing “special interrogators” in order to deal with the protesters that are being detained.  

The regime has said that there have been around 7,000 arrests, but the opposition networks in the country have indicated that the real number is far higher – upwards of 10,000. 

 

Since Wednesday last week, the authorities have been targeting students and workers in the latest wave of arrests. The Supreme Leader has referred to the protesters as “hooligans” and has called on the security forces to main pressure.  

The regime has lost control and it is continuing to attempt to quash dissent through the use of violence and mass arrests.  

There have been some serious concerns about the human rights situation in Iran for a number of years now. Political prisoners, for decades, have been mistreated, tortured and arbitrarily executed.  

Back in 1988, the Supreme Leader at that time issued a fatwa ordering the execution of political prisoners. Most of these prisoners were members or supporters of the leading Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini set up so-called “death commissions” to oversee the execution of prisoners that would not deny their allegiance to the main opposition. 

 

During the incident that lasted one single summer, more than 30,000 political prisoners were killed in despicable circumstances. No one was spared – not women, pregnant women or children. To this day, the regime has not been held accountable for this despicable crime against humanity. 

 

Since then, there has been crackdown after crackdown on dissidents and protesters are routinely arrested, jailed and even sentenced to death.  

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