The seriousness of the situation is such that President Hassan Rouhani, was forced to recognize the spread of Covid-19 in prisons.
In particular, Rouhani said that in a prison, 100 out of 120 detainees would be positive for Coronavirus. The infection, presumably, was spread by some positive person, who in turn became detained. And so, after months of covering-up the real catastrophic effects of the epidemic, both the deaths, which according to the MEK Iran has so far caused the death of over 40,500 people and the worsening of the already persistent economic and social crisis, the regime had to face the topic with this admission.
In general, all the management of the emergency for Covid-19, by Iranian officials, was immediately unsuccessful for the whole country, so you can only imagine the extent of the discomfort, which the contagion has caused in the crowded Iranian prisons. Here, inevitably, mass infections occurred and many inmates subsequently died. This dramatic scenario did not prevent the regime from making numerous arrests, instead of easing the prison situation and securing prisoners. In fact, many have been imprisoned among political opponents and among those who have expressed a real judgment on the Coronavirus topic and what derives from it. Two students, well known for their intellectual (elite) training, have also been arrested recently, demonstrating, if it were still needed, how harsh and terrible the repression of the regime is and how little the life of the Iranian people matters, in particular, of prisoners for those who would have the duty to protect.
On the occasion of the Iranian New Year, the Mullahs’ false propaganda had falsely claimed to have freed thousands of detainees, in reality, all the detainees remained in the prisons and, with the inevitable progress of the contagion and the precariousness of the sanitary facilities, they have given rise to numerous seditions in many penitentiaries. All the riots were repressed in bloodshed and the regime’s response to their demands for security was summary justice of those who rose up. The prison situation is still very serious, especially for political prisoners due to the further tightening of detention measures. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has released some documents of the organization of the emergency of Iran according to which the regime has been aware of the spread of the Covid-19 virus since January. In order to increase the turnout in the parliamentary elections, then boycotted from the population, the regime had deliberately denied the presence of the contagion in Iranian territory.
Later, when the epidemic was clear, the regime did not draw up a plan to stop the spread of the virus and the quarantine for the Iranian people came when the situation was out of control. The Iranians have been subjected to quarantine without any economic-social shock absorber for the weakest groups or for all those forced to close their businesses and leave their jobs. Thus whole families joined the already numerous army of hunger. This scenario is the product of profound corruption, which in the Iranian institutions and to maintain its privileges adopts economic policies that cause more and more suffering and discomfort to the entire population. In the end, to prevent the country from being exhausted, the regime reopened economic activities to the detriment of the health of millions of human beings.
In light of all this, Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the NCRI, calls with force and determination that the international community, the general secretary of the united nations, the high commissioner for human rights, the council for human rights, and the speakers of United Nations specials should intervene immediately to stop the executions of prisoners and make them safe and to prevent an already announced humanitarian catastrophe in Iranian prisons.