Inhumane pressures imposed by Iran’s authorities on political prisoner

Reporting by PMOI/MEK

Iran, March 28, 2021—Political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared is facing intensifying inhuman pressures following her transfer from the notorious Evin prison of Tehran to Semnan prison. On March 10, Mrs. Akbari Monfared was transferred to Semnan and has since faced various restrictions and pressures. She has already been in prison for thirteen years without one day of furlough.

Mrs. Akbari Monfared was under constant interrogation after her transfer to the Drug Detention center of Semnan, located east of Tehran. For two weeks she was held in the prison’s quarantine section that lacked the minimum necessary facilities.

Maryam Akbari Monfared has been forced to endure such pressures despite her already deteriorating health conditions. Prison authorities have even confiscated her personal belongings and medicines.

Mrs. Akbari Monfared was then transferred to the general ward of the women’s prison in Semnan. Hygiene conditions are very poor in this facility, making circumstances even worse. None of the coronavirus regulations are observed in the regime’s women’s prisons and inmates are not provided disinfectants or cleaners.

Mrs. Akbari Monfared’s phone calls are also prohibited or strictly limited. She is only permitted to make her phone calls from the prison office with the presence of regime’s authorities.

Mrs. Akbari Monfared is imprisoned for protesting the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners. Three of her brothers and a sister were executed by the clerical regime, and she was arrested in December 2009 following the 2009 uprising and sentenced to 15 years in prison. During these years, Mrs. Akbari Monfared has not had a single day of leave for the medical treatment she urgently needs.

In 1988, based on a fatwa of then supreme leader Ruhollah Khomeini, all prisoners who remained steadfast on their opposition to the regime were executed. Most of them were members and sympathizers of the Iranian opposition People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

Alireza Akbari, an MEK member, was executed in 1981. Gholamreza Akbari, also a member of the MEK, was murdered under torture in 1985. MEK members Abdulreza and Roghiyeh Akbari were executed during the 1988 massacre.

Maryam Akbari Monfared is constantly placed under inhuman torture and pressures. On March 24, Amnesty International called for her immediate release. Amnesty has expressed its support for Mrs. Akbari Monfard, emphasizing that seeking truth and justice is the right of all survivors and families of the 1988 massacre.

On March 10, Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), has repeatedly reiterated the need for an international delegation to visit the clerical regime’s prisons and meet with prisoners, especially political prisoners. Madam Rajavi urged the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women to investigate the health conditions of Maryam Akbari and Golrokh Ebrahimi Eraei, another female political prisoner behind bars in Iran.

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