By Zohair Ahmad
On July 5th, 2017, there was a well-orchestrated visit by European politicians from 45 different countries, to the notorious Evin prison in Iran. This visit is the latest attempt from the Mullahs regime to repeal claims of human rights abuse in Iranian prisons. The day before the visit, Javad Larijani, the head of the Iranian regime’s so-called «Human Rights Organisation», claimed there are no political prisoners in Iran.
Following the visit, Tasnim News Agency, which is close to the hardliners in Iran claimed that several Ambassadors were astonished by the quality of the prison. What a shame, it is a disgrace that politicians are so caught up with profit that they choose to ignore the truth about Iran regime’s human rights abuses, not only against prisoners but also against ordinary citizens. None of the Political Prisoners who are serving time after bogus trials participated in the meetings. According to a political activist who spent 13 years in prison all visits are staged, they prepare a room and a few specially selected prisoners. It is a known fact that authorities have closed Evin prison to independent international and national human rights investigators for more than a decade. Meanwhile, political prisoners continue to linger under unbearable conditions in prisons that no foreign diplomat is allowed to visit.
In an open letter to human rights activists, political prisoner, Reza Akbari Monfared, incarcerated in Gohardasht prison, in his letter he spoke of the more than 60 condemnations on the regime for human rights abuses, he also told about mothers whose 6 children were killed by the mullahs regime. He asks us this question; if the regime is honest in its claims why did they not allow Mr. Ahmad Shaheed, the former UN special rapporteur to visit the country, and also despite insistence of Ms. Asma Jahangir, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, why does the regime not allow her to meet and speak with the political prisoners and prisoners of conscience in various prisons across Iran?read more