Iranian protesters tortured, family members intimidated, say relatives

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Hundreds of demonstrators increased their demonstrations this week outside Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, necessitating information about about loved ones imprisoned — without being blamed — since ongoing anti-government rallies started almost two weeks ago.

Uncertainty encircles the status of more than 3,000 who have been detained since affirms broke out on Dec. 28 and rapidly spread to more than 130 locations across the country.

“People inside are being tortured, maybe tortured to demise, ” Amir, a 31 -year-old activist and business owned, told Fox News in a telephone interview from outside the confinement on Tuesday night. Amir, who declined to give his last name for suspicion of redres, addrest from amid a gang of protestors, who could be heard chanting “free the prisoners” and “we are united” in the background.

Amir said a close friend, a 26 -year-old student, was one of the “lucky” ones to have been released the coming week after more than a few weeks in custody- but is now conceal to the purposes of his family’s safety.

Iran’s notoriously harsh Evin Prison in northern Tehran ( Behrouz Javid Tehrani/ IHRDC)

“He was arrested by plainclothes patrol at the start of this complains in Tehran, ” Amir recollected. “Then he was vanquished gravely. He said 400 to 500 parties were forced into a area that should only hamper 120 beings. They suffered all the torture- sleep hardship, absence of food, all the things.”

Amir, who said he himself has been held in Evin, which is located in the Alborz Mountains of north Tehran, for anti-government tasks, in 2009 and in 2015, described conditions inside as beyond abhorrent. He also said his detained love claimed Iranian confinement officers are trying to “stage manage” the situation inside the prison, compelling detainees into engender filmed words that they are being treated well.

“People is concerned about the lives of the arrested parties. Mothers are there and they don’t know anything about their child’s situation, or even if they are alive, ” said Nik, a People’s Mujahedin of Iran( MEK) protester outside Evin.

Another activist, Azadi, deplored that his 19 -year-old friend was detained on New Year’s Eve, and “still now , no one else sounded from him , no one knows where he is.”

Protests continued in Iran this week, with hundreds expecting the freeing of those arrested during the shows.

Concerns were deepened this week following official confirmation that at least two detainees have died in custody. Sina Qanbari, 23, reportedly committed suicide in Evin on Monday. Another partisan, Vahid Heidari, reportedly took his working life Tuesday, while detained in the center Iranian municipality of Arak.

But the official explanation of suicide in these cases is being met with skepticism.

“Sina get in there a healthy 23 -year-old, ” said Dokhi Fassihian, senior curriculum administrator for the Middle East and North Africa Programs with independent guardian Freedom House. “No one should believe that he exactly made his working life. There are urgent anxieties of abuse, and we should all be speaking out.”

Three other detainees are also believed to have died behind rails this week, under questionable contexts. And 21 beings are reported to have died in the clashes since the dissents began.



One Iranian woman, pronouncing from Europe, told Fox News by phone on Tuesday that her family member- 31 -year-old Alireza Gomar- suffered a “bullet in the heart” while revealing outside country offices for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps( IRGC) in Tuyserkan, Hamadan Province, on Dec. 31. The relative said he was raced to the hospital by fellow organizers but eventually croaked and that members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards took his figure- and others who had been wounded- instantly from the hospital.

Alireza Gomar, a 31 -year-old Iranian somebody killed in the ongoing demonstrations. ( Gomar family)

“Our family had to beg to get the body back. The Guards required them first to agree to be silent, to not tell the media what had happened, ” the relative claimed. “Only after five days did they get his mas back as the family kept up the pressure, but there were IRGC surrounding the funeral.”

Human liberties radicals continue to express their tomb fear over the therapy of detainees, arbitrary arrests and acts of intimidation by law enforcement.

“Iranian governments should ensure that all deaths in detention and allegations of ill-treatment are swiftly and separately probed, ” Human Rights Watch said Tuesday. Meanwhile, Amnesty International continues to involve Iranian officials “take all necessary steps to protect detainees from abuse and
prevent any further deaths.”

Memorial for Alireza Gomar, killed during demonstrations sweeping the two countries. ( Gomar family)

A representative for the International Committee of the Red Cross( ICRC) told Fox News that it does not currently visit pre-trial detention in Iran.

Iranian authorities have rebuffed claims of hostage abuse, pointing out at the least 70 detainees have been liberated on bail, and those abiding have not been manhandled. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif reiterated this week that citizens “enjoyed the right to peaceful protest, ” and the heads of state of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, Musa Ghazanfarabadi, stressed that- despite Iran’s track record of tedious waiting times before even starting legal proceedings- apprehended objectors will be promptly tried.

Yet the outcome for some “couldve been” grim. Those accused of committing producing the anti-government shift may face “moharebeh” prices- an Islamic code that refers to opposed God- something that carries the death penalty.

Hollie McKay has been a staff reporter since 2007. She has reported extensively from the Countries of the middle east on the rise and fall of terrorist radicals such as ISIS in Iraq. Follow her on flutter at @holliesmckay

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