Gulf European Centre for Human Rights
GECHR condemns torture of Ahwazi woman political prisoner in Sepidar prison by Iranian authorities
7th July 2019
According to reliable sources, Amina Zaheri Sari, a member of the family who was arrested in Ahwaz last November, was ill-treated and beaten by officers from the Ahwaz-Sepidar prison, where she suffered injuries to her arm due to beatings and torture. Amina Zaheri Sari was arrested on November 6, 2018, one day after her father and brother were arrested by Iranian authorities on 5 November. Despite having passed more than nine months, she is still being held in the women’s wing in Ahwaz Sepidar prison.
A source close to the family of the prisoner informed Gulf European Centre for Human Rights that Miss. Amina Zaheri Sari's arm had been severely injured because of the beating and she is currently denied access to medical services for treating her arm.
The 24-year-old citizen has suffered from severe swelling in some parts of the body. According to her brother Mr Mohammad Hattab, the doctor at the health centre, said that the patient must be immediately transferred to the hospital and undergo medical examinations and treatment, but the authorities refuse to transfer her to the hospital. The authorities oppose her transfer despite the fact that a 300 million Toman (Iranian currency) security document was issued earlier. Her brother Mr Mohammad Hatab, who lives in Europe as a political activist said that Iranian officials refuse to accept bail and provisional release of Amina Sari.
It should be noted that Amina’s father, Hatab Zaheri Sari, along with her brother, Amin Zaheri Sari, were both arrested and transferred to Shiban prison in Ahwaz, after being summoned to Branch 12 of Ahwaz Revolutionary Court in November 2018. A day later, the intelligence forces of the IRGC attacked their homes and arrested Amina Sari, a 24-year-old student. Few week later, the Iranian intelligence services arrested Ali Zaheri Sari for unknown reasons and transferred him to Shiban prison along his father and brother.
Moreover, branch 12 of the Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz issued a document of 700 million Toman's bail for the temporary release of Mr Hatab Sari and his son Amin Zaheri Sari. A document of 300 million Toman was also issued for the temporary release to Amina Sari. Branch 4 of the Revolutionary Court of Ahwaz also issued a 300 million Toman bail for the temporary release of Ali Zaheri Sari. However, all of them have not released yet.
It worth mentioning that the Iranian authorities were arrested more than 1000 Ahwazi citizens after 22nd September 2018, including Ahwazi female and teenagers. The authorities have not freed the vast majority of the detainees and violated international law and human rights through torturing the detainees, confiscating their belongings, lack of offering fair courts, not accessing lawyer and not offering any opportunities to their families to visit them.
Most of the international human rights instruments feature the right against cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment due to there being so much importance attached to the right. UDHR in Article 5 provides that: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.
Under Article 7 of the ICCPR provides that: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Article 10(1) of the ICCPR, which reads that: All persons deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and with respect for the inherent dignity of the human person. Therefore, since prisoners were denied their right to liberty, they shall be treated with humanity meaning they should not receive cruel, inhuman or degrading treatments or punishment.
Gulf European Centre for Human Rights remains concerned about continuing reports indicating that the practice of torture and ill-treatment in Iran persists, particularly against political prisoners and detainees such as physical and physiological torture. Furthermore, the judiciary continues to sentence people to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, such as long-life imprisonment or bail with high prices. GECHR gained documents of Iranian ill-treatment against Ahwazi prisoners including blunt force trauma, burns, sharp force, electric shocks, use of water, crushing, pharmacological torture, asphyxiation, and amputation, as well as sleep deprivation, threats, humiliation, and prolonged solitary confinement.
Therefore, GECHR calls on the Special Rapporteur on Iran to intervene to stop the arrest, persecution and discrimination against Ahwazi prisoners, specifically against Miss Amina Zaheri Sari, Ahwazi young female, who was arrested on 6th November 2018. GECHR also calls for a comprehensive international investigation against the Iranian ill-treatment in the prisons against the detainees and civilian activists such as Amina Sari, who has been detained since November last year for no apparent reasons. Thus, the Iranian ill-treatment policies is a violation of international law and human rights.