Gulf European Centre for Human Rights
Iran must end its policy against Ahwazi political prisoners
5th February 2019
According to reliable sources from Ahwaz, Ahwazi political prisoners and other political prisoners from other parts of Iran detained in Ahwaz suffer from poor conditions because of the new Iranian policy against political prisoners, especially after the Chief Justice of Iran, Sadiq Amoli Larijani denied the existence of political prisoners in Iran, claiming that Iran has some prisoners only for security reasons and not politics.
Reliable sources, in an interview with GECHR, pointed out that the Iranian authorities have recently transferred prisoners of thugs, mobs, thieves and murders to the political section of Shiban prison in the east of Ahwaz. Those political prisoners who mainly have history of criminality began to create problems for Ahwazi political prisoners, where the prisoners are not allowed to inform the authorities about the situation in the cells.
The Gulf European Centre for Human Rights strongly condemns the policy of the authorities in Ahwaz to exert pressure on Ahwazi political prisoners, calling the authorities as this situation threatens the lives of prisoners detained for their political, human rights and cultural activities by detainees who have a criminal background. The centre also condemns the Chief Justice of Iran remarks, as he denied of having political prisoners in Iran, including Ahwaz.
The GECHR urges the Iranian authorities to release all political prisoners in Ahwaz without conditions and to respect international law that protect the rights of prisoners.
Article 10 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides that any person deprived of their liberty shall be treated with humanity and dignity. There is also a requirement that the focus of prisons should be reform and rehabilitation, not punishment. The article complements article 7 of the Covenant, which bans torture or other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment, by guaranteeing those deprived of their liberty with the same conditions as that set for free persons.