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Surviving Rape in Iran's Prisons

Surviving Rape in Iran's Prisons

This report documents the ordeals of five former prisoners – two women and three men – who provide their first-hand accounts of being raped, witnessing rape or being threatened with rape during their detention in Iranian prisons.


Table of Contents



I.   Rape and Sexual Abuse in Iran’s Prisons since 1979

II.  Prison Rape Violates International and Iranian Law

Witness Statement of Saeeda Siabi

Saeeda Siabi, born in Azarbaijan, Iran, lives in Canada. She was arrested with her husband and four month old baby in December 1981, and raped while in prison.

Witness Statement of Mojtaba Saminejad

Mojtaba Saminnejad, born in 1980 in Tehran, Iran, is a blogger, journalist and human rights activist. He regularly writes on his blog Ghomar-e Ashoghaneh at http://www.madyariran.net/.

Witness Statement of Maryam Sabri 

Maryam Sabri, born in 1988 in Tehran, Iran, participated in demonstrations protesting the 2009 presidential election in Iran. She was repeatedly raped by her interrogators in an unidentified detention center.  She fled Iran soon after her release.

Witness Statement of Matin Yar

Matin Yar, (pseudonym) born in 1987 in Iran is a young homosexual man who was tortured and raped in prison.  He currently lives outside Iran.

Witness Statement of Sorrour

Sorrour (pseudonym), born in 1984 in Western Azarbaijan, Iran, is a Kurdish activist living in Turkey. He was arrested after a family dispute and raped in prison.  

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Imprisonment, Sexual Violence, Torture, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment, Punishment