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Witness Statement: Fariba Davoodi Mohajer

36. Finally, after some time, one of the older guards secretly promised to allow me to close the door while taking a shower. He came through on his promise. This was the only shower that I was able to take during my detention.

37. They wouldn’t let me go outside so I could get some fresh air. They always kept me inside. They threatened me and told me that I’d never again see the outside world.

38. N/A

Incommunicado Detention


39. They rarely allowed me to use the telephone to contact the outside world. When they did allow me to [use the phone], they did so based on their needs and desires. For example, when my family or husband gave interviews with domestic and international media outlets and requested assistance from international human rights organizations, my interrogators allowed me to call home and ask my family not to contact foreign radio stations or provide interviews. They also wanted me [to tell them] to forget about hiring a lawyer for me, attempting to contact me or claiming that I was being held in an undisclosed location. The instructed me to tell my husband that I was not being mistreated and that I did not wish to retain a lawyer. When I made these calls I was blindfolded and my words were monitored. A guard stood above me and listened to my conversations. As soon as I exchanged several phrases with my family they would disconnect the phone.

40. After a while I realized that this prison was very small, that the number of solitary cells was very limited and that the [other] detainees were all men. (This may have been the first time a women was kept in a secret prison along with men.) I came to realize this from the manner in which the guards paced and the number of cell doors that opened. When a guard went from one end of the hallway to the other you could easily hear his footsteps. The absence of female detainees in this prison was another indication of this.

41. I don’t know where this prison was located. One day I fainted from exhaustion during an interrogation session. I think it was the tenth or twelfth day of my interrogation. They splashed water on my face. They head interrogator ordered them to bring me some food. (The food inside the prison was horrible.) He thought I had fainted because I was hungry. They brought me a warm pizza – it was obvious that they had brought it from somewhere close by. The pizza box read “Pizza Anya.” Pizza Anya was located close to Eshratabad Square in Sipah Square. From the pizza box I guessed that I must have been arrested by the Revolutionary Guards and that I was being detained in one of their secure prison locations.

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