After the Revolution of 1978-79, the Islamic Republic of Iran inherited an extensive and notorious prison infrastructure from the Pahlavi era. Extensive evidence indicates that the Ministry of Intelligence, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and official prison authorities in the Islamic Republic make widespread use of torture, rape, and solitary confinement, and that the deprivation of basic rights and human dignity is commonplace in the Islamic Republic in contravention of its obligations under Articles 7 and 10 of the International Covenant for Civil and Political Rights.  

The documents below offer a data and first hand narratives on the hardships faced by those detained in the prisons and detention centers of the Islamic Republic.


Witness Testimony: Kourosh Sehati

If Not You, Then Your Brother: Kourosh Sehati, a journalist and human rights activist, describes his multiple arrests between 2000 and 2004 and his experience ... Read more

Speaking For The Dead: Survivor Accounts of Iran's 1988 Massacre

This report is a collection of witness statements documenting the experiences of five female prisoners in connection with the Islamic Republic of Iran’s summary execution ... Read more

Deadly Fatwa: Iran's 1988 Prison Massacre

This report documents and analyzes the Iranian government’s massacre of political prisoners in 1988. Pursuant to a fatwa issued by then-Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini, the ... Read more