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.
- A plea for Kaveh Taheri, an imprisoned blogger in Iran
- Witness Testimony of Abbas Sadeghi: From Drugs to Faith
- Witness Statement of Saeed Pourheydar
- Witness Testimony: Behrouz Javid Tehrani
- Witness Testimony of Maryam Ahmadi
- Witness Statement of Nasrollah (Kourosh) Lahouti Eshkevari
- Witness Statement of Mahnaz Parakand
- Civil and Political Rights, Including the questions of: Torture and Detention
- All you need to know: a quick breakdown of findings from Dr. Ahmed Shaheed’s UN report (October 2012)
- Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran - 13 September 2012