Report: Iranian regime MP admits to existence of the notorious Kahrizak prison
In an interview with a hardline website, a member of clerical regime Majlis (parliament) admitted that those who had been arrested during 2009 popular uprisings in Iran were send to previously unknown prison that was unheard of by the majority of people. Kazem Jalali said in this interview that particularly youths arrested during the 2009 protests were transferred to the Kahrizak detention center. This site was where many youths were tortured and raped and many killed. “The mere transfer of people’s children to Kahrizak was wrong and a completely inappropriate decision,” Jalali said. “At that time we were told there was no room in Evin Prison ! However, when we went to Evin Prison at that time we saw in fact that Evin had plenty of room and we referred to this matter in our report. There were many such cases at that time.”
Amnesty International Report
Amnesty International issued a report in June 2014 on human rights abuse in Iran. That report in part says 'Iran’s security forces, including Ministry of Intelligence officials, Revolutionary Guards and others, have tortured and otherwise ill-treated detainees in their custody over many years, and have done so with almost total impunity. Although many of the individuals whose cases are briefly described in this report alleged that they were tortured and subjected to other abuse in detention, the only known official investigations are those which occurred following the spate of deaths of detainees – including some with high level political connections – at Kahrizak detention centre in June-July 2009. Even that investigation was far from transparent and may not have been independent – it appears to have portrayed the abuse of detainees at Kahrizak as an aberration whereas, in practice, torture and other ill-treatment of detainees has long been the norm throughout Iran’s prisons. Indeed, detainees who allege torture sometimes then face reprisals and can expect to receive no protection from the judiciary. Courts routinely ignore defendants’ allegations of torture in pre-trial detention, without taking any steps to investigate them, and frequently rely on contested “confessions.”
Description of Kahrizak
Kahrizak is an accumulation of dozens of large metal warehouse type containers. There are built-in 30Sq. meter iron cages in each container. These cage house 40 to 60 prisoners which allows prisoners to only stand or lie on the side touching next prisoner’s body. This is part of their torture which they have to live with for years and years.
More than 200 prisoners from 2009 uprisings were detained in this horrible dungeon. Many of them were young college students or young female students who only protested the outcome of the sham presidential elections. Many of these young female students were subject to multiple and gang rape by the guards. As for the male youth, they were sodomized drink bottles and batons.