Iran commits horrific crimes against women detained in its prisons, including torture and rape, an Al Arabiya documentary revealed.
Narges Guevar, an Iranian journalist and activist, told Al Arabiya that hundreds of women in Iran are being imprisoned and are stripped of their basic human rights as punishment for promoting democracy, women’s rights, and freedom.
The activist says she has taken on the responsibility of defending the victims of Iran’s heinous crimes and has acted as their voice outside of the country.
Al Arabiya also interviewed some of the women who managed to survive detention in Iran and escape to Canada.
Often up to 40 prisoners were placed in a one room –no larger than six meters long – and forced to share two blankets among themselves.
“Our room, six meters long only, accommodated between 33 and 44 people. They gave us two soldiers’ blankets. We would open one blanket and share it among us when we want to sleep,” former prisoner Fereshteh Rahmati told Al Arabiya.
During their detention, dozens of women are estimated to have been subjected to torture and rape.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said that there are thousands of female prisoners in Iran, and that 106 women have already been executed during President Hassan Rouhani’s rule, which began seven years ago
“I had a close friend and we used to go to school together for four years. She was very beautiful, smart, affectionate, and an outstanding student. They arrested her, and within few months we heard that she lost her life under torture,” prisoner Shaheen Sung recounted.
“She was brutally tortured to the degree that her mother was unable to identify her daughter when they delivered the dead body to family. The bereaved mother said, 'this is not my daughter!'” said Sung.
“Her head was completely shaved, whole body covered with bruises, and I heard that she was raped in prison,” she added.
Unmarried women prisoners are often forcibly married off or raped before execution, as prison officials believe they will go to heaven if they are killed as virgins – a fate the officials attempt to cancel through forcible sex.
After forcing the women into marriage, their families are made aware of the news of their relative’s execution through a legal marriage contract drafted with a certain dowry for the family to pay.
The Canadian parliament has called on Iran to release the women wrongfully held in Iranian prisons and to stop its human rights violations.
“International and human rights organizations have always called for the release of women held in the Iranian regime’s prisons, which lack basic conditions, and called for the suspension of executing death sentences to no avail,” David Anderson, a member of Canada’s House of Commons, told Al Arabiya.
“Numerous accusations and unfair judgments have been carried out in the name of justice. Female detainees who broke their silence revealed that women prisoners lack basic rights. They are not allowed to communicate with their families, visits are monitored, and the harassment of prisoners is a common practice,” Anderson added.