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Iran protests: Jailed activist Sepideh Qolian describes brutality in letter

Iran protests: Jailed activist Sepideh Qolian describes brutality in letter

One of Iran’s most famous female lobbyists has explained just how admissions are dislodged of prisoners, in a letter composed inside a notorious prison.

Sepideh Qolian has actually been offering a five-year sentence given that 2018 after being founded guilty of acting “against nationwide security” for sustaining a strike.

Creating from Evin prison, she explains the brutal treatment of her and various other detainees by interrogators.

Their compelled confessions are later broadcast on state-run television.

Alluding to the existing anti-government demonstrations brushing up the nation, Ms Qolian composes: “In the 4th year of my imprisonment I can ultimately hear the steps of liberation from all throughout Iran.

” The mirrors of ‘Woman, Life, Liberty’ can be heard also via the thick walls of Evin jail.”

Ms Qolian is currently researching regulation behind bars. In her letter she describes exactly how Evin’s “cultural” wing – where she takes her examinations – has been turned into a “torment and investigation” building, and also states she has experienced young detainees being questioned there.

” The examination space is filled with young boys and ladies and also the yells of torturers can be listened to,” she creates.

Ms Qolian defines a scene she observed on 28 December 2022 as she was required to the wing for her examination.

” It’s freezing cool and snowing, near the leave door of the building, a young kid blindfolded as well as using just a slim grey Tees is sat in front of an interrogator.

” He’s trembling and pleading: ‘I promise to God I really did not defeat anybody.’ They want him to admit. As I am passing I yell: ‘DO NOT admit,’ and also ‘Death to you autocrats.'”.

So far, a minimum of 519 militants – including 69 children – have been eliminated and 19,300 jailed, according to the Civils rights Lobbyists’ News Company (HRANA). Thousands have been imprisoned.

Iranians protest outside prison to stop executions

Many of those apprehended face the death sentence and so much four protesters have actually been hanged after their confessions were revealed on television.

Civils rights activists and lawyers say their trials were held without lawful depiction, as well as after the defendants were hurt. Authorities deny these insurance claims.

Given that the begin of the mass demonstrations in September last year, loads of forced admissions of restrained militants have been broadcast.

In her letter, Sepideh Qolian recalls her very own investigation and also compelled admission in 2018, after she was arrested for sustaining the employees’ strike and protest at a sugar manufacturing facility in Iran’s Khuzestan district.

Ms Qolian describes being interrogated by a woman who she hoped may be softer on her than her male interrogators as well as “a minimum of she won’t sexually assault me”.

But she composes that her hopes were brief lived – the women interrogator “kicked the leg of the desk and yelled ‘you communist slut, that did you sleep with?'”.

In December in 2014, Nargess Mohammadi, a women human rights protestor who is serving a 34-year prison sentence, provided an in-depth account of exactly how ladies arrested in current demonstrations are being sexually abused in prison.


Ms Qolian states her female interrogator raised her blindfold as well as ordered her to define her supposed sexual intercourses on electronic camera. Ms Qolian refused to cooperate.

She defines that after hours of being interrogated, she asked to be required to the commode. Once they reached the women’s toilets the women interrogator shoved her within and also secured her in.

According to Ms Qolian, the toilet she was secured was inside an interrogation room, and also she could listen to a man being tortured as well as whipped.

” The sounds of abuse continued for hours or maybe a day, perhaps a lot more, I misplaced time,” she composes.

Ms Qolian clarifies that after being launched from the bathroom, sleep-deprived after three days of continuous investigation, she was taken to an area where a camera was established.

” I took the manuscript from her as I was half-conscious and sat in front of the camera and read it,” she creates. Based on those really admissions, she was sentenced to 5 years in prison.

In 2019 Ms Qolian remained in Qarchak prison as well as identified her interrogator while she was enjoying the compelled confessions of another detainee on TV.

In a public letter she identified the interrogator as Ameneh Sadat Zabihpour, an “interrogator-journalist” with ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

In November 2022, the United States Treasury department approved Ms Zabihpour for her function in acquiring as well as transmitting forced admissions of double nationals as well as other prisoners.

Ms Zabihpour sued Ms Qolian, that obtained an additional eight-month sentence due to her complaints.

Ms Qolian ends her letter explaining the demonstrations as a “transformation”.

” Today the noises we listen to on the streets of Marivan, Izeh, Rasht, Sistan and Balouchestan and across Iran is louder than the noises in examination areas, this is the sound of a revolution, real sound of woman, life, freedom.”.

Last Updated:  11 January 2023

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