Iran’s judiciary sentenced a man to 80 lashes for sexual harassment in Tehran, state-run media reported today.
Shahin Naseri, a prisoner in the Greater Tehran Prison, died under suspicious circumstances in the notorious prison on September 21. Before political prisoner Navid Afkari was executed last September, Shahin sent an audio file from prison detailing the torture of the wrestling champion and asking the people of Iran to support Navid. Below is the transcript of parts of the audio file.
Numerous accounts of the horrific torture to force prisoners to confess have been published so far, including the tortures that the Afkari brothers endured and led to the execution of wrestling champion Navid Afkari.
The torture and inhuman mistreatment of detainees and prisoners in Iran are among the most serious violations of human rights in the country’s prisons.
Shahin Naseri, a prisoner who testified that wrestler Navid Afkari was tortured to confess to killing a water company security guard in 2018, has died in custody in Greater Tehran penitentiary “in suspicious circumstances,” the Oslo-based Iran Human Rights (IHR) reported Tuesday.
Informed sources have told Iran Human Rights that Shahin Naseri who was a witness to Navid Afkari’s torture, has died under suspicious circumstances in solitary confinement in the Greater Tehran Penitentiary. His brother has confirmed his death but has not been contacted by officials.
A worker activist was sentenced to 74 lashes, five years of prison, and a fine of 2 million tomans (about $72) by the Tehran Appeals Court yesterday.
Iranian dissident rapper, Toomaj Salehi, who was detained on September 13 was arrested by the intelligence ministry in Esfahan, family sources have told Iran International. They are extremely worried about the safety of the young singer.
Amnesty International has condemned the “climate of impunity” that prevails in Iran over deaths in custody despite reports of more than 70 such cases over the past decade.
Human rights groups and the family of Kurdish political activist Yasser Mangouri said he has died after being summoned by members of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry. Mangouri’s arrest occurred on July 17, but his death was officially conveyed to his family over 50 days later.
Amnesty International published a list of 72 individuals Wednesday whose deaths in custody since January 2010 it said Iran had not adequately explained despite reports that they resulted from torture and ill treatment, including firearms and tear gas.