Iranian prison system
Iran’s dire prison conditions are being highlighted in the media due to recently released reports of sexual harassment and critically poor sanitation.
The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran is demanding an end to “secret mass executions and inhumane conditions” in Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad.
The U.S.-based rights group said in a statement that Iran’s judiciary has made no efforts to rectify the “horrific situation” in Vakilabad Prison, where inmates are subjected to “sardine-like overcrowding, health threats, humiliations and mass executions.”
Amnesty International wants an independent investigation of the conflict at Qezel Hessar Prison on Tuesday night which led to death of at least 14 inmates and left many more injured.
Iranian judiciary and prison authorities have expressed concern over the surge in the number of prisoners and called on Iranian prosecutors to reduce the number of arrests.
Iran's Prosecutor Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei told a gathering of prosecutors yesterday: "I ask that while firmly dealing with dangerous criminals, prosecutors pay attention that those who need not be imprisoned are not detained."