Iran: Evin Prison mothers
Political prisoner Nargess Mohammadi sent out a letter from Evin, in which she explained the situation of mothers in the Women’s Ward of Evin Prison.
According to Ms. Mohammadi, eight of the 31 women imprisoned in Evin are mothers who are allowed to see their children only once a week on Wednesdays and only for one hour in the presence of the prison guards while being monitored by five closed circuit cameras.
These mothers include Maryam Akbari Monfared, 40 with a 15-year sentence; Zahra Zehtabchi, 49 with a 12-year sentence; Fatemeh Mosanna, 48 with a 15-year sentence; Azita Rafizadeh, 34 with a 4-year sentence; Laila Jama’at, 36 with a two-year sentence, Nigara Afsharzadeh, 39, citizen of Turkmanestan, with a 5-year sentence; and Nazanin Zaghari, 38, British-Iranian national, with a 5-year sentences. Nargess Mohammadi, 44 with a 16-year sentence, is also among such mothers but she is deprived of visiting her 8-year-old twins because they live in exile in France.
Of course, there are other women who are mothers but have adult children and are not subject to these conditions.