A brief update on the conditions of Maryam Akbari Monfared after being exiled from Evin Prison to the Prison of Semnan on March 9, 2021.
Political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared is presently detained in the general ward of the Prison of Semnan.
After a day of interrogations, she was sent among ordinary prisoners in the general ward of the Prison of Semnan, where she does not have access to her personal belongings. Her detention in the general ward is in violation of the principle of separation of crimes.
The first day after being banished to the Prison of Semnan, she was detained in an anti-drug detention centers where she was interrogated by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence.
An informed source says: “The sanitary conditions in the general ward of the Prison of Semnan are deplorable. Despite widespread outbreak of the coronavirus in prisons, everyone uses the same slippers. Prison authorities do not provide detergents or disinfectants to the inmates.”
“Since she was sent to the Prison of Semnan, Mrs. Akbari Monfared has not had access to her personal belongings or her telephone card. She has very limited time to make her daily calls which are done in the prison’s Security Office and in the presence of a prison guard,” the source added on the conditions of Maryam Akbari Monfared.
Maryam Akbari Monfared has three daughters and is serving her 12th year in prison. She was arrested on December 31, 2009, after the tremendous uprising on December 27 that year which shook the pillars of the regime. In June 2010, the Revolutionary Court of Tehran handed down a 15-year prison sentence for Moharebeh on the alleged charge of “membership in the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran,” a charge which Mrs. Akbari has never accepted. She has been in prison without a single day of leave since the day she was detained. She suffers from Thyroid malfunction and joint rheumatism.
Maryam Akbari’s sister and brother were executed during the massacre of political prisoners in summer 1988. Another two of her brothers were executed during the mass executions in the early 1980s.