Amnesty International posted a tweet about women’s conditions in the prison of Semnan. Maryam Akbari Monfared ill-treated for seeking truth and justice, AI stated in a report published on August 27.
Amnesty International wrote: “Women in Semnan Prison in Iran are enduring cruel conditions including poor access to flush toilets, shower, hygiene items and medical care for infections and lice infestation. @Mmhajmohammadi must allow inspections by international monitors including Javaid Rehman.”
Amnesty International also issued an urgent action statement on August 27, in which it raised concern over the condition of political prisoner Maryam Akbari Monfared. AI said Maryam Akbari Monfared was “ill-treated for seeking truth and justice.”
The human rights organization also wrote: “Prisoner of conscience Maryam Akbari Monfared has been held in cruel and inhumane conditoins in a distant prison in Semnan province far from her family since March 2021, in reprisal for her open letters condemning the Iranian authorities’ human rights violations and seeking truth and justice for her siblings who were forcibly disappeared and extrajudicially executed in secret in 1988. She has been unjustly jailed for nearly 12 years.”
The latest news from Iran says prison authorities have ramped up pressure on Maryam Akbari Monfared, a political prisoner for 12 years without a single day of leave.
Prison authorities have deprived Mrs. Akbari of visitation by her three daughters, claiming they want to prevent the Coronavirus from spreading. Nevertheless, they allow new arrivals into the prison wards without keeping them for the necessary time in the quarantine.
Six months after her violent exile to the Prison of Semnan, Maryam Akbari still does not have a telephone card. She can only call her family in the presence of a prison agent who frequently disconnects her calls, upsetting her and her family.
Ironically, no legal authority accepts the responsibility of sending Maryam Akbari into exile to Semnan Prison.
The Prosecutor’s Office, the Implementation of Verdicts Office, and the Assistant Prosecutor of Evin (Amin Vaziri) shirk the responsibility of sending Mrs. Akbari into exile. But the warden of Semnan Prison, Amir Asghar Alaii, says he has received orders to detain Maryam Akbari Monfared in his prison.