The Qarchak Prison authorities organized a retaliatory plan against the political prisoners detained in this prison on the orders of the Ministry of Intelligence. The measure aimed to retaliate against the political prisoners who protested the visit by the Judiciary Chief, mullah Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejei. The political prisoners refused to meet with him and instead chanted, “Death to Khamenei,” the mullahs’ supreme leader.
The report by families of political prisoners detained in Qarchak Prison on May 29, 2022, was published just yesterday. The report said that the Qarchak Prison authorities incited ordinary prisoners against the political detainees. The assailants were prisoners convicted of violent and dangerous crimes.
The existing evidence suggests that the Qarchak Prison authorities intended to retaliate against political prisoners indirectly by inciting confrontations between dangerous inmates and political prisoners.
The Qarchak Prison authorities had falsely told the ordinary inmates that political prisoners had filed complaints against them. The grievances had been submitted months before.
Usually, such differences among prisoners are resolved by calling them to the Disciplinary Committee and giving them warnings. But this time, the prisoners were summoned to court and told that new cases were being filed against them. In this manner, they incited the ordinary prisoners to attack the political prisoners.
Various restrictions in Qarchak Prison aimed at torturing women
In addition to inciting dangerous fights against them through ordinary criminals, the Qarchak Prison authorities harass and torture political prisoners by depriving them of their fundamental rights.
Qarchak Prison is located in a desert area without drinking water. So, the detainees in this prison are struggling with many problems.
The prison water is non-potable and contains insects. They are deprived of receiving treatment in civic medical centers.
The prison store does not sell proteins, eggs, or beans for the prisoners to cook. The detainees do not have any place even to boil an egg.
There is no toilet for visitors’ use despite the long distance from the city. Unlike other prisons, the interval between two face-to-face visits is three months or more. Visitors are not allowed to bring in food for the prisoners. Several agents stand next to the visitors during these visits and listen to the conversations. In addition to these restrictions, the physical inspection of visitors is rigorous.