Some Things Are Impossible To Deny

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on January 11, 2010


For the Islamic regime, for example, it is impossible to deny that abuses occurred in its infamous Kahrizak prison:

A report released Sunday by an Iranian fact-finding committee has found that 147 detainees held after last summer’s post-election protests were stuffed into a small room, deprived of adequate food and subjected to other forms of mistreatment, Iranian media reported.

The 147 detainees at Kahrizak Detention Center were held with 30 other inmates for four days in a 750-square-foot room lacking proper ventilation, the parliamentary report found, according to the semi-official Mehr News Agency.

The fact-finding committee blames former Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi for the decision to send the detainees to Kahrizak — usually reserved for rapists and other dangerous criminals — instead of Evin prison, which had informed Mortazavi it had the space for them.

“Even if Evin prison had been full, it was not justified to send other offenders to this special site,” the investigation found, according to Mehr.

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ordered the Kahrizak facility shut down after reports of mistreatment surfaced. Three prison officials have been charged with premeditated murder in the beating deaths of three imprisoned protesters. According to the investigation, Mortazavi had claimed the three died of meningitis, Mehr said.

Sunday’s report found that the 147 detainees arrested July 9 suffered “harsh corporal punishment, humiliating and insulting techniques,” and other mistreatment, Mehr said.

“The deaths of some detainees were a result of beatings and neglect of the physical condition of the injured by the detention center’s officials,” an excerpt of the report said on the Mehr Web site.

These admissions are especially astonishing, given the censorious political environment that currently exists in Iran. One has to wonder what admissions might have been made if the atmosphere were more open, and if free speech were allowed to reign in Iran. As bad as these revelations are, they are likely only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the human rights abuses the regime has likely engaged in.

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