Iranian Forces Sexually Abusing Women Protesters in Prison

Iranian Forces Sexually Abusing Women
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According to a BBC report, Iranian women detained in jail during anti-government protests face sexual and physical abuse.

A long prison sentence awaits Narges Mohammadi, deputy head of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, in the Evin prison in Iran.

After the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, a letter was sent to the BBC detailing allegations of physical and sexual abuse of women detainees.

A prominent woman activist was reportedly confined to a vehicle transported to Evin prison with her limbs bound to hooks. A prison officer sexually assaulted the activist after she was transferred, causing bruising and scarring throughout her body.

During the transfer to prison with two security officers on a motorcycle, a woman protester who was arrested also experienced sexual assault.

It was stated by the activist that the continuation of the use of (these) repressive methods against women would be a result of not revealing these crimes.

In light of this, it appears that there is a need for widespread and powerful reporting at the global level on the assault on women activists, fighters, and protesters in Iran.

Narges Mohammadi
A 5-minute court hearing resulted in Narges Mohammadi being sentenced to 74 lashes and jailed for six years. A file/AFP photo

The media and international human rights organizations, as well as global public opinion, are crucial in the absence of powerful independent civil organizations.

“Victory means establishing democracy, peace, and human rights and ending tyranny,” Mohammadi wrote in her letter to the BBC.

We will not back down from our position.

Narges Mohammadi, deputy head of the Defenders of Human Rights Center

It has been reported by state media that Iranian authorities have denied sexually assaulting women protesters, claiming that all-female jail staff is responsible for overseeing women’s prisons.

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