Kurds protest outside Tehran prison after prisoner dies
The Hengaw Organization for Human Rights reported on Saturday that Aghli Hatami, father of Amir-Hossein Hatami, a 22-year-old Kurd who died in the Greater Tehran penitentiary, refused to accept his son’s body. for the funeral.
Hengaw, who is based in Erbil in Iraqi Kurdistan, said Hatami first wanted an official announcement of the cause of his son’s death.
1500tasvir, a Twitter account that highlights protests in Iran, claimed in a Saturday post that seven prison guards threw Hatami to the ground and beat him with batons after he argued with a guard on Wednesday. Hatami, who worked in a bazaar in Tehran, was reportedly arrested after a street fight.
According to 1500tasvir, the guards broke Hatami’s toes and left his body covered with bruises. The young man fell into a coma and died Thursday from a brain hemorrhage, according to 1500tasvir.
Dozens of people from Hatami’s hometown of Sirvan in Ilam province in western Iran drove 700 km to Tehran on Saturday to meet with prison authorities. A video posted on Twitter shows some of them in front of the main gate of the prison chanting “The judiciary must be accountable”.
Protesters in Sirvan demand accountability for Hatami’s death
A banner carried by protesters, seen in the video, called for “the murder of Amir-Hossein Hatami” while another banner claimed that the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was ” still asleep “.
“How long are you going to keep silent on the injustices of justice and the Organization of prisons?” the banner asked the UNHRC.
A protester circulated a video on social networks where he says the prison director was disrespectful by refusing to meet with them. “I am very sorry for justice and I am very sorry for us who have to witness such injustice in our country,” he said.
News of Hatami’s death in custody only came three days after another prisoner, Shahin Naseri, passed away in the same prison. A source close to Naseri’s family told Iran International on Saturday that while preparing the body for burial, the family saw bruises on his body and blood oozing from his ears in the burial shroud.
Authorities say they are investigating the cause of death, which occurred after 45 minutes of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), typically used for cardiac or respiratory arrest.
Amnesty International, in a recent report, released a list of 72 people whose deaths in custody since January 2010 said Iran had failed to adequately explain. Amnesty said in 46 cases sources, including relatives or other detainees, claimed the deaths were due to torture or other ill-treatment.
At the end of August, an “hactivist” group released a video image from the security cameras of Evin prison in Tehran, where many political prisoners are held, showing abuse and mistreatment. Prison authorities subsequently claimed that some staff members had been investigated and sanctioned.
Speaking to Iran International on Saturday, Ghasem Shole-Sa’di, member of parliament 1988-96 and former prisoner, called conditions in the Greater Tehran penitentiary “horrible”. Sa’di said authorities were waiting for complainants to prove the allegations, for example when a detainee was suspected of having died under suspicious circumstances. “On paper, everything seems possible to prove, but not in practice,” Sa’di said.