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Jailed activists accuse Iranian authorities of encouraging criminals to rape them

Letters smuggled out speak of systematic rape and abuse against political prisoners.

File photo of Iranian opposition activists at the UN offices in Geneva.
File photo of Iranian opposition activists at the UN offices in Geneva.
Image: AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus

IRANIAN PRISON authorities have been providing condoms to convicted criminals and encouraging them to rape jailed political activists, according to opposition activists.

The Guardian reports that letters smuggled out of the prison claim that rape is common inside the prison and that the guards turn a blind eye to the systematic abuse of activists.

Amnesty International has called for an official investigation into the allegations and 26 prominent political activists who are in prison in Iran have written to the country’s prison monitoring body about the abuse. The activists also claim the intelligence ministry and revolutionary guards have been harrassing political prisoners.

Read Saeed Kamali Dehghan’s report in full in the Guardian >

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