According to news received from Gohardasht Prison there has been no news from Mr. Mansour Radpour who was taken to Section 1 (new torture chambers) of the prison on the third day of his hunger strike.
Mr. Radpour was taken to the new solitary cells in Section 1 of the Gohardasht August 6th 2008, while he was on the third day of his hunger strike. There has been no news from him since that date.
There is great concern for his well being not only because of the severe torture prisoners are subjected to in Section 1 of the Prison, but also because Mr. Radpour would have been on hunger strike when subjected to any type of torture, which might have much more serious effects. Mr. Radpour already suffers from numerous illnesses for which he has not been allowed any medical attention.
Mr. Radpour’s mother who is an elderly lady, barely able to walk has been to the prison on numerous occasion only be treated rudely and turned away without being able to visit his son or to even get news about his health and well being. Mr. Radpour’s family is very concerned about his safety and well being.
Mr. Radpour started his hunger strike on August 4th 2008 in objection to inhumane treatment of political prisoners and the recent wave of mass executions in Iran. On August 6th 2008 he was summoned to the office of Mahmoud Maghniyan Warder for Section 4 of the Prison (also responsible for carrying out bloody operations against political prisoners.). In Maghniyan’s office he was faced with Kermani who is the head of prison security and intelligence as well as Navid Khodyavi who is second in command of prison security and intelligence. Mr. Radpour was subjected to humiliation and beatings at the hands of these three individuals and was transferred to Section 1 of the Prison.
Ever Since Navid Khodyvai was promoted to the security and intelligence branch of the prison the inhumane treatment of political prisoners has increased dramatically. Khodyavi was responsible for the transfer of Behrouz Javid Tehrani to Section 1 of the Prison and his torture for 50 days. He is also responsible for the transfer of Alijan Gerayi and Mohsen Gerayi to Section 1 of the Prison and their torture. These two individuals still remain in Section 1 of the Prison.
Khodyavi is also responsible for attacking cells of political prisoners and confiscating their personal writings, subjecting prisoners to the sun and extreme heat for long periods of time, bringing false charges against them, threats of physical violence, insulting behavior towards the families of political prisoners etc…
Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran condemn the transfer of political prisoners to Section 1 of Gohardasht Prison and the torture of political prisoners and urge all human rights organizations to act immediately to help stop the inhumane treatment of political prisoners.
Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran