Ms. Ronak Safarzadeh, an imprisoned student and a member of the Cultural and Social Association of Women of Azarmehr in Kurdistan has been subjected to numerous physical assaults by other prison mates. These assaults have taken place under the strict direction of prison authorities who have encouraged these kinds of brutal attacks on Ms. Safarzadeh.

Ms. Safarzadeh has suffered serious injuries as a result of these attacks. Further it has been reported that a number of other political and social prisoners have been subjected to the same types of brutal attacks.

Ms. Safarzadeh has been in pre-trial custody for the past 20 months as a result of her social and women’s rights activities.

It has been reported that about a month ago, both male and female political prisoners I the prison of Sanandaj have been transferred to the section of the prison where very dangerous prisoners are being held. This has been done under the pretence of repairing the wards where political prisoners are being held.

It must be noted that these prisoners (close to 103 of them) had been held in a very small and confined space for three (3) weeks before they were transferred to where the dangerous prisoners are being held.

Report by: Cultural and Social Association of Women of Azarmehr in Kurdistan

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