Reports have emerged that Sunni prisoners have been tortured in Ghezal Hesar prison, Karaj, Iran. The Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) reported today that Hamed Ahmedi, who is currently in his fourth day of solitary confinement, was subjected to electric shocks, causing bleeding from the stomach. He had already been suffering from stomach bleeding due to extensive torture, and his condition is said to have worsened since the latest events.
Another prisoner, Kamal Molayee, was severely beaten and kicked by guards, breaking at least one of his teeth. He was reportedly attacked by prison officials after requesting a meeting with Hamed Ahmedi.
According to Amnesty International, both men are at risk of 'imminent execution'. Hamed Ahmedi and another prisoner, Sedigh Mohammadi, had been moved to solitary confinement on Wednesday the 25th of September, sparking fears that their execution would be carried out the following day.
“The news of the transfer of two Iranian men to solitary confinement indicate the worst for the men. It is known as the execution waiting room for inmates sentenced to death,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
Kamal Molayee, Jahangir Dehghani, Jamshed Dehghani and Hadi Hosseini were also named by Amnesty International as being at imminent risk of imminent execution. The Iranian authorities had reportedly planned to transfer the four to solitary confinement. All six men have been on hunger strike since Wednesday.
Further reports have emerged that two prisoners from Rajai Shahr prison are being transferred to Ghezel Hesar prison, in preparation for their execution. Sources say that plans are being made to transfer all 26 Sunni prisoners on death row in Rajai Shahr prison to different prisons. It is believed prisoners may be transferred to Vakilibad prison in Mashhad, Eastern Iran. There are fears that the transfer could lead to secret executions.
Vakilabad prison is notorious for its high number of secret executions. According to a report published in 2011 by Ahmed Shaheed, UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran, "authorities reportedly conducted more than 300 secret executions at Vakilabad prison in 2010."
There are currently at least 28 Sunni prisoners on death row in Iran. The men all face charges such as 'enmity against God' and 'causing corruption on the Earth'. The men are not part of any armed group, nor are they separatists, instead, it is alleged that they are targeted by the government because they were outspoken in defending their Sunni beliefs and in speaking out against the authorities. We were informed that the men were all tortured, with many forced to 'confess' to false charges.