As Iran’s presidential and local elections approach, prison authorities have pressured inmates to vote in Urmia Central Prison, northwest of Iran.
Threatening prisoners, authorities announced on loudspeakers that participating in election is mandatory for all inmates. Those who don’t take part would be denied any family visit.
Deputy warden Peyman Khanzadeh told prisoners to call their families and ask them to hand over their birth certificates to prison for voting on May 19.
In the years past, prisoners were forced to take part in election in this facility, yet political prisoners boycotted elections.