Iran: Political prisoner held in dangerous prisoners ward and deprived of family visit

Soheil Arabi

Political prisoner Soheil Arabi, is still held in Hall 8 Ward 8 of Evin prison among dangerous prisoners and deprived of family visits.
In October this year, following Soheil Arabi’s protests against the prison warden who insulted the political prisoners, the prison authorities transferred him to the ward of the prisoners with heavy crimes.
Moreover, another political prisoner, Arash Sadeghi, who also protested the warden for insulting the political prisoners, was transferred to Gohardasht prison in exile.
Initially, Soheil was told that he would be staying in ward 8 only for three days, but he is still held in this ward against the principle of separation of offenses. This caused problems for this political prisoner. On Wednesday, November 1, one of the (dangerous) ordinary prisoners threatened to beat him up with a knife.
In addition, for three months now, prison authorities have deprived Soheil of family visit. Prison authorities do not allow the political prisoners to wear personal clothes during the meeting with their families, and they conditioned family meeting on wearing prison uniform.
Soheil Arabi regards this as an insult to himself and the family, and says it refers to offenders like some government officials who should wear prison clothes during family meeting. He has been denied visits to his wife and daughter for not wearing prison clothes.

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