Report on condition of political prisoners in Central Urmia Prison

Urmia Central Prison

Political prisoners who are detained in Section 12 in the Central Urmia Prison are kept in unsuitable conditions.
Political prisoners Osman Mostafapour, Hedayat Abdollahpour, Amir Peighami, Ali Arasteh, Azad Mohammadi and Saeed Sangar are held in Unit 5 while Ibrahim Isapour, Saman Nasim, Moloud Yazdanpanah, Keivan Mostafapour along with prisoners from other Kurdistan regions are kept in Unit 3.
According to an informed source from Orumieh Prison, according to the law all prison facilities should be provided in the political prisoners’ section but the door to the political prisoner’s hall is always locked.

“Only one hour is devoted to political prisoners for exercising on Mondays and Wednesdays. Political prisoners are only allowed one hour to shower on Thursdays. Prison officials open the doors of Halls 9, 10 and 11, where prisoners with drug addiction, HIV and skin diseases are kept, so they can mix with political prisoners who can contract their diseases.”

According to the informed source, the prisoners are deprived from healthy food and are forced to pay for their own food.

“Political prisoners are forced to shower with cold water in winter and in summer, prison officials cut off the cold water and they’re forced to shower with hot water,” the source added.