Tag: Qarchak Prison

Qarchak Prison located in a desert, east of Tehran, is known as the most dangerous and worst prison in Iran due to its inhumane medical and psychological conditions.

Located on the Tehran-Varamin Highway Qarchak Prison include seven sections holding approximately 2,000 women and some children; while the number varies in different periods.

In each building of Qarchak 200 to 300 female prisoners are held together, disregarding the rules of segregation of prisoners by age and crime.

Common complaints in Qarchak Prison include urine-stained floors, lack of ventilation, insufficient and filthy bathroom facilities, prevalence of contagious diseases, poor quality food containing small pieces of stone and salty water. In recent days, women prisoners have complained that fumes have escaped from the drainage system, filling their rooms with foul odors.

Swamps and marshes surround the prison, so the prison is filled with insects and rats.

The conditions of this prison are so notorious that it is used as a means of pressuring political prisoners of Evin, as officials of the Prosecutor’s Office and Evin Prison always threaten to transfer them to Qarchak Prison.

The prison does not have any library and prisoners are not given even newspapers, which is especially difficult for political prisoners.

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