Mullahs' regime denies holding "political prisoners" at the height of political executions and torture

Mohammad Reza Bakhtiari, head of the State Prisons Organization, claimed in an interview with the Iranian state television last night: "No one is imprisoned in any prison in the country on political charges."

This blatant lie came a day after a Tehran newspaper wrote on the widespread use of torture against "thousands of detained students" who were arrested during student protests in Tehran and other major cities last July: "Why is it that the (ban on torture) did not apply to the thousands of students arrested in the aftermath of the attack on Tehran University hostels? Didn't those who have been arrested in the past, such as students or political activists, have any citizens' rights? Why have they been tortured, intimidated, put under pressure and beaten up so badly? Why have the detained students been subjected to medieval tortures? (Gozaresh daily, April 5, 2000)

Through such lies as those uttered by the head of the prisons, the clerical regime wants to conceal the ongoing torture and execution of political prisoners, including students, workers and young people who are arrested everyday in the growing protest demonstrations throughout Iran.

If there are no political prisoners in Iran, why is it that for the past five years, despite repeated international calls, the ruling mullahs have not allowed international observers, especially the Special Representative of the UN Human Rights Commission, to visit Iran and inspect the prisons and detention centers.

The Iranian Resistance draws the attention of the UN Human Rights Commission and international human rights organizations to the atrocious state of political prisoners in Iran and urges them to compel the ruling religious dictatorship to open the doors of its prisons and torture-centers to representatives of the international community, especially the Special Representative of the UNHRC.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
April 7, 2000

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