A constant strain for Iranian society is the uncertainty of people’s legal rights if they get caught up in the revolutionary judiciary system. It is common knowledge that normal procedures are not always followed. This Monday a senior reformist politician, Mehdi Karroubi, has turned this strain into fierce anger. In a public letter to Hashem Rafsanjani he claims that both women and young men among the hundreds arrested for protesting against the disputed election have been ‘savagely’ raped. Unexpectedly the government has not dismissed these accusations, but instead has admitted that Kahrizak prison, in the south of the Terhan area, has not maintained ‘standards’. And the head of Kahrizak prison has not just been sacked, but has been jailed himself. For all Iranians, and especially Christians who are sometimes unfairly incarcerated (see article about Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirizadeh), it is crucial that the country has a judicial and prison system that is humane and accountable.
- All those guilty of abusing prisoners to be brought to justice
- For Iran’s judicial and prison system to be humane
- For all those working in the courts and prisons, to be lovers of justice and mercy.