IRAN - Six More Inmates Commit Suicide in Urmia.
|IRAN - Urmia Central Prison
October 24, 2020:
Six More Inmates Commit Suicide in Urmia.
In two days, October 19 and 20, 6 prisoners committed suicide in Urmia Central Prison, northwestern Iran, protesting inhuman pressures. According to informed reports, one individual by the name of Karim Khajeh-Pour lost his life.
On the same day, he and several inmates had been transferred by force from Ward 1 and 2 to the Amn [Secure] Ward. Afterwards, he committed suicide by eating glass crumbs and died in a health center outside the prison.
Following the tragic event, Khajeh-Pour’s four cellmates Hojjat Delaram, Babak Soufi, Tohid Ghaznavi, and Milad, protested to the prison guards. However, the guards relocated them to solitary confinements.
In response to this unfair transfer, these four prisoners also committed suicide on October 20. However, the guards raided their cells and assaulted them with batons despite their dire health conditions and bleeding. Reports indicate that another prisoner in Urmia Central Prison had committed suicide on the same day.
Also, in the second half of September, the rights group Iran Human Rights Monitor (Iran HRM) declared that 20 inmates committed suicide in this same prison in the span of just two weeks.
“Twenty suicides have been recorded in Urmia Central Prison in the past two weeks due to the horrid prison condition which has had a devastating impact on inmates,” according to a report on Iran-HRM’s official website on September 29.
This news report provides no further explanation about the prisoners’ conditions in this prison. However, it is only the tip of the iceberg.
https://irannewsupdate.com/news/human-rights/six-inmates-commit-suicide-in-nw-iran-prison/ (Source: Iran News Update)