26 June 2021 - In a 45-page report, Amnesty International has analyzed a letter written by prisoner of conscience, Habib Afkari, brother of Navid Afkari (champion wrestler executed by the regime for his participation in the nationwide peaceful protests in 2019), and Vahid Afkari also currently in prison.

Habib's letter is a detailed and harrowing account of the brothers' arrest by the regime security forces following their participation in the 2019 uprisings in Iran. Amnesty International has explained that the accounts in this letter are part of a widespread problem in Iran, all going back to the regime.

Part of the report reads, "This extensive analysis issued on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture presents Amnesty International’s documentation of the harrowing details of torture and other ill-treatment inflicted on unjustly jailed protesters Vahid Afkari and Habib Afkari since their arbitrary arrest in 2018, and shows how Iran’s prosecution and judicial authorities have ignored or dismissed the numerous complaints that they have filed from inside prison in search of truth, justice and reparation."

"Brothers Vahid Afkari and Habib Afkari are serving lengthy prison terms in Adelabad prison in Shiraz, Fars province, following convictions in multiple grossly unfair trials, in which courts essentially relied on torture-tainted “confessions”, despite repeated requests by the defendants to exclude their “confessions” and order independent and impartial investigations. Since September 2020, the authorities have subjected them to renewed torture and other ill-treatment in apparent retaliation for speaking out against the enforced disappearance of their brother Navid Afkari, who was executed in secret on 12 September 2020. Since then, Vahid Afkari and Habib Afkari have been held in windowless solitary confinement cells, either together in a single cell or separately, and denied access to adequate healthcare, meaningful contact with other prisoners, fresh air, telephone calls, and face to face family visits."

You can find the full report by Amnesty International here.


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