14 thousand Arab prisoners in Ahwaz, 80 percent of them are young
The director general of Ahwaz prisons, Reza Postchi, in an interview with the state- run Fars news agency affiliated to the revolutionary guards of regime that ” 14 thousand prisoners for committing various offences are held in prisons in Ahwaz territory where most of inmates are from Ahwazi Arab ethnic group and 80 percent of those inmates comprise of juveniles and youths who were found guilty of larceny and those who are committed crimes related to drug trade, cultivating or producing drugs, and using drugs. However, a notable reduction in the cases of honor killing was reported; he stated”. But, he did not mention the large numbers of Ahwazi Arab political prisoners in the 6th section of the Karoon prison and their Living conditions and their treatment by the prison officials.
During his interview he added that” there are 32 jurisdictions (courts) operating in Ahwaz territory and 8 cities have prison.”
To be noted that, the Karoon prison which having 175-195 Arab political prisoners is the biggest prison in the Ahwaz territory, hosting the largest numbers of Ahwazis prisoners’ population. It is located in Ahwaz near another prison called Sepidar Prison. These numbers show that the freedom of Ahwazi Arabs has been repeatedly oppressed by the occupying Iranian Security and Intelligence forces. The prison holds more inmates than its capacity and suffers from deplorable hygiene standards, and political prisoners inside the prison are mixed together with other types of prisoners who have committed crimes such as drug trafficking or murder, creating a very difficult environment for them.
In the recent months, the occupying regime authorities in a bid to put more pressure and stress on Ahwazi political prisoners have banned access to books, booklets, and pamphlets in Karoon prison in Ahwaz following the riots by prisoners in protest against prison condition. Security officials responded with an appalling level of brutality to the protest by beating prisoners, dragging them along the floor and verbally insulting them.
Some family members who were allowed to visit their relatives in prison after the riots described what they witnessed as “shocking” and “painful”. They reported seeing prisoners badly bruised and beaten. The political prisoners were accused of instigating protests in prison.
In this region the absence of free media and Human Rights activists leads to continued Human Rights violations that the Ahwazi Arab peoples, and especially prisoners, are suffering from. According to prisoners released from the two notorious prisons, Karoon and Sepidar that the severity of prisoners’ rights violations is highly deplorable where the prisoners are even deprived of healthy drinking water, which causes outbreaks of disease due to unhealthy water. Prison officials ignored demands to provide healthy drinking water. Inmates suffer from the poor quality and quantity of the prison food as well as unhygienic kitchen areas. Frequently, prison food does not contain enough calories or nutrition, and it is regularly decayed. Vegetables and fruits are not included in prison food. Consequently, most of prisoners suffer from serious malnutrition and sick prisoners have minimal access to medical care and medical staffs of the prison do not pay enough attention to the sick inmates.