Iranian Activists Accuse Government of Handing Out Condoms So Political Prisoners Can Be Raped

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“If the inmate is not powerful enough or guards would not take care of him, he will be certainly raped. Prison guards ignore those who are seen with condoms simply because they were given out to them by the guards at first place” … Saeed Kamali Dehghan reports in the Guardian:

Prison guards in Iran are giving condoms to criminals and encouraging them to systematically rape young opposition activists locked up with them, according to accounts from inside the country’s jail system.

A series of dramatic letters written by prisoners and families of imprisoned activists allege that authorities are intentionally facilitating mass rape and using it as a form of punishment.

Mehdi Mahmoudian, an outspoken member of Iran’s Participation Front, a reformist political party, is among those prisoners who have succeeded in smuggling out letters revealing the extent of rape inside some of the most notorious prisons.

Mahmoudian was arrested in the aftermath of Iran’s 2009 disputed presidential election for speaking to the press about the regime’s suppression of the movement and is currently in Rajaeeshahr prison in Karaj, a city 12 miles (20km) to the west of the capital, Tehran.

“In various cells inside the prison, rape has become a common act and acceptable,” he wrote in a letter published on Kaleme.com, the official website of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi.

According to Mahmoudian and letters published on various opposition websites, political prisoners are locked up with some of the most dangerous criminals – murderers and ex-members of armed gangs.

Meanwhile, 26 prominent political activists who have been in jail since the 2009 election have written to an official prison monitoring body accusing the government’s intelligence ministry and the revolutionary guards of harassing inmates with unlawful tactics that included sexual assaults.

Mohsen Aminzadeh, a senior deputy foreign minister, Mohsen Mirdamadi, a leader of a reformist party and Behzad Nabavi, a veteran activist are among those who put their signatures on the letter.

Speaking to Jaras, a website run by opposition activists, families of political prisoners have alleged that prison guards are failing to protect them from rape or sexual assault.

“During exercise periods, the strong ask for sex without any consideration. Criminals are repeatedly seen with condoms in hand, hunting for their victims,” an unnamed family member told Jaras.

“If the inmate is not powerful enough or guards would not take care of him, he will be certainly raped. Prison guards ignore those who are seen with condoms simply because they were given out to them by the guards at first place,” the family member said.

I guess that’s why Ahmadinejad claims there are no homosexuals in Iran.  (Meanwhile, in the USA, prison rape is generally considered fertile ground for comedy.)  Read more here.

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  • DeepCough

    Look at it this way: for Iran, this is a, shall we say, “progressive” move.

  • DeepCough

    Look at it this way: for Iran, this is a, shall we say, “progressive” move.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OCEM5A7I4E3KTDK47FXP7ULDVM Scott Arktera

    I thought “disinfo” was in the business of countering disinfo, not spreading it? 

    Coupling disobedient prisoners in “rape cells” is a long-used tactic by American prison guards. While that doesn’t make what may or may not be happening in Iran right, the implication of this article is that the Iranian government is less legitimate than western ones because of this. 

    Disinformation isn’t about spreading lies, it’s about propagating subtle implications that lead the public to sophistic conclusions. This post is an excellent example of that process in action. 

    • $1909711

      I don’t think reporting on this necessarily means they’re suggesting Iranians are more messed up than we are. There should definitely be more reporting in the US regarding prison and police abuses, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore it or let slide as a ‘cultural difference’ when it occurs elsewhere. Then again, being somewhat familiar with the statistics of prison abuses and failures here in the US, I perhaps saw more parallels than an uninformed reader would. Articles like this need to be written when these events happen, and that includes in the US.

    • Jaymalls

      hmmm.. something tells me your Iranian. HMMMM… Something also tells me you raped someone before… and im guessing the person had a left and right testicle as well. Am i hot???

      • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OCEM5A7I4E3KTDK47FXP7ULDVM Scott Arktera

        > Am i hot???

        lose 100 pounds and maybe 

        • Jaymalls

          Thnx! im about 2 p90x it out… lol! 

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OCEM5A7I4E3KTDK47FXP7ULDVM Scott Arktera

    I thought “disinfo” was in the business of countering disinfo, not spreading it? 

    Coupling disobedient prisoners in “rape cells” is a long-used tactic by American prison guards. While that doesn’t make what may or may not be happening in Iran right, the implication of this article is that the Iranian government is less legitimate than western ones because of this. 

    Disinformation isn’t about spreading lies, it’s about propagating subtle implications that lead the public to sophistic conclusions. This post is an excellent example of that process in action. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think reporting on this necessarily means they’re suggesting Iranians are more messed up than we are. There should definitely be more reporting in the US regarding prison and police abuses, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore it or let slide as a ‘cultural difference’ when it occurs elsewhere. Then again, being somewhat familiar with the statistics of prison abuses and failures here in the US, I perhaps saw more parallels than an uninformed reader would. Articles like this need to be written when these events happen, and that includes in the US.

  • ouch

    this is why gay dood creep me out. 

    • The_Baffler

      lolwut

    • Jaymalls

      lmao.. ur afraid they might rape you? I think it might be the other way… :) ME on the other hand.. i cant give a handshake to a dude that stokes cocks on a daily… women too! ill just hug and commend her for her fine work!!! 

  • ouch

    this is why gay dood creep me out. 

  • Anonymous

    lolwut

  • Anonymous

    lmao.. ur afraid they might rape you? I think it might be the other way… :) ME on the other hand.. i cant give a handshake to a dude that stokes cocks on a daily… women too! ill just hug and commend her for her fine work!!! 

  • Anonymous

    hmmm.. something tells me your Iranian. HMMMM… Something also tells me you raped someone before… and im guessing the person had a left and right testicle as well. Am i hot???

  • E.B. Wolf

    This doesn’t add up. I wouldn’t put it past any government to encourage rape of imprisoned political dissidents; but why would they pass out condoms?

    -The hardened inmates who would be doing the raping would already be experienced prison rapists; so they would be the ones more likely to have STDs. I’m sure Iran doesn’t make a habit of passing out condoms to prisoners.

    -If Iran is organizing the rape of political opponents; they certainly wouldn’t care if those same people were given STDs as well. If anything, it would give a sexually repressive government like Iran an opportunity to brand them as moral deviants as well as political subversives.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OCEM5A7I4E3KTDK47FXP7ULDVM Scott Arktera

      You moron, you’re not supposed to critically evaluate the breathless accusations from anonymous sources peddled by the CIA-backed “Green Movement.” Just accept it. You don’t need logic. 

      • E.B. Wolf

        Unfortunately I do. I know its a mental defect of mine; but I can’t help it.

  • E.B. Wolf

    This doesn’t add up. I wouldn’t put it past any government to encourage rape of imprisoned political dissidents; but why would they pass out condoms?

    -The hardened inmates who would be doing the raping would already be experienced prison rapists; so they would be the ones more likely to have STDs. I’m sure Iran doesn’t make a habit of passing out condoms to prisoners.

    -If Iran is organizing the rape of political opponents; they certainly wouldn’t care if those same people were given STDs as well. If anything, it would give a sexually repressive government like Iran an opportunity to brand them as moral deviants as well as political subversives.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OCEM5A7I4E3KTDK47FXP7ULDVM Scott Arktera

    > Am i hot???

    lose 100 pounds and maybe 

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/OCEM5A7I4E3KTDK47FXP7ULDVM Scott Arktera

    You moron, you’re not supposed to critically evaluate the breathless accusations from anonymous sources peddled by the CIA-backed “Green Movement.” Just accept it. You don’t need logic. 

  • http://twitter.com/Marklar_Prime Marklar Kronkite

    Is this really a prison or just a clandestine over seas TSA recruiting station. At least in prisons the rape is semi-private.

  • Marklar_Prime

    Is this really a prison or just a clandestine over seas TSA recruiting station. At least in prisons the rape is semi-private.

  • E.B. Wolf

    Unfortunately I do. I know its a mental defect of mine; but I can’t help it.

  • Anonymous

    Thnx! im about 2 p90x it out… lol! 

  • Ironaddict06

    Look at the positive side, they are practising safe sex rape.

  • Ironaddict06

    Look at the positive side, they are practising safe sex rape.

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