Reza Akbari Monfared writes revealing letter to Asma Jahangir
In a letter to Asma Jahangir, the UN Special Rapporteur, Reza Akbari Monfared points to some of the pressures and humiliations applied by the Iranian regime’s judiciary and prosecutor against political prisoners who want to meet their families.
The letter is as follows:
The UN Special Rapporteur, Mrs. Asma Jahangir
To inform of ‘a sly trick’
About two months ago in August 2016, I, Reza Akbari Monfared, wrote a letter to condemn the 1988 massacre and the criminal executions of my sisters and brothers. My sister, Maryam Akbari Monfared, too, wrote a similar letter, demanding that we at least be informed of the burial place of our sister and brothers.
Now following these letters, due to a continuous monitoring by the Human Rights Council as well as the Special Rapporteur, Mrs. Asma Jahangir, the judiciary who avoids officially depriving me and my sister of meeting our families, has in an apparent attempt to disrespect and humiliate the political prisoners, issued new regulations and rules according to which family visits for prisoners are conditional on being handcuffed and shackled as well as wearing the prison uniform.
They know that political prisoners will reject such terms as dishonourable, so they have made up such conditions to put prisoners under pressure and deprive them of their rights without being faced with human rights criticisms. For information of Human Rights Council, Mrs. Asemeh Jahangir, I and other political prisoners have not agreed to such terms. We refused to meet our families under these conditions and are ready to pay the price.
Because we believe that those who should be handcuffed and shackled and be introduced to everyone while wearing prison uniforms, are the likes of Khamenei’s panegyrist (Saeid Toosi) so that people’s children are safe from his crimes, not the political prisoners who have been charged due to vindicating their rights as well as their people’s rights.”
Political prisoner Reza Akbari Monfared
Gohardasht Prison, Karaj