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Renal and Infectious Diseases Spread in Women’s Ward

October 09, 2010

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Persian Reports by Jaras and HRDAI | October 3, 2010
Translation by Siavosh Jalili and Banooye Sabz | English Report by Persian2English

The Jaras website and some Iranian human rights groups reported that starting from the last days in September, a water outage occurred in the women’s ward at Evin prison. The latest news on the water outage was published on October 3rd.

Jaras reports that the health of prisoners is in grave danger as a result of the water outage that has compromised the hygienic conditions of the prison. At first, prisoners were able to, albeit rarely, access water from the bathroom using a water tanker; however, since October 2nd, the water from the tanker was also shut off. Prisoners have complained about the conditions and the authorities have explained that the water tanker was [punctured].

The prisoners gathered and approached Rezaei, the director of the ward. They wanted him to investigate the matter and fix the problem. He replied to them, “It is not possible that the water has been turned off for four days.” According to reports, the prisoners protested his statement.

As a result of the water outage, prisoners have contracted various intestinal, renal, stomach, infectious and skin-related diseases. Recently a group of homeless and drug addicted individuals have also entered the ward who are unable to shower due to the outage (prison regulations require the new detainees to take a bath upon arrival). Now, the flee problem has further spread in the women’s ward. Also, the water outage has caused a bad odor to emit from the piled up unwashed dishes used to serve food. The stench has made the conditions of the ward more intolerable than before.

Some of the women prisoners are detained along with their young children. Infants, in particular, require extra cleaning, and the lack of water for washing them has endangered their health.

Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran reports that the water used at the women’s ward is drilled through the main water wells at Evin prison. This water is not hygienic and has resulted in acute kidney problems and other health conditions for prisoners.

This is not the first time a water outage has occurred in the women’s ward. The prisoners have faced similar problems before. The 4-day outage and the consequential endangerment to people’s health from bad hygiene is an issue that requires speedy attention. Prison authorities, however, refuse to deal with the problem.

Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran condemns depriving helpless female political prisoners, regular prisoners, newborns and infants access to drinking water for long periods of time. HRDAI calls on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and other international bodies to end crimes against humanity in Iran (October 3, 2010).


  1. NAZILA DASHTI (Arrested May 2007. Sentenced to three years in prison on charges of ties with the Mujahedin Khalgh Organization.)
  2. ATEFEH NABAVI (Arrested June 15, 2009 along with her cousin Zia Nabavi. She is the first woman to be sentenced for participating in protests in the aftermath of the disputed Iranian election. READ: Court Held for Atefeh Nabavi READ: The Attack and the Arrest of the Nabavi family. READ: Letters for the Release of Atefeh Nabavi: “I am Atefeh”. READ: Atefeh Nabavi to Prisoners on Hunger Strike: “I Honor Your Stance”)
  3. MAHDIEH GOLROO (Arrested November 3, 2009. READ: Student and Husband in Solitary Confinement for 40 Days READ: Mahdieh Golroo in Critical Condition Due to Severe Intestinal InfectionREAD: Mahdieh Golroo’s Physical Condition Worsens after Medical Neglect READ: Mahdieh Golroo Banned from Visitation READ: Mahdieh Golroo Faces Serious Health Risks in Prison READ: Mahdieh Golroo’s Family Cannot Afford $500,000 Bail READ: Revolutionary Court Announces Mahdieh Golroo’s Charges READ: Mahdieh Goloroo’s Husband: Charges of Relations with MKO are Ridiculous! READ: Mahdieh Golroo’s Letter to 17 Prisoners on Hunger Strike at Evin: “Let Us Not Abandon Our Right to Live” READ: Mahdieh Golroo Writes Letter in memory of executed prisoner Shirin Alam Hooli
  4. ZAHRA JABBARI (Arrested September 18, 2009. READ: Special Report on Critical Condition of Prisoner Zahra Jabbari READ: Zahra Jabbari’s Sick Leave Not Approved by Prosecutor)
  5. FARAH VAZEHAN (Arrested December 29, 2009. READ: Death Row Political Prisoner Farah Vazehan Transferred to a Hospital)
  6. KOBRA ZAGHEDOOST (Arrested July 2009. READ: ‘Unknown’ Female Prisoner Kobra Zaghedoost Detained for Nine Months)
  7. ALIYEH EGHDAMDOOST (Arrested February 1, 2009. READ: Female Political Prisoner Aliyeh Eghdamdoost Arraigned over March 8th Speech)
  8. SAHBA REZVANI (Arrested December 15, 2008. READ: Detained Baha’i Citizen Sahba Rezvani Deprived of Medication READ: Feminist School: 30 Women Remain in Prison)
  9. HENGAMEH SHAHIDI (Arrested June 30, 2009. READ: Untold Details about Hengameh Shahidi’s Case: Beatings, Torture, Mock Execution TAKE ACTION: Amnesty International Call for Action READ: IRAN URGED TO RELEASE JOURNALIST JAILED FOR POLITICAL ACTIVISM READ: Amnesty International: Hengameh Shahidi READ: Hengameh Shahidi Arrested Again READ: Hengameh Shahidi sentenced to six years imprisonment READ: Hengameh Shahidi Contacts Family from Evin Prison READ: Six Political Prisoners Taken for Interrogation in the Middle of the Night READ: Hengameh Shahidi Meets with Family in Visitation Cabin READ: Hengameh Shahidi Attacked in Prison READ: Hengameh Shahidi Writes Open Letter from Prison About Lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei)
  10. BAHAREH HEDAYAT (Arrested December 31, 2009. READ: Detained Activist Bahareh Hedayat Nominated for Student Peace PrizeAmnesty International: Iranian Students languish in jail as academic year starts READ: Student Activist Bahareh Hedayat Sentenced to Nine and a Half Years in Prison READ: “Bahareh Hedayat’s Defense Went Unnoticed – She Received the Maximum Sentence,” Says Lawyer READ: Bahareh Hedayat and Milad Asadi Receive Heavy Sentences from Revolutionary Court READ: News on Bahareh Hedayat and other Imprisoned Students READ: Court hearing held for Bahareh Hedayat READ: Bahareh Hedayat’s File Still Not Registered at the Court READ: Two Months Interrogation Ends for Bahareh Hedayat READ: Jafari Dolatabadi Personally Indicts Bahareh Hedayat)
  11. PARVIN JAVADZADEH (Arrested December 27, 2009. READ: Parvin Javadzadeh Is Under Pressure to Make Confession READ: Parvin Javadzadeh’s sentence reduced to 26 months incarceration
  12. REYHANEH HAJ EBRAHIM DABAGH (Arrested December 27, 2009. READ: The death sentences of three people were commuted to jail sentences by the court of appeal READ: Two more baseless death sentences for protesters)
  13. SOUSAN TARYANIAN (Arrested June 7, 2010)
  14. MANIJEH NASSROLAHI (Arrested on February 27, 2010. She is a Baha’i citizen currently serving her 3 year and 4 month sentence in the women’s ward of Evin. She was previously arrested on 17 June 2009 and released 2 weeks later, then arrested again on 27 February 2010 to start serving her sentence.)
  15. FATEMEH KHORRAMJOO (Arrested January 7, 2010. READ: Report on Women Prisoners Detained Illegally
  16. MOTTAHAREH BAHRAMI HAGHIGHATI (Arrested December 27, 2010. READ: Female Ashura Detainee Sentenced to Death)
  17. EZRAH SAADAT GHAZI MIRSAEED (Arrested June 20, 2009 during peaceful demonstration at Enghelab Square. READ: Report on Prison Sentences for Kurdish Activists, Residents of Babol, and Post-Election Protesters)
  18. KEFAYAT MALEK MOHAMMADI (Arrested December 27, 2009. READ: Kefayat Malek Mohammadi’s Lawyer Objects to Her Five Year Prison Sentence)
  19. FATEMEH ZIAEI AZAD (Fatemeh Ziaei Azad is a post-election detainee and has been sentenced to two years in prison. No more information is available on her status)

بحران در بند زنان اوین در پی چهار روز قطعی آب

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جرس: در پی قطعی چهار روزه آب در بند زنان زندان اوین، وضعیت سلامت و بهداشت زندانیان در شرایط بحرانی قرار گرفته است. به گزارش جرس، بند زنان زندان اوین، چهار روز است با قطعی آب مواجه شده و این امر سلامت و بهداشت زندانیان را به شدت به خطر انداخته است.

تا روز گذشته این زندانیان از منبع آب می‌توانستند به سختی آب لازم برای استفاده در دستشویی‌ها را فراهم کنند اما از روز گذشته آب منبع نیز قطع شده و در پاسخ اعتراض زندانیان تنها گفته‌اند “منبع سوراخ است.”

به دنبال آن زندانیان تجمع کرده‌اند و از “رضایی” رئیس بند خواسته‌اند که به این موضوع رسیدگی کند و وی در پاسخ گفته‌ است: “امکان ندارد که آب برای چهار روز قطع بوده باشد.” این حرف با اعتراض زندانیان مواجه شده اما کماکان قطعی آب ادامه دارد.

به دلیل قطعی آب در چهار روز گذشته، انواع بیماری‌های روده‌ای، معده‌ای، کلیوی، پوستی و عفونی گریبان‌گیر زندانیان این بند شده است.

از آنجا که دسته‌ای از معتادان و کارتن‌خواب‌ها در این روزها وارد زندان شده‌اند و طبق روال زندان، باید در بدو ورود استحمام کنند که در این روزها به دلیل نبود آب و عدم استحمام، شپش در بند بیش از پیش رواج یافته است.

همچنین به دلیل عدم شست‌وشوی ظروف در روزهای گذشته، علاوه بر بوی بدی که تلنبار ظرف‌ها در بند ایجاد کرده است، غذا خوردن نیز عملا ممکن نیست.

از آن‌جایی که تعدادی از زنان، همراه با بچه‌های خود در زندان هستند و نیاز به شست‌وشوی نوزادان بیشتر است، نبود آب برای شستن روزانه نوزادن، سلامتی آنان را به خطر انداخته و بوی بد بند زنان را نیز بیش از پیش غیرقابل تحمل کرده است.

گرچه قطعی آب برای اولین بار نیست که در بند زنان اوین رخ می‌دهد و این زندانیان پیش‌تر نیز با این معضل دست به گریبان بودند، اما قطعی چهار روزه آب و به خطر انداختن قطعی سلامت و بهداشت زندانیان موضوعی است که باید به سرعت به آن رسیدگی شود اما مسئولان زندان از آن سر باز می‌زنند.

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