The British Committee for Iran Freedom urges international bodies to immediately investigate Iranian prisons and visit political prisoners

The British Committee for Iran Freedom strongly condemns the Iranian regime’s violence towards political prisoners. In a recent attack on political prisoners held captive in Ward 8 of the notorious Evin prison, prisoners were severely beaten and transferred to Ghezel Hesar Prison. They are now being held separately in appalling conditions and their lives are at serious risk.

Given the Iranian regime’s use of torture and record number of executions, there are urgent steps that must now be taken to save the lives of political prisoners in Iran.

The UK should lead these efforts at the international level and at the UN inline with our government’s commitment to hold the regime in Iran to account. The UN and its relevant bodies and mandate holders including the UN’s fact-finding mission must now carry out an immediate and wide-reaching investigation into human rights abuses being carried out in Iran and Iranian prisons as part of the broader state crackdown to crush the protest movement in the country.

We stand with the people of Iran suffering under an oppressive regime. We support and reiterate the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi,'s call for an international investigative delegation to be immediately sent to Iran, to visit prisons and political prisoners and assess their well-being.

British Committee for Iran Freedom

8 September 2023