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Monitoring group: 17 Kurds died in Iranian prison last year

Monitoring group: 17 Kurds died in Iranian prison last year
posted onJanuary 18, 2022

Hengaw Organization, which monitors human rights violations in Kurdistan, has reported that at least 17 Iranian Kurds died in the country’s prison in 2021.

According to the report, at least 10 Kurdish prisoners died under torture. The prisons were in West Azerbaijan, Kermanshah, Kurdistan and Ilam.

Three of the 17, Hengaw said, were political prisoners whose bodies had never been turned over to their families.Others were in prison on charges including drug trafficking, financial offences and murder.

Aside from the 10 whose cause of death was allegedly torture, four died from medical neglect, one from suicide, one in a fight with other prisoners, and one from unknown causes. 

Hengaw named Shahin Naseri as one of the prisoners who died under torture. Naseri was serving time for fraud and had famously witnessed the torture of Navid Afkari.

Two others, Asad Ramin and Davoud Rahimi, were injured by the Revolutionary Guards during their arrest and died under torture after they were transferred to Urmia, the monitoring group said.