Shakila, a Political Prisoner, was Beaten by One of the Ordinary Criminal Inmate

Shakila Monfared, a political prisoner serving a sentence in Qarchak Prison in Varamin, was beaten by an ordinary prison inmate.

According to the Campaign for the Defense of Political and Civil Prisoners; Shakila Monfared, a prisoner in Qarchak prison in Varamin, was beaten by a prisoner imprisoned for public crimes on Sunday, September 19th, 2021.

Human rights organizations, political activists, and inmates have repeatedly protested against the lack of segregation between political prisoners and prisoners with ordinary crimes.

Ms. Monfared was talking to one of her friends who was confronted by one of the public crime prisoners and beaten by this prisoner. The beating was so severe that her hands and feet were bruised and her head was hit by a metal bar.

Following the beating, Mojgan Keshavarz, another political prisoner who had defended Shakila Monfared, was also beaten by the prisoner. Also, the prisoner who attacked Shakila Monfared and Mojgan Keshavarz told them that I kill political prisoners because they have no right to be in this section of prison.

Shakila Monfared was arrested by security forces and transferred to Ward 1A of Sarollah Camp on August 31st, 2020. After completing the interrogation process, she was transferred to the women’s ward of Evin Prison, and after a while, she was released on bail temporarily pending her trial. This civil activist was summoned to Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court of Tehran to complete her case investigation on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021. After the court hearing, she was arrested by security forces and transferred to Evin Prison.

The political activist was eventually sentenced by Branch 36 of the Tehran Court of Appeals to 50 months in prison on charges of “propaganda activities against the regime” and “insulting the sanctities of Islam.”

It is worth mentioning that Shakila Monfared, who was extradited from Evin Prison to Qarchak Prison in Varamin on May 2nd, 2021. Upon entering the prison and after protesting against the prison officials’ decision to transfer her to a non-political prison ward, she was beaten by the prison staff that caused her both hands severely bruised.

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