At least three minors who were arrested by Iranian security forces during nationwide protests in November were sexually abused while in prison in the western city of Marivan, the Kurdistan Human Rights Network reported today.
The human rights group said it spoke to several eyewitnesses who detailed their ordeals from prison in various cities in the western province of Kurdistan.
According to two sources in Marivan, a large number of minors were detained on November 16 and 17 in Marivan. They were transferred to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Intelligence Detention Center located in an IRGC base in Sepah Square. The minors were subjected to severe torture along with hundreds of other detainees for several days.
The IRGC Intelligence interrogators, headed by a person identified as Haji Meisam, threated at least three minors to rape with objects such as batons while sexually abusing them. The three minors were released a few days later on bail and were threatened by their interrogators to stay silent about the tortures.
According to the source, the families of the minors were informed of the abuse and even the probability of rape after witnessing their children’s psychological problems. They have refrained from filing charges in fear of a reaction by the IRGC. The children are still not willing to detail their ordeal.
Iranian regime officials have confirmed that 1,500 citizens were killed during Iran’s nationwide protests that erupted in November over gasoline prices. At least 12,000 others were detained across the country.
Severe torture by various security institutions
A citizen who had been detained for a few days in the IRGC Intelligence Detention Center and is now suffering from psychological issues as a result of torture spoke of severe torture at the detention center.
“After we were arrested, they put black plastic bags over our heads and transferred us to a Peugeot 405. Then they took us to an unknown location and kept us in small 1 square meter rooms. We could hear the sounds of torture of other detainees. The room was so small that we could not spread out our legs. They kept us hungry for a long time and did not even give us one piece of bread,” the person said.
“At nights they took us all out to somewhere outside the cells in the courtyard and forced us to take off our clothes. Then they drenched us with cold water with a hose and started beating us,” the person added.
The source also said that a number of minors passed out due to severe torture.
“We don’t know where these people, who were mostly children and teenagers, were taken after passing out. We don’t even know if they’re alive.”
Other sources also told the human rights network that IRGC forces brought a fire truck to the detention center on November 17, 18 and 19 and used it to drench detainees with cold water before beating them.
Though some of the detainees have been released on bail, there is still no news on the fate of a number of detained protesters, many of whom were wounded before their arrest.
There are also reports of torture in other detention centers including in those run by the Ministry of Intelligence and even in police stations. Reports indicate that in some cases, hot irons were used for torture.
Aras Bafakari, a 16 year old boy living in Marivan was detained during protests in November 16 on charges of injuring a police officer. He was severely beaten for 10 days in the police station.
Another man identified as Sahib Asadi was transferred to another detention center and was severely beaten to the extent that his hands and feet broke in several places. The 24 year old man was released on bail after five days.