A female civil rights activist was beaten by a non-political inmate who has the support of an official in Qarchak prison near Tehran. Reports indicate that civil rights activist Yasaman Ariaie was attacked by a prisoner detained for a violent crime on Sunday and was injured in the shoulder blade.
The inmate initially threatened and verbally abused Yasaman Ariaie and other political prisoners in Qarchak (Shahre-rey Prison) south east of Tehran and struck her a number of times in her shoulders.
According to reports, the inmate has in the past attacked and verbally abused other political prisoners in this prison, even going as far as threatening them with a sharp object. According to sources in the prison, she is supported by Shah Ali, the head of the section.
Yasaman Ariaie was detained on April 10 and is currently detained in Section 5 of Qarchak Prison along with her mother, Monireh Arabshahi who was arrested a day after her daughter.
Section 5 holds mostly foreign nationals.
Yasaman and her mother were changed with “assembly and collusion”, “spreading propaganda and encouraging and providing the means for moral corruption” by taking off their scarves in public and other activities against the regime’s mandatory hijab.
This is not the first report on the abuse of political prisoners in this prison.
On July 6, labor rights activists Neda Naji and Atefeh Rangriz were beaten by inmates and prison guards and sustained serious injuries.
Before that, a 20 year old female political prisoner detained in a southwestern Iran prison, was severely beaten and mistreated by prison guards. Ameneh Zaheri Sari, detained for the past seven months in the Sepidar Prison in Ahvaz, sustained severe injuries to the elbow.
It would seem that the Iranian regime is stepping up pressure against political prisoners by using non-political violent inmates to attack them.