Prison guards lashed four prisoners in Karaj Central Prison near Iran’s capital Tehran. According to Javeneha website, the four prisoners, all under 30 years of age, were flogged on Wednesday October 21. Two of the prisoners were identified as Behrouz Momeni and Mohsen Torkashvand who were accused of theft and sentenced to flogging. It is not clear why the other two prisoners were lashed.
There have been previous reports of prisoner abuse in Karaj Central Prison. In summer, prison guards shaved off the hair of two prisoners, laid them on the prison hall floor and flogged them. Other reports indicate that as punishment, prisoners are splashed with water and given electrical shock, or they are flogged until they pass out.
According to Article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”
The regime regularly hands out flogging sentences to protesters, dissidents, and to those charged with adultery and theft, among other things. Flogging is a cruel and degrading punishment and is tantamount to torture.