Evin Prison is the largest prison in Iran located in Tehran’s Sa’adat Abad region.
Since 1993, it has held the most political prisoners in Iran.
Sections 209, 240 and 241, which have solitary cells, are controlled by the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS).
Section 2A is under the control of the Revolutionary Guards Corps Intelligence Department.
Political prisoners are blindfolded at all times when outside of their cells in this section.
Section 325 is under the control of the Revolutionary Guards Corps. This section was used for interrogating those arrested during the 2009 unrest in Tehran.
Section 350 was used for the detention of political prisoners but was partially closed down after a prison riot in 2014 and all the prisoners were transferred to Rajaie Shahr Prison in Karaj, Iran’s fourth largest city.
Prisoners report that the food quality is extremely low and unsanitary. Sand and even mouse feces have been found in the food.
A number of prisoners suffering from AIDS are detained in Section 7. Medical attention is barely given to prisoners in this section. Only when prisoners go on hunger strike or when media attention is given to them are they taken to hospital for treatment.
Prisoners say that the prison psychologist prescribes neurological drugs to many prisoners without any medical grounds.
Prison officials make a profit from selling expired food to prisoners at much higher prices.
Up to 50 prison agents periodically search prisoners’ cells. All the prisoners are required to go to the prison courtyard during the search. The agents confiscate and “steal” the prisoners’ belongings during the search.