Iran admits torture use
Associated Press | July 25, 2005
TEHRAN, Iran -- In an unprecedented report, Iran's hardline judiciary acknowledged widespread human rights violations in prisons, including the use of torture, state-run media reported yesterday.
The report said prison guards and officials in detention centres have ignored a legal order banning torture. It also said police have made several arrests without sufficient evidence and held suspects in undeclared detention centres.
The report, broadcast on state-run radio and appearing in several newspapers, said a judicial investigation had discovered human right violations including the "blindfolding and beating" of defendants, a 13-year-old boy jailed for stealing a hen, a woman who was imprisoned because her husband was a fugitive and a man who has been in prison since 1988 with a verdict in his case.
The report has been handed over to the head of judiciary Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi.
Abbas Ali Alizadeh, head of the Tehran Justice Administration, who drafted the report, said some detention centres run by the hardline elite Revolutionary Guards had refused to admit inspectors or investigate whether prisoners' human rights were being respected.