Iran: Inmates Killed and Injured During Prison Riots that Began Over Coronavirus Fears

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ICBHR– Islamic security agents and wardens have been shooting prisoners, in the midst of widespread riots that have occurred in Iranian prisons as the novel Coronavirus pandemic spreads throughout the country.

Prisoners were killed in Ahvaz Central Prison (Sheyban), several others were killed in Sepidar Prison, and dozens more were injured, according to the Ahwaz Human Rights Organization.

The riots began as a response to the regime’s failure to implement measures that would contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Lack of basic health services & furlough denials left Iran’s most notorious prisons in a state of chaos.

At least five prisoners were reportedly killed, and several other political prisoners were taken to an unknown location by security forces, ICBHR was informed.

On March 29th, wardens shot inmates pointblank during a riot at Shiraz Adel Abad Prison. Five were killed, and more than 30 injured.

The inmates allegedly broke cameras, and caused other damages during the riots, state-run media claimed.

The judiciary system temporarily released around 85,000 prisoners as one of the measures deployed in attempting to contain the pandemic, but more than 100,000 people were left behind bars.

Additionally, dozens of inmates have broken out of the prisons amid the chaos. The prison breaks occurred following a widespread novel CoronaVirus outbreak in Iran- which raised fear and concern among the prisoners and their relatives.

Officially, Iran ranked seventh in world total COVID-19 cases, with 53,183 total infections, more than 3,249 deaths, and 17,935 recovered, allegedly.

Iran declined from second to seventh in world infection rates as a result of Islamic officials’ efforts to hide the fatal situation, much as they concealed the initial outbreak in early January.

“The real number of coronavirus cases is much bigger than the official statistics which are released by the regime,” the chief of Emam Khomeyni Hospital in Ardabil said.

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