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    Posted April 23, 2014 by
    Brussels, Belgium

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    Belgian Parliamentarians Condemn Brutal Raid on Political Prisoners in Iran


    According to reports, on Thursday 17 April, Iran’s intelligence agents and revolutionary guards raided Ward 350 in Evin Prison in Tehran and severely beat up defenseless political prisoners who resisted the harassment by prison guards.

    The security forces hit the prisoners with batons, punches and kicks while humiliating and insulting them with the most vulgar terms. They even deprived the battered and the injured from medical treatment, some of them are in critical conditions.

    Thirty two prisoners were reportedly transferred to solitary confinement blindfolded. During this transfer, the prisoners had to walk between two lines of criminal guards who punched, kicked and used batons to batter them. Reports say that some prisoners were stripped and even threatened with rape.

    Amnesty International has called for Urgent Action and expressed concern about the fate of the prisoners after the raid.

    On Tuesday, the families of the abused prisoners staged a protest in front of Hassan Rouhani’s office and chanted “free political prisoners.”

    We condemn this brutal raid and cowardly act of barbarity against defenceless political prisoners and join the call of the leader of the Iranian opposition Mrs Maryam Rajavi “for an independent international investigation on the savage attack on Evin Prison on April 17.”

    We support the call by Euro MPs during the adoption of a European Parliament resolution on Iran on 3 April, that any expansion of political and economic relations with Iran must be conditional to serious improvement of human rights.

    Gérard Deprez, Ministre d’État, Senator from French-speaking Liberal party (MR)

    Nele Lijnen, President of Equal Rights Committee of Belgian Senate (Open VLD)

    Karl Vanlouwe, President of Foreign Affairs Committee of Belgian Senate (NV-A)

    Els Van Hoof, Senator from Christian Democratic and Flemish party (CD&V)

    David Clarinval, Mayor and Federal MP from French-speaking Liberal Party (MR)

    Peter Van Rompuy, Member of the Flemish Parliament from CD&V

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