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Iran: Sisters Share on Evin Prison Life


Accused political prisoners are often detained in prisons with the worst conditions.  Evin prison, the prison most westerners are imprisoned in, is one such prison in Iran.  The conditions are horrendous: small, dark, and dirty cells, lack of medical care when sick, and the threat of being beaten to the point of vomiting blood are only a few of the dangers that lie in such a place.  While these conditions are inhumane for criminals with true mal-intent, many of the prisoners residing there are innocent – held there without having been tried by a just legal system.

In addition to Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh, the women pictured in this video, Iran has imprisoned or is currently imprisoning many Americans.  In the past they have held Shane Bauer, Joshuan Fattal, and Sarah  Shourd as well as Roxana Saberi. Currently there are several Americans imprisoned, including Saeed Abedini and Amir Hekmati.