TEHRAN (Mission Network News) — The United States recently slapped Iranian groups and officials with several sanctions meant to punish human rights abuses. Iran’s notorious Evin Prison was among those sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated, “Treasury is taking action to hold the Iranian regime accountable for ongoing human rights abuses, censorship, and other despicable acts it commits against its own citizens.”
Prisoners held at Evin Prison are subjected to brutal treatment such as sexual assault, physical assault, and electric shock.
Mike Ansari with Heart4Iran explains, “Evin Prison is one of the world’s most brutal prisons. It houses about 15,000 inmates including killers, rapists, drug dealers, and thieves. It additionally holds journalists, intellectuals, politicians, and dissidents. During the first decade following the Iranian Revolution, thousands of political prisoners were systematically executed there.
“There are also Christian prisoners held captive because of their faith. For years, human rights activists and advocacy groups have been trying to get the international community to put diplomatic pressure on Iran to ease these human rights violations.”