Skip to comments.Lawmakers Banned from Discussing Rape (Rapes in Iran Prisons)
Posted on 08/14/2009 10:04:53 AM PDT by Texas Fossil
The Speaker of Irans eight Majlis Ali Larijani denied allegations of sexual abuse of detainees yesterday while several Majlis lawmakers confirmed such reports in interviews with Rooz. They added, however, that they had been banned from discussing the matter. Meanwhile, pro-government media outlets demanded the prosecution of Karoubi for disclosing the existence of rape in prisons.
These debates are broiling while one Majlis lawmaker told Rooz, During the special Majlis committees visit of the Evin Prison, several prisoners openly talked about sexual abuse; even though they did not specifically use the word rape and only spoke about sexual abuse.
Expressing his surprise with Ali Larijanis remarks that he made on Wednesday in which he denied the allegation of rape in Iranian prisons, this lawmaker added, It would have been better if he had waited a few days, even if for the sake of appearances; because on Tuesday he spoke about the necessity of investigating Karoubis claims, but the next day he denied them. What could have happened during this short time to push him towards his new conclusion?
Meanwhile, members of the special Majlis committee formed to investigate detainee conditions visited a group of detainees at Evin Prison. The issue of sexual abuse was brought up at the meeting and, this time, a number of prisoners spoke in more detail about tortures, rape and sexual abuse.
Rape Has Been Proven
At the same time, Majid Ansari, a prominent member of the Assembly of Combatant Clergy [Majma Rohaniyoon Mobarez], announced that there are many reported cases of rape in prisons.
Ansari added, Unfortunately, the reports are true.
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