Iran Intelligence service agents used mainly psychological torture against me. In other words I was not exposed to a lot of physical torture. For example, when I was in solitary confinement I was kept in a cell without an appropriate bathroom or a bed. They would blindfold me and make me sit on the floor facing the wall for long hours in absolute silence and then suddenly they would start screaming vulgar sexual terms against my mother and me. They would tell me that I would be executed or be given a very long prison sentence. I was even told that my sister, who was a student in Malaysia, had been brought to Iran and arrested. I was not permitted to contact my family at all. I was beaten many times during which they used the vilest language to insult members of my family.
After the interrogation phase I was finally transferred to Adel Abad prison in the city of Shiraz, Iran. There I was placed in a ward with the most dangerous, violent prisoners, such as mass murderers and professional drug dealers. It was here that I was exposed to what is referred to as “white” torture. The other prisoners would often threaten me with rape but the prison authorities chose to ignore it. Due to the lack of heating, I came down with a bad case of influenza for which I was denied medical care or medicine. This caused my condition to deteriorate and I became extremely weak.
I was jailed due to my writings in my blogs and websites. And it’s shameful that human rights organizations so far have not considered my testimony since 2013. I would be ready to report to the human rights claimants. I don’t forgive, and I never forget what’s been done.
Just to remind you: Iran’s foreign minister Mr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, who led the nuclear negotiations for the Islamic Republic of Iran for the past 20 months stated: “We do not jail people for their opinions…”
This is the regime with which six super powers signed a nuclear treaty.
Kaveh Taheri is an Iranian activist and former political prisoner from Iran. He is is a Human Rights activist and journalist who has worked exclusively on Human Rights Violations especially those in the Middle East, Iran and has attempted to improve living conditions for refugees awaiting resettlement in Turkey. He has repeatedly protested against the excruciating life of refugees in Turkey and covered the subject in numerous articles and news reports. Kaveh, who was a former political prisoner in Shiraz, was sent to prison for his writings and statements on his Websites and Weblogs in Iran, and fled the country through Turkey to save his life.