Newsletter and Updates
In late March 2020, prisoners’ protests and escape attempts in several prisons across Iran drew attention to their fear in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic raging in the country. Prisoners’ panic is justified as, even in the best of circumstances, they are more vulnerable to transmissible diseases than the general population. The best of circumstances does not apply to Iranian prisons where hygiene and prisoners’ right to health have not been a priority in four decades.
February 27, 2020
As the deadly coronavirus COVID-19 spreads in the Islamic Republic of Iran, with at least 15 deaths and nearly 100 cases of the infection officially confirmed, prisoners are particularly at risk.