15-year-old “Reza” was arrested in July, along with approximately 40 other teens, for participating in an opposition protest, and what happened to him and the others in prison will make your blood boil. In what appears to be some sick, warped method of breaking their wills, the young boys were beaten, subjected to unimaginable torture and raped on numerous occasions. Reza was urinated on and raped his first night, an incentive for the others to cooperate when interrogated the following day.
Incarcerated for 20 days, he was continuously raped, including by the interrogator he confided in about the previous rape. Reza was told by the man that
“This time I’ll do it, so you’ll learn not to tell these tales anywhere else. You deserve what’s coming to you. You guys should be raped until you die.”
Since being released has no will to live, and understandably so.
“My life is over. I don’t think I can ever recover,” he said, as he recounted his experiences to The Times — on condition that his identity not be revealed. A doctor who is treating him, at great risk to herself,confirmed that he is suicidal, and bears the appalling injuries consistent with his story. The family is desperate, and is exploring ways of fleeing Iran.
Reza told The Times interviewer that the perpetrators told the boys they
“… were doing this for God, and who did we think we were that we could demonstrate,”
What a wretched God that must be, to condone such treatment of innocent children.
Reza also spoke about how one of the senior Officers would take 3 of the boys and force them to
have sex with each other.
“He told us that with this we would be cleansed — we would be so shattered that we would no longer be able to look at each other. This would help calm us down.”
At some point during his time in jail he was also taken to the Revolutionary Court, along with 130 other political prisoners, and told by the judge that
he would hang those who had violently resisted the Islamic revolution and read out the names of ten teenagers, including Reza. The message was clear: if they continued to say they had been raped they would be executed.
Forced to sign a bogus confession, Reza was finally released on approximately a £45,000 bail, and warned against telling anyone about the rapes and the other atrocities he endured for 20 days.
The doctor who Reza’s family persuaded to treat him has said there are many other similar cases she has treated, but is unable to report them. Traumatized, Reza is now in a safehouse.
Rape of young women in Iranian prisons is commonplace. In fact, it is customary to rape virgins who are to be executed. Apparently it is part of Islamic law. But one doesn’t often hear about men being raped. I’m not sure how males, who practice a religion that condemns homosexuality, can justify raping men and boys, but it seems to be a common occurrence. So much for Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s statement, a while back, that there were no homosexuals in Iran.
Of course, even with proof like this, Iranian officials will continue to lie about the kind of horrific activity that Reza and many others have been subjected to, in spite of accusations from opposition leader Mehdi Karoubi to the contrary. Karoubi has claimed that
prison officials are systematically raping both male and female detainees to break their wills.
For trying to expose this horrible truth, he has been threatened with being arrested.
The hypocrisy of the Iranian regime is breathtaking. They have the audacity to condemn the U.S. for Abu Ghraib, and yet participate in far worse conduct.
The Iranian people deserve better!