Nargess Eskandari-Grünberg (Nargess Eskandari-Grünberg) in the early 1980s was a civil activist in Iran, a participant of demonstrations in support of reforms, advocated for women’s rights. For which she was thrown by the regime in the Tehran prison “Evin”, where she spent many years without even being brought to trial.
Coming to freedom, she fled to Germany in the mid-eighties. Now in Frankfurt am Main, Eskandari-Grunberg is a member of the city council, deals with immigration and integration issues, and also provides paid psychological counseling and psychotherapy. Among her patients there are many Iranians, including those who also happened to be prisoners of “Evin”, but, having freed themselves from there, go to the FRG.
The prison is overcrowded.
“From what I hear from them, we can conclude that the situation in Evin has not changed much, this prison remains a terrible place of detention,” says Narcess Eskandari-Grunberg.
First of all, she said, prisoners suffer from lack of space, due to lack of hygiene, because too many people are kept in too small cells. According to the information that reaches the politician, there are six toilet rooms for “three hundred or four hundred people” in “Evin”. However, the exact number of prisoners there is unknown. According to the International Society for Human Rights (IGFM) in this prison, originally designed for 320 people, as of early January 2012, there were more than 8,000 prisoners.
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Like decades ago, torture was used in “Evin” during interrogations, says Nargess Eskandari-Grunberg. “The goal is to get from the interrogated information, to force them to extradite others, to break their personality,” she continues.
In Iranian prisons there is an expression: “Foot – the second memory”. The essence of it is that the usual practice of guards to obtain confessions from prisoners are lashes in the legs. But over the years the methods of pressure on prisoners become more sophisticated, says the politician and the doctor, referring to the stories of his patients.
Physical and physical wounds.
“The bodily wounds heal with time, and the souls leave a trail for many years,” she says, and specifies that former prisoners throughout their whole life suffer from remorse – they were forced to extort under torture information that the investigators demanded. And to give names and surnames other people.
Nargess Eskandari-Gruenberg is critical of the policy of the FRG towards Iran. According to a member of the city council of Frankfurt am Main from the Soyuz-90 / Greens party, the German government gives priority to the development of economic relations with Tehran, and not the protection of human rights.
But she hopes to change the situation, drawing attention to violations of these rights in Iran. “My own experience is meant to help others.” As before, I believe in humanity, that hope for the best will justify itself, “says Narcess Eskandari-Grunberg.