Some Observations on the State of Prisons in Contemporary Iran

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Many of the numerous accounts over the past thirty years of the failure of the Iranian judiciary to observe due process and the principles of a fair trial, the use of torture and poor prison conditions, have focused on political prisoners and on violations in the Revolutionary Court system. The position in the ordinary criminal justice system only became a cause for concern in the outside world after the publication of a 2003 analysis by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention which pointed to factors affecting the administration of justice as a whole and raised questions about the standard of justice in criminal trials in the ordinary as well as the revolutionary courts. Some international reports on human rights conditions in Iran have, since then, noted ‘the absence of procedural safeguards in criminal trials’.

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Foreign Policy Center
Anna Enayat
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