During the nights of January 5 and 6, five prisoners suspiciously died in cellblock 4 and 5 in Qarchak Prison. These women’s physical condition deteriorated during the night and despite their cellmates’ efforts in transferring them to the prison infirmary, the infirmary refused to accept and treat them which resulted in their deaths.
The prison infirmary refuses to treat female prisoners who commit suicide, due to pressure from the intolerable prison conditions, which usually leads to their deaths.
The women who passed away in the past two nights are:
1- Fatemeh Mohammadnia, 28, detained in Hall 4
2- Shadi Nikkho, 22, Hall 5
3- Fataneh Abdali, 40, Hall 5
4- Sahar Soleimani, 21, Hall 5
5- Maryam Qods, 30, Hall 5 (Human Rights and Democracy Activists in Iran – Jan. 7, 2012)