An Iranian student and political activist who has recently been released from custody last week described the living conditions in the prison where she was incarcerated as "horrific."
Leila Hosseinzadeh is among more than 18,000 Iranians who have been detained in connection with the anti-government protests that have swept Iran over the past four months.
Hosseinzadeh was released on bail last week from Adel Abad prison in the southern city of Shiraz after spending five months there.
In a series of tweets on January 15, she called the health situation in the women's ward a “disaster.”
“A diabetic prisoner had a leg wound that was widening, and the answer to her was, 'it's normal.' People with HIV or hepatitis were left on their own without receiving any treatment. I requested a hepatitis test many times, and they did not do it," she wrote.
“Sedative pills” are being given to inmates to control them, the activist said, adding, "A horrific crime is being committed against ordinary prisoners."
"The treatment of the prisoners by some guards absolutely goes against human dignity,” according to Hosseinzadeh.
“For example, I was standing in the line at the store when I heard…a prison guard addressing a prisoner who was kept in solitary confinement, ‘Fall on your knees at the feet of my colleague, kiss her feet, scream, and I can get you out of solitary confinement."
She said the prisoners had to wash their dishes in the bathroom and that screams could be heard coming from a prison basement "every day.”
“I don't know if this basement was where sentenced people are being kept. It was also rumored that political prisoners are beaten there.”
"Everything is forbidden there. Cutting hair, cigarettes, chewing gum, caffeinated products, tattoos. Prisoner were teaching each other English, [but] that is also forbidden now."