Asghar Fathi

Asghar Fathi
اصغر فتحی
Unknown
Male
Unkown
No
Alive
23 Sep 2021
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  • Head of Greater Tehran Prison (Fashafooyeh), Fashafooyeh, Greater Tehran (21 Sep 2020 - 7 Sep 2021)
    • Human Rights Violation: Responsibility in the death of political prisoner Sassan Nik Nafs (8 June 2021) read more
      Institution
      Prisons Organisation
      Location
      Greater Tehran, Fashafooyeh
      Rights Violated
      Right to life, Right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
      Description

      Asghar Fathi as the head of the Greater Tehran Prison is responsible for the death of political prisoner Sasan Niknafs due to gross negligence in performing his duties and deliberately refusing to provide proper medical care to this prisoner despite his numerous requests and repeated warnings from his inmates, which eventually led to his death due to severe deterioration of physical condition.

      Sasan Niknafs, a political prisoner who was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of "propaganda against the regime" and "insulting the leader," died on June 8, 2021, due to lack of medical care. The prisoner's lawyer told the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) about his death: "I was informed from inside the prison that about two days ago he was taken to the prison hospital with bleeding from his nose and mouth.”

       

      Prison officials were well aware of this prisoner’s medical history, including his liver disease, diabetes, and neurosis. A year ago, there were reports of Niknafs not having access to medical services. In its statement, the Prisons Organization, without accepting any responsibility, claimed that Sasan Niknafs's death was due to "taking pills."

      Sources

      Rights Groups Say Iranian Inmate 'Unfit' For Jail Dies in Custody, Radio Free Europe, 08 June 2021

      https://www.rferl.org/a/iran-prisoner-dies-custody/31296387.html

      Iranian prisoner of conscience dies due to lack of medical attention, Iran News Wire, 08 June 2021

      https://irannewswire.org/iranian-prisoner-of-conscience-dies/

       Iran Election: Political Prisoners Dying Under Candidate Raisi's Watch, Human Rights Campaign, June 2021

      https://iranhumanrights.org/2021/06/iran-election-political-prisoners-dying-under-candidate-raisis-watch/

    • Human Rights Violation: Ill-treatment and torture of prisoners (21 Sep 2020 - present) read more
      Institution
      Prisons Organisation
      Location
      Greater Tehran, Fashafooye
      Rights Violated
      Children's rights, Right to freedom from torture, Right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
      Description

      Asghar Fathi, as the director of the Greater Tehran Prison (Fashafooyeh), has been responsible for violating the rights of the prisoners in this prison by imposing inhumane and degrading conditions on prisoners, including deprivation of basic health facilities or medical care. He also participated in the deliberate harassment of political prisoners, including by forcibly transferring them to wards without basic facilities or to the wards of dangerous prisoners. On October 30, 2020, some of the political prisoners of Fashafooyeh Prison, including a number of prisoners of the November 2019 protests, were transferred from the 5th Ward to the 2nd Ward of this prison, which does not have even the minimum health and sanitary standards and basic facilities. In response to the protest of the prisoners, the prison guard resorted to violence.

       

      According to Fashafooyeh prisoners, in Fathi's prison, prison staff extort money from prisoners for providing any services or for performing their duties according to law.

      Sources

      Transfer of political prisoners from Fashafoyeh to Brigade 2; Several prisoners went on hunger strike, Iranwire, October 30, 2020

      https://iranwire.com/fa/features/41655

      Prison narratives; We die behind those high walls with no claim, Iran Wire, November 17, 2020

      https://iranwire.com/fa/blogs/1149/43195

      End of hunger strike; Prison director promises to relocate November protesters in Fashafoyeh, IranWire, October 3, 2020

       

      https://iranwire.com/fa/features/41721

  • Head of Greater Tehran Prison (Fashafooyeh), Fashafooyeh, Greater Tehran (At least 2013- 1 July 2019)
    • Human Rights Violation: Ill-treatment and torture of prisoners (At least 2013- July 2019) read more
      Institution
      Prisons Organisation
      Location
      Greater Tehran Prison, Fashafooyeh
      Rights Violated
      Right to freedom from torture, Right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health
      Description

      Asghar Fathi, as the director of the Greater Tehran Prison, has been responsible for violating the rights of the prisoners in this prison by imposing inhumane and degrading conditions, including deprivation of basic health facilities or medical care. In August 2015, Abbas Ahoo nbar, one of the detainees in Fashafooyeh Prison, went on a hunger strike to protest the inhumane condition of this prison. Officers beat the prisoner and shaved his head to humiliate him and intimidate others. On the next day 500 prisoners went on hunger strike to protest the ill-treatment of Ahoo Nbar and the unbearable condition of the prison. The Campaign for the Defense of Political Prisoners, citing informed sources, describes the prison as free of gas, severely short of electricity and water, and with an unbearable stench caused by contamination of health facilities.

      Sources

      Transfer of 47 prisoners from Evin to the Central Prison of Greater Tehran, Campaign for the Defense of Political Prisoners, September 23, 2015

      https://www.kampain.info/archive/5672.htm

      Prison narratives; We live behind those high walls without claim, Iran Wire, November 17, 2016

      https://iranwire.com/fa/blogs/1149/43195

      Human rights violations in Iranian prisons; 500 prisoners on hunger strike, Saham News, August 2015

       

      https://sahamnews.org/2015/07/287660/

  • Judicial Deputy of Prison Organisation, Tehran Province (Jul 2019 - present)
  • Judicial deputy of the head office of the Prison Organisations, Tehran Province (7 Sep 2021 - present)
These violations may only be part of the human rights violations that this person has been involved in. The investigation into this person's human rights record is ongoing.
 

In the fall of 2009, the US Treasury Department sanctioned Fashafoyeh Prison for its involvement in serious human rights abuses.