Leaked security footage shows ruthless mistreatment and deplorable conditions in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison. In one clip, guards drag an emaciated man through the parking lot and up two flights of stairs. Later, guards take turns beating a prisoner.
“Somebody hacked in and got the footage. It shows us how brutal the prison authorities are actually treating the prisoners,” says Peter*, a Christian worker in the Middle East.
Ethnic and religious minorities, including Christians, are the main victims of these crimes, Article18 reports. Former prisoners tell aid organizations and advocates that physical and psychological torture are common in Evin Prison.
“[The video’s release] encourages us to pray more effectively for the Christian prisoners who are in Evin Prison. I would hope the [abuse] will stop, but I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Peter says.
“Torture is a way of getting information from the prisoners. It also puts fear into the hearts of the men and women who are in jail.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray the Lord will strengthen and encourage Christian prisoners in Evin Prison. Pray they will find supernatural peace that can only come from Him.
- Pray God will make Himself tangibly known to persecuted Iranian believers.
- Pray the Lord will help new mothers stand firm in their faith, and find mentors to help them disciple their children.