A Christian human rights organization has learned that 11 Iranian members of Parliament visited a notorious prison in Tehran late last month to investigate reports of abuse. But the plight of Christians in the jail was ignored.
The visit to Evin Prison on January 30 was highly orchestrated, according to Claire Evans of International Christian Concern (ICC). She explains that a number of high-profile Christians have been jailed there and that abuse of Christians has been well documented.
"Evin Prison is particularly famous because it's often called the regime's torture factory," Evans relays. "So if a Christian is going to a prison such as this who already has this reputation, you know that Christians are going to get the abuse even far worse than the rest of the other inmates."
But the visitors only spoke to four detainees during the three-hour, heavily supervised stay. And not one of those interviewed was a Christian.
"They themselves, though, had never expressed any interest in talking to the Christians to see what kind of abuses that they're experiencing," the ICC spokesperson laments. "So unfortunately, even though the MP's were there saying, 'We're here to highlight the abuses that happened in this prison,' they actually didn't even begin to touch the surface of it, because Christians are the ones who experience the worst of abuse there."
She adds in a press release that "orchestrated, tightly controlled visits do nothing to improve human rights conditions in the prison; rather, they are an attempt to hide the truth about the prison's brutality. Christians imprisoned in Evin may survive the prison’s cruelty, but their lives are forever changed by the experience."