On the threshold of the second anniversary of the disputed 2009 presidential election in Iran, a shocking video of a young woman in Tehran has emerged. The young woman testifies she was repeatedly raped and tortured while in detention during the post-election protests in Iran in the summer of 2009. It is truly heartbreaking to listen to her, so please be forewarned. Here is the PBS NewsHour report aired on this testimony. The next clip shows the longer testimony from the website of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. The second video has English subtitles.
“(10 June 2011) On the second anniversary of the disputed June 2009 election and the ensuing repression, the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran today released video testimony from a young female detainee describing in detail her severe torture and repeated rape after her arbitrary arrest.
Her forceful testimony challenges the Iranian authorities’ official narrative, which denies widespread use of torture and rape by security forces against ordinary protestors.
“Rape is one of the worst forms of torture and allegation after allegation of sadistic torture and sexual abuse continue to emerge,” said Hadi Ghaemi, the Campaign’s spokesperson.
“How can the Iranian Judiciary claim a shred of legitimacy if it continues to shield the perpetrators of such atrocities? Its credibility is gone with the wind as it promotes a climate of rampant impunity,” he added.
The Campaign expressed serious concern that the same security and intelligence apparatus that committed the gross atrocities detailed in this video testimony, continues to be in charge of the arbitrary detention, interrogation, and imprisonment of prisoners of conscience and dissidents.”