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Hojatollah Souri

Title: Head of Evin Prison

Sanctions: European Union (October 10, 2011)

According to the Official Journal of the European Union, Hojatollah Souri, head of Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, was sanctioned for human rights abuses at the facility. Torture including beatings, mental abuse, and sexual abuse is reportedly common practice at Evin prison.[1] In 2010, The New York Times reported many prisoners who had been arrested during the previous year’s unrest were engaging in hunger strikes to protest their prolonged detainment and treatment of their families who were allegedly beaten by guards after gathering near the prison’s entrance.[2]


[1]Council of the European Union, “Council Regulation (EU) No 1002/2011 of 10 October 2011 Implementing Article 12(1) of Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 Concerning Restrictive Measures Directed Against Certain Persons, Entities and Bodies in View of the Situation in Iran,” Official Journal of the European Union, October 10, 2011.p.5. (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2011:267:0001:0006:EN:PDF)

[2]Rogene Fisher Jacquette, “Hunger Strikes in Tehran’s Evin Prison,” The New York Times, August 6, 2010. (http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/06/hunger-strikes-in-tehrans-evin-prison/)