Iran release 85,000 including political prisoners

Evin House of Detention, is a prison in Iran, located in Evin, northwestern Tehran*

Iran has temporarily freed 85,000 inludes all polical prisoners to help combat the spread of coronavirus. Iran has one of the worst national outbreaks of coronavirus with 14,991 cases and 853 deaths, including 129 fatalities on Monday, the largest one-day rise in deaths.

The country’s death toll from the coronavirus has reached 853 and a total of 14,991 people have been confirmed infected, one of the worst national outbreaks outside China, where the new virus originated.

Gholamhossein Esmaili, a spokesman for Iran’s judicary, said: “Some 50% of those released are security-related prisoners… Also in the jails we have taken precautionary measures to confront the outbreak.”

On March 10, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran said he had asked Tehran to free all political prisoners temporarily from its overcrowded and disease-ridden jails to help stem the spread of coronavirus.

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