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DN studio about the Evin prison fire in Iran

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What happened when the fire broke out?

– There was a large black column of smoke rising from Evin Prison. A fire just lit and made the drama even more terrifying. It’s a pretty big question mark about what’s really going on there, because nobody has any kind of insight, says Gilda Hamidi-Nia, SVT’s foreign correspondent at Studio DN.

According to information received from the Iranian regime, eight prisoners were killed and more than 60 people were injured in the fire. But how reliable are these numbers?

It is very difficult to verify information that comes from the Iranian regime. The only thing we can be sure of is that there is a fire. We know that people are dead. We know people have been injured, but we don’t know the extent of the damage.

In the notorious Evin Prison, built in 1972, more than 15,000 people were imprisoned. Human rights organizations sounded the alarm about torture and violations inside the prison. How is the situation in prison?

Prison is synonymous with horror. There are all kinds of physical and psychological abuse and torture. There are testimonies from people who have been arrested. They are kept in very poor conditions. There are a lot of people out there, in some cases you are denied life-changing medical care and care, and you have hardly any contact with relatives, Gilda Hamidi Nia says.

This is an excerpt from the Studio DN podcast. In the episode, you’ll also learn more about what we know about the prison fire, why the prison is sometimes called “the university,” and how Evin prison came to be in the minds of many Iranians.

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Host: Evelyn Jones
Producer: Palmyra Kokari Mbenga

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